Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review - Condor Barong Machete

Last time, we looked at the Condor Heavy Duty Kukri Machete. If you haven't read that review yet, then click HERE to see it. Keeping to the Condor theme, we'll look at another great new blade, the Condor Barong Machete.

The Barong machete has a very unique, and attractive blade shape.
Like all Condor blades, the Barong is made in El Salvador, a country known for their machetes and knives. Their quality and affordability is very high, which is part of the reason why I like Condor blades so much.

Right away when looking at the Barong, you see a very unique blade shape. The shape takes its roots from the Southern Philippines It has almost a teardrop shape, but then curves back towards the handle. This is a great shape for piercing and slicing tasks.

The blade shape of the Barong makes it excellent
for piercing and slicing tasks.
The Barong has a 14" blade that is 0.20" thick. The blade is made out of Carbon Steel with a black coating to protect against rust and tarnish. The blade has a very sharp convex edge, which makes it strong and easy to sharpen in the field. The handle length is 5.3", with a handle thickness of 1.2". The handle is made out of polypropylene material that is textured. There is a brass eyelet in the handle for attaching a wrist lanyard, which can help with grip.

The blade has a full tang, which makes it very strong and resistant to breakage. For those who do not know, a full tang is when the metal from the blade, extends all the way to the end of the handle.

Like most Condor blades, the Barong also
comes with a high quality leather sheath.
Like most Condor blades, the Barong also comes with a high quality leather sheath. The sheath holds the blade with friction, so there's a slight chance that the blade may fall out. However, I have not found this to be an issue, since the blade is long and heavy enough that it wants to stay in the sheath. For added comfort, the belt loop on the sheath has a swivel, which will keep the blade oriented downward, no matter what position your belt is in, whether you be standing, crouching, kneeling, etc.

The main purpose of the Barong machete would be to slice through light to medium brush, as well as self-defense use. The blade looks very intimidating, which is great if you're ever in a position when you would need to defend yourself from either 4-legged or 2-legged predators. It would be highly functional in such a role.

Like I mentioned earlier, the Barong is very unique-looking. Personally, I think it has a very attractive blade shape. I would suspect that most people purchasing this machete are doing it to have a interesting-looking knife, with any sort of function being secondary. If you're anything like me, then you'll definitely enjoy owning and using the Barong machete by Condor.

Do any of you have any experience with the Condor Barong Machete? If so, let us know in the comments below!

2 comments:

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