Mora Knife

by Robert (Papabob)
(Chapel Hill, TN, USA)

K J Eriksson Carbon Steel Wilderness - Mora Knife

K J Eriksson Carbon Steel Wilderness - Mora Knife

My favorite survival knife isn't fancy or flashy, but it can do everything I need it to do and it costs less than $15.00. In fact when I read about this knife in a sporting mag a few years ago, I bought three knives.





This knife is easy to sharpen and holds its edge very well. I've abused the heck out of it and it begs for more. I once used it to cut down a small sapling,by hammering on the handle with a rock (I was testing it out when I first got it).

I've used it as a small prybar, a punch, to clean & filet fish, to clean large & small game, whittle wood, strip wires and just about everything I could think of to destroy this knife. I'm still working on the first knife of the three I bought, the other two are still in the gun cabinet.

A couple friends of mine are kind of freaked out that it doesn't have a guard, but thats never been an issue with me.

The knife is simple and straight forward. The scabbard is all plastic with a drain hole at the bottom. The blade itself is a lazy drop point, with a guardless bright red handle.

As I said before I've been abusing this knife on purpose and its still working just fine, but it is one ugly baby with its battle scars.

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Reliable knife
by: Trek8

Mora knives are good good.

I have mine (Classic #1) for 6 years now. Used it

- Hiking/backpacking (main blade)
- Food prep during excursion and out of town trip with family (clean fish, cut fruits and vegetable).

Pros:
Inexpensive
Easy to sharpen
Holds an edge
Lightweight

Con:
Sheath - you could accidentally loose your knife. As a fix, I put a ranger band so that the knife stays in the sheath.

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Great Knife for Bushcrafting
by: Red dog

I have the carbon Mora, it came hair shaving sharp, it has the rubber tacky handle, brilliant knife, I make it my EDC knife along with my Leatherman, Surge in my daily go bag , its light, holds a sweet hair edge, .......would highly recommend a Mora, sweet knife.

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They do have a Mora with a guard... its for kids
by: Biologyguy

Available all over the internet you can order the same more with a small finger guard. I hear they make them as introductory knives for kids. They also have numerous grip variations available to provide you safety comfort. The safety really lies in how sharp the blade is. You put a lot less effort into cutting and your hand stays secure.

As Nicklas says below, they are the utility knife of Sweden. They pick one up every time they run to the hardware store. They cut carpet and drywall with them, do electrical work, and they are just laying around everywhere. So, compared to our razor blade retractable utility knives we have in the US, a Mora rocks. A Mora is as sharp, stays sharp, and can be pounded. It is a full tang that is hard enough to skin the blade off other knives. They are cheap enough to be considered disposable, yet they are almost indestructible. These blades also sharpen right back up with a rock off the ground.

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Overcoming the guard issue
by: Denis S.

I have several Mora knives but the Classic is particularly great for me because I often do work that requires me to move my hand up on the handle for exactness. A guard would often be in the way.

But I am concerned about lack of protection when the blade is so incredible sharp. So I did a simple addition that has lasted for a long time: I cut a piece of fairly thin leather exactly the size of the metal band and glued it in place with one of those "glues anything to anything" glues. It's still secure after several months and adds both comfort and a non-slippery surface.

Give it a shot if you love the knife but are concerned about the guard.

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Mora
by: Anonymous

Mora's are awesome knives.But I DO prefer the finger guard(like on the mg840 or 711).And what's this 'it's only usefull when stabbing '?

Why so negative?

Sometimes you stick the knife into a piece of wood .
I just like my hands to be safe ,and to care about possibly sliding onto the razor edge.
Cause these knives are razor sharp and for a long long time.



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Mora for humans
by: Rignerd

I just bought my first, but certainly not my last Mora knife (classic #2). I think it is probably the ultimate true survival knife. The main reason is that my use has been in the kitchen and that is where true survival starts. If you can't prepare a meal with your knife then it is worthless. If you need to chop wood get a hatchet, axe, maul and chain saw. If you need to fend of the horde of zombies, goblins, marauders or looters you need a fire arm, not a knife. One comment earlier said that the 3/4 tang was insufficient. I'll believe that when he takes a 3/4 inch birch dowel 6 inches long and breaks it with one hand. One reason a less than full tang knife is better for survivalists is that a replacement blade is fairly easy to make and finish. It can be made bone, wood, PVC, JB weld or anything else you can find. One thing I did was take a dab of cold bluing and blue the blade to protect it from rusting. I plan on bluing up some more and sending them out to family members.

