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Old 08-09-2019, 1:31 AM
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A couple of years back, I bought a Condor Golok machete style knife---it showed up looking beautiful---painted parts were like a car---polished surfaces were like a custom knife---wood grip was nicely fitted and polished smooth---too nice to use! Oh, and only $45 bucks too!
Just recently, I got a deal on a brand new Jungelo machete---love the design---but the quality was shockingly poor---painted surfaces were thin and very poorly applied---lots of tool marks everywhere---polished surfaces were not so great, but the worst part was the sharpening of the blade---at least 13 dents on the edge---not anything like the former quality at all---and the prices have doubled for the El Salvador products (!)
So, anybody else have any experience with the latest Condor products?
FWIW, I resharpened the blade and removed the edge dents and because I intend to use the crap out of this knife (huge backyard), I didn't send it back, but was very close to returning it...
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Old 08-09-2019, 1:55 AM
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Condor is south american using leafspring steel. At first they were priced accordingly, but now they think they're something they're not! They have a few designs I'm interested in, but not at their current price point.
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Old 08-31-2019, 10:51 PM
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Any other recent Condor knife experiences?
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Old 09-04-2019, 9:27 AM
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I never had one, but I like OKC and Cold Steel (like the South African Kukri machetes for thrashing. CS can be rough too, but well worth the price. OKC are not rough, but maybe a little less refined than a ESSE, so I hear. The ones I like are the RAT7 and RTACII... IMHO though, nothing beats a SYKCO handle or their steel - an exception to the old rule about full tangs being a requirement. I'd rather have resiprene when actually using something.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:13 AM
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Regarding South African machetes---thirty years ago, I bought three SA made machetes under the Cold Steel brand name, for about $6 bucks apiece at a gun store---sharpened them up good---been using them this entire time on my huge yard---oiled them from time to time to prevent rust---gave one away to a friend who admired it and continue to use the other two to this day---best $$$ I ever spent on a cheap knife...
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