Blackhorse, we have much in common!! I'm very much into knives, pens, preferably older fountain pens, flashlights and old style razors. Much of my collecting has stopped due to being retired/disabled and on a fixed income/budget. In the past 4 years my spending habits have changed drastically.
I want to mention this to ALL , an excellent knife and machete manufacturer that most people can afford, CONDOR. Excellent quality and craftsmanship for the price. Their knives hold an edge well and the leather sheaths are also of better quality then knives costing much more. Last year I received as a gift a Condor Machete, it was well crafted and sharp from the manufacturer. Only issue I find with their knives in general is the wood handle scales need a better finish. What I did to all 4 of my Condor knives/machete is a fine sanding to the wood handle and 4 coats of Tung oil with 8 hours of drying time between coats. For those of you that want a well made knife the Condor Bushlore is sold on Amazon for just under $35.00 delivered. This knife has walnut handles and a high quality thick leather sheath. The blade is high carbon steel so keep some oil on the blade when not in use. Never store your knives long term in your sheath, moisture builds up inside the sheath and will rust your high carbon steel blades. Just thought I would share this with the BoB community.
KEEP ON PUFFING!!!