Condor Bowie Knives. Opinions And Information?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ShinyLoveMachine, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Bad Ninja

    Bad Ninja

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    Dec 19, 2018

    Some people see plastic scales and a plastic sheath as a disadvantage.

    Condor sheaths are very nice, blades are thick and tough, and handles are finished and nice.

    OH knives have crappy pins, thin blades, nasty grinds, rough scales, and no sheath.

    Becker's cost 20-30% more, have plastic scales and sheaths.
     
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  2. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    Prices depend where you shop. The old hickory I posted has a leather sheath and is under $20. The condors tend to have pretty beat up pins too.
     
  3. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    I'm not sure about you @Bad Ninja but the pics above are pretty crappy QC to me. Most here would return that crap grind and beat up handled knife quicker than you can blink an eye.
     
  4. Bad Ninja

    Bad Ninja

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    Dec 19, 2018

    Shoulda bought it from Baryonyx.
    ;)
     
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  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Condor's QC overall isn't bad. The only complaint I have with Condors is the edge tends to be a little thick on average. But I like them and buy them. Haven't returned a single Condor..... I suggest you simply look at other brands KooKoo.
     
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  6. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    I do, like I said, they priced themselves out of the value market, but still the same quality as always. It's like trying to sell a Hipoint for $300.
     
  7. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Condors actually DON'T tend to have "pretty beat up pins". And their fit/finish has consistently risen over the years.

    The Old Hickory you posted is a pre-order for an as-yet-unreleased model. All other Old Hickory models don't come with a sheath. The new Old Hickory model is a great move on their part, but it's a brand new item that's not even out yet, and based on the look of the handle I'm pretty sure that it's in the new style they're doing. The scales are standardized, and have a nicer rounded edge to them rather than chamfered, but they no longer flush the scales to the tang, so the finish will be as-stamped on the edges, which is another step elimination. And it's still compression rivets, which is fine for culinary type use, but there does tend to be more of a gap around the counterbored holes and occasional misalignments with that attachment method. The entire purpose of that sort of fastener is to be cheap and fast to install with minimal finishing. So it's great that they're coming out with that new product, but it's still in the works, designed to require minimal manufacturing stages, and the inclusion of a sheath makes it not a good representation of the product line as a whole, at least at this point in time. I look forward to that one hitting the market, though. :)
     
  8. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    you do realize those pics are from a year and a half or so ago and that knife had been used. also using it didnt get harmed by beat up pins and grind you dislike. it faired quite well as a user. I don't buy knives like this to sit and look at them.

    yeah he didnt have that knife back then in 2017. I usually do buy from him on certain brands if he has them in stock.
     
  9. 45Shooter

    45Shooter

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    Mar 30, 2001
    Surprised no one mentioned the the Atrox - eleven inches of sweet bowie. Take a look before any decision - it's a little more expensive than the Undertaker but has micarta scales and a kydex sheath.
     
  10. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    It certainly doesn't look used.
     
  11. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    so youre saying I'm lying then?
     
  12. Bad Ninja

    Bad Ninja

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    Dec 19, 2018
    You posted a knife that isn't even available, has a weak looking handle with steak knife pins and scales, ultra thin blade and a dollar tree sheath, and compare it to a Condor bowie.
    I like OH knives but that's quite the reach.
    I'm guessing you dont own a Condor.
    You should. They are solid knives.
     
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  13. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    I'm sure you probably owned the knife for a year in a half, but I'm saying it looks like the only time it has been out of its sheath was for the photo.
     
  14. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    Many condor knives run .125", most of hickory run at .100", not much difference.
     
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    When Condor went to MAP pricing, it hurt their affordability for many. I used to buy them on impulse to try out and play with. Now the choosing is a bit more measured for me. There are a couple Condor knives that have caught my interest at the moment. At least one will probably appear in my stable. In the past, I would have gotten each of them....

    The pricing thing or the impression of value tends to stabilize after a time. Consider Benchmade, I'm still buying them. There was a long thread on Case knives (surgical steel) in the last week. It ended up being closed. It is the value issue for me with Case, but I'm still buying them.... If value was the dominant consideration, the only knives I would own would probably be Mora's and a few Bucks.

    Pins.... even on their machetes, they have been well done overall.

    You just have a thing against Condor. As I said, buy something else.
     
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  16. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    so your saying I'm lying then. I'll remember that....

    and youre wrong.

    condor uses a clear coating on the edges and after getting I immediately go chop on an old oak log to remove it. that one had that done to it the secondary bevel redone and a bit more.
     
  17. KooKooforKukripuffs

    KooKooforKukripuffs

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    Jul 25, 2018
    Ohhhh, so the guy who re-ground the secondary bevel was responsible for jacking it up, makes sense now. I hope you got your money back.
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