Mini review of the Condor Nessmuk


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Fat_46
December 2, 2012, 10:11 AM
I picked up a Condor Nessmuk last week, and have read a ton of mixed reviews on it. Everything from 5 stars to 1 or less. Most have complained about the grind and hardness of the steel.

Once unboxed the Nessie was exactly that - a Nessmuk inspired design. Basic handles, some sort of grayish coating on the blade, and deeply struck "Condor" on one side and "El Salvador" on the other. The grind didn't look too bad, but was uneven. It was also horribly dull.


Since I purchased a WEPS system every knife I won, new or not, goes on it before use. This is the hardest knife I've ever sharpened on it to date. The steel is very hard. As said before, the grind was very uneven. I used an angle cube and found on each side it varied from 15.8 to 23 degrees!

At this point I decided to toss the Scandi grind and put a 22 degree per side angle on it. It took quite a while to get the burr raised with the 100 grit diamond. I'm guessing it was 30 minutes or so. After that, progression through the grits went much better, and I was left with a shaving edge in the angle I prefer.

I like my field knives to also have a small beveled, but not sharpened, area on the spine to facilitate spark making. I may use a low speed belt to perform that on this steel, as it would take days with a diamond stone!

I haven't used it on anything but arm hair yet, but overall, knowing it needs to be sharpened, and is extremely hard, I think it will serve as a very useful field knife, and not one I'd lose any sleep over if I misplaced or seriously damaged. I believe its worth the $31 I spent on it.

I'll add to this review as I get it into the woods.

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hso
December 2, 2012, 10:40 AM
Good start there to the review. Keep it coming.

Mikee Loxxer
December 2, 2012, 02:59 PM
I've got a Condor Nessmuk also. To me the grind doesn't seem to be a true scandi like a Mora but somewhat convex.In fact all my Condor knives (I have seven) seem to have convex edges.

For a time I was trying to improve the edge on mine using the sandpaper and mousepad method but got bored with it.

1075 is surely softer than 1095, but for the price you can't go wrong.

whetrock
December 2, 2012, 04:32 PM
Condor makes a fine knife for the money as far as I'm concerned. My Condor Hudson Bay knife is my go to woods bumming/camp knife. The Nessmuck was a bit thick from the factory, but thinned out quite nicely. Their 1075 has adequate edge retention and is pretty tough (on the Hudson bay anyhow).

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