Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Amazing Mechanics!—Attention Knife Makers—Study This Knife
Your sidearm is usually considered, “Plan A.” I can tell you, Condor’s “Plan A” is the Colt Single Action Revolver of Bowie Knives. If you have ever fired a SA Colt, or Ruger Blackhawk and its variations, you know it is the finest shooting handgun ever designed. When fired, the curve butt of the Colt SA transfers recoil energy downward, letting the handle of the revolver slide downward in the hand while the muzzle rises until it reaches its apex, at which point it slides back down in the hand to perfect target alignment, again. Plan A Bowie’s handle is perfectly ergonomically designed to take advantage of body mechanics of a chopping/slashing stroke. When a chopping stroke is delivered, Plan A’s handle slides foreword in the hand, sending the blade rushing forward and downward, until the back edge of your hand fetches up on the widened pommel, at which point it comes to an abrupt stop, putting a wicked snap into a chopping, or slashing stroke. Blade Show awards a lot of pretty knives in Damascus, with fancy engraving, or beautiful hamon lines, and deservedly so. Julio Diez deserves an award for his PLAN A Bowie for fantastic ergonomics/mechanics. Best chopping/slashing mechanics in a knife handle I have ever come across. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Len McDougall, in his excellent book, “The Edgemaster’s Handbook,” Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., tells of his large survival knife, w/blade of 1095, chipping/fracturing at -40 Fahrenheit chopping the frozen leg bones of a deer, to feed his wolves (wolves is not a metaphor for something, he actually raised wolves). TOPS Knives, Operator 7 (available @ KnifeCenter.com) may be a direct response for this need for a knife that is less prone to failure in any situation/environment/climate. Check it out. 1075 tool steel is a good balance between toughness and hardness in a hard use/survival/camp knife for extreme conditions. You sacrifice some of the edge retention of 1095, but gain some toughness (perhaps, not as brittle in extreme cold). In a survival situation, 1075 tool steel may be a great choice. Try sharpening D2, M390, or S90V on a sandstone rock. It would try the patience of a saint. When there is a chance in a survival situation that only thing connecting me to anything like civilization is my knife, I want to be able to sharpen that knife fairly easily by field expedient means (rock, sand on a flat log, brick, concrete, wherever I can). I’m reminded of the backpackers we met one morning on Isle Royale, waiting on the mail boat. An enraged moose had come along and entangled its antlers in their tent, and went storming off into the bush with all their belongings, never to be seen again. All they had left was on their belts, or in their pockets. 1075 is tough steel (not prone to failure) that takes an edge easily, making it a great choice for a survival knife. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arrived camp knife sharp. There is about a 23-25 degree edge on this compound saber grind, very appropriate on this 1075 tool steel camp knife blade. Could fairly easily be ground to a convex edge for a dedicated wood chopper. The slight weight forward balance helps facilitate powerful chopping strokes (fulcrum about 1” ahead of handle), and works together with the afore mentioned handle design. Excellent sheath. You can easily add another lower leather strap to the sheath with Pull-Dot snaps (screws into eyelet) for horizontal/behind the back carry, or spin lower strap around for extra support in crossdraw carry. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Whether you’re looking for a survival knife for your bug-out bag, a tough chopper for deer camp (gotta feed your wolves), or just something to whack your kindling for the backyard fire pit, Plan A has you covered. Plan A is the kind of knife that helps you arrive at, Plan D: safe at home with the family, drinking a beer.