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Working on my Condor 349

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Working on my Condor
« on: September 09, 2017, 10:42:43 AM »
I've had a Condor Bushlore for a few years now and it has proved to be a very sturdy knife that's comfortable to use. It does however have a couple of drawbacks or room for improvement.

First some stats

Brand:Condor
Blade Material:Carbon Steel
Blade Length (cm):   
10.7
Blade Thickness (cm):   
0.3
Overall Length (cm):   
24.1
Handle Material:   
Wood
Blade Shape:   
Spear Point
Blade Type:   
Plain
Grind:   
Scandi
Sheath:   
Leather
Product Weight (g):   173

The main issue I've always had with it is it's NOT a Scandi grind, it looks like it but it ain't. It's actually a very shallow hollow grind. Now for years I've done what I've always gone and put a secondary bevel on it. That worked fine, but it really is time the blade had the grind it's supposed to.

Blade before I started last night



and after the first round of sharpening



and the third



Now hopefully you can see the hollow grind slowly getting ground away. I'm going to do some more on this after the boy has played football.

I'm a bit limited in that I only have two waterstones 800 and 6000




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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 01:23:23 PM »
That must be a tedious chore with just a 800 grit waterstone. It's coming along well though  :tu:

Is now too late to let you know I have some coarser diamond stones you can borrow?  :whistle:


My current users:
Victorinox: - Spirit X, Climber Small, Alox Rambler, Orig. Outdoorsman, Voyager Lite, CT34 & 41, Compact, Manager, Salesman, + mods (Sheepsfoot Duke & Mega84)
Wenger: - Traveler, PTC + mods (Brian)
Gerber: - Balance, Dime + mods (MP426**, DEsTroyer, MP6000**, TurboDiesel**, Neutered Octane**)
Leatherman: - Sideclip, KF4, + mods (Fuse-ilier**, Knifeless Wave**)
Others: - Vise Grips LC6
** = knifeless
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 03:30:08 PM »
Nice job :tu:
How long did it take you?

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 03:33:06 PM »
Looks good so far.  I hesitate to say you can use sand paper on a very flat surface. 

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 04:21:24 PM »

You know you are always welcome to use my garage  :pok:

You can lock the kid in my back garden with an axe and some 4x2  :salute:

Good luck with the work Mate  :cheers:

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2017, 04:51:30 PM »
That edge is coming along beautifully, Smashie :dd: :like: :like:

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017, 06:28:02 PM »
That must be a tedious chore with just a 800 grit waterstone. It's coming along well though  :tu:

Is now too late to let you know I have some coarser diamond stones you can borrow?  :whistle:

Now he tells me! TBH I thought I had a courser stone

Nice job :tu:
How long did it take you?

About an hour last night of sharpening, but 3 hours getting the stones soaked. They're new and the 6000 takes ages

Looks good so far.  I hesitate to say you can use sand paper on a very flat surface. 

I did think about that but I'm very limited for space and my granite block (old kitchen worktop) is in the storage unit 2 miles from here.


You know you are always welcome to use my garage  :pok:

You can lock the kid in my back garden with an axe and some 4x2  :salute:

Good luck with the work Mate  :cheers:

Cheers Tony  :salute:


That edge is coming along beautifully, Smashie :dd: :like: :like:

And you Poncho  :salute:
« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 06:35:31 PM by Smashie »

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 07:28:16 PM »
Right, confession time, the job isn't as straight forward as I thought it would be. Namely I've had to hand file blooming great chunks out of the blade where the plunge meets the ricasso. These are obviously ground on a wheel at the factory. So the 800 grit ain't cutting it, literally. 400 grit arrives tomorrow and more progress should be made!

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 08:48:58 AM »
At times like these I bet it would help to have a grinder

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2017, 10:13:55 AM »
At times like these I bet it would help to have a grinder

You're probably right, but I've got this far and I ain't quitting now  :tu:

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2017, 10:18:22 AM »
At times like these I bet it would help to have a grinder

There pretty cheap and speed things up ,only had mine a week and I've gone grind mad  :rofl:
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2017, 10:19:40 AM »
At times like these I bet it would help to have a grinder

There pretty cheap and speed things up ,only had mine a week and I've gone grind mad  :rofl:

And that is exactly what worries me I wont have any blades left, just nubs!

