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Condor Tool & Knife CTK419-12HC Village Parang Machete 12" Carbon Steel Blade, Hardwood Handles, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CN41912HC
Manufacturer: Condor Tool & Knife
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CN41912HC: CTK419-12HC Village Parang Machete
Condor Tool & Knife
  • Blade: 1075 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Finish: Condor Classic
  • Handle: Hardwood
  • Sheath: Handcrafted Welted Leather
  • Designed by Joe Flowers
  • Code: 60948
  • Stock #: CTK419-12HC
  • Blade Length: 12"
  • Thickness: 3/16"
  • Overall Length: 18-1/8"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Made in El Salvador

UPC Code: 7417000537055

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Oct 20, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
A diamond in the rough
I have used this to cut climbing vines (poison ivy, wild grape, bittersweet) and wild rose shrubs, to clear or widen paths, and do a little chopping. Fit and finish of the handle is excellent. The handle scales are approximately circular in cross section. I don't know what the wood is, but it is simply beautiful after three coats of boiled linseed oil, and needs no sanding. It's not stained, either; it's the same dark color through and through. If you want to rasp off a flat spot for your thumb, or make a plam swell, there's plenty of wood to work with and it won't require staining afterwards. The full tang means you never have to worry about the blade flying off the handle after a bad swing or glancing blow. That's important to me. The sheath is built better, and made of better leather, than some boots I've owned. The point of balance, if you rest the parang on its side on your finger, is two or two and a half inches in front of the handle. The edge is shipped somewhat sharp but you will need a bench stone or Lansky puck anyway, to get the profile you want and then to maintain it. There's plenty of knife here for you to hone and shape and get it exactly the way you want it. Some reviewers of Condor machetes complain about irregular grinding, etc. I own several Condors and I would remind them that there's a difference between an imperfection and a flaw. The Village Parang is not perfect--and the price tag reflects that. I don't want to pay for perfection! But it has no real flaws. It's built solidly, I like the way it looks, and it takes a seriously sharp edge. That and the low price makes it a gem in my opinion. I think of my Village Parang as sort of a work in progress. I've had fun putting my own mark on it, and it is serving me well. I expect to use it for a long time. If you can appreciate this knife for what it is, and put a little work into it, you will find it to be a fine tool and an outstanding value. If I had known about Condor machetes a year ago, I might not have bought that brush blade for my gas-powered string trimmer.
5 out of 5
Jeffrey J C
Largo fl.
Sep 20, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Terrific job!
If you expect a lot from this blade you will not be disappointed. Leather sheath as good as it gets. Nice natural hard wood handle, nice finish on the blade ,easy sharpening ,fast shipping. It has a good weight that's really like a mini axe. No BS it's a job well done. I usually have a gripe about sheaths but not on this one. Thanks!
4 out of 5
Nov 26, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Weight
Village Parang ...
Excellent service from the Knife Center, the knife shipped quickly and received in good order. Out-of-the-box the fit and finish is very good for a knife in this price range. It is sharp enough to use straight away without hesitation. However, it comes with a bevel ground edge where, I believe, a convex edge would better serve a knife this size. But, that's my choice and was easy enough to correct. The blade sharpens easily and hold an excellent edge. Chops very well and takes big/deep bites into the wood. Weight forward balance allows lots of momentum for quick felling/limbing. The handle's circumference is massive and obviously intended for larger hands than mine (which aren't small) but, the scales and hardware are of good quality and appear solid affixed. The sheath is so-so to okay if you're not going to belt carry and the blade seems to fit a little too loosely in it. My suggestion is to either sew down the belt loop or fabricate a new sheath for yourself. Overall, I have no regrets with the purchase and would comfortably recommend the Village Parang as a good value to purchase.
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