Best Mora Knife: Hands-On Morakniv Reviews

There is a good reason why so many outdoorsmen and women have a Morakniv knife in their kits. From bushcraft, to a day out on the water there is a Mora knife that will suit your needs. Morakniv has been around since 1891 and still manufactures all their knives out of their factory in Sweden. With so many Mora knives to choose from which one is right for you?

Here are my top picks at a quick glance:

MORA KNIVES DETAILS
  • High carbon steel blade.
  • Sheath has ferro rod and sharpener.
  • 90 degree spine for striking ferro rod
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  • High carbon steel.
  • Two sheath options.
  • 90 degree spine.
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  • Dual grind increases versatility.
  • 90 Degree spine
  • Stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant.
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Best Mora Knife – My Top Picks

1. Best Mora Knife Overall – Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Review

Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife with Fire Starter and...

It is hard to improve on a Morakniv knife but adding a ferro rod and sharpener to the sheath is a great way to do it. The high carbon steel is razor sharp and has excellent edge retention but unfortunately is not full tang but instead around a 3/4” tang. This knife tops my list because it was designed for bushcraft and proves itself to be a tough jack of all trades blade in spite of being only 3/4 tang blade.

Check out our detailed Bushcraft review.

Pictures of the Bushcraft from SurvivalCache

Our team members have this knife and here are some pictures:

Features

  • Overall Length – 9.1”
  • Blade Length – 4.3”
  • Blade Thickness – 0.126”
  • Blade Steel – 1095 High Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material – Plastic
  • Sheath – Plastic with Ferro Rod and Sharpener

Pros

  • High carbon steel blade
  • Sheath has ferro rod and sharpener
  • 90 degree spine for striking ferro rod
  • Blade length is good for the majority of bushcraft tasks

Cons

  • Not full tang
  • Blade is a bit thin for heavy use

Customer Sentiment

Customer reviews are largely positive with a lot of positive reviews in regards to the inclusion of the ferro rod and sharpener and that this knife is designed specifically for bushcrafting. The majority of the negative comments seem to focus on some minor quality control issues.

Verdict

The choice between my top two picks was as close a shave as you get from a Mora, but it came down to the fact that the Mora Bushcraft is a complete kit rather than a just a knife. The ferro rod and sharpener are such great additions that set this knife above the rest. My only gripe is that this knife is not full tang.

Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife with Fire Starter and...
  • Fixed blade knife with 1/8-inch (3.2 mm) thick carbon steel blade with anti-corrosive black coating
  • Blade Thickness: 0.126" (3.2 mm), Blade Length: 4.3" (109 mm), Total Length: 9.1" (232mm), Net...

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2. Best Mora Knife Runner Up – Morakniv Garberg Review

Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade,...

The Garberg is the full tang Mora that I wish the Bushcraft was. There are two sheath options with this Mora, one being a leather sheath and the other being a plastic sheath similar to the sheaths you see on other Mora knives. These sheaths leave a lot to be desired though, the leather option is not particularly effective for quick access and the plastic options are a dangler style which has belt loop that is secured to the sheath via a friction fit loop rather than being permanently fastened. This is also a high carbon steel blade and like the bushcraft is also an eighth of an inch thick. If this knife also had a ferro rod and sharpener to go with the 90 degree spine it would be number one on the list.

Check our detailed Garberg review.

Features

  • Overall Length – 9.0”
  • Blade Length – 4.3”
  • Blade Thickness – 0.13”
  • Blade Steel – 1095 High Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material – Plastic
  • Sheath Both a leather and a plastic sheath option

Pros

  • Full tang
  • High carbon steel
  • Two sheath options
  • 90 degree spine

Cons

  • The sheaths could be better

Customer Sentiment

Customers really like their Mora Garbergs however all the sheath options have negative reviews against them as well as several complaints that the knives arrived very dull.

Verdict

I wish this knife came with the Mora Bushcraft sheath then it would be damn near perfect. Unfortunately, even though the Garberg is full tang the lacklustre sheaths and the absence of the ferro rod and sharpener drop this option to runner up.

Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade,...
  • Full tang carbon steel knife with leather sheath is powerful enough to handle harsh tasks without...
  • Top grade carbon steel blade features razor sharpness, high hardness, and exceptional toughness and...

