Condor Tool & Knife CTK1004CB-BNS Dendritic Tactical Combat Knife 8" Stainless Steel Black Blade, Ballistic Nylon Sheath

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CN1004CBBNS: Dendritic Tactical Combat Knife
Condor Tool & Knife

The Condor Dendritic Combat knife is very unique in that it is a one piece state of the art investment casting. As the knife is cast the molds are put under vacuum, drawing the molten metal into the mold under pressure, which improves the casting quality over non-vacuum casting and allows for greater detail.

When the molten 440C [High Carbon] stainless steel is cast a process takes place that is called "The Dendritic Effect" where minute carbide particles are formed through out the casting particularly at the edge(s). These carbide particles at the edge(s) improve edge sharpness, edge retention and cutting ability.

The knife is a unique design form world renowned, award winning cutlery and tool designer Arlan D. Lothe that features dead center balance, double hand ground, convex polished edges for greater strength and edge retention, built in hand guard, a blood grove on both sides of the blade, and Condor's unique, mil-spec UltraBlac2 finish. This is a special black oxide finish that is actually cooked into the metal at 285°F. This finish meets and exceeds several military specifications from the U.S. and other countries around the world.

Each knife comes with a ballistic Nylon sheath. The knives and sheaths are made with pride in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

  • Code: 60221
  • Stock #: CTK1004CB-BNS
  • Blade Length: 8"
  • Blade Thickness: 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 14"
  • Blade Material: Cast 440C Stainless Steel
  • Blade Finish: UltraBlac2
  • Sheath: Ballistic Nylon
  • Weight: 1.21 lbs.
  • Made in El Salvador
*Blade grind may vary.

UPC Code: 7417000539233

Steel Handles
Steel Handles Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
440C Stainless Steel
440C Stainless Steel High end stainless steel with a high resistance to corrosion and will sharpen to a razor edge.
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
Condor Tool & Knife CTK1004CB-BNS Dendritic Tactical Combat Knife 8" Stainless Steel Black Blade, Ballistic Nylon Sheathrated 3.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Condor Tool & Knife CTK1004CB-BNS Dendritic Tactical Combat Knife 8" Stainless Steel Black Blade, Ballistic Nylon Sheath
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Tom H
Jan 14, 2020
Pros: Weight, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Mysterious Knife-burn after reading-you don’t know me-I was never here
Developed by David Boye in 1981, cast dendritic 440C is noted for longer edge holding, and easier sharpening r/t the dendrite (branching tree-like) crystalline micro structure of the steel, produced thru the vacuum casting process. Cast 440C has just never really taken-off and caught fire with knife enthusiasts (folks negative outlook on all things 440 stainless? better/cheaper alternative steels?). I didn’t know Condor T&K was casting 440C until I stumbled across this knife. Why cast 440C? Although, Stuart Ackerman chose cast 440C for its toothy/edge holding/ease of sharpening properties in his Serrata; I believe in this case it is just a more economical method for Condor than stock removal, as it involves less man hours shaping the knife. 440C is difficult to cut/grind/drill, etc. With cast 440C you are basically cleaning off the slag, and sharpening the edge. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The downside to cast 440C, is that it may not be as tough/strong/ductile as forged 440C. With forged/hot rolled 440C, the forging process modifies the micro structure of the steel, packing, bonding, orienting, and aligning the micro structure (carbides/alloys) making it tougher/stronger, and more ductile. But, with cast 440C the carbides and alloys are not as tightly pack/aligned/oriented, with voids between the dendritic crystalline micro structure, and hence do not theoretically possess the toughness/strength of forged 440C. Another possible downside is porosity and inclusions from the casting process which could lead to fracturing/shearing, etc. This makes cast 440C with its toothy edge great for linear cuts/slicing, but maybe not the best steel for choppers/combat knives. It kinda makes cast 440C a curious choice for a combat knife. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is the dullest knife I have ever received, But, I'm not going to bother sharpening it, as the steel behind the edge is so thick, why bother? Handle is thin an slippery in hand, needs a wrap. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Since I had qualms about the toughness/strength of this cast 440C, I was going to take Dendritic T/C Knife out back and whacked the living dendrite out of it on some black locust logs. I had written Condor T&K right after Christmas, asking if they did the casting themselves, or if they made it via stock reduction of cast 440C bar stock. I received the following reply from Condor Marketing: “Thanks for writing, sorry for the delay, CTK was out of office for holiday, the Dendritic Tactical Combat Knife is a discontinued product, but yes was made of 440C.” Had my suspicions about the strength/toughness/inclusions been founded in failures? No reasons were given for it being discontinued. Now I’m not so anxious to be whacking this on a log. Since I don’t fully trust this cast 440C now that it’s been D/C’d, it is destine to become a closet queen. I recommend you buy 2 of these Dendritic Knives; one to test my hypothesis of cast 440C being vulnerable to stress r/t weak grain structure/porosity/inclusions (‘cause I’m too cheap), and one to keep for collector’s potential. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I could’a sworn that around Christmas 2019 there were YouTube Video reviews of this knife. But checking back on Jan. 2, 2020 there is barely a record of this knife’s existence on the web. It is almost as if the situation had been, “sanitized.” Someone wanted this knife to disappear, and I had been snooping around asking questions. Had, “The Bladefather,” Joe Flowers, made offers that couldn’t be refused? I’ve heard tales of El Salvadorian death squads, and now there’s someone knocking at my door. If I don’t finish this review, you will know what happ ________________________________________________________ Oh, sorry, I dropped my tin foil hat. Happy New Year, all! Love ya, Joe!


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