Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Absolute favorite, multi use Condor machete
I have several pairs of Condor machetes and the Tapanga is by far my favorite. I have purchased a few Condors through Knife Center, but don't recall if I bought the Tapanga here. Nevertheless, I wanted to write a review of this awesome utility blade. The machetes I bought arrived very sharp from the factory. The blade on the Tapanga is an excellent balance of length, width, and thickness. This lightweight machete allows for smooth, fluid strokes at any angle. I normally buy machetes in pairs because I prefer to have one in each hand while clearing trails. Using two machetes at the same time, I keep my direction pretty much straight ahead, and don't need to extend my swing too far right or left. I can get through a patch of briars rather quick this way. The Tapanga machete just handles well in both my dominate hand and the opposite. I have used this machete to clear trails that were very thick with briars, thin and thick stalks, live and dead. The blade easily sheared through everything. This machete has held up well through a variety of soft and hardwood, green and dry. The blade has a satisfying "ring" when chopping through dry wood. The edge retention is excellent for what I put these blades through. The only negative I have with the Tapanga is the smooth handle. I soon changed that by filing in some cross hatch for a more secure hold. I recommend this machete to everyone I talk to who is looking for a qaulity machete.