“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.” Sun Tsu
Over the past few years I have owned and tested hundreds of knives. Among my top choices for bushcrafting are Morakniv Companions, Opinel #8’s, Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara 2, Spyderco Paramilitary II’s, Nathan Caruthers custom fighter, KaBar straight edge, Khuhkri blades (specifically made in Nepal) and lastly my personal favorites for all around bushcrafting are the Condor lineup of knives. This article is specifically regarding Condor knives and what, why and how I carry them.
The first of the Condor lineup is the Bushlore with a 4.375 inch drop point blade, it comes in a truly beautiful leather sheath (as all the Condor knives and blades do). This particular knife is full tang and allows for batoning if it is necessary, though personally I use it for skinning, caping and general camp tasks that require a smaller knife. Feather sticks are a breeze with this knife and it holds an edge that continues shaving even after skinning out small game. Made of 1075 steel with a tempered edge around 55-60 rockwell it keeps a solid edge.
Next in the lineup is the Condor Hudson Bay the overall length is 13+” and the blade length is 8.5″. It is an amazing blade and built for the hard tasks like splitting wood and defensive needs if necessary. Made of 1075 steel it also has a 55-60 rockwell edge as well. An extremely solid sheath allows it to be strapped to pretty much any size belt available. I have used this knife for everything from feathering through skinning and it works well. Paired with the Bushlore it is an amazing combination. As with all knives it is purpose built for trappers and bushmen.
Lastly, the Condor Parang, it is a 13” machete with a ballistic nylon sheath. They have several other Parang models and I truly enjoy using this particular machete design. This again is a purpose built tool, it easily replaces the small hand axe and allows you too carry a lighter way to collect wood. After testing it on mesquite and scrub oak I have found that it holds an edge and works amazingly. Regardless, it also works for the tall grass found in many areas of Arizona high desert. Additionally it holds a solid edge and allows for smaller work if necessary.
Remember, Condor knife company was originally tooled up by Solingen Knife works from Germany. This has allowed them to continue a tradition of inexpensive yet amazingly solid knives. I fully recommend them and rely fully on them as survival, bushcrafting and SHTF tools. Remember, a solid machete, specifically the Parang version will work great for taking zombie heads if necessary. The only downfall of this particularly awesome line of blades is that the steel is not modern super steel. However, it is well tempered and allows for amazing edges.Follow the links and pick up a few for the bags! Knives are among the few items you can never have enough of!
Free the mind and the body will follow.