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New 2016 Condor Tool & Knife Products

Unlike some of the other brands, Condor Tool & Knife releases far fewer models each year. This has some upsides and downsides. The upside? You can better digest the new stuff. The downside? There are fewer new things to marvel at.

Last year, Condor TK released a small selection of new items, a few of which turned out to be pretty huge hits. Let’s see what they have in store this year.

Cloudburst Axe

Condor TK Cloudburst Axe

The first item on the docket is the Cloudburst Axe. This looks like a pretty classic axe with a naturally finished 1060 high carbon steel head. The 23-inch handle is American Hickory.

Compact Dagger

Condor TK Compact Dagger

The Compact Dagger is exceptionally thin and narrow with a dual-edged blade made of 1075 carbon steel. It has black traction powder coating and features Micarta handle scales. The Kydex sheath has a ball chain, so you can wear it around your neck.

Eco Survival Golok Machete

Condor TK Eco Survival

The Eco Survival Golok Machete is another entry into their “eco” series. They previously released the Eco Parang and the Eco Survival El Salvador Machete. It’s 14.5 inches long with a natural blade finish and a high impact polypropylene handle.

It comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.

Indian Throwing Tomahawk

Condor TK Indian Throwing Hawk

There are two different Indian Throwing Tomahawks available this year. The first has a head that’s 5 3/4″ x 2 2/3″ and the second has a head that’s 7 1/4″ x 2 3/4.” Both have hickory handles with leather sheaths.

Mayflower Knife

Condor TK Mayflower Knife

The Mayflower is a fixed blade with a 3-inch blade made from 420HC stainless steel. It has a polished finish and Micarta handle scales. The sheath is made from leather.

Primitive Bush Knife (Carbon Steel)

Condor TK Primitive Bush Knife Carbon

The Primitive Bush Knife was probably Condor TK’s biggest hit last year. It was even one of our Badass Knives of the Week. Since it was popular, they decided to bring it back in two new versions. Both of the new models now have 1075 high carbon steel blades. The first is has the 8-inch blade from last year, but the second has a longer 12-inch blade.

Swamp Romper

Condor TK Swamp Romper

Next up is the Swamp Romper, a simple yet strong fixed blade. Using 1075 carbon steel, the 4.5-inch blade has a drop point with a polished finish. The handle is made from walnut, and it comes with a handcrafted leather sheath that swivels to prevent it from laying at an awkward angle if you’re hopping in and out of a truck.

Thorax Hatchet

Condor TK Thorax Hatchet

This small hatchet has a unique look. The axehead, which is 5×6 inches, has a fairly large cutout that helps reduce the overall weight of the hatchet. The handle is made from walnut, and the blade has a blasted finish. I couldn’t find any info on the overall length. It comes with a leather belt sheath.

Yari Spear

Condor TK Yari Spear

Finally, there’s the Yari Spear. The Yari is a term used for a traditionally made Japanese spear that’s used in the martial arts. It’s 14.5 inches with a 1075 carbon steel spearhead. It also has an epoxy black powder coating. The handle is made from burnt American ash with a portion of paracord wrapped around the middle to offer a grip. A leather sheath covers the spearhead.


Tim

Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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4 Comments

  1. I notice that the material used is carbon steel. In the past, having been exposed to tools made with carbon steel, I noticed that C.S. material is inferior to high speed, stainless steel and forged material. What is your reasoning for using carbon steel? In your field, I am a “virgin” so any help you can part with, I am “all ears.” Thank you in advance for your guidance in my new field of endeavor. Don Shafer.

    • Tim

      April 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

      It’s mostly a matter of preference. Many bushcrafting knives (which is what Condor TK focuses on) use carbon steels for a number of reasons, such as they’re easier to sharpen. Here’s a thorough look at blade steels for pockets knives if you’re curious about really delve deep into the topic: https://www.knife-depot.com/learn/pocket-knife-blade-steel/

      • It’s true. High-carbon steels are a ton easier to sharpen to a wicked edge than stainless steels. There’s hardly any comparison at all. Carbon steels are in a different league when it comes to sharpening.

  2. Thank you.

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