If you are looking for a tough, durable survival knife for around $35 the Condor Bushlore is a fantastic choice as an entry level bushcraft/survival knife. It’s the knife I’ve carried and used for more than two years now and I’ve been very happy with it’s performance.
But before I tell you why I’m such a big fan of the knife let’s first look at some quick specs:
- Blade Length: 4 5/16″
- Total Length: 9 5/16″
- Weight: 0.77lbs
- Steel: 1075 High Carbon Steel
- Handle Scales: Walnut
- Sheath: Leather
Now as you can see from the specs the Condor Bushlore is a medium sized knife with a blade length of 4 5/16″. While some people like really big knives I’m a fan of blades between 4″ and 6″ as they give you the utility of a bigger knife while still remaining able to do smaller tasks with ease.
Apart from size, the absolute biggest reason for my recommendation of this knife is the fact that it is full tang; which means the steel runs all the way from the tip of the knife to the bottom of the handle. If I can recommend one feature in a survival knife you choose at any price point it would be to get one that is full tang. Full tang knives are infinitely more durable than any other kind of knife and allow you to baton, chop and cut without fear of breaking.
In addition to the full tang blade the knife also has what’s known as a “Scandi” or “Scandinavian” knife grind on it. If you want a full breakdown on the common types of knife grinds check out my post “What Makes a Good Survival Knife“. To be short in this article Scandinavian knife grinds are wedge shaped which makes them very good at working with wood. They work great for batoning and carving but aren’t the best for field dressing animals or food prep. If your activities tend to lean more towards wood processing I highly recommend the Bushlore.
Finally, let’s look at some of the shortcomings of the knife. The Bushlore uses 1075 high carbon steel which tends to be a little softer than the carbon steels I prefer (1075 or 01 Tool Steel) which means the blade can both dull and rust quickly in the field if not properly taken care of. The walnut handles can also be a little slick when wet and aren’t quite as comfortable as something like micarta or G-10. However, at $35 what the knife does give you is an excellent entry level tool you aren’t afraid to beat on. If you’re new to sharpening and maintaining a knife this is a great option to practice on before moving on to something more expensive. I’m also not afraid to baton this knife or really work it hard in the field due to it’s low price point.
I hope you found this review useful and as always feel free to leave a comment below telling me what you think of the knife!