Condor is my favorite knives brand, I used their knives for many years and it is not easy for me to point out the best Condor knife for bushcraft as it depends on a matter of self-preferences and budget.
However, I will give you my top choices of Condor knives that will give you the most value for their price and will perform amazingly for hunting, hiking, backpacking, and any survival situation.
the reason that I love Condor so much is that they offer great survival and bushcraft knives with very decent price tags(in my opinion they will give you the best value for their price).
this article is divided into 3 parts, at the first one I will give you my favorite and best Condor knives for bushcraft based on my experience, I used these knives a lot in my traveling and adventures in nature and I also used to sell knives and survival gear In the not so distant past, in the second part I will talk about Condor company and אhe third section will relate to what makes the ultimate survival/bushcraft knife.
Best Condor Knife For Bushcraft
Let us get straight to the point.
The Condor Rodan – is an excellent Survival Knife, with a Tang that reaches the end of the cast handle.
The Rodan is an excellent and effective tool that will hold any survival mode.
With a classic cow leather case that holds the knife all the way down, the Rodan is a great and proven tool.
And the cost-benefit ratio is excellent.
The Condor Solobolo – is an excellent Survival Knife for any possible Survival Mode, with a thickness of 5 mm and a blade of 20 cm in length, this beauty will stand by you in any trouble that may happen on your way.
The amazing Condor Bowie – with the versatile Moonstalker shape of Condor, can also be used in any survival mode and as the main tool for the field, which can be accompanied with a smaller knife for delicate actions such as one of the Condor Bushlore or the mini Bushlore knives of Condor, knives that will do whatever you want them to do.
The Condor Toloza – This tactical knife is named after Sergeant Samuel Gonzalez Toloza, a soldier of the Salvadoran army, who took part in various missions in Irak and where he was caught in a face-to-face battle against the enemy forces.
Toloza not only held out until the arrival of rescue forces, but he also left behind three terrorists on the battlefield.
A massive, well-built, 1075 High Carbon steel knife with all the requirements to be the most reliable survival knife you’ve ever had.
About Condor (Condor knives and tools)
The old and impressive CONDOR company (at its core a German company from Solingen, Germany) manufactures its excellent knives and tools in the heart of South America (Central America – El Salvador).
The large, beautiful, efficient and powerful tools produced by them from a carbon steel (1070) and stainless steel (420HC) with tactical to agricultural designs.
At first glance, the heart of every true survivor is a metaphor for nature, the fresh air and the joy of working with real objects – survival knives/camping, axes, swords, and of course, ‘Jungle – Machete …
The company is a subsidiary of an established South American company IMASACA, which was founded in 1787 and engaged in the manufacture of metal tools from quality steel to the South American market.
Since 1964, the company has been selling knives to Germany and European countries such as shovels, axes, knives, saws, and machetes (High quality), because in the jungle it is impossible to do without a machete since it is a tool for everything.
Over time, the company opened a branch in Florida, USA, and in light of the hysterical demand for its high-quality and high-survivability tools, it decided to open a new plant with the most advanced equipment and produce only excellent blade tools.
Despite the popular and affordable price, the tools Condor provides are surprisingly good quality and apart from rigorous laboratory tests, the tools also undergo many field tests …
The tools of Condor can be found all over the world from the jungles of Peru to conflict zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan in the service of armies and security forces (the new flagship knife of the company is the official knife of El Salvador).
The tools are used by hikers, survivors, farmers, security forces of many armies and just plain aficionados who are looking for reliable, high-quality, high survivability tools and no less important – not expensive! (Relative to alternatives of the same quality).
Needless to say, this can also be a great gift for any man who likes camping, survival or just a tool to put in a jeep in case of … (and are there any?).
Be sure – what seems to you like a toy for a big boy when he is thrown under the chair of the jeep or hanging on the wall, at the moment of truth becomes the ultimate survival tool that saves lives.
Condor’s blacksmithing art, with its roots over 220 years, is amazing and most importantly effective.
Believe me, this time is enough when you want to ensure that we get the fighting and surviving tools suitable for use under extreme conditions, it seems that the blacksmiths of Condor know a thing or two ….. and you are the main beneficiaries and with an affordable price for everyone.
