Morakniv Bushcraft vs Companion Survival Knife: 2020 Head-to-Head Review

I find comparing two products to be a fun and interesting activity, although my idea of fun is most likely different than most. Knives are one of my favorite pieces of gear so an article like this makes it even more enjoyable for me. However, it becomes a challenge when comparing two quality products from the same company, the Morakniv Bushcraft vs Companion.

Morakniv Bushcraft vs Companion review

To be upfront, the conclusion of this article will most likely not end in telling you which knife stands above the other. Both of the knives discussed I have used for a long time and quite frankly, they are both great. So, let’s ring the bell, jump into the ring and see how the Bushcraft fairs in a head-to-head battle against the Companion.

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Written by Michael Major, veteran of Canadian Armed Forces

Differences between Morakniv Bushcraft vs Companion

The Blade

The fixed blade on the Bushcraft is made from carbon steel and measures in at 1/8”  thick, 4.3” long, and a total length of 9.1 inches. An anti-corrosive black coating covers the blade. Weight 5.4 ounces.

The Companion is also a fixed blade made from carbon steel (although there is an option for stainless steel) and measures in at 0.08 inches thick, 4.1 inches long and a total length of 8.6 inches. Weight with the sheath is 3.9 ounces.

The Handle

The handle on both knives appears to be made from the same rubberized material. The main difference being the Bushcraft’s handle is slightly thicker and also has a more indented finger well.

The Sheath

Both knives come with a hard plastic sheath but the Bushcraft sheath comes with a few accessories. It has a built-in diamond sharper and a Swedish fire steel that is carried on the side.


Morakniv Bushcraft Review

Morakniv Bushcraft Knife, Black

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This model features an anti-corrosive coating that helps to protect the underlying carbon steel. The Scandi grind has become a favorite of mine because it allows for a thinner cutting edge that really digs into a material without the blade skipping from the cut. When I first unboxed this blade the edge was razor sharp. It has been easy keeping that edge intact with the diamond sharpener that is integrated into the sheath. The handle is extremely comfortable and the non-slip handle ensure a safe grip.

For a more detailed review, check out our Morakniv Bushcraft hands-on review

Pros

  • Anti-corrosive coating
  • Advertised as being able to baton cut wood
  • Comes with a Swedish made fire steel and diamond sharpener
  • The fire steel is rated for roughly 7,000 strikes and produces sparks that reach 3,000 degrees Celsius
  • Adjustable belt clip, also removable
  • Slip resistant handle
  • Extremely well balanced
  • Very easy to sharpen
  • Throws a lot of sparks when used with a fire steel
  • Hard plastic sheath with drainage hole

Cons

  • Because of the black coating you may want to be careful when choosing this knife for food prep.
  • More expensive than the Companion
  • Not a chopping knife (in my opinion)

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Here are detailed pictures my personal version of this knife:


Morakniv Companion Review

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

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The Companion model features a blade from high carbon steel (stainless steel is an option) and the Scandi grind that you see with most knives from Morakniv. This type of grind is not only easy to re-sharpen but is great at both heavy-duty cutting tasks as well as finer detailed work. The handle has a high-friction grip, making it incredibly comfortable in the hand. This also adds a layer of safety since you don’t have to worry about your grip slipping, even in wet conditions. The included hard plastic sheath has a non-adjustable belt loop for easy carrying and a small predrilled hole for drainage.

Pros

  • Blade options come in high carbon steel or stainless steel
  • Hard plastic sheath is very durable
  • Easy to sharpen
  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Less expensive than the Bushcraft
  • For me this blade is not an issue when using for food prep
  • Extremely well balanced
  • Different color options for the handle and sheath

Cons

  • Is smaller than the Bushcraft
  • Stainless steel version does not throw sparks well when used with a fire steel
  • Not a chopping knife (in my opinion)
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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Here are pictures of my personal Morakniv Companion. For a more detailed hands-on review, check out or Mora Companion review article.


Morakniv Bushcraft vs Companion Comparison

For your viewing pleasure, I have put together a side by side comparison table in order for you to see both knives at a glance.

SpecificationsBushcraftCompanion
SteelHigh carbonHigh carbon or stainless steel
Blade length4.3 inches4.1 inches
Blade thickness0.126 inches0.08 inches
Overall length9.1 inches8.6 inches
Weight5.4 ounces3.9 ounces
SheathHard plastic with adjustable belt loopHard plastic with non-adjustable belt loop
Fire steelIncludedNone
Diamond sharpenerIncludedNone

Verdict

At the beginning of this article, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to give you a clear “winner,” and to be honest I am still on the fence. These two knives are neck and neck in quality, and usability. There really isn’t much that I have done with one of these knives that I haven’t done equally well with the other. I guess the deciding factor for me will have to be price.

If you are on tight budget my recommendation would be the Companion. However, if you are able to shell out a few more bucks for the convenience of having a fire steel and diamond sharpener included, then my recommendation would be the Bushcraft. Whichever one you choose I hope you are as happy with it as I have been. As always, thank you for reading and by all means, feel free to leave a comment below. Stay sharp!



Michael Major
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.

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