Condor Hudson Bay Knife Mods - Post Your Pictures!

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  1. Greebe

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    Edit: (8-25-17) I think it would be cool to turn this thread into a Condor Hudson Bay Mods thread where everyone can post pictures of their mods in one place. Lets see your Mods to these cool knives! Post them up!

    This summer I decided that I wanted a larger knife to play with, and specifically got a Condor Hundson Bay Knife with the idea of doing some pretty substantial mods to it. Basically I got this knife as a project knife, and really like how it turned out.

    The first thing I did was to reprofile the blade. As can be seen in the comparison picture, (top picture reprofiled, bottom as it came from th factory) I ground the spine down to remove the hump and reprofiled the handle to fit my hand and make it more pleasing to the eye. I also ground the heel of the knife to have a larger radius which feels much better on my index finger. My wife says it now looks like a kitchen knife. LOL!

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    After doing the mods to the blade the knife no longer fit the sheath and would just slide out when turned upside down. This was caused mostly by the removal of the hump from the spine of the blade. This meant that I needed to redo the sheath, which is something I was wanting to do anyways as even before the mods the fit was fairly loose.

    First thing I did was carefully pull out the stitching to the point where I wanted to cut off the excess sheath.

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    Here you can see how I roughed out the new shape by cutting out this portion of the leather.

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    After one side was cut I also cut the other side, then used a saddle stitch to back stitch the existing thread to lock it in place.

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    Here it is after removal of both sides of the leather and stitching it back together.

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    Once that was done I shortened the handle section of the sheath and will later use that cutoff for the strap to secure the blade in the sheath.

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    Next thing to do is make up the strap and stitch it to the sheath. I made the holes for stitching and then cut a grove over the holes to recess the thread so that it does not get cut when putting the knife in the sheath.

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    Finished sheath continued in the next post.
     
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  2. Greebe

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    One thing I forgot to mention in the above post is that I used a spindle sander to round the curve on the sheath to give it a nice radius and clean up the other cuts.

    After doing that I stitched the strap on and installed the snaps. Then I punched a new hole for the belt loop and installed it with a Chicago screw so that it can rotate freely on my belt. After that I used some leather dye to dye the edges of the leather and put on a little leather wax to make it look nice.

    I think it turned out really nice and am excited to get out and put it to use. Thanks for looking and let me know what you guys think.

    Here are the finished photos.

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    Love it!!! I need to send you mine:4:
     
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    Nice work, also like your little Buck, carried one for years. I think we would get along young fellar. joe
     
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    Nice!!!! I am loving the sheath mod, I wanted to do something similar to this actually but you sure did a great job! Ill have to post the finished mods on my hudson bay too! Really good to see the mods!
     
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    Great work!

    I got stalled on my modifications to my Hudson Bay. Your post might get me back to work. I really like how it turned out and the sheath mods came out like a pro did it.
     
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    Thanks. Yeah that little Buck is a special knife to me. My grandfather gave my brother and I each one back in the late 80's when I was a youngster. He said he wanted to see which one of us would have it the longest. I lost my grandfather back in 2013, and my brother in 2015, so that knife is very special to me. I will never part with it.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments.
     
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    Looks great! I like that you repurpose the leather for the snap
     
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    Nice mods! I like how it turned out. I was thinking of getting a big knife would you recommend this one?
     
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    It seems like a pretty well made knife. I did some pretty heavy chopping and fine work with it before the mods and it holds an edge really well. I like the balance and feel of it much better after the mods. I think that I would not be as excited about it as it came from the factory as the handle was to big and clunky for my hands. As the knife sits now though I am really happy with it and plan to hold onto this one.
     
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    That's a nice piece of work!
     
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    Well done...improvements all around.
     
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    you just redesigned condors sheath for them :)

    really well done
     
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    Great job, looks like a custom now!
     
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    nice job, i've been wanting to do some mods on my hudson bay as well. need to play with it more but i really like what you did, give me some ideas
     
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    Nicely done! THAT Condor was one that I looked at when considering a "big knife". After seeing what you've done, I might have to break down and buy one.
     
