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April 3, 2013 Comments Off on Condor Lochnessmuk Review Blades & Tools, Reviews

Condor Lochnessmuk Review

If you are familiar with the name Nessmuk as it applies to the traditional 4 inch skinner made famous by outdoorsman George Washington Sears under his pen name Nessmuk, then it is only appropriate that this monster sized version from Condor’s Joe Flowers bears the name of a much larger beast of mythical proportions.  Joe Flowers’ has taken the design and enlarged it into a capable camp knife. If you think Camp Cleaver when you look at the Lochnessmuk you aren’t far off.

The Lochnessmuk is a huge knife that measures in at 16 inches. The blasted satin blade is manufactured from 1075 high carbon steel measures 10 inches in length and it is 3/16” thick. The 6 inch handle is made from hardwood and is pinned to the tang with three brass pins. The end of the handle has a sizable lanyard hole that will accommodate a paracord or leather lanyard. The Lochnessmuk includes a well made brown leather sheath that has a belt swivel loop as well as a snap closure to keep the knife secure. As a hobby I do some leatherworking and I really like the design and construction of the sheath.  Both the blade of the knife and the sheath have Condor stampings on them and the blade also has as stamping that indicates the knife was manufactured in El Salvador. The Lochnessmuk weighs 1.65 pounds. Despite the wider tip and belly of the blade it is evenly distributed.

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To test out this massive knife I cut up several pieces of an old 2X4 from the garage and started chopping. The weighted end of the Lochnessmuk proved more than adequate for this task. Next, I used the Lochnessmuk for batoning and again it performed extremely well. There is something very satisfying in using a knife in this fashion to make fire wood and the thick tang of the knife makes it very suited for batoning.  I have huge slice from an old oak tree that I have wanted to use to make a table in my garage. It has a lot of thick bark that I have been meaning to remove before the project can get started and I used the Lochnessmuk to hack off the bark with just a few chops from the oak slice. As a last task to test the chopping capabilities of the Lochnessmuk, I used the knife to break up an old pallet that I had stashed away and the Lochnessmuk made short work of the pallet. It took took quite a few swings for the pallet to come apart but I was satisfied with the results as well as getting rid of work related frustrations. All in all the blade design lends itself to chopping and was not tiring to use for any of the tasks.  I would recommend getting a lanyard before using over long period of time as well as use gloves to aid in grip.

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After testing the Lochnessmuk on larger tasks I wanted to see how well it would work for more precision oriented tasks. The base of the blade is narrow and more suited for carving notches and making tent stakes. Using different parts of the blade will also make any camp kitchen duties a snap. It will chop and slice meat, vegetables and bread with ease. The knife will cut paracord, rope, plastic, and aluminum.  In essence, the Lochnessmuk is an all around utility tool that can pretty much do whatever you need it to even if you need for self defense or getting rid of the annoying zombie intruder in your camp.

There are only a couple of minor issues with the Lochnessmuk that come to mind after using this great knife. People with smaller hands may find the handle difficult to use over long periods of time. While the Lochnessmuk is perfect for my gigantic paws some users may not find it so friendly. Since the handles are made from hardwood with a simple finish, the issue could be solved with some sanding and staining. Secondly, some users may not like the swivel belt sheath. The Lochnessmuk weighs just north of 1.5 pounds and weight conscience outdoors folk tend to not like a heavier knife hanging from a belt. I carried it around for several hours on my belt and it took some getting used to. Admittedly, I don’t wear knives on my belt usually. Given the functionality of the Lochnessmuk, I would reconsider my usual habit.  Lastly, I personally wish it had a bit of a hand guard to protect the fingers from slipping onto the blade. When I was using the Lochnessmuk for chopping I positioned my hand further back on the handle to avoid coming into contact with the blade.  The lack of a guard would not prevent me from purchasing or using the Lochnessmuk.

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Overall, this is an absolutely amazing knife to use. I cannot emphasize enough how versatile the Lochnessmuk is for almost any field or camp task. It has a great functional design that works well for just about any bush craft task you would require. I really appreciate the utilitarian design and look of the Lochnessmuk. It isn’t pretty or fancy but will do the job required. In addition, I am really enamored with the name of the knife. It is clever and amusing to me. This may be absurd or superficial on my part but knives should have interesting and cool names.

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To wrap up, I strongly recommend that you go purchase the Condor Lochnessmuk. According to Condor’s website list the M.S.R.P. for the Lochnessmuk at $74.99. I think this is a fair price for a great tool that will provide many years of use. However, a search of the Internet yields prices under $50 dollars. At that price it seems like a no-brainer. Based on my time with the Lochnessmuk, I will be looking at other knives and tools from Condor in the future.

Visit Condor’s Website: http://www.condortk.com

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