Man, this thing is nice! Condor Pack Golok

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  1. PAcanis

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    At first I thought the grip was a little too fat for me, but once I got a lanyard on it and took a nice wrap, it really swings well and my grip was very secure. Also, my arm didn't get tired at all, like can happen with my Woodman's Pal. The Golok requires a lot less effort to do its job.
    It went right through this 4-1/2 - 5" poplar, all from the same swinging direction. Trimmed it up and now I have some green wood to play with. I should have taken a saw out back and stayed there a while, but didn't expect to make such short work of the tree with the Golok.

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    Awesome. Looks like a decent sheath, too.
     
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    I love that blade. Plus it flips pancakes!
     
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    Mmmm pancakes. @tobiism I'm coming to your house for breakfast. :D. @PAcanis whats the thickness and weight on that? I do like the shape, look well balanced.
     
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    I didn't buy it here, but here are the specs.
    https://www.machetespecialists.com/product/condor-11-inch-pack-golok/

    And yes, the sheath surprised me. It even swivels. Good snaps, too.

    At first I thought it was too handle heavy, the blade does taper in thickness towards the point, but like I said, once I started swinging it it felt really good. Very good balance. It immediately became my favorite chopper. And didn't do too bad a job knocking down some tall weeds so I could get to the tree either. It's perfect.

    I don't eat pancakes though... might have to use it for burgers ;)
     
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    Will there be BACON with those pancakes?
     
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    do you even have to ask?
     
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    Wasnt there a member here who was like the spokeperson for this blade a few years ago?
     
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    Yeah he was banned a while ago. Not sure why.

    Dang it the more I look at it I have to wonder why I ever got rid of mine in the first place! I will not buy another one I will not buy another one I will not buy another one lol
     
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    I have the village parang but I want one of them pack goloks too. Damn price went up ,
     
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    By spokesperson do you mean a Condor rep, or just a big fan of the blade?
     
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    Amazon had the best price I found. At least yesterday it was.
     
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    Just checked amazon, Yeah, $60 aint bad.... Think it was $49 at one time, thats what I got my village parang for

    I love this thing though way more than my village parang
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    Yeah, not bad with the sheath.
     
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    If those pancakes are cooked with bacon grease would it be a banock or frybread?
     
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    Looks great to me! Wonder how much the entire package weighs......
     
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    This is one of the blades I mentioned in that other thread the other day.


    @PAcanis its good you added a lanyard. That way when more than one zombie comes at you you can chop with gusto.
     
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    Oh Man, I seriously gotta stay away from the edged tools forum! :23: :4:
     
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    I have the Pack Golok and the Mini Duku. Both seem to be nicer than the village parang.

    The pack golok is a chopping beast. It's not terribly good at smaller tasks but a great big chopper.

    I actually like the Mini Duku the best. It has a point which helps give the tool versatility. It's as good a chopper as the pack golok, but it has a much better handle. The knob on the end of the duku handle is far nicer because it can roll in your hand like a pivot, giving a secondary lever and faster speed.
     
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    I think what I love best is the way the edge curls around the front. You can do very fine push cuts and there's not a lot of blade exposed. It feels very safe and you can work some very fine curls. And of course it's a batoning fool. And agile enough to use the belly with a fine chopping motion.

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    @PAcanis you and I are not friends right now. I’d succesfully gotten over “needing” one of these and now you’ve reminded me of it... surely I can afford it!

    Great pics and glad you’re enjoying it!
     
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    Let us know when yours come in ;)
     
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    I think ya got a good bushcraft pancake flipper young fellar, I like it. joe
     
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    As sharp as that thing looks, you might have to be wary of metal shavings coming up from the skillet.....:rolleyes:
     
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    Or I could use the spatula I just made :D

    I've never carved anything before unless you count tent stakes, so a little latitude please ;)
    Wanting to continue to play with the Golok, I made a little kitchen utensil with it. I think it's serviceable, but I may have to take some sandpaper to the edge. I wanted to do everything with the Golok (and a baton), but I'm struggling to close the pores in the endgrain. Maybe burn it over a fire?
    I'll probably whittle on it some more, but I was getting thirsty and was getting tired of sitting on the stump. I could tell I was at that point I might get carried away and ruin what I've done so far.
    So here's my little spatula food stirrer thing.
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    I decided to dish it out, in case I make myself meatballs or something ;)
    Still using only the Goluk, but I'm thinking if I want it to last I ought to break out the sandpaper. I can only get the eating part so smooth with the Golok. And a crease can collect food.

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    nice work!
     
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    can you burnish it with the pommel?
     
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    Thanks, tobiism.

