The Condor Crotalus blade is made from German 1075 High Carbon Steel and are heat treated and annealed to about 56-58 Rockwell hardness. The edge is hand finished and polished to razor sharpness. The blade features a black traction powder coating. This is a non-reflective powder coating with a texture, designed for tactical use, rust and abrasion resistance. The Micarta handles enhance both the look and function while delivery indestructible phenolic performance.
Designed by Joe Flowers
Joe Flowers is responsible for many of the interesting blade designs throughout the Condor lineup. Joe writes for a myriad of magazines and publications, and contributes regularly to the outdoor community, concentrating in woodcraft and primitive living. His knowledge of outdoor gear led to consulting on equipment design and function for many companies. Joe holds a degree in Zoology with a minor in Entomology, and researches heavily into all things outdoors. Joe Flowers also teaches outdoor skills and survival classes around the US. Locally, he teaches fitness, martial arts, and organizes youth summer camps in his spare time. Joe is an avid naturalist, hunter, fisherman, herpetologist, videographer, beekeeper, knife thrower, guide, and regularly travels internationally in search of knife knowledge and unique animals. You can find Condor on Joe's side when he is deep in the Amazonian rain forest, or high in the deserts of Utah.
- Blade length: 5-1/2in, overall length: 10-3/4in, blade thickness: 0.20in
- Constructed of 1075 high carbon steel, heat treated and annealed to 50-55 Rockwell C scale
- Heavy black paint finish designed for tactical Use, rust, and abrasion resistance
- Micarta phenolic handle enhances both the look and function while delivering indestructible performance
- The Kydex sheath included is hand crafted with quality and pride, and is impervious to the elements
This is another great utility knife from Condor. With a wide blade being just over 3/16 thick and 5.5 inches long, this is a nearly optimal size for camping tasks. The blade is a full flat grind up to the substantial bevel which is convex, making this a tougher edge for tougher tasks. The blade is also distal tapered, but not so much as making the point weak. Done in Condors excellent 1075 steel, this is overall a great knife for camping.
The edge on mine wasn't particularly sharp and there were definite grinding marks on the edge bevel. This also meant when I attempted to sharpen the knife there were visible micro groves in the edge. I looked as if this knife missed getting the final edge polishing. This was quickly remedied by a few minutes on a polishing wheel on my bench grinder. Now the edge bevel is nice and smooth and the sharpened edge no longer has the micro grooves (making for a more keen edge).
Mine came with all even grinds and bevels. And the Micarta is well done too. Overall no complaints. The sheath is decent. I probably would have preferred one of their leather sheaths, but I get that they were going for a more "tactical" feel on this. Regardless, the sheath is well done with thick nylon for the MOLLE compatible parts. The Kydex is alright, a bit thin, and mine wasn't quite formed well enough at the throat to keep my knife secured enough for my liking. This was easily remedied with a heat gun and a little more pinching in at the throat. Now it feel nice and secure in the sheath. I plan on buting a MOLLE compatible utility pouch to affix to the sheath to allow for carrying a small sharpening stone and fire starter (just to name a few).