Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
I bought this machete a while ago and mostly used it for chores around the yard, but today I took it out for a volunteer event to eradicate invasive bamboo at a state park. The stand in question was over 60 years old and had taken over several acres. Most of the stalks were well over 50 feet high and up to three inches in diameter. It was tough going and the pruning saws we had were not entirely up to the job.I remembered I had this in my trunk and figured it was purpose designed for this task and gave it a whirl. I noticed right away that the heavy tip was allowing the blade to really bite into those stalks with authority. Even on mature, hard bamboo, I was taking down stalks with two strokes of the blade. And the handle really kept it solid in my hand.We didn't completely take down the forest (and we weren't planning on it), but the Condor Parang made short work of an area about the size of a football field in a solid day of work. The ranger was so impressed he wanted to know where he could get one. I, of course, pointed him to knifecenter.