Condor Heavy Duty Kukri Review

Condor Heavy Duty Kukri Review

Are you facing difficulty while hiking or camping? Kukri knives from Condor got you covered. This company strives to revolutionize the entire blade industry. In this article we are going to brush over one of their amazing blades, so let’s begin our Condor Heavy Duty kukri review.

CONDOR Heavy Duty Kukri Summary

Quality

High carbon-steel, hardwood and leather – good materials.

Durability

Very durable, medium hard steel. Thick spine, sturdy design.

Sharpness

Not very sharp out of the box. Decent edge retention.

Ergonomics

Heavy but decently balanced. No hand guard.

Applicability

One of the best choppers. Modestly sharp for cutting.

Price

Affordable, top-quality kukri at a good price.

Pros

  • Super-tough chopper. Robust build.
  • Durable steel, but not the best edge retention.
  • Battle-ready, sharp, full-tang. 
  • Protective blue coating.
  • Decent quality to cost ratio.
  • Portable and lightweight.

Pros

  • Not sharp enough. Good chopper. Poor cutter.
  • Very heavy for a kukri.
  • No handle guard.

Overall rating :  4.1 / 5

This heavy chopper is designed from the toughest materials, at an affordable price. It is an excellent chopper that can take on some serious punishment. Very durable, but not as sharp – even so, you can count on this blade to have your back.

First Impressions

This is one of the thickest, strongest, heaviest, most durable kukris on the market. The blade excels at heavy duty tasks (hence the name), and that’s why I personally give it a 5-star rating for performance, as the best knife can be used in chopping and splitting wood, cutting logs, felling trees, making shelter, and much more.

Obviously, you can use it for agricultural tasks and for survival purposes: harvesting crops, clearing bushes, opening cans, skinning game. But because of its bulk and weight, it’s more appropriate that for these kinds of activities you use a lighter blade, with better control.

This kukri machete offers solutions to different interests and takes care of changing needs. I think it’s one of the most convincing survival blades.

As a wannabe hunter, this blade might not be the best one for skinning, but it’s very good for chopping up the catch.

This kukri machete offers solutions to different interests and takes care of changing needs. I think it’s one of the most convincing survival blades. As a wannabe hunter, this blade might not be the best one for skinning, but it’s very good for chopping up the catch.

I wanted to cover the entire range of uses for this machete, in my Condor Heavy Duty kukri review. This tool is the most straightforward answer to all toughest tasks in bush crafting. Besides having a heavy blade, it is designed with a solid wooden handle that is perfect when doing home and outdoor work.

Condor Heavy Duty Kukri Review

This Condor kukri has a plain edge with a hardwood sturdy handle and a well-constructed blade with a convex grind that allows both left-handed and right-handed users to enjoy performing their job.

The fixed blade is heavy and thick. It is the strongest model from Condor because of the 1075 high-carbon steel and because of the thick blade with a convex grind to its edge. I have no doubt that this machete can serve my needs excellently when carrying out a number of heavy-duty tasks that other types of knives cannot withstand. Here is a sample of this powerful blade’s abilities:

I have always loved powerful blades I feel confident – that won’t break or take damage. When out in the wild, you need a blade ready to handle emergencies and uncertain situations.

This kukri is popular, and it has a lot to offer, at an acceptable price range. Depending on what kind of blade you need (and what you need it for), this machete can be a good bargain.

I was surprised at how cheap I was able to the Condor Heavy Duty chopper on the Amazon listings. 

Blade Properties and Sharpness

The Condor Heavy Duty kukri is designed with a substantial 14-inch blade, made from 1075 high-carbon steel. It was designed to take damage like a champ! You can perform both heavy and light duties.

This machete from Condor has given me a sigh of relief, as far as toughness goes. But that doesn’t mean we are out of the wood yet. Very tough blades often aren’t very hard, and you might need to re-sharpen them on occasion. As we already know, tougher steel is softer, and because of that, it does not hold an edge very well.

The blade is tough, easy to sharpen and highly resistant to chipping. But I expect that it might have modest edge retention, which means you will have to sharpen it occasionally.

