If you enjoy collecting or using quality knives you will also know that they can be expensive. If you were looking for a reliable knife for bushcrafting or camping then your probably going to spend $50/£30+ and lets be honest many of us would spend a lot more..
There tends to be a lot of elitism in the knife world, forums are full of experts berating anything they consider to be “cheap”.. And sometimes they would be right. Like anything else you often get what you pay for.. But there is a range of knives that turns that whole concept upsidedown.. It turns the word “cheap” into the word “value”.. Enter Morakniv…
Craftsmen have been producing knives in Mora, Sweden for over 100 years. In 2005 Morakniv was formed. The company aimed to blend the qualities of the craftsmans knives with modern materials and manufacturing processes. All of the knives they produce are made in Sweden. Mora are one of 130 companies issued with the Royal warrant which means they supply items to the royal household, a mark of quality.
My first Mora knife.
I was kindly gifted a Mora knife around 4 years ago by a bushcrafting friend. I had been looking for a bushcraft blade and considering spending $$$s much to my girlfriends annoyance! My friend insisted that I did not need to spend any more than $20/£15.. I must say I was dubious and began to doubt his knowledge. He simply sighed and went out to his car, returning with a Mora companion which he presented me with. Still dubious I decided to test the knife out on some branches and small logs in the back garden. I was not expecting it to be much good. I could not have been more wrong… The knife proved to be razor sharp (enough to shave with), strong and durable, comfortable and highly capable. After cutting several branches into pieces and battoning some small logs I fully expected the blade to be damaged/blunt or the handle to be loose. Not a chance!! The blade retained its razor edge and the handle did not have any sign of movement. I was incredulous!!
As you can see from the pictures I have used this knife HARD… The blade may be a little tarnished and the plastic has picked up a few scuffs but it still holds a great edge and has never let me down..
The Mora companions blade is a 3/4 tang construction. This has provoked some negative comments but I can only suggest the naysayers have never actually used it. I have put immense ammounts of pressure on it with no sign of any weakness at all. The blade material is carbon steel. The downside of that is that it will rust if you do not look after it. That is not really a downside for me as I look after all my kit and always dry and oil my items after use. If you were a diver then obviously carbon steel would not be your blade material of choice but for the average user it really shouldnt be an issue. Carbon steel holds a good edge and I find it relatively easy to keep sharp with a wetstone. I have heard people say they struggle to sharpen carbon steel but I really cannot see why. A few draws across a fine grit stone every couple of months and it is back to razor sharp again. Carbon steel can also be used to spark a firelighting rod which pleases the bushcraft crew.. I just use a match 😉 The blade has a “scandi grind” which is in laymans terms a wide, flat bevel. It is superb for bushcrafting use and fine wood working as well as heavier tasks (within reason). This is not a machete, it will not cleave tree stumps in half but it will do everything you would expect from a knife this size extremely proficiently. The blade length is a touch over 4 inches and 2mm thick just the right size for a do it all camping knife. In terms of weight this is one of the lightest knives I have used. Great news if you are backpacking or carrying as a back up to a larger/heavier chopper. Stated weight is just 3.8oz. For a knife this capable then that weight is pretty amazing.
The plastic handle and sheath may not be popular with some but they prove to be light and very efficient.
The handle and sheath are both made of plastic. The handle has some rubberized sections providing excellent grip. The plastic has drawn criticism from the Blade elitists but again I would say why knock it if it works? I have never heard of a Mora handle breaking and I failed to find that as a subject of complaint when I searched for it. The purists moan about polymer framed pistols as well and they are now used by LEs and Militaries all over the world so whatever! The plastic parts also serve an extra benefit.. They float.. The sheath seems to be a love it/hate it type thing. I love it for its simplicity, efficiency and value. It isn’t the coolest looking sheath on the block but this knife is beyond “looking cool”.. It doesnt have to look cool, it can back everything with solid actions.
Personally I use this as a secondary knife if I am camping. I also keep it close by around the house just because it is so versatile. It is sharp enough and small enough for food prep. It is tough enough for fire wood duties. It can be used in DIY tasks. Considering the price you could be pretty rough with it.
For the hunter the Mora will be superb for game prep/grallaching. The fisherman will be able to press it into use cutting fillets. To be honest any outdoorsman would find a use for the Mora Companion and I can’t see them being dissapointed.
Showing the details of the Mora Companion.
For a $15/£10 camping/general use knife the Mora Companion cannot be beaten. If there is a knife out there that can match it within the same price range then I challenge you to list it in the comments section. I will buy it and review it. I doubt that anyone will be able to suggest such a knife.. As I said before there are better knives out there BUT they cost ALOT more money. Some people enjoy buying expensive/exclusive things. The best of the best. I understand that, I do as well. However if you want a real work hard general use blade which you might end up using to dig a rawplug out of the wall at home do you really want to scuff up the blade of your £200 knife? The price also allows newcomers to bushcraft and outdoorsmanship to get started without spending a fortune. I remain in awe of this blade and Moras pricing/quality in general. I urge any camper/bushcrafter/knife lover to buy one even if it just for a backup or food prep blade. I guarantee that you will not be dissapointed..