Last week I ordered the Condor Kukri and the Condor Pack Golok from Bushcraft Canada. Upon arrival, I see Paul accidently sent me the Condor Golok Machete instead of the Pack Golok. After informing him of the mistake, he said I could send it back for exchange, or keep it and get 50% off the pack golok and he'd ship it free. Nice ! ...I was too polite to argue
Condor Kukri - It's not the 2011/2012 version as it's 1/8" thick, not the 3/16th thick I read they are currently. It's too light, bounces off hard shit too easily and not terribly comfortable to use on anything except light shit. Probably sell it, or give it away.
Condor Golok Machete - It has to be 1/4 thick, but it feels surprisingly really light. Probably due to how thin the blade is ground. Well balanced, handle is quite comfy, feels decently secure in the hand. Good control when swinging. I didn't feel any fatigue setting in when I used it a bit. Coating is not very durable (very similar to Becker's and Cold Steel's coatings), but I don't care about that. Does not hold an edge terribly well, edge rolls quite easily. All in all, seems like it'd make a good tool for the woods, jungle, ect.
Condor Pack Golok - This is the beast I really wanted since seeing it on youtube (2012 blade show clip), over all FnF is pretty good. Sharpness, unlike the others was OK. Altho, none of the Condors were all that sharp, not sharp enough for me. I want paper slicing sharpness, these are more axe-like-dullness. One thing Condor has to work on is their sharpening, really slopping grinds, but not all that annoying to me, given the cost of their stuff. Still, it needs a bit of improvement, imo. For example, my Kukri came with a finger wide dent in the edge that really annoyed me, as it was up to me to repair it. Not a big deal with smaller blades, but big ass machetes are a PITA for me to sharpen. The Pack Golok came with a really thin edge, that was sharp due to how thin they ground it. But there were also a few jagged dings and chips from sloppy grinding. Not a big deal, at least 12" (correction: 10 7/8th " from handle to tip) blade is a lot easier for me to try and sharpen by hand, or using my strop to smooth everything out (worked well, actually).
Pack Golok has the best balance of the three Condors, and sinks into wood with the most authority. It's not a real wood demon tho, it about medium chopping strength, I'd say. Strikes me as an all around camp processing tool, rather then a pure chopping machine. I am sure the Condor Warlock would be much better suited as a chopper. The balance of the Pack Golok is essentially neutral with a slight forward lean, which is why I consider it less of a pure chopper and more of an all around camp bitch. EDIT: I must have been stoned, the weight is primarily FORWARD balanced, just as you'd expect it to be looking at the blade
Pack Golok handle is very nice, very fat, but I found with really hard swings, if you're not gripping the handle very tight, the handle likes to twist on you. It's a bit too slippery. Only a real problem with hacking through very hard material. I'm sure a light sanding with 240 grit, would assist in providing a better grip. As it stand it's nice, but just a little too slippery, for my tastes.
Edit: forgot to mention blade thickness is 7/32 " and OAL is just under 17 "
This wood is VERY very hard due to being weathered for several years. It's as hard as any hardwood I've seen.
I was surprised when I saw the clean cut. My cutting technique is Joe Rogan approved™
Does feather sticks OK for being only half sharp