Blade size cannot be classified as small, especially since this is a kukri. It’s big, judging by kukri standards. However, it can be carried in a bag our around the waist in a sheath, like any multi-use tool.

This Condor Heavy Duty kukri review focuses mainly on the blade because it’s the most interesting part. We already established that it is one of the toughest models on the market. It can resist wear and tear. I am not impressed with the sharpness: it’s not impressively sharp out of the box. You might need to sand it. I think Condor wanted a heavy chopper, not a smooth cutter, so they added more thickness to the edge with their convex grind.

Anyhow, sharpening a 1075 carbon steel blade to be razor-sharp is never a good idea. This kind of steel has modest edge retention, so a very narrow edge will dull out quickly. You can chop and cleave with this kukri daily, but if you want to decently cut something, you might want to sharpen it for that occasion. Or even better, bring along a high-carbon knife.

This kukri chops with ease, even the most robust logs, and thickest branches. Its blade is forwardly curved and ends with a sharp tip. It has the most straightforward chance of chopping every barrier that comes your way when path-finding.

The blade is also heavy enough to chop and split wood and has an inner curve used precisely for delivering a powerful blow. The knife is comfortable to handle with a stout blade that is modestly sharp, with a polished edge. The convex grind helps remove residue and clean the edge, thus reducing dragging like some of the other modern knives.

I was excited to learn that it has a sheath for safeguarding and protection when on the road. The sheath features a belt loop, so you can tuck it to your waist, for a more fulfilling experience. To make sure that they don’t rust, I prefer keeping my blades in their sheaths when I am not using them. That is especially true for this model because it doesn’t have an epoxy protective layer covering the steel.

Best Kukri for Chopping Wood

My Condor Heavy Duty kukri review would not be complete if I didn’t glance over its chopping ability. Before you read any further, check out this YouTube video which shows one particular strong point of this blade:

This kukri weighs 1.8 lbs. And it is made from 1075 high-carbon steel. It is a superior blade which is strong enough to handle heavy workload thus not limited to splitting and chopping all kinds of wood. 

It is designed with a curved base, and that forward heavy tip is the reason kukris are the best blade for chopping; they have that extra mass towards the tip, for extra force. Aside from that, this particular model is bigger, with a fatter edge, compared to other kukris on the market.

Regarding the edge, it’s not razor-sharp and not even super-sharp. But it has enough sharpness for you to experiment and have fun with! That convex grind allows you to chop and cut wood regardless of how hard the wood is. Because you can swing with full force without fear of damaging the edge.

Full-tang is another powerful characteristic of this model. If you look at it from the front, you will see that thick blade coming down through the handle. It will not break at the insertion point, no matter what!

When I compare it to the conventional V-edged knives (and even hollow-grinds), this condor knife has unique features which give it inspiring efficiency to chopping. It really feels like a small hatchet.

For a full list of best choppers and cutters, check out the article I wrote, for an outline of all the pros and cons of the most popular products in the survival blade market.

How Is Balance And Handling?

Handling isn’t that bad for a kukri… Despite being a heavy blade, it is quite short. This machete is heavy, designed to make sure the user can easily finish the most daunting of tasks. Heavy blades usually present difficulties when it comes to handling and controlling their movement.

But this kukri offers a great experience because it comes with a solid, full-tang blade which allows the user to feel comfortable controlling each swing. It adds more weight to the handle, almost balancing out the heavy tip.

Like all traditional kukris, this one has that big bulge at the pommel, which acts as a counter-weight.

Handle Ergonomics

The handle of this machete is designed from Walnut which is a good material for a comfortable grip if you are going for wood. I for one prefer Kraton G – it’s the best.

This machete has a top handle made from walnut hardwood. It is aesthetic and pleasant, reminiscent of old, traditional Nepalese kukri knives. It makes for a comfortable experience, a return to old fashion. The handle is built to last because the hardwood material is of high quality.

While ordinary knives come with plastic handles, high-quality survival blades use hardwood, or resistant polymer, like Micarta, glass-nylon fiber, etc.