What is special about the Condor, in my opinion, is the uncompromising use of high-quality leather for high-quality cases(also for most of the machete and stitching), with wooden handles pinned to many models, and the reinforced steel (420HC and 1075 steel) blades (54-55 Rockwell for the machetes and 56-57 for the knives respectively).
What makes the ultimate survival knife?
Bear Grylls, the “ultimate survivor,” once said: “In any extreme situation, a knife is a valuable detail, and no matter what knife it is, the best knife is the one that is with you at that moment.”
les stroud, the surviving man who combines the essence of survival and creative thinking with Camillus, designed real survival products and incredibly tough survival knives spoke of “the courage and the resourcefulness to survive.”
In extreme terms, extreme states can be divided into two versions: the first option is one-on-one coping with wild nature (as a more moderate option, hunting or hiking can be taken in places far from a civilization by two days of walking or more).
The second option, which appears to be in opposition to the first but very similar in the intensity level, is a variety of catastrophic situations related to urban areas with man-made disasters and conflicts that bring survival to extreme situations.
In each of these situations, the environment and the challenges that have been set before you and the knife you choose are quite different, this article will refer to the “classic” scenario, although all the situations described can be relevant to the principles of planning and strategy mentioned in the article.
Requirements for the knife to be used by the hunter, hiker, backpacker, or survivor (Bushcraft Knife) – A knife for nature walks and survival must be versatile enough to perform a variety of different actions:
Cut branches or ferns for use to build shelters or fire, to be used as a hunting tool, and then to cut the skin of a hunting or food dish, to be used as a cutting or digging tool for any other use if you need to prepare food.
Also, the knife should be suitable for less rough work with wood or leather, such as the manufacture of utilities or repair clothes that will allow you to live comfortably.
Tip: Remember – you’re only as good as your knife
(You are only as sharp as your knife)
Your knife is such a significant tool in survival equipment, so you have to keep it sharp and ready to use. Do not use the knife incorrectly, never throw it into tree trunks or stuff it into soil that can break the edge of the blade, the important part of the knife.
Keep it clean, and if you do not intend to use it soon, oiled with non-acidic oil (for example, not WD-40) and Benden.
When you are walking in a wooded area or difficult to pass, adopt a custom to check the knife. This test should become an automatic reflex, especially after experiencing difficult terrain. Examination of all pockets and all objects should become second nature.
Each element of survival knife or camping has great importance to the following elements:
- For the blade – strength and stability are important (preferably a fixed blade that passes through a large part of the rectangle or Full Tang), the ability to cope with wear and corrosion resistance.
- Such a knife does not have a fixed blade shape, but a classical configuration for general use is desirable: it must allow the general use of a knife and also serve as a weapon.
- This feature may be the most important – the handle. The requirements are very simple: durability and resistance to slippery and good guard (separating the blade from the handle) will prevent injury and reliability.
It is also desirable that the handle should be one complete part and the blade will pass almost to its end. Upholstery and additives may peel off and fall during intensive use.
Of course, the handle must be comfortable for holding, feel fit in the hand, even when it is wet or dirty and allow prolonged work without causing bleeding blisters on the palms.
- There are survival experts who claim that the handle should also fit to connect to a long pole, potentially making the knife into a spear. There are schools of thought.
- On the other hand, you do not have to chase products with predefined sockets to fingers positions. Any specific action with the knife requires its own grip. You should try the knife at home and see that it is the tool that is convenient for you – this is true for all your survival equipment – you do not want the first attempt to in the field. You can assume that in extreme conditions you will have to work with the knife for several hours without stopping.
- The material from which the handle is made of might be your own preference – it can be wood, steel with a roughness that will prevent smoothing (if you do not have plans to reach places with temperatures well below zero), or any molded polymer material.
- Wooden handles currently undergo different processes and arrangements, but over time they get wet and soaked in moisture, so make sure the wood is of good quality. The only thing that is not strongly recommended is a handle in the shape of a cord wrapped around. The smallest effort, a slip in the palm of the hand resulting in skin peeling and “burning” hands.
- Today you can find different multitools everywhere – remember that in relation to the needs of the survivor it is only an auxiliary tool and not the main tool – you can give up any multitool – you can not give up a good knife with a permanent blade. If you bring a multitool or a Swiss knife, you should make sure that you have a saw and a comfortable plier.
I hope that I helped you to find the best Condor knife for bushcraft and to understand a bit more about survival knives.
Do you have a preferred survival knife? please share with us here in the comments below