Fixed Blade Utility Knife to replace a Folder.
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July 31, 2018 at 12:07 pm #112229
My primary daily carry knife has been a CRTK Hammond Desert Cruiser for many years.
Second from the top, it has taken much abuse from me demonstrated when compared to the new condition pictured above.
Still is doing what I require, but keeping the various screws (despite locktite) tightened due to my abuse has become tiring.
So awhile back I decided to go back to a fixed blade vice a folder for EDC during my typical rural area routine. I go back to a folder when going to a larger community. Though in Florida I can open carry any size knife; CCW covers concealment if I choose, but I still wanted to be somewhat discrete.
So this eliminates say my Kabar as a bit too militaristic for my preference.
What I was looking for is a basic fixed blade utility knife that looked a outdoorsman knife.
It needed to be tough, work quality, and not break the bank!
No fancy finnish, looks, or space aged materials.
I spent some time in Central America in the 1980’s and liked the no frills blades used by the rural folk.
So this brought up my memory of Condor Tool & Knife.
CONDOR TOOL & KNIFE traces its proud history back to 1787, the year GEBR WEYESBERG COMPANY was founded in Solingen, Germany.
The quality of the swords, military knives, agricultural tools and household cutlery they manufactured made Solingen the cutlery capital of the world. Over the generations, the world’s largest manufacturer of swords and knives found it necessary to expand operations to other countries to better serve its customers.
In 1964, the company formed IMACASA with a new plant in Santa Ana, El Salvador, filling it with state of the art German equipment and sending some of their local employees to Solingen for extensive training. Today, the factory is turning out the finest quality machetes, knives, axes, shovels and other hand tools.
IMACASA’s Central American operations were sold in the 1980’s to local investors. Today, IMACASA is one of the largest machete and shovel manufacturers in the world operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to fill an increasing worldwide demand for its products.
In 2004, IMACASA developed a first quality line of tools and knives for the North American and European outdoor markets. CONDOR® TOOL & KNIFE was born.
I have experience with their machetes and have seen, but not used their knives before this.
I decided on their Swamp Romper model.
It has a 4 1/2″ blade, 9 1/2″ overall length.
Made of 1075 High Carbon Steel this makes it easy to sharpen and not prone to shattering when abused like some steels used. Walnut handle and leather sheath.
The sheath has a loop on blade edge side that I added a Ferro rod for fire starting.
So far I am pleased with my choice and will update this at the end month point.
July 31, 2018 at 12:15 pm #112230
July 31, 2018 at 12:25 pm #112231
July 31, 2018 at 1:56 pm #112232BrigandActualParticipant
I’ve been a big fan of the Becker line from KaBar. The BK-16 makes a great everyday utility knife, is made from good steel, yet won’t break the budget or make you cry if you lose it.
July 31, 2018 at 9:59 pm #112233First SergeantModerator
Nice looking blade.
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July 31, 2018 at 10:19 pm #112234
Nice looking blade.
Happy so far and I am really hard on my knives.
I wasn’t sure if I would like the dangler style sheath (can be used traditionally), but moving around, sitting, tractors, and vehicles it just seems to naturally get out of the way. Can draw with one hand easily. Edge last long enough and doesn’t take much to get it sharpened.
August 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm #112235
August 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm #112236
August 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm #112237
I am sold
I like a double overhand knot on itself, with the resulting loop the width of my belt. Carried IWB, it gives it enough support to remain in place, but can still pivot as you move about and sit.
It’s also easy to tie a cord to the existing loop, for more options, like neck carry under a shirt, in MOLLE or other webbing.
The ONLY thing it isn’t good at is going IWB on athletic clothes, but I’ve actually created a stopgap for that.
It’s not flashy, or sophisticated, but it works.
August 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm #112238
January 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm #112239CorvetteParticipant
I, too, have moved from a folder to a fixed blade for concealed EDC under an untucked shirt or sweater.
Let me premise this with two items: 1) the following solution may sound bizarre, and 2) I much prefer to carry my knife weak side, opposite my sidearm, to use either in lieu of my pistol or in concert with it.
So, after trying a few different knives, and many concealment locations, I have settled on carrying my Randall Made Model #25 Trapper in its standard cover sheath…upside down…outside my waistband…but inside my belt.
It deploys quickly and consistently into spine pick, like a dream, with a simple tug on the protruding handle. The only downside I have found is that it is a bit difficult to resheath one handed and without looking.
Anyone else every carried an inverted fixed blade concealed on the beltline before?
January 4, 2019 at 9:42 pm #112240
I made this, inspired by the clinch pick (a little bigger than the actual clinch pick). It sits left of centerline, edge up.
January 4, 2019 at 9:51 pm #112241CorvetteParticipant
Nice! I tried horizontal carry. It seems to work well on shorter knives. But when you get older, and less fit, you may become a bit self conscious of “The Bump” up front.
PS: Mrs sends her best.
January 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm #112242
January 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm #112243
@johnnymac, can you elaborate on the double overhand idea? I am struggling to visualize.
It’s not the most illustrative picture, but you cansee in this one, the concept. The “tool” goes inside the waistband, with a loop of 550 on the sheath that goes to your belt (or in the photo, pants button).
January 11, 2019 at 2:29 am #112244AbacusParticipant
I get it now. Originally I thought you were talking about using cordage with the dangler style sheaths discussed earlier by Joe. I missed the segue. Raven Concealment Systems make a holster like that called the vangaurd. I never thought about using the concept for sheaths. Thanks!
February 4, 2019 at 12:02 am #112245
6 month update!
The Swamp Romper has been an excellent choice for my needs, whether open carry (95% of time) or concealed it carries comfortably.
It has taken all of the typical abuse I give my utility knives. I truly beat them mercifully!
The walnut handle is still rock solid, blade takes an sharp edge quickly, no problem with rust despite regularly forgetting to wipe it down, and the sheath shows almost no wear.
Regarding the blade holding its edge, I regularly have to cut large sections of triwall cardboard shipping boxes.
This can dull a blade fast, yet I can get through days easily.
Excellent results from a $45.00 product.
February 6, 2019 at 10:18 am #112246wesmcParticipant
I just recently started carrying this ESEE Izula-II.
February 6, 2019 at 10:19 am #112247wesmcParticipant
November 26, 2019 at 12:44 pm #129676
So I’ve been using the Swamp Romper for over a year now thought I would give a brief update.
First as stated in Florida I can legally open carry any size knife, still I didn’t want anything that screamed “kommando wannabe!”
This choice as fit that role perfectly!
If you want an easily cared for knife that looks new without effort, then this isn’t it! The Desert Romper has an epoxy finish on blade that would eliminate this concern.
The wet conditions here in Florida would require excellent daily care to maintain its appearance. This in no way affects its utility and it’s as strong and durable as ever.
It has begun to develop a patina of an older tool. This was intentional on my part.
I use this daily and it is easily sharpened.
I am very satisfied with this knife for my purposes and any knife that can survive my abuse for a year is a great product.
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