In 1970s, I have been working with Phil Hoffman to produce the new line of "Condor" brand knives here in Seki. Phil is an award winning designer of Lakota and Condor sport knives, and one of the Lakota knife has been included into the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. Before getting to know him, he was struggling to find the best maker to produce Condor knives in Seki. After trial and error with some knifemakers, Kanematsu, Yoshida, Suzuki etc, I helped to produce Condor line at Seizo Imai (later Secnos) and Lakota line at Moki (S. Sakurai) to his satisfactory quality level. However, it did not continue long for his company's financial problem, and in 1980s, the Condor business went to Blackjack Knives in Effingham, IL and the Lakota business went to Brunton Company in Riverton, WY. I have continued working with these companies for another 10 years before they went out of business.
When Mr. Seizo Imai has passed away and closed his workshop 7 years ago, we found some closeouts, some are finished and some unfinished. We would like to offer these old and rare Condor brand knives to the knife enthusiasts and collectors.
The first one is "CONDOR" Model 84SSG Small Game, Bird and Camp Knife. This is a smaller version of the original fixed blade knives, 2-3/4" AUS-8 Hollow ground Drop point blade with Choil on tang, 4-1/2" Hand rounded Grey laminated Micarta handle with Satin brushed solid Stainless steel Hilt and Butt, Full tang with Nickel silver pins and lanyard hole on end, thumb notches on back of front bolster. Comes with original Grey Leather sheath stamped with "CONDOR" logo. Each in plain box. Famous "Stand-Up" feature! Mint Condition!
AUS-8 blade in 2.9mm thick, 75mm blade, 192mm overall, Weight 165g
Knife Model: CONDOR 84SSG Small Game, Bird and Camp Knife
Blade Material: AUS-8 Chrome Molybdenum & Vanadium Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 58-59
Handle Material: Laminated Grey Micarta Handle
Grey Leather sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 165mm
Blade Length: 75mm
Blade Thickness: 2.9mm