$50 Chopper

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  1. TCC

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    Hey guys, I want a large knife specifically for chopping. I know the benefits of hatchets, hawks, and machetes. I just want a chopper. I would like to find something for around $50.

    I have been looking at the Condor Kumunga, and like it. Anyone have experience with it?

    Or any other recommendations?
     
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    MTECH Bowie?

    Get 2!
     
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    Most Condor stuff is solid. I've bought one knife as a gift and two machetes for myself. If you are okay with fit and finish imperfections, and putting a better edge on it, it will likely serve you perfectly. I look at Condors as project knives: fixer-uppers.

    Med. Gecko
     
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    I've got a BK7 that's a good chopper, a BK9 would work even better I suppose. You will need to find one used most likely though.
     
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    I have a Cold Steel Kukri Machete. That thing would fit the bill perfectly. About $25 for it, nice a think, hefty and has amazing batoning and chopping power.
     
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    condor khukri, the new design with distal taper. about $46 with nice sheath ...
     
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    A Kukri will out chop any other large knife, if chopping is what you want, get a kukri... They are specifically designed for chopping.
     
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    Chinatown meat cleavers. :D
     
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    I second the kukri, either order one from India such as from the kukri house or get the Condor heavy duty kukri.
     
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    My son has the Varan which is the smaller brother to the Kamunga. It's a good chopper so I can imagine that the Kamunga must be a great chopper. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one from that line.

    Good luck!
     
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    I really like a khukri. They look good and there are a lot of different styles.
    http://www.gurkhas-kukris.com/ These guys have a lot of good reviews and they make them for the UK military. Fifty bucks buys a lot of knife there too.
     
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    Condor Condor Condor! :)
     
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    Condor Parang, Hudson Bay, Boomslang, etc
     
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    If you are going to go with a Condor, which from what I understand are excellent large blade knives, I would order from Ben at Baryonyx Knife Company. He has excellent customer service, and he will inspect your blade and make sure you get a good one. He also provides an extra service on a lot of his merchandise where he will make adjustments and touch up edges to make sure the knife you receive is perfect. I only own one small blade Condor, and I made the mistake of not getting it from Ben. I got a crappy one. Condor's quality control has been suspect in the past, but I think they are trying to work on that now. Cheers!
     
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    They scaled back new model releases this year to focus on improving quality control and production time. :)
     
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    I have a BK-2 and wouldn't recomend it as a chopper, it just isn't long enough.
    You can snapcut with it by only gripping the back end of the handle, sort of like a leuku, but its still not going to be a good dedicated chopper.

    If you want a Becker, the BK-4 is suposed to be a great chopper, the BK-7 an BK-9 are suposed to be decent too.
     
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    I'd go with a Kukri. The Kabar heavy Bowie can be used as a chopper-- a little short tho.
     
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    The chestnut ridge knife shop has Ontario SP8's on sale for 39.99 at the moment. Its an excellent chopper with a 1/4 inch 1095 blade.

    Thanks Bill
     
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    Condor Hudson Bay is a great chopper. Get it from Baryonyx, you won't regret it.
     
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    I acquired a kukri at a garage sale for 10 bucks. It didn't have a sheath. I grinded and re-shaped the blade to be more of a tonto look.. Also grinded down the handle and wrapped it. It is the kind from Nepal. Well I zombified it for my son for x-mas.. It chops all that cross it:) Get creative!

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    Svord machete!!!!!!
     
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    Thanks guys! I'm currently deciding between the Kumunga and a Condor Kukri.
     
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    If it helps you make your decision, the Kumunga is more "chopping knife" while the Kukri Machete is more straight-up "chopper." :)
     
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    I prefer the BK9 to the current version of the BK4.

    Kumunga is a good knife for the price, so is their Hudson Bay.
    Condor Kukri Machete is a good chopper, too - but keep in mind, it's still a machete, so it's pretty thin stock.
    If you are willing to stretch your price margin out just a little, the Condor Pack Golok is a blast to use.
     
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    Bk9. Can be had for around $60


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    Stay away from those cheap military kukris on ebay with the 5 holes in the blade they are way to thin the handle is cheap plastic and they vibrate like a mofo when chopping and it really hurts your hand. All other suggestions I would say a good to go. This is only a recomendation not to get this specific made in china POS. Not a slam against the well made kukris sugested. Be sure to post a pic of your new aquisition.
     
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    I highly recommend the Condor golok. That thing is a beast! Maybe a little bigger than you're looking for though.

    I just received a Condor Hudson Bay in the mail today, and I love it so far. Great size for a camp knife, and excellent chopper so far.
     
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    +1 on this; once it's properly sharpened, I've found it to be a really good chopper.
     
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    I am on my third kumunga, first two were talked away from me.

    They will do most chopping for them, there is a youtube video showing some serious kumunga action.

    here is a link to one of the ones available:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iNWULVsue4
     
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    Condor golok

    I have a Cold Steel Kukri machete, a BK9, a Condor Village Parang, and a Condor Golok. All great choppers, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. We have a weekly campfire that's attended by a pack of children 5 and under, so I split firewood as needed by batoning. I know there's lots of folks who call that knife abuse, but it's safer for me when there are little kids running amuk and I bought those knives with that purpose in mind. To be honest, the BK9 is the best of the batoning bunch for me. I'm sure you'd be happy with any one of them, but I have to say that as far as a chopper goes, my personal preference is the Golok. It's not head and shoulders better at chopping than the others, but it just looks and feels awesome to me. I go out of my way to behead the horde of dead zombie cedar trees that litter my favorite hiking ground. I really love that thing. Without a doubt the best $50 I've spent on a tool in a long time.
     
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    Condor all the way..... I have a Condor Parang an love it....it's a solid piece of steel... I stripped it and put a mustard patina on mine... No issues and solid....you won't regret it!
     

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