Pros: Finish, Overall Quality, Materials, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Weight
Condor needs to make more swords!
Condor is becoming my favorite blade manufacturer, next to Morakniv. This thing has a thick, heavy, perfectly straight blade with a convex edge. Readily sliced up the box it came in with gentle strokes. Very stiff blade, I cannot flex it with my hands. The tang is a full 1/4" thick. Heavier than most swords this size, but the extra weight in the tang balances it out sweetly. You can easily wield it one-handed, but the two-handed grip feels very natural. The pictures don't do justice to how long the hilt (and overall length) actually is. I have average size man hands, there's room for three of 'em. I was worried about the grip being too slick, however there's a very nice texture. Also, the grip is oval shaped, rather than square as it appears in the pictures. The guard is thick, solid metal, I'm not sure if it's steel or aluminum, but it does the job. The sheath is well done with thick leather and heavy stitching , though I wish it were rigid. At this price, I can't complain. There's no belt loop, just cord wrapped around it with a synthetic disk. I believe its meant to be thrust between your belt and pants, the disk preventing it from slipping out. 1075 is the perfect steel for anything with a blade over 8". It's what Albion uses for swords that cost upwards of $3000. The only improvement I can think of would be to differentially temper the blade, but that would drive the price way up. I just hope Condor comes out with some European style swords. A Viking sword would be a good start!