Condor Tool & Knife CTK257-5.5HC Crotalus Knife 5-1/2" Carbon Steel Blade, Micarta Handles, Kydex Sheath

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Part Number: CN25755HC
Manufacturer: Condor Tool & Knife
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CN25755HC: Crotalus Knife
Condor Tool & Knife
The blade is made from German 1075 High Carbon Steel and are heat treated and annealed to about 56-58 Rockwell hardness. The edge is hand finished and polished to razor sharpness. The blade features a black traction powder coating. This is a non-reflective powder coating with a texture, designed for tactical use, rust and abrasion resistance. The Micarta handles enhance both the look and function while delivery indestructible phenolic performance.

Designed by Joe Flowers
Joe Flowers is responsible for many of the interesting blade designs throughout the Condor lineup. Joe writes for a myriad of magazines and publications, and contributes regularly to the outdoor community, concentrating in woodcraft and primitive living. His knowledge of outdoor gear led to consulting on equipment design and function for many companies. Joe holds a degree in Zoology with a minor in Entomology, and researches heavily into all things outdoors. Joe Flowers also teaches outdoor skills and survival classes around the US. Locally, he teaches fitness, martial arts, and organizes youth summer camps in his spare time. Joe is an avid naturalist, hunter, fisherman, herpetologist, videographer, beekeeper, knife thrower, guide, and regularly travels internationally in search of knife knowledge and unique animals. You can find Condor on Joe's side when he is deep in the Amazonian rain forest, or high in the deserts of Utah.
  • Blade: 1075 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Powder Coating
  • Handle: Micarta
  • Sheath: Kydex MOLLE Compatible
  • Designed by Joe Flowers
  • Code: 60202
  • Stock #: CTK257-5.5HC
  • Blade Length: 5-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 10-3/4"
  • Thickness: 5.0 mm
  • Weight: 0.98 lbs.
  • Made in El Salvador
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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Uncle K
High Sierras, CA
Sep 22, 2014
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish
I like Condor Knives & KnifeCenter, but I got a dud!
I want to focus on all of the good things about this knife, but I'm disappointed in the shaping of the handle.. (not the design/shape of the handle) The craftsmanship of 'grinding' or shaping is difficult, I know, but this one's very asymmetrical. I'd like to upload photos so you can see what I mean. It looks like one side of the knife handle got 'bit' by the belt sander and removed a 45 degree swedge on one side, and the spot on the handle near the thumb ramp is also shaved off in a flat way that looks like an accident. Maybe I was expecting better quality from Condor, and it's just me, but this product shouldn't have passed quality-control in my opinion. I'm sad to say that I will return this knife.. Now, on a positive note: If these 'defects' weren't there, this knife would be one of my favorites. Joe Flowers has a hit here. The balance is perfect, 5.5" blade, 5mm spine, full-flat grind to the scandi bevel is the BEST !! I like the handle material, and the steel.
5 out of 5
Andrew D.
Sep 19, 2014
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
Destroyer of a a niche
I opened up this box and asked "this is a condor?" out loud. It looks like a custom knife. The coating is perfect and the handle is shaped perfectly on both sides. I saw the other review here and it must have been a mistake, but as I understand it, you can contact them with pictures and they'll send you a replacement. I was thinking that the sheath would rattle but it holds the knife flawlessly
2 out of 5
Fullerton, California
Sep 14, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Weight, None
Cons: Finish, Overall Quality
Disappointed! :(
I want so much to write a positive review of this knife that I have received, but I just can't get past the fact that the handle has been shaped extremely out of symmetry. I mean, it looks like someone accidentally slipped and ground one side of the upper handle flat at a 45 degree angle, while on the other side the handle "shoulder" goes straight out. I have photos, and would like to attach them here, if I could. Now to be fair, this probably wouldn't affect the function of the knife, except that the spot that's ground away is where I place my thumb and push against. It may be me, but it bothers me a lot. I'm sad to say that I'm going to return the knife. On a positive note, this knife is a great design. This would be my favorite Condor knife (if not for the defect) The balance is perfect. The blade grind geometry is amazing, with the full flat grind starting from the .20" spine, and a wide scandi bevel takes it to the edge.
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