Fixed-blade focused Condor continues to branch out Tactical P.A.S.S. Com folder.
Condor Knife & Tool came heavy into SHOT Show 2024 with a bevy of new blades and variations. The company’s fans should be excited about the coming year. That said, one particular knife jumped — the Tactical P.A.S.S. Com.
Those who follow Condor know its bread and butter are fixed blades, usually the type fit to slice through the El Salvadorian jungle—home base for the company. But the manufacturer continued to branch out with the Tactical P.A.S.S. Com, a folder (not its first, mind you) that makes for an interesting break in Condor’s same old, same old. Trust me, you might be able to tuck it away in your pocket, but it’s every bit up to the company’s rugged standards.
Designed by Jason Breeden, who has conjured up a bevy of designs for Condor, the Tactical P.A.S.S. Com is modeled after an icon—Bob Loveless’ Chute knife. As an aside, Mike Haskew did a phenomenal piece on the development of this classic in his article on the original Chute knife. Breeden appears to have an affinity for the design, having created a more true-to-form fixed-blade rendition of it previously. The folder marks the continued expansion of Condor’s popular Mountain P.A.S.S. (Plain And Simple Survival) line, which has grown significantly in the past year.
In brief, the knife looks to have the chops for tough outdoor use, as is the typical theme at Condor. Tactical P.A.S.S. Com boasts a 4.96-inch, drop-point blade constructed from 14C28N stainless steel. This is a budget stainless, but one not without its charms, particularly its respectable edge retention and toughness. And at .12 inches in thickness, Condor gives you plenty of material to work with on the flat-ground blade, particularly if called into play on more demanding tasks, such as batoning. I’ll say, the false edge is a nice touch, giving the blade an overall clean, yet rugged look tapering back into the hammer finish around the thumb studs.
As for the handle, it’s a tan Micarta with some milling down the midline and a single-finger groove to provide a comfortable yet firm grip. The liner lock’s stainless screws give the handle strong, if understated aesthetics, not to mention easy access if you need to crack baby open to clean.
While Condor pulls off a strong showing with the Tactical P.A.S.S. Com, I do have one nit to pick. The company opted for a spine-side, extended clip, which from my standpoint isn’t the most practical configuration. But with everything else the knife brings to the table, it’s far from a deal breaker for those who prefer a more traditional clip arrangement.
As for costs, Condor as usual keeps its edge but puts the Tactical P.A.S.S. Com within reach of most knife consumers. The company lists its MSPR at $150 at its site and has it on sale for less. Overall, the folder is a nice addition to a catalog of fixed blades and certainly seems on par with Condor’s ready-and-rugged standards.
Tactical P.A.S.S. Com Specs
BLADE LENGTH: 4.96 in
OAL: 9.66 in
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 in
WEIGHT: 7.27 oz
BLADE MATERIAL: 14C28N Stainless Steel
FINISH: Condor® Classic
GRIND: Flat Grind w/ Second Bevel
TYPE: Folding Knife
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta®
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