If your model comes like the one in the above-mentioned review, just call Condor! Their customer service is great, and they'll get you a good one in no time. Nothing like a company that stands behind its products!
This is a good, usable knife out of the box, but sometimes it may need a sharpening. Keep in mind when writing a review, each one of these blades are ground to shape and sharpened by hand. They are not machined in a cnc mill, so there will be differences in different knives. If you lay 2 of them on top of each other, they would be different. This is a good. affordable entry into bushcraft knives, and the wide, hand filling scales leave a lot of room for customization. On mine, I rounded the handles with sandpaper and sealed with linseed oil.
The quality is excellent. Good steel, great wooden handle,great leather sheath. I have had and used the old version for about six months. For the price you get alot of bang for the buck. Don't be swayed by the "Junk" review. I nicked mine once on a rock batoning. A course stone took it right out . I've got more expensive knives but always end up back with this one. I only give it a four star because it doesn't come razor sharp out of the box. It will get there though and hold a great edge too boot. Twenty some odd dollars is a steal for this knife.
Another nice knife from condor. I like this one much more than my bushlore. Again the handle is rough and needs attention but everything is good to go. These knives are not pretty or fancy but they work hard. If your looking for a show piece move on, but if you need a workhorse this will do ya.
I have a couple of Condor Knives. They are hardly junk. The convex grind is a little trickier to sharpen, yet it is a very strong style of grind. The 1075 Carbon Steel is easy to sharpen. It did take me awhile to get the blade hair popping sharp. If you are looking for a pretty knife this ain't it. But if functions very well and can take a beating. Almost as well as some of the ugly Mora knives I love.
Bought this one recently, initial impression, poor , figured I would give it a chance and decided to use it For a while before writing a review, secondary impression, still JUNK, the model (4") I received knicked while cutting 6# test monofilament line,,, REALLY????!!!!
There are two versions of this knife. The 4 and the 5 inch. Go with the five inch. This knife was DULL out of the box and would not take a good edge. The blade shape is VERY steep on the tip and would ONLY be suitable as a skinning blade. It is useless for Bushcraft tasks. If you are looking for a hunting knife and want to spend time sharpening the blade, then get this one. If you are looking for a Bushcraft blade, go with the 5" version or better yet get the Bushlore!
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