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Condor Tool & Knife CTK480-14HC Barong Machete 14" Black Carbon Steel Blade, Polypropylene Handles, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CN48014HC
Manufacturer: Condor Tool & Knife
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CN48014HC: Barong Machete | Carbon Steel
Condor Tool & Knife

This 14" Filipino machete came at the request of martial artists for a long but lighter heavy duty martial arts weapon. The Condor Barong will perform well in the hands of any outdoorsman or practitioner, with a full flat grind and distal taper. At 14", the leaf shaped blade is one of the handiest cutting tools available. Additionally, a sharp point and a hidden tang all the way to the back of the handle make it tough enough for any boar.
  • Code: 60917
  • Stock #: CTK480-14HC
  • Blade Length: 14"
  • Thickness: 3/16"
  • Overall Length: 19-1/4"
  • Blade: 1075 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Finish: Epoxy Black Powder Coating
  • Handle: High Impact Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Leather
  • Weight: 1.34 lbs.
  • Made in El Salvador

UPC Code: 7417000530964

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.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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Sep 28, 2015
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Handle Material
Best Thing Condor Sells!
Love this baring! For chopping green wood nothing is better. Handle could be better but is very functional. Wish there was more of a hook at end but this is very minor thing. I feel chopping into hard seasoned wood could possibly damage edge but haven't done any damage yet. My main use is eliminating problem growth on a little used farm. Try to chop down every pine tree sprouting in the pastures. This bad boy is awesome. Only thing that comes close in my experience is a Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri at 4 times the cost. This past weekend cleared pine trees leaning over farm road after an ice storm last winter (that is how often I get to visit unfortunately). Cut down some leaning trees 4-6 inches in diameter. They started splitting on first deep cut. Cleared paths to deer stands cutting vines and weeds galore. Cutting smaller stuff is no problem for the barong. The snap cut using the tip actually out performs any Kukri or machete on smaller stuff. Have owned the Condor barong for couple of years. A weekend of hard use only required a few minutes touching up using 3000 grit sandpaper and a phonebook for a scary sharp edge. Have only batoned a few times splitting hickory for the grill and it worked fine but I imagine the tip could be easily broken with hard pounding. For cutting green wood nothing I have found is better. The list of items tried included Condor golok, village parang, bush craft parang, Cold Steel Kukri machete, CS heavy machete, CS Gurkha Kukri, 3 Chirra Kukri, WWII Collins machete and even a Svord Machete. This barong out performs them all. The Svord machete is great just lacks the deep cutting ability of the barong.
4 out of 5
Jun 05, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, None
This is my first blade patterned after the barong. Out of the box it was sharpened nicely with an outstanding flat grind. As I was taking it through its paces delimbing dead tree branches, splitting & chopping dead logs, I rolled the edge in the sweet spot. Was an easy fix just tapping it straight. When it happened I figured that i chopped it into a tough season knot in the elm stump. But it happened again close to the same spot, this time being in a pine tree knot, which isn't really tough stuff. Fixed it again & reground the edge bevel properly. My suspicions are that the blade wasn't tempered thoroughly & I may have reground the edge too keen. But I'm just gonna keep this lemon for blade stock because it would be too much investment to mail it back & wait for a new one. I've already modified the handle to a smooth transition from the choil to handle like the traditional barong in the Philippines. Am planning on making the toucan bill pommel more pronounced somehow. The leather sheath is outstanding quality. This will do for me & wasn't a bad buy at all.
5 out of 5
Mr Crowley
May 27, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
my favorite
I own the both the barong and golok. The golok is a nice piece of work and is beautiful to behold, but for chopping, I easily prefer the barong. I really wish I had bought a second barong instead of the golok. I've used both to aid in cleaning up fallen wood from an ice storm, and the barong is the better performer on the downed oak and maple I've had to deal with. And if I had to defend myself, I think the point of the barong would be much more intimidating.
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