The hardwood handle features three brass knits whose purpose is to tighten the wooden scales to the blade’s tang. I don’t think you can take them off. On the handle, there is a tube lanyard hole made from brass. The hole is large enough to fit a parachute cord; not many modern kukris have this feature. It allows you to secure it onto a cord if you want to carry it in some other fashion.

There is a small notch located at the base of the blade, just above the handle (all kukris have it). The notch is believed to improve the performance of the knife, but we don’t know what purpose it served for the original users and creators of the Nepalese kukri.

I like how firm and solid the handle is. But I really dislike the fact that it has no guard. It looks aesthetically pleasing, but kind of plain and ordinary.

Sheath

The sheath of the knife is sturdy and durable, made of black leather. It is always good to have one for safe-transport and storage when I don’t use the tool.

The sheath is well designed with high-quality leather. Like all Condor sheaths, it has the company logo imprint on the side. I like the sleek appearance. You should always bring a scabbard or a sheath with your blade when you go exploring, camping, or bush-crafting – not only to get more out of the experience but to protect the blade against the elements.

The belt loop is not stitched, rather it swivels, so you do have extra mobility when wearing the kukri around your waist.

What Makes this Blade Unique?

Some blades are tough but unwieldy, others are sharp but weak. Each product has its pros and cons. Actually, I think that is why I wrote my Condor Heavy Duty kukri review:

Pros

  • This kukri is super tough. Given its design and construction, I think it is one of the most durable on the market.
  • A good balance between hard and soft steel. It is designed uniquely with its blade made from the most reliable carbon steel thus making sure the knife remains sharp and durable.
  • A blue coating finish prevents rusting. I still prefer the black epoxy coat – I think it works better.
  • The knife has a perfect full-tang blade that provides a heavy counterweight to balance the heavy front.
  • Good wooden handle gives it a steady grip and an appealing lifetime experience. One of the good wooden handles. But Kabar’s Kraton G is still my favorite.
  • Ready-to-go leather sheath, black color for the unique feel and confident use. No problem sliding the knife in and out. No issues with strapping.

Cons

  • You will need to oil the blade regularly to prevent it from further rusting. I heard a coating isn’t enough.
  • Not as sharp as I wanted it.
  • Kukri grind is too convex thus cannot perform some duties.

User Experience and Opinions

What Do Other People Say? What did buyers and users share in their Condor Heavy Duty kukri review? Even though I think it is a superb survival blade, I feel obligated to share 3rd party opinions, to offer a comprehensive buyer’s guide. Here is one’s guy’s experience with the blade:

Many customers have commented on this product, they shared both their wonderful and not-so-pleasant experiences with it. Here are other people’s reviews of the kukri machete.

Negative comments

Sharpness. Of course, I expected as much after reading the product specs the first time I saw it. The most common complaint is the blade was not sharp enough (out of the box). It did not satisfy the criteria of many people.

If you compare this to other machetes, then I admit, it is quite dull. But if you put it against other chopping tools, like hatchets, then it is incredibly sharp. Keep in mind that it was designed to be a chopper, so don’t expect that it will cut and slice like a katana.

Weight. Not many fans enjoyed the bulky size of this kukri. Remember, a kukri is a fighting knife that can double as a chopping tool, but the Condor Heavy Duty kukri is almost exclusively a chopper.

Positive comments

Many buyers seemed excited. They spoke well about the product, complimenting the same aspects that I expected them to: “a durable chopper, a resilient blade… I chopped until my arm got sore, with minimum effect on the blade.”

I could bore you with more text, but you get the idea. It’s a solid kukri that you can take to any task. It is a good solution to outdoor lifestyle challenges.

If you want more user feedback from Amazon buyers, click this link to see the issues they discovered while playing with the Heavy Duty kukri.

Bottom line

Picking the best tools for hiking and camping can be a bit tiresome. It is better to pick a multipurpose tool, able to perform most activities. Machetes are necessary for life outdoors. As a heavy-duty kukri, this blade excels at all cutting and chopping tasks. I like it and readily recommend it.

Please share your experience with this product, in this Condor Heavy Duty kukri review.

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