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Condor Tool & Knife CTK480-14HC Barong Machete 14" Black Carbon Steel Blade, Polypropylene Handles, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CN48014HC
Manufacturer: Condor Tool & Knife
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CN48014HC: Barong Machete | Carbon Steel
Condor Tool & Knife

This 14" Filipino machete came at the request of martial artists for a long but lighter heavy duty martial arts weapon. The Condor Barong will perform well in the hands of any outdoorsman or practitioner, with a full flat grind and distal taper. At 14", the leaf shaped blade is one of the handiest cutting tools available. Additionally, a sharp point and a hidden tang all the way to the back of the handle make it tough enough for any boar.
  • Code: 60917
  • Stock #: CTK480-14HC
  • Blade Length: 14"
  • Thickness: 3/16"
  • Overall Length: 19-1/4"
  • Blade: 1075 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Finish: Epoxy Black Powder Coating
  • Handle: High Impact Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Leather
  • Weight: 1.34 lbs.
  • Made in El Salvador

UPC Code: 7417000530964

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.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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4 out of 5
Jun 05, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, None
This is my first blade patterned after the barong. Out of the box it was sharpened nicely with an outstanding flat grind. As I was taking it through its paces delimbing dead tree branches, splitting & chopping dead logs, I rolled the edge in the sweet spot. Was an easy fix just tapping it straight. When it happened I figured that i chopped it into a tough season knot in the elm stump. But it happened again close to the same spot, this time being in a pine tree knot, which isn't really tough stuff. Fixed it again & reground the edge bevel properly. My suspicions are that the blade wasn't tempered thoroughly & I may have reground the edge too keen. But I'm just gonna keep this lemon for blade stock because it would be too much investment to mail it back & wait for a new one. I've already modified the handle to a smooth transition from the choil to handle like the traditional barong in the Philippines. Am planning on making the toucan bill pommel more pronounced somehow. The leather sheath is outstanding quality. This will do for me & wasn't a bad buy at all.
5 out of 5
Mr Crowley
May 27, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
my favorite
I own the both the barong and golok. The golok is a nice piece of work and is beautiful to behold, but for chopping, I easily prefer the barong. I really wish I had bought a second barong instead of the golok. I've used both to aid in cleaning up fallen wood from an ice storm, and the barong is the better performer on the downed oak and maple I've had to deal with. And if I had to defend myself, I think the point of the barong would be much more intimidating.
5 out of 5
Southern Illinois
Apr 29, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Materials, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Condor Tool & Knife = Finest Machete
WOW!!! The Gerb Weyesberg Company of Solingen, Germany has delivered with IMACASA/Condor of El Salvador for the finest machetes i have seen. (I own some of their sword bayonets for 1891 Mauser Rifles) fine work indeed. Steel: 1075 High carbon has excellent durability, sharpness, & edge retention. Easily sharpened. Slices paper out of box and a few strokes with a stone will make it razor sharp. 5.0mm thick (thicker than any machete I know of). Balance is perfect even though some what heavy (yes it is heavy). Very sharp strong tip. Handle: Polypropylene is indestructible. Shape is a little lacking though (a bit slippery). Had to use my Dremel to improve grip (personal preference). Full tang with brass ring for lanyard is a plus. Sheath: The best I have seen of any maker. Very thick cow hide with straight stitching and reinforced rivets. I like the swivel style loop as it allows comfort when sitting down a big plus for me (some may not and wish to add another rivet for strength). Knife will not rattle or come loose, even upside down. Use: The "Barong" is more similar to a large knife than a true machete. Would be a great agricultural processor with its deep belly. Could be used similar to a chef's knife. Excellent chopper, but its weight is rearward toward the handle (chops as well or better than a small camp hatchet). It bites wood well in the middle of the belly. Makes quick of 2" white oak here in Southern Illinois. May not excel at slicing light brush and vines at distance do to leaf style blade (remember rear weighted blade). Tip is very strong and sharp with excellent stabbing accuracy that no machete style could match. This is now my go to camp knife. X Factor: This would make a superb weapon and make quick work of any hogs or zombies! Overall: Fit, finish, and overall quality is the best. Condor makes my Ontario and Cold Steel's seem average. Esse machete's look very similar and I wonder if Condor does not have a roll in making theirs? Next purchase is the sexy looking Golok. Condor delivered and is the only machete I will now buy!
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