Monday, February 17, 2014

Review - Condor Heavy Duty Kukri

To deviate from my last posts, which all seemed to be about Mora knives, this time we'll take a look at once of the thickest, strongest knives that I've come across. The knife I'm referring to is the Heavy Duty Kukri, by Condor Tools and Knives.

The Heavy Duty Kukri is an incredibly strong chopper!
For those who don't know, Condor is a knife manufacturer from El Salvador. They are known for making affordable but durable and strong knives. Their knives look good, but that's only secondary to their functionality.

The first thing that you notice when you pick up the Heavy Duty Kukri is the heft. The blade thickness is 0.30" thick! That is absolutely incredible. This knife is basically a thick slab of steel. The thickness extends throughout the handle, about halfway down the lenght of the blade. At about halfway down the blade, it tapers down towards the tip, where it forms a fine point. I should mention that the blade is also 10" long, which I think is a very good size for this knife.

The blade thickness on the Heavy Duty Kukri is 0.30"!
The blade thickness helps in chopping. The reason being, when you swing the blade, you have more momentum with your swing, which translates to more penetration with each chop. This is further helped by the amazing blade shape. The kukri blade shape is perhaps the most efficient chopping blade design. Whatever you're cutting through gets caught in the hook area of the blade until all the energy in the blade is used up, splitting whatever you're impacting. For its size, kukris generally outperform similarly-sized blades when it comes to chopping.

The Heavy Duty Kukri, like many Condor knives, has a convex blade edges. These types of blade edges are easy to sharpen and provide a nice, strong blade edge. This type of edge is also easy to sharpen in the field with a sharpening stone, should it ever need touch-up.

The handle on the Heavy Duty Kukri is made out of hardwood. Condor does not specify the type of wood used, however. The handle is held onto the full-tang blade with three brass pins.

The handle is 5.1" long and 1.3" thick. It has a palm swell near the bottom of the handle, which prevents your hand from slipping off. This handle is large enough to fit both large and small hands. One gripe about the handle that I have is that it is very smooth. I would imagine that if your hand were wet, it would be difficult to hold on to. However, there is a lanyard hole, which can aid in making sure the Kukri doesn't slip out of your hand.

Like most Condor knives, the Heavy Duty Kukri
 comes with an excellent leather sheath.
Part of what makes Condor knives so great is their sheaths. Almost all Condor knives that I have seen have beautifully crafted leather sheaths. The Heavy Duty Kukri is no exception. The sheath on this knife is made out of a darkened leather and secures the blade with a metal snap. The sheath is carried securely with a belt loop. The belt loop has a swivel on it, making it more comfortable to carry as well.

I have yet to put this blade through its paces, but from what I've seen so far, the Condor Heavy Duty Kukri seems like a real winner. As an affordable but high quality Kukri knife, this is definitely a knife to consider.

Do any of you have an experience with the Condor Heavy Duty Kukri? If so, let us know in the comments below.

1 comment:

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