After a few centuries of making military swords and knives, Gebr Weyersberg set up a factory in Santa Ana, El Salvador, in 1963 to better serve its Latin American market with machetes and agricultural tools. Around 2004, Condor Tool & Knife was formed to service the North American and European markets. In the winter of 2009, Condor was looking at expanding its line of machetes and tools and, through a fortuitous meeting, connected with Joe Flowers, a regular contributor to Tactical Knives magazine. In the short year that has followed, Condor has rolled out a whole new line of knives targeted directly at outdoorsmen.
Condor’s Bushcraft Basic Knives series consists of three models. All three use .125-inch thick blades of 1075 high carbon steel and have Guatemalan walnut handle slabs fitted with three brass pins. The smallest is a 2-inch bladed spear point with a full three-fingered grip, bringing the overall length to 5.75 inches. This model is well suited to the carver and whittler, and allows for good control during detailed work. Moving up from it, we have both a 4-inch and a 5-inch model with a definite Scandinavian influence. Both models have puukko-inspired blades yet carry a full tang design for strength. At 8.5 and 8.625 inches overall length, respectively, they’re similar in size, but that 1-inch difference in the blades allows users to select what works best for them. Both of these knives feature a Scandinavian-style zero grind, much like a traditional puukko. As their name implies, these knives are geared towards the avid bushcrafter and should do well at woodwork and camp projects such as trap making, whittling, fire starting and things of that nature. All of the Bushcraft knives come with a black leather belt sheath. Retail prices for the Bushcraft Basic Knives are $29.98 for the 2-inch model and $39.98 for the 4- and 5-inch models.
Also in the bushcraft theme, we have the Condor Bushlore. The Bushlore features a profile that should be familiar to outdoorsmen, as it’s rather iconic in the British bushcraft world. The Bushlore features a 4-5/16-inch blade of 1075 steel with a sharp spear-point profile. It’s slightly thicker than the Bushcraft Basics, having a 5/16-inch thick blade. The blade features a full-tang handle fitted with contoured walnut scales, two brass pins and a large, lined lanyard hole easily capable of accepting a paracord lanyard. Overall length is a handy 9-5/16 inches. The grind on the Bushlore is once again Scandinavian, as knives of this type should be. It, too, is fitted with a black leather sheath and commands the surprisingly reasonable retail price of only $39.98. When you compare this to the hundreds of dollars you’re likely to spend on a custom bushcraft knife, you start to see what an outstanding bargain this is.