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3. Best Mora Camp Knife – Morakniv Kansbol Review

Morakniv Kansbol Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade and...

The MoraknivKansbol is an interesting knife because of the dual grinds that it sports. The Kansbol is half Scandinavian grind transitioning into a full flat grind about half way down the blade to the tip. This gives a greater level of versatility because the Scandinavian grind is suited for heavier tasks with the full flat grind being great for fine cutting tasks as well as food prep. The blade is stainless steel so it will be corrosion resistant but will not have the edge retention or the sharpness of the carbon steel blades. The stainless blades will however be a bit tougher that the carbon steel. Because the blade transitions into a flat grind near the tip of the blade will be thinner and prone to braking if misused. The Kansbol comes with a similar plastic sheath that the Garberg has which is not ideal but a minor strike against this option

Check out our detailed Kansbol review.

Features

  • Overall Length – 8.9”
  • Blade Length – 4.3”
  • Blade Thickness – 0.09”
  • Blade Steel – 12C27 Stainless Steel
  • Handle Material – Plastic
  • Sheath Material – Plastic

Pros

  • Dual grind increases versatility
  • 90 Degree spine
  • Stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant

Cons

  • Stainless steel is lacks edge retention and sharpness of carbon steel
  • Sheath could be better
  • Near the tip will be thinner and prone to breaking

Customer Sentiment

Customers love their Kansbols but there are complaints about the sheaths and some quality control issues relating to the grind of the blade

Verdict

I’m not sold on the dual grind but that is merely a personal bias that I have. The utility of having the dual grinds is definitely an advantage if you are looking for a single knife that preforms a wide variety of tasks well.

Morakniv Kansbol Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade and...
  • Versatile fixed blade outdoor knife with stainless steel blade; two versions available (sold...
  • Top grade Swedish 12C27 stainless steel that features excellent edge performance, razor sharpness,...

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4. Best Mora Neck Knife – Morakniv Eldris Review

Morakniv Eldris Fixed-Blade Pocket-Sized Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel...

It’s nice to have a neck knife and it’s nicer to have a neck knife that like the Kansbol has dual grinds but unlike the Kansbol the grind goes from the standard Scandinavian grind to a sabre grind over only a 2.2 inch blade length. What this does though is give you a grind near the tip for finer work which is what you generally use a neck knife for and a grind for heavier tasks near the base of the blade which is exactly where you want it. The two sheath options are interesting as well, there is a pocket carry sheath which is basically just a standard plastic sheath and there is also a neck carry sheath option available as well which comes with a lanyard, retention strap, and a fire steel.

Features

  • Overall length – 5.6”
  • Blade Length – 2.2”
  • Blade Thickness – 0.08”
  • Blade Steel – 12C27 Stainless Steel
  • Handle Material – Plastic
  • Sheath Material – Plastic

Pros

  • Dual grind is versatile
  • Can be carried in pocket or around the neck
  • Stainless Steel is corrosion resistant
  • 90 Degree spine

Cons

  • Very small which gives it limited functionality

Customer Sentiment

For such a small knife there are not a whole lot of legitimate complaints against it. Of all the reviews I’ve read the scope of the negativity was around not getting the model people though they had ordered.

Verdict

This knife is great at exactly what it is meant for and that is a small pocket or neck carry knife. Being that this knife is stainless steel it would be a great little knife to use out on the water be it fishing, canoeing, kayaking, or rafting.

Morakniv Eldris Fixed-Blade Pocket-Sized Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel...
  • Winner of 2016 Scandinavian Outdoor Award based on functionality, quality, innovation, design, and...
  • Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade is razor sharp and features high hardness, exceptional toughness...

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5. Best Budget Mora Knife – Morakniv Companion Review

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel...

When you say the phrase ‘Mora knife’ this is the knife most people probably picture. The Companion listed here is a the stainless steel version but there are also carbon steel versions available as well. This is a great budget starter knife especially for beginners and for those who are new to outdoor pursuits a stainless steel option is the way to go. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant so the user does not have to oil or care for the blade as thoroughly as a carbon steel blade. These knifes come with the standard plastic Mora sheath that not only has the ability to be put on and off a belt without removing the belt and has the added feature of being able to dangle off a shirt button.