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showed up my brother
by: Anonymous

I bought my mora #1 just to see if it lives up to the hype. When I showed my brother he laughed and said that I stole a cheap steak knife from a restaurant. At the end of last deer season the family had 9 deer hanging. When we process deer the whole family gets together and everyone is assigned a job. He and I are always on skinning and quartering detail. At the end of the night the score was 6-3 in favor of the mora compared to his kershaw which was dull.as a spoon. But I could still shave with my mora. The only thing I didn't like is the cheap plastic sheath but a few hours of tinkering yealded a very attractive and secure leather sheath. Wouldn't trade it for the world.

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Hand Guard
by: Anonymous

If your friends are freaked out by no hand guard they know nothing about knives. The only time they might need a guard is when they are stabbing each other. The guard on any knife other than a fighting knife is a waste. They are ugly, useless, and get in the way.

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Nice
by: Anonymous

Its deff a good knife, stays sharp but at the other hand I wont depend my life on it..
For the price its damn good dont get me wrong!
But for heavy work you still need a thicker full tang blade to trust on.
And always carry a back up knife!
There always is a chance of breaking or losing it.

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A Knife for all Hunting needs
by: Anonymous

I have carry three Mora's into the field when deer hunting. One small 511 for fieldressing, a 760 for skinning and a serrated for cutting the sternum. I have another 511 in the kitchen I use for cutting meat and I carry a Clipper, when fly fishing and in my boot when I go to the city for self defence. They ar very easy to keep sharp and seem to really hold an edege. I have no problem with petrolium handles, as they have yet to slip in my hand even when covered with blood. Plus, I have never spent more than $20 on a Mora including shipping.

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Loving my Mora
by: Anonymous

Was semi-seriously considering one of the Bushcraft blanks that Spyderco's got for sale on their site because I wanted to try out a knife with a Scandi grind and most "bushcraft" knives are well outside my price range. A couple of days ago I managed to get my hands on a Mora 860MG and have been trying it out at every opportunity. Don't have any need for the Spyderco anymore. I'm loving this (super inexpensive) Mora that much. :) I realize it's not a full tang like the Spyderco, but I've seen what others have done to these knives and the knives seem to come back for more. And even if you do break one -- $15 or so and you've got a new one.

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Great general camping/backpacking knives.
by: Marte Lapasaran

I own 2 Mora knives, the Classic #1 and Mora 711. Both are great knife at a price of less than $15 each.

The blade length of both the Mora Classic #1 and #711 are approximately 4 inches. Both are made of high quality carbon steel and are scandi grind. The Classic #1 has a wooden handle while the #711 has a hard rubber which provide better grip on slippery/wet condition. Both knives are easy to sharpen in the field and tremendously hold an edge. Great general camping/backpacking knives. I strongly recommend these knives.

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Mora 760
by: Bugler

I love my Mora's! If money is no object, buy something expensive. If you want a great knife at low cost, Mora's are hard to beat. I'm partial to the Model 760, but they're all good.

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Mora knife, the expendable knife
by: Nicklas Odh

Living in Sweden I have grown up with Mora knives literally everywhere. They are so cheap (about 3-5 USD a piece) so you dont take care of them, you dont sharpen them or anything. If it gets dull, throw it in the junk box and get a new one. Every time you go to the DIY store and buy stuff you always throw in a Mora.

They are really great knives but since they are everywhere people doesnt really appreciate their greatness. Also since they are everywhere you dont really need to carry your own knife, there is usually one lying around when you need one.

They are so common here that you can buy them in bucket of 100 and even without a sheath, the sheath usually outlasts three knives.

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See It in Toronto
by: Anonymous

You can see one at MEC Mountain Equipment Coop in Toronto.

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Does anyone know where
by: Anonymous

in Toronto I can buy one or at least have a look at one?

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I agree!
by: GB

The Mora knives are great, I have two that I have been using for years and they are still in great shape. I have one without a finger guard and one with (which I think I'm going to cut off), they aren't needed. The steel is wonderful and so easy to sharpen. Both of mine have wood handles and I can't see why anyone would want a handle made from petroleum. A nice buckskin sheath is much better than plastic!

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