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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Toby L
Williamsburg, In
Feb 09, 2015
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Don't like reviewing before really testing but ,,,, knife seems to be a beast . BUT , the sheath while having many good points , has 1 very bad one . It just doesn't fit in proper , if not turned just exactly right it catches & and kind of lodges into the wrong place , if in taking out the knife it has sheath material on it then it is cutting therefor dulling. I`ve heard heat & reform the sheath but just feel like with money spent it should be right , in and out without making sure my twist is just right , at times it hangs up completely & has 1/2 an inch that doesn't seat . My other knifes fit proper , just feel this should too.
5 out of 5
Brett B
Jan 24, 2015
Excellent Camping Knife
I saw this knife reviewed on youtube and thought I would like it so I ordered one. I am very impressed with the how light this knife feels in my hand for it's size and blade thickness. The micarta handle scales are very comfortable and the fit and finish is excellent. I usually stay away from powder coating because they tend to look like crap after heavy use, but this coating seems to be smoother and less aggressive than others. In my opinion the Crotalus may be a better option than the BK2. For one thing the Crotalus has a more comfortable and grippy handle, also the BK2 feels much heavier and bulky in comparison. The edge came surprisingly sharp out of the box, this convex edge is new to me but should be easy to keep sharp. The sheath is excellent, the most sturdy and durable sheath I've every had that came with a knife. Pros: Light weight - good balance 1075 high carbon steel will hold a good edge Comfortable and durable handle - fills the hand nicely Solid construction and well designed Great fit and finish - no hot spots detected Very rugged and durable sheath Great value for the money Cons: Lack of gimping - which some may not mind, but I would have liked to see a little on the spine for better grip. I put this under cons although it is very minor. I wish the handle had some grooves to increase traction. Recommendations: This knife would be outstanding as an all around camp knife doing medium use tasks such as food preparation, chopping small pieces of wood and other utility tasks. I do not believe the Crotalus is your best option for hard use survival type tasks. That being said, it can fill many other roles in the camp.
4 out of 5
William R
Texas, USA
Jan 23, 2015
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Awesome knife...
Picked up the Crotalus as my main survival/bushcrafting knife. Let me start by saying that I am absolutely blown away by the knife itself. It performs every task I put it to with ease. The blade itself is a little thick, so a little extra care is needed when performing fine work as this knife will bite very deep, very quickly. However, you are not likely to break it during routine work, so it can be used with confidence :). The Scandi grind make this blade a cinch to keep sharp at home or in the field without much effort. My only complaint is with the sheath. I'm not a fan of kydex to begin with, but this sheath has some glaring issues. The sheath is fomed, EXACTLY to the shape of the blade, meaning if you do not replace the knife at the EXACT angle it left is sheath in it is simply not going to fit. It will instead wedge itself fairly deeply into the kydex. It not only removes kydex when sheathing/unsheathing but dulls the blade over time, which means continual maintenance. On a positive the sheaths retention is amazing. You are NOT going to lose this knife. Will probably be slapping together some leather in the near future and replacing the sheath altogether From my understanding the blades that are out there are Condor's first run of this model. So I would expect this iasue to be addressed in future incarnations of this knife as it is very obviously a design flaw and not just an isolated issue. Overall, a fantastic knife. Would buy again.
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