When I first saw the Pipe Dagger, I thought Condor were taking liberties charging $ 79.98 for a sharpened piece of pipe, because that’s what it is it is. To be fair it’s a 16 3/4″ and 1/8″ thick piece 1075 high carbon spring steel (HRC 55) hollow pipe, weighing 0.75 lbs, with an anti-rust black satin powder finish, and an 11″ blade cut at an angle from the handle to the tip, sharpened to a fine point on both edges. It’s got a rubber stopper on the end, which you can remove and it looks better if you do. So you’re probably asking why I bought this knife and why my favourite Ecuadorian knife manufacturer made it?
Arlan D. Lothe the designer came across some head-hunters in the Borneo jungle saw their bone daggers, and asked them whether they registered the patent. They said, “course we’re ain’t, we’re cannibals, we’re going to eat you, what you going on about?” So to cut a long story short, he escaped and nicked the design off them. Alright I’m making that up — but he did copy them off the Borneo head-hunters’ ceremonial bone dagger.
I bought it just for the novelty, but it’s actually a decent fighting knife and hog-sticker. I’ve used it on a few pigs — just don’t tell the farmer. Condor say that if you rotate the blade on the thrust it will cut a hold double its width, which is true, but what I found is that if you do that, you tend to rotate it on the way out as well. That gives you a cut over three times the size. And you can also thrust in and just keep twisting, which will chew up flesh. It also double slashes and because it’s tapered it draws into a V shape, which is going to be very difficult to stitch up.
There are two screw holes under the butt cap so you can attach it to a spear shaft. It also comes with a black hand made leather sheath, and like all Condor knives, with a limited life time warranty. Although this dagger is long, it’s not that wide so you can conceal it on your person if you wanted. Personally, I think I’ll probably just end up using it as a spear.