    And that's a GREAT idea! Burnish it with the pommel... I'll give it a go.
    I've already tried a round and rough rock I had and that didn't do much other than to dirty it. The pommel might be perfect. A little pressure and heat might work.
    The sandpaper just got moved back as a last resort. Which is a good thing. I want it to look rustic. Not like I dremeled it out.
     
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    i hope it works for you!
     
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    One of these just got put on my short list for when I get back outside. I looked at them before but worried about the quality, but you bragging and the better photos help.
     
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    Looks like you could restart civilization with that one.....
     
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    It did. Great suggestion.
    A little burnishing, a little scraping, a little burnishing... :)

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    You won't be disappointed.
    I honestly don't see myself buying another similar, machete/chopper style blade.
     
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    thats awesome! my 2nd Pack Golok will be here tomorrow LOL
     
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    I've put one in my shopping cart on Amazon four or five times, but I always remind myself that I just don't need another chopper and back down before I hit the buy it button. However, I've never considered it's usefulness at flipp'n flapjacks, I do love me a big ol stack of pancakes...mmmmmm pancakes.
     
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    I always get the impression that Condor is a company that is listening. Their designs always look right and purposeful. I don't own any and have no idea how well they work in the practical.
    I have this feeling one day they will produce a"classic", a knife that for its class just can't be bettered. Buck 110, Sebeza, Kar Bar, that kind of thing.

    Anyhow this one looks a pretty useful power chopper in a compact size. Just the thing to compliment your belt or pocket blade, before going to an axe. I can see some people sharpening this to super thin and others the opposite super tough, a chopping machine to do the chopping you need to do.
    I've just got to add that this is the right weight at a tad over a lbs. Where as their Village Parange is that 2lbs mark which to me is too much to control and competes too closely with a hatchet. If I want a 2lbs tool I'll have a htchet or axe, thanks. My traditional village parange barely makes one lbs. The Skrama and Orford a tad over a lbs. So if I was at a friends and they had one of these I would be well happy to get on with the job these are good for. A sensible weight, nice and sharp, giving a good chop and all accurate and controllable. Its what I want in a vine and brush chopper.
    Can't complain about the price, and as for its edge just take good field sharpener and use little and often.
    I hope its every bit as good as it looks and they do well with it.

    I really like the look of it, nice one.
     
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    @PAcanis I hate you man. I cant quit thinking about this thing and googling pictures.o_O

    I was looking at threads here and nobody has done any sixe comparisons with their hand, a common knife or hatchet, a thickness/profile picture, etc. I know you were just doing an overview but thought if you didn't mind a few more shots.:)
     
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    @Muskett , Condor does listen. As a matter of fact one of their employees who works in the design department is a member here. @Joezilla
     
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    Had one in my Amazon cart for a year or more, your post here pushed me to hit buy . It will be here Wednesday.
     
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    Ah man... don't hate on the enabler...
    ;)

    Let me see what I can come up with (more pics).
     
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    This is how the grip/handle compares to a LTW BCUSA and a Wetterlings Expedition hatchet.
    It's big.
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    20160306_154116-2958x5259.jpg Mini Duku and Pack Golok.

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    No question. The Mini Duku is far better. More versatile. The ball on the end of the handle is an alternate grip point where you can allow the knife to pivot as you swing adding speed.

    The golok is a very good chopper.
     
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    meh, horses for courses and all that. I never liked the Duku as much as the P.G.
    Of course the best thing to do is buy both and sell the one you don't like as much! LOL
     
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    I was wondering the same thing as @gohammergo .
    You gain a better point with the Duku, but you lose the wide shovel-like front end. Which has proven to be versatile with the Serechete crowd. And you lose the large radius curve and edge which I found great for making curls, shaving down my spatula and dishing out the shallow bowl. Maybe I just like an edge that wraps around the front of the blade. Although you gain a great looking pommel with the Duku. That could only work better at burnishing...

    How are you finding the Duku more versatile? I must be missing some tasks. Unless it's just the point or the thinner blade.
    I notice a huge difference in handle geometry compared to the blade, too. The Duku is more horizontal, where the Golok is more Kukri-like. I'd have to use both to see which I preferred. Is it the handle geometry or the blade weight/thickness that makes it a better chopper?

    Yeah, I may need to pick up a mini duku. A little pricier for some reason.

    oops. Edited because I meant @GoKartz
    One of those Go guys ;)
     
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    Hmm that does sound like a pro. Guess the “shovel tip” of the P.G. doesn’t speak to you much?

    That would be ideal! But then I’d need a storage locker to keep all the stuff I bought ...
     

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