Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review - Condor Greenland Pattern Axe

The Condor Greenland Pattern Axe in its natural habitat.
Condor is a very innovative company with regard to their machetes and other large knives. In the last Knives Blog post, we looked at the Condor Parang Machete, and the quality, craftsmanship and the affordability was clearly evident. Condor, however, isn't only a machete/knife manufacturer. They also make some great axes, and this time we'll be taking a look at the Greenland Pattern Axe.

The Greenland Pattern Axe is a fairly small and portable axe, slightly larger than a hatchet. However, it is not so small that it becomes unusable. To be specific, the length is 14.7". The weight is nearly 2lbs, (1 lb, 15.4 oz). Along with the axe, you also get a very nice leather bit, which protects the blade, and more importantly protects YOU from getting cut.

The Greenland Pattern Axe comes with a
very nice leather bit.
The axehead, make out of 1045 High Carbon Steel, has a very solid, hammered finish. It is profiled nicely, although would need some work to get it razor-sharp. Some quick file-work would easily get the job done. The actual blade of the axe is 3.7" long. The back of the axehead has a flat area, great for use as a hammer, or even to hammer on if you're splitting wood by using it as a wedge.

The one fault that I would point out about the Condor Greenland Pattern Axe is that the handle wood is untreated. The handle is made out of American Hickory, a nice hardwood which is polished and smooth. However, it would need to be treated with oil or some other coating to protect it against rot. This could actually be a pretty fun project, since it allows you to stain it or finish it in any way that you would like. The handle itself is very ergonomically contoured, making it very comfortable to use.

From the side, you can see the
ergonomic contours on the axe handle.
Despite that fairly small criticism, the Condor Greenland Pattern Axe would be a very useful tool if you're out camping or working in the woods. There are certain tasks that an axe really excels in. The Condor Greenland Pattern Axe would be a great companion for any outdoorsman!

Have any experience with the Condor Greenland Pattern Axe? Share what you think of it in the comments below!

6 comments:

  1. Condor Greenland Pattern Axe quality, craftsmanship and the affordability is clearly the best
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  2. I have a number of Gerber axes in my collection, but none can compare with the Condor Greenland you have reviewed. A friend of mine does really love this piece. He says that it is a masterpiece, great for camping, and lightweight enough for backpacking. I will consider buying this one for my next hunting trip. Here is another great guide on survival axes: http://wildernessmastery.com/survival/best-survival-axe.html

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  3. When I'm looking for an axe to buy, I often have these 3 features in mind: balance and alignment, weight and price. Although I go for quality gear, it shouldn't break the bank, either. I always look for lightweight axe that can be easily handled and can chop consistently. When I go camping with my buddies, my axe takes care of the wood that I need, making camping life more fun and easier. Right now, my favorite is a T-hawk and man, it's a handsome tool in whatever angle you look at it. I saw good reviews of survival axe at this informative site, worth looking into http://myoutdoorslife.com/gear/camping-and-hiking/finding-the-best-survival-axe.html

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  4. I guess choosing the right axe doesn't entail rocket science but they do need quite a bit of thinking since this is for survival when your out camping. One of the things I consider first is the grip - it musn't be slippery and should fit nicely in the palm of my hand, otherwise, that's an accident waiting to happen. Likewise, I also take into consideration the blade material and the durability of the material. Of course stainless steel is best and the price should be affordable, as well. For the best hatchet, take a peek at these reviews that provided lots of cool information: http://backpackingmastery.com/top-picks/best-camping-hatchet.html

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