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Condor Tool & Knife CTK4053C10 Scout Hatchet 4-1/4" Carbon Steel Head, American Hickory Handle, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CN4053C10
Manufacturer: Condor Tool & Knife
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CN4053C10: Scout Hatchet
Condor Tool & Knife

  • Code: 61400
  • Stock #: CTK4053C10
  • Head Dimensions: 4-1/4" x 2-3/4"
  • Head Weight: 1.0 lbs.
  • Overall Length: 10-1/4"
  • Blade Material: 1045 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Finish: Condor Classic
  • Handle: American Hickory
  • Sheath: Handcrafted Welted Leather
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs.
  • Made in El Salvador
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Nenana, Alaska
Feb 10, 2016
Pros: Handle Material, Balance, Construction, Head Material
Cons: None
Hard to find. Perfect lower-cost alternative...
Hard to find. Perfect lower-cost alternative to Wetterlings and Gransfors-Bruks small axes. Could be a bit smaller/lighter for a pocket ax, but it will do.. Good handle. Nice steel. Comes _somewhat_ sharp, but easily whets up fine. Great sheathe. For the price, it would be very hard to do better. I'm buying another, or possibly two more. That's a sign I really like a tool. I did serve the handle with thick waxed line the better to allow the ax to fit my hand, but I often do that with many of my tools. I can see how for some the handle diameter might feel small for the hand. The obvious fix is there, though: Serve.
5 out of 5
Andy W
Oct 11, 2015
Pros: Handle Material, Construction, Head Material
Cons: Weight, None
Great Lightweight axe with multiple purposes
I didn't purchase this from here, but this is an excellent price. All that a hatchet does is hard to write a review for, but this one, once sharpened, is versatile. I have reworked a shaving edge on mine that can double it's use as a drawing knife if needed. Head is small enough to maneuver as such. Nice straight-grained handle that won't break during your first tree, nice hard wood that chops solid, and a good edge-holding head that seems to be solid as a rock. It is also an excellent thrower that sticks with very little practice. I wrote a negative for the weight because it will cut ANYTHING as long as you have a good solid piece of wood or a stump behind your swing to trim your branches on, otherwise you'll hack all day long. This shouldn't even be a negative, but it just doesn't have the weight of a good weighted-spine woodworking machete or something of the like.
5 out of 5
Bait Collector
The South
Apr 16, 2014
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
best investment
This little hatchet compares favorably with offerings from Wetterlings and Gransfors Bruk that cost much more. Like its more expensive counterparts, it performs well as a carving axe, a claim which similar products from comparably priced offerings from other manufacturers can't match. There is not another comparable product on the market that can do as much as well as this one does for the price. As a general camping tool, its light weight belies its ability in competent hands. For shelter production and campfire fuel, this hatchet is master of its own realm if wood not over about 61/2" to 7" in diameter is used. Due to its size and weight, it overlaps the utility of a machete and larger axe in some applications. If you are hacking your way through a thicket or jungle, the utility of a machete supersedes this item handily. If your need for firewood and shelter trends toward larger logs, a heavier axe offers obviously greater utility. For other campsite activities, such as carving and fashioning camp utensils, etc., the functions of this tool overlap substantially with a knife. While this tool is not an an adequate substitute for any of the above mentioned tools, its light weight and design features offer an indispensable option for the weight conscious backpacker. Although I initially purchased my specimen as a novelty, it quickly replaced other hatchets by Estwing, Husqvarna and others as my first choice for overnight camping trips and day hikes. As with any other cutting tool, it is only as good as its edge. My specimen takes and holds an edge very well. While I rate this item very highly, I do have some concerns with this and other Condor products that many would consider trivial. For instance, all illustrations of this item present the bit as representing a nearly straight line from toe to heel. This is desirable. My specimen is a bit more convex than I would prefer, but has not so far been a detriment. Similarly, I bought a Condor knife on-line that did not resemble its illustration very closely, much to my disappointment.
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