Mora knifes (Morakniv in Swedish) are very popular knifes all around Scandinavia, which were made by KJ Eriksson and the Forsts Knivfabrik. A couple of years ago they merged to the now known ‘Mora of Sweden‘ company.
Since Mora knifes are generally very robust, simple and fairly low priced they are also well-known among hikers and in the bushcraft community.
Most of their knifes are made from either stainless or high carbon steel. In this review I will cover both following variants with their cons and pros:
Mora Companion MG High Carbon
(also known as the Mora Companion MG R14 and formerly as the Mora / Forsts 840 Clipper)
Mora Companion MG Stainless
(also known as the Mora Companion MG S13 and formerly as the Mora / Forsts 860 Clipper)
Both knifes look almost exactly the same and there is virtual no difference in terms of their weight. As mentioned the only differences lies within the used steel. While the stainless variant is made from 12C27 Sandvik steel, the high carbon variant is uses UHB-20C steel.
To put it simply: Stainless steel has a high resistance to moisture, salt water, acid (…fruit acid) and so on… Then again carbon steel is a bit harder and can therefore be sharpened to a higher degree. (57-58 HRC vs. 59-60 HRC)
As with all carbon steel knifes extra maintenance is required as it is very susceptible to rust. This means you should clean the knife thoroughly after you exposed it to any sort of environment which could cause corrosion. Using the knife to cut fruits for example:
As you can see the knife starts rusting pretty bad within 10-20 minutes. Howsoever cleaning the knife with water and lubricating it from time to time will be enough to avoid most issues with corrosion.
You will still notice that after some use the knife will achieve a dullish gray finish. However, this will not negatively affect the quality of the blade. On the contrary this patina will somewhat improve the resistance to corrosion.
From this point on I will talk about them as if they were the same, as their is virtually no difference besides the used steel.
- blade length: 10,0 cm
- handle length: 11,5 cm
- total length: 21,5 cm
- blade width: 2,0 cm
- blade strength: 2,5 mm
- total weight: 107g (high carbon) 115g (stainless)
The handle is made from a very durable plastic with a rubberized grip. There are also other colors available, but the most common on cheapest variant is green/black.
The rubberized grip is pretty decent and also works great in wet environments. I used the knife intensively for a some years now and there is no abrasion on grip or whatsoever.
The sheath is made from the same plastic as the grip and makes a durable impression also. It is designed very simplistic with a belt clip and a ventilation hole at the bottom. There is enough tension to hold the knife in its place, but not too much.
The belt clip also has an inward edge to prevent the sheath from getting loose.
The edge is extremely sharp from new. You can even shave yourself with it. Since the blade uses the Scandinavian Grinding (see image below), it is very easy to sharpen.
The bottom side of any porcelain dishes is all you need to get it razor-sharp again.
All in all both are great knifes which are exceptionally durable. If you have no or only few experience with carbon knifes I would recommend you to go with the carefree stainless variant. Otherwise with the high carbon variant, since it is slightly sharper and cheaper.
All this is even more impressive, considering that the price currently runs between 10 and 12 Euros. So if you loose or actually break you knifes it is not that big of a deal.
There is simply nothing out there which offers so much quality for a so low price.
13.01.2013 – by netsplit for Gruppa L