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2 New Bushcraft Knives On Their Way: These are my My Expectations

 

Buy the Condor Basic Bushcraft Knife and Sapien

I did it!

There are two new members of the family on the way. I pulled the trigger on two new knives that have been on the back of my mind for awhile now. I am soon to be the proud owner of a Condor Tool and Knife, Sapien and a 2″ Basic Bushcraft Knife.

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Condor Tool & Knife

 

 

 

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Condor, Sapien

Sapien

  • Blade Length: 4″ / 102mm
  • Blade Thickness: .12″ / 3mm
  • Blade Material: 1075 high carbon steel
  • Blade Finish: Black, epoxy powder coat
  • Blade Grind: Scandinavian (Scandi) Grind
  • Tang: Full
  • Handle Material: Hardwood

 

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Condor, 2″ Bushcraft Basic Knife

2″ Bushcraft Basic Knife

  • Blade Length: 2″ / 51mm
  • Blade Thickness: .12″ / 3mm
  • Blade Material: 1075 high carbon steel
  • Blade Finish: Black, epoxy powder coat
  • Blade Grind: Scandinavian (Scandi) Grind
  • Tang: Full
  • Handle Material: Hardwood

 

 

I believe the Sapien has a chance at being one of those truly great, versatile & usable knives. It’s almost identical to one of the most iconic and popular bushcraft blades made; the Morakniv (Mora Knife), and may even offer a little more.

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                                               Morakniv, Bushcraft Black                     VS                     Condor Sapien

  • Blade Length:                                          4.3″ / 109mm                                                     4″ / 101 mm
  • Blade Thickness:                                                 3.2mm                                                                3 mm
  • Blade Material:                          UHB-20C – 56-58 HRC                                    1075 AISI – 56-58HRC  (UHB-20C has 1% carbon vs 1075’s .75% carbon making UHB-20C a harder but more brittle steel than 1075 AISI if heat treated and tempered accordingly.)
  • Blade Finish:                                Black, Anti Corrosive                                     Black, Epoxy Powder
  • Tang:                                                                      Partial                                                                    Full
  • Handle Material:                                  Rubber / Plastic                                                       Hardwood
  • Price:                                                                     +/- $47                                                              +/- $46

Although, I prefer UHB-20C over 1075 AISI (on paper), these two knives’ blades are tempered to the same hardness and should perform similarly.  In this case, the full tang of the Sapien is worth the down grade in steel, in my opinion. The 1075 steel of my 4″ Basic Bushcraft Knife holds an edge well and can take a punishment.

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My Murphy woodcarving knife

The 2″ Bushcraft Basic Knife is my attempt at finding a more robust woodcarving knife. I am a woodcarving enthusiast. One of my favorite aspects of woodcarving are the tools, particularly the knives. Big surprise, right? I currently use a Murphy blade made of 1095 (with added Chromium & Vanadium) with a full flat grind and no secondary bevel, held in a Murphy brass and ebony handle. Great knife, but the edge is so fine, it’s only good on quality, soft wood, like bass or butternut. Forget carving a chain out of an old knotty piece of whatever-wood, by the campfire. The blade would chip so badly, it would be unusable. With it’s 3mm spine, tough 1075 steel and proper scandi grind, I think this little 2″ Bushcraft Basic Knife might bushcraft knife condor 4" basic bushcraft knifebe the answer. My only concern is that the steel at 56-58HRC might be too soft to support the fine edge I have in store for it. The handle design of the 4″ model that I own, fits very well in my hand. After a little sanding, it has possibly become my favorite fit of all of my knives. It just works for me. I’m hoping the same will be true for the 2″ Bushcraft Basic Knife. We will see when it gets here.

I will post a review of my first impressions of both of these knives as soon as they arrive at my doorstep.

Thanks for reading

 

 

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