Question Of The Day: Do You Own A Mora?

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If you spend some time surfing the knife forums and enthusiast blogs as I do, you’ll eventually notice that Mora knives are trusted and popular among guys who collect and carry $200 knives. If you’ve never heard of Mora knives before (as I had not) you’ll wonder how many Krona you’ll have to part with to take home such no-frills quality. The answer: not many at all . . .

Mora knives seem to be a diamond in the rough among utility knives: sturdy, sharp and cheaper than a bottle of cheap Australian Shiraz. You won’t find G10 handles or supersteel blades on these workaday knives, but even jaded knife enthusiasts sing their (modest) praises as the only $10 knife they’d ever trust their lives to.

At just $10 to $15 each, I’m going to order a couple of them. I’ll test one myself, and I’ll send another to a lucky reader for a guest review. If you don’t already own a Mora, write a comment below for your chance to win.

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  1. Michael King says:

    I’m always willing to help test out products, write a post or even post a video. Let me know if I could be of service.

    Question: I was wanting to know if you had reviewed or posted anything on knife sharpening or sharpeners.

    Mike
    Austin TX
    Big Money Big Money No Whammies…. STOP

    1. Bob says:

      I would also be interested in sharpening information. I have a few Benchmade/Emersion knives that I’m scared to death I will ruin.

  2. Aharon says:

    Mora’s are indeed popular even among many hard-core serious knife owners. They allegedly work and hold-up for most. I read a review by a knife enthusiast who disassembled a few Mora’s. The reviewer was an engineer and he wrote that based on the Mora design (of their minimum contact in the blade-handle joining area) he could not see any logical reason why they don’t break more frequently.

    1. Travis M. says:

      I have a few of them, I got my first one in Sweden though. They are lightweight, both blade and handle, and it cuts very well, and the plastic of the handle feels like it would start flexing and deforming before it breaks, so I think that contributes to them not breaking. Psychologically, when you realize how sharp they are, I think it makes people a bit more careful with it.
      If you want something more upscale, I’d suggest Norwegian knives, like Helle.

  3. Avanti says:

    Have three and they’re the best knife bargain out there. They’re razor sharp and feel like stout paring knives in the hand. The blade seems to have good side-to-side strength too.

    There’s plenty of meat in the handle to grab onto – I drilled mine for lanyards and they’re fine. I also submerged the knives to see if they’d float; they do not.

    If you want to make the plastic handle more ‘grippy’; stipple it with a soldering iron and it will be ‘grippy’.

    The sides of the blade are polished nicely but the back of the blade is a bit rough. Perhaps the rough backside would be good for ferro rod use.

    I got mine complete with sheaths for $8.99 each with free shipping on Amazon. Probably the best cutlery/tool bargain out there.

  4. ChuckN says:

    They’re fairly popular with most of the local fisherman and
    construction guys where I live. As you say, they’re very cheap
    (price wise); and they inexplicably last, even with punishing
    use.

  5. the last Marine out says:

    From what i know they are a very well made , and keep a very sharp blade, a great field and fishing knife , sure could put one to good use too. I always carry a pocket knife , but it gets lots hard use , in bad need of one, but shooting costs keep going up too , may be this old Marine will win… thanks for all the reports too.

  6. Robert says:

    My friend turned me onto these knives. I have a good collection of bushcraft knives we use when we spend time outdoors. I love my more expensive knives, but I always have the fear of ruining them. So, more often then not, I tend to take my Mora knife with me. The knife holds an edge forever, and when it does need to be sharpened it is very easy to do in the field by hand. I use it because it is inexpensive enough that I wouldn’t be upset ruining it, but for all I put it through, it just keeps going.

  7. Mike says:

    Ah the knives of the Nordic ! The Finns are THE knife culture of the north. Many decades ago I was speaking to a very nice Swedish woman. When I asked her what she thought about the Finns, she leaned over to me and almost whispered that “they all carry knives”. She was right ! When the Swedes carry a knife, they are going fishing. When a Finn carries a knife, he is armed and dangerous !

    When I read about the famous Finn warrior Major Larry Thorne (one of the first of the US Special Forces and winner of Finlands medal of honor, deserves a whole treatment separately. Check out this quick Bio of him.. http://www.themilitaryview.com/?q=node/201 )

    I realized how this hearty people had come to win the Winter War. Solid re-engineered Nagants and buzz guns, and cold steel. A particular tactic was skiing past Germans and slitting their throats on the fly. Here is a clip on Youtube from a documentary on the Winter War. Well worth the watch. But if you only want to get a sense of the knife in Finnish culture FF to 14:00 and watch the woman describe it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qd5roKfgqo

    The Finnish Puukko is a classic. It pretty much informs the cultural and historical definition of a man in Finland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puukko

    One of the best purveyors of Puukko’s is Kellam’s.

    http://www.kellamknives.com/

    1. Mike says:

      Quick correction….I misspoke when describing the ski tactic…should be …skiing past RUSSIANS and slitting their throats…. I got my bad guys confused LOL…

  8. Colby says:

    Not yet. I fondled a few at the last gun and knife show but held back because I couldn’t tell how much tang lay beneath the plastic handles without my x-ray goggles. After clicking the image that linked to a site where a cut away diagram showed these have a 3/4 length tang. I’ll probably order a couple to keep in my blow out bag or hunting kit to use as loaners.

  9. PubliusII says:

    Good knives, great price. Amazon’s one source, I got mine from Ragweed Forge: http://www.ragweedforge.com/index.html#catalog

    He has other Scandinavian knife designs also, at prices that are multiples of the Mora’s price, but not insanely so. (Most are under $100.)

    As for the Mora’s internal construction, check this guy’s bushcraft pages. He uses a wood-handled Mora #1 as his “reference standard” when reviewing knives.
    http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/search/label/Knives

    He also uses a set of bushcraft-based tests that he puts each knife through for comparison.

    OK, the inside of the Mora Bushcraft Force’s handle is shown in this review:
    http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/2011/08/mora-bushcraft-force-review.html

    The handle is molded plastic and it’s not a full-length tang — but these are quite serviceable knives for most purposes. (And if you