Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Good Basic Knife
I purchased this knife for my GHB (get home bag) in my car kit. I've used it for some light bush crafting to get a feel for the blade. The sheath is top quality. You couldn't buy a better sheath no matter how much you spent. The knife is a very basic, bushcraft/camp knife. I actually like how simple it is, as it has the feel and look of what I imagine the frontiersman used back when America was being discovered. The knife is comfortable to work with and it's overall size of it is perfect for camp, utility and general purpose use. I really dig fixed blade knives in the 5-6” blade length range for field use. Shorter or longer knives just aren’t as useful for me. The blade steel isn't overly thick, to where it interferes with finer tasks, but is thick and long enough to handle batonning limbs up to about 3". It performed that task easily enough. The materials used to make the knife seem to be of good quality. So far, it's held its edge well and easily re-sharpens. The blade didn't chip with heavier work like my Mora did. Another positive that can't be overlooked is the price point, about $30 delivered. You could equip a family of 4 with these Condors for the same cost of just equipping one family member with an ESEE, but the realistic performance difference between those two knife types is just about moot. If you lose the Condor in the woods, no biggie since it didn't cost you much. Onto the negatives about the knife. A coil and/or guard would have added alot of functionality to the design. The fit and finish of the knife is mediocre, with tooling marks and uneven edges present. The paint coating used on the blade scrapes off readily with even the lightest use. In essence, the knife is bare bones basic with a price point to match, but will get the job done in the field.