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Condor Tool & Knife CTK416-20HC Tapanga Machete 17-1/2" Carbon Steel Black Blade, Hardwood Handles, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CN41620HC
Manufacturer: Condor Tool & Knife
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Description
CN41620HC: Tapanga Machete
Condor Tool & Knife

Specifications
  • Code: 60943
  • Stock #: CTK416-20HC
  • Blade Length: 20"
  • Blade Thickness: 3/32"
  • Overall Length: 25-1/2"
  • Blade Material: 1075 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Finish: Epoxy Black Powder Coating
  • Handle: Hardwood
  • Sheath: Handcrafted Welted Leather
  • Weight: 2.4 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.
4.333 (3 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Jake
Kise
Sep 07, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material
Cons: None
Well balanced nice feeling machete. Cuts through green vegetation and dead branches nicely.
5 out of 5
Andrew
MI
Aug 05, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Absolute favorite, multi use Condor machete
I have several pairs of Condor machetes and the Tapanga is by far my favorite. I have purchased a few Condors through Knife Center, but don't recall if I bought the Tapanga here. Nevertheless, I wanted to write a review of this awesome utility blade. The machetes I bought arrived very sharp from the factory. The blade on the Tapanga is an excellent balance of length, width, and thickness. This lightweight machete allows for smooth, fluid strokes at any angle. I normally buy machetes in pairs because I prefer to have one in each hand while clearing trails. Using two machetes at the same time, I keep my direction pretty much straight ahead, and don't need to extend my swing too far right or left. I can get through a patch of briars rather quick this way. The Tapanga machete just handles well in both my dominate hand and the opposite. I have used this machete to clear trails that were very thick with briars, thin and thick stalks, live and dead. The blade easily sheared through everything. This machete has held up well through a variety of soft and hardwood, green and dry. The blade has a satisfying "ring" when chopping through dry wood. The edge retention is excellent for what I put these blades through. The only negative I have with the Tapanga is the smooth handle. I soon changed that by filing in some cross hatch for a more secure hold. I recommend this machete to everyone I talk to who is looking for a qaulity machete.
4 out of 5
Noah P
Asheville, Nc
May 02, 2013
Pros: Materials, Finish, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Tapanga Machete
I have been using this blade to clear black berry bushes and other vines, as well as locust saplings to clear garden space for a client in North Carolina. The heavy machete slice through the tough vegetation incredibly well. I do wish it had a longer handle, or a weighted handle to give it better balance, and a better grip. A flare at the end would help.I wrapped it with parachute cord, and made a large not near the end to help keep hold of it and it seems to help a lot. I also wish it's blade was made of slightly thicker steel to give a bit more lateral rigidity. It is however the most versatile tool for the job and lets me clear both brush and small tree's and limbs, leaving less change of tools. After I have cleared a space with it, all that is left are are place I need an ax or chainsaw for.
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