IN MEMORIAL ARLAN D. LOTHE (NOV 1943 - JULY 2011) his designs and development philosophies are elemental: improve an existing product or create a new one to satisfy customer wants and needs. Arlan started A.D. Lothe & Associates, Inc. in 1988 as a consulting company for design, product development and marketing, specializing in knives, hand tools and kitchen items. Over the years Arlan designed for and consulted with many nationally known firms, and held over 20 patents, including but not limited to knives, hand tools, broadheads and knife sharpeners. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, woodworker, knife and axe thrower, and gourmet chef. His practical experience, as well as over 35 years of creative endeavors, led to numerous awards for his innovations. In 2006, Arlan was inducted into the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame for “outstanding design.” He brought his vast qualifications to his partnership with Condor® in the development of first quality knives and tools for the outdoor market. He will always be honored and remembered.
JOE FLOWERS is responsible for many of the interesting blade designs throughout the pages of the Condor catalog. Joe writes for a myriad of magazines and publications, and contributes regularly to the outdoor community, concentrating in woodcraft and primitive living. His knowledge of outdoor gear led to consulting on equipment design and function for many companies. Joe holds a degree in Zoology with a minor in Entomology, and researches heavily into all things outdoors. Joe Flowers also teaches outdoor skills and survival classes around the US. Locally, he teaches fitness, martial arts, and organizes youth summer camps in his spare time. Joe is an avid naturalist, hunter, fisherman, herpetologist, videographer, beekeeper, knife thrower, guide, and regularly travels internationally in search of knife knowledge and unique animals. You can find Condor® on Joe’s side when he is deep in the Amazonian rain forest, or high in the deserts of Utah.
JUAN CAGAMPANG is a recent addition to the Condor design team. He is an outdoor industry veteran with almost fifteen years of experience designing, making and testing award-winning products that range from outdoor clothing, soft goods, tabletop, knives, tools and automotive aftermarket cargo management products. He even had a brief stint as a stuntman for a major motion picture. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Outside and Adventure magazines, Popular Science and Uncrate. An avid and committed outdoor adventurer, Juan has rock climbed, skied, mountaineered, rafted and bike raced throughout the western United States and South America. He holds a degree in Archaeology, as well as a degree in Industrial Design. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
MATT GRAHAM has experience living off the land: he went for a walk one day and ended up spending six months on his own in the wild. He lives in a remote area of southern Utah where he primarily sleeps in rudimentary structures. ”You may have seen Matt use Condor products on TV. “ In 2015, Graham and Condor Tool & Knife teamed up to develop a special line of “Primitive Survival Tools”, combining Matt´s core knowledge of aboriginal skills and pioneer design with Condor´s old world hand craftsmanship. Our Primitive Survival Series Tools are built tough and will take you to the next level in your adventures.
I wanted a knife with a full tang, that was light weight, and tougher than the Mora family. The Bushlore was a perfect fit! The handle of the knife just sinks comfortably in the palm of my hand. I can work for extended periods of time, without any "hot spots" or discomfort. It sits comfortably on my hip, unlike the longer, heavier Schrade knives that are always getting in the way. The sharp spine throws a great spark. The thick blade makes it a very tough blade, able to put up with alot of abuse. Ive had many knives over the years, but this has become my go-to, everyday knife.
Extremely strong blade for things like a hog spear, etc. We use it all the time to hunt down and exterminate the gigantic poisonous cane toads. I bought mine before they came with the fancy wood shaft. Too bad they cancelled that option.