Check out my detailed Mora Companion hands-on article.

Pictures of my Mora Knife

Features

  • Overall Length – 8.6”
  • Blade Length – 4.1”
  • Blade Thickness – 0.1”
  • Blade Steel – 12C27 Stainless Steel (Carbon steel versions available)
  • Handle Material – Plastic
  • Sheath Material – Plastic

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Blade length is good for most bushcrafting and camp tasks
  • Sheath is versatile and tough

Cons

  • No 90 degree spine
  • Not full tang

Customer Sentiment

There is a good reason that this knife is number one on amazon and that is that people love this blade. The only negative reviews were in regards to minor quality control issues.

Personal Experience

I own two of these knives, one in stainless steel, and the other in carbon steel and I love them. They are tough knives that have to date stood up to everything I’ve thrown at them.

You can check out my hands-on review of the Mora Companion here.

Verdict

These knives are great starter knives but are just as capable as a primary belt knife. I’ve put these knives in the hands of young children and find that the Mora Companion is almost a perfect size for them with no reduction of functionality.

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel...
  • Versatile fixed-blade outdoor knife with a 4.1-inch hardened Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade is...
  • High-quality Swedish steel is razor sharp and exceptionally tough; stainless steel blade stays sharp...

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More Hands-On Reviews

I’ve done a lot of hands-on reviews of Moraknive knives. Check them out below:

Our team has also done comparisons between multiple Mora knives. Check them out here:


How To Choose a Mora Knife

What Makes a Mora Good?

Mora knives are not mass produced in some far off land they are crafted from Swedish steel in Mora’s very own factory in Sweden. They handle every step of the knife making process, even the critical step of heat treatment. Morakniv has also put a lot of thought into the design of their knives and it shows in the final product. If you look at their catalogue of blades you will see that every knife has been crafted to maximize functionality.

How To Choose?

The best way to choose the right Mora for you is to ask yourself what you are expecting from this knife. Are you going to be bushcrafting, hunting, fishing or camping? Or is this just a straight-up survival knife? Do you want a stainless or carbon steel blade? How do you want to carry it? No matter what your expectations are I’m confident that at least one of these five blades will be a good match for you.


Questions I Get Asked About Morakniv

How should I care for and maintain my Morakniv knife?

No matter the blade steel chosen, every knife blade should be oiled regularly and kept very sharp. Scandinavian grinds are quite easy to sharpen and all that should be required is to touch the blade up regularly with a leather strop, diamond rod, or a high grit whetstone. Aside from that, keeping the entire knife clean and dry is about all that is required to maintain any knife including Morakniv knives.

What are the differences between the high carbon steel and 12C27 stainless steel?

The key difference between these two knife steels is the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel. It needs to be noted though, that stainless steel is corrosion resistant not corrosion proof, stainless steel will still corrode under the right circumstances.

Another difference is that stainless steel is tougher and can be harder than carbon steel. This is a good feature for a blade that will be under some abuse but comes with the trade off of being more difficult to sharpen than a high carbon steel.

What it boils down to is that high carbon steel will have good edge retention, be sharper than stainless steel, easier to sharpen, but not as tough as stainless and will rust quite rapidly. Stainless steel still has good edge retention, corrosion resistance, is tough and resistant to wear, but is not as easy to sharpen and not as sharp as high carbon steel.


Verdict

The Mora Bushcraft tops the list because it is a great size for bushcrafting tasks and comes with the ferro rod and sharpener in the sheath which makes this a knife that is more of a complete kit. The only downside is that the Mora Bushcraft is not a full tang knife whereas the Mora Garberg is, but has the downside of not having good sheath options.

If your intent is to make your own sheath or have a custom one made, then the full tang Garberg is probably the better option. The Mora Companion is always a great option that fits most budgets while also being a very functional knife. I personally believe that if choosing a first outdoors knife for yourself or as a gift the Mora Companion is the way to go.



Michael Major
Written by Michael Major

Michael is a survivalist, traditional bowhunter, student of traditional and primitive skills, as well as a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is also a husband and father and makes his home in British Columbia, Canada. Read his full interview here. Read more of Michael's articles.