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2017, 10:28:36 AM »
 :rofl:

Which nub did you carry today?

What's the best nub for urban EDC?

 :rofl:

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2017, 10:47:23 AM »
I'm working on a nice friction folder nub, I'm sure it will be uk legal  :rofl:
« Last Edit: September 15, 2017, 10:59:33 AM by Zed »
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2017, 10:57:46 AM »
Aaaand the 400 grit arrived, bigger than I was expecting so Ive put a SC in for scale


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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2017, 11:00:41 AM »
Wow thats a brick Smashie  :D hopefully that will help  :salute:
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2017, 12:09:06 PM »
Aaaand the 400 grit arrived, bigger than I was expecting so Ive put a SC in for scale

(Image removed from quote.)

Awesome!  :D


My current users:
Victorinox: - Spirit X, Climber Small, Alox Rambler, Orig. Outdoorsman, Voyager Lite, CT34 & 41, Compact, Manager, Salesman, + mods (Sheepsfoot Duke & Mega84)
Wenger: - Traveler, PTC + mods (Brian)
Gerber: - Balance, Dime + mods (MP426**, DEsTroyer, MP6000**, TurboDiesel**, Neutered Octane**)
Leatherman: - Sideclip, KF4, + mods (Fuse-ilier**, Knifeless Wave**)
Others: - Vise Grips LC6
** = knifeless
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2017, 12:22:26 PM »
Aaaand the 400 grit arrived, bigger than I was expecting so Ive put a SC in for scale

(Image removed from quote.)

Awesome!  :D

90 minutes later and it's still got bubbles coming out of it (the stone in the water bath)

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2017, 12:29:18 PM »
I wouldn't worry. After 90 minutes in a swimming pool, there's still bubbles coming out of my arse  :whistle:

There's a good reason that I've never tried scuba diving...
« Last Edit: September 15, 2017, 12:43:09 PM by 50ft-trad »


My current users:
Victorinox: - Spirit X, Climber Small, Alox Rambler, Orig. Outdoorsman, Voyager Lite, CT34 & 41, Compact, Manager, Salesman, + mods (Sheepsfoot Duke & Mega84)
Wenger: - Traveler, PTC + mods (Brian)
Gerber: - Balance, Dime + mods (MP426**, DEsTroyer, MP6000**, TurboDiesel**, Neutered Octane**)
Leatherman: - Sideclip, KF4, + mods (Fuse-ilier**, Knifeless Wave**)
Others: - Vise Grips LC6
** = knifeless
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2017, 01:22:25 PM »
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Can't wait to see the results!

Nate
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2017, 08:14:36 PM »
At times like these I bet it would help to have a grinder

There pretty cheap and speed things up ,only had mine a week and I've gone grind mad  :rofl:

And that is exactly what worries me I wont have any blades left, just nubs!

Not an issue if you start with a 12" blade

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2017, 02:18:56 AM »
At times like these I bet it would help to have a grinder

There pretty cheap and speed things up ,only had mine a week and I've gone grind mad  :rofl:

And that is exactly what worries me I wont have any blades left, just nubs!

Not an issue if you start with a 12" blade

 :rofl:
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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2017, 09:46:33 AM »
Smashie's bushcraft knife making process - take a 18" machete, grind a bit and cool in the same lake where Excalibur was found, sent to Zed for a fancy handle and sheath and voila you've got an amazingly thin 3.5" bushlore clone ;)

Oddly enough I think that would sell fairly well. Considering that a modified putty knife also makes a decent little knife, this might not be such a bad idea

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Re: Working on my Condor
« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2017, 11:28:48 AM »
Funny, I thought the point of what I was doing was to correct what I perceive as defects by removing the least amount of metal possible.

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