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    That looks awesome!! Excellently done!!
     
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    What did you use to reprofile the blade and modify handle?
     
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    good work right there ...
     
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    I have a really stout 2x72 belt grinder that I made. I machined all my own parts including the 4 aluminum wheels. That makes short work of this kind of stuff.
     
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    I am glad that my post is giving you guys some ideas and motivation to mod your knives. For me that is half the fun of getting a new knife, making it mine by modding it until it fits me and my requirements.
     
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    Very cool...and clever. Love simple projects that make huge improvements like this.
     
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    I have had several people ask if I mind them posting pictures of the mods they have done to their Condor Hudson Bay knives in this thread.

    I think that would be cool, so I have changed the title and put a note at the top of my first post asking people to post their mods here if they want to. So if you have some to share I would love to see them. Post them up!!!! :D

    Thanks,
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    Last week I bought a 1"x30" belt sander from Harbor Freight so I'm ready to tackle some knive mods on mine.
     
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    Cool. When you start post your progress. Like to see what you do with yours.
     
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    Interested to see some mods myself.

    On a side note: I have, most likely the same 1x30 from Harbor Freight as you just purchased. I use it handling/assembling all the Puukkos I'm fond of making, and it's one of the better Harbor Freight buys I've made. :)

    I'm sure you already know this however; buy good belts! The better Norton or comparable belts are worth the price. Cut better and don't work the sander quite as hard. Sorry for the side track o_O
     
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    Thanks for the info. I plan to buy some good belts as I get along. The HF ones should donok for now. I mainly got it as I have too many projects in mind to sand each of them by hand.
     
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    ok I saw your mods and got motivated to mod my Hudson bay. BTW love the sheath mod.
    here is the before pics. we will get to see where it winds up.

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    here we go. first I ground in a sharpening choil. then I raised the bottom of the drop in point on the bottom of the blade about 3/16" making sharpening easier.
    then I ground in a radiused area where your index finger touched the back edge of the blade. then the entire handle was ground to a comfortable feeling new shape,
    lots of sanding.

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    ok.. next I stained the handle with fiebings, then I burned a few age spots in the handles.
    then I did several coats of BLO. I did a lot of grinding to the spine and the top of the handle,
    the sway back in the spine is gone as well as the hump by the swedge, getting there.

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    here is the first round of forced patina. looks good so far.
    the second pic is the before pic. 1st pic is after pic knife is 2.5 oz lighter with better balance.

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    @bladesmith3 Glad to see I inspired you to take on your own mods, it is looking good. These are fun knives to mod. Thanks for the compliment on my sheath mod. You will find that your sheath will not fit with the hump ground off the spine. so you will need to do something or it will be very loose.
     
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    I thinned mine out..waaay more useful
     
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    Worked this one over some.
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    bow drill divot under the cord wrap
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    Sheath made from a 5 gallon bucket covered with a piece of leather from a welding jacket. The dangley thing is a flint striker I forged out of a pruning shear blade.
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    Companion blade made from a broken pole saw
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    Done many things with this blade, its a good-en
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    @field-expedient , I've come to the conclusion that there's simply nothing that's beyond your skillsets.
    Your posts always inspire me to shut up and get outside.
    Thank you!
     
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    All the times that I've seen that knife and it never clicked that it was a Hudson Bay in a former life.
    I also never noticed that it says "El Salvador" on it.
     
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    Howdy!
    I have a Montana Americana Hudson Bay camp knife that is in desperate need of edge thinning just like you have done. Please tell me how you did it!
     
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    I have a number of Condor knives and I think like you for most of them. I generally try to thin the blade away from the edge. Not sure how to describe this with an economy of words. The convex edge gets a convex of a greater radius. If it were conventional, I'd say I give them a more acute relief bevel.
     
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    Just thought I would do an update on this knife. It has held up well, but has taken a back seat now that I bought the Mini Duku. I really like the MD, but it also need a lot of work to get it right. Overall I prefer the MD though as it seems to do a better job all around in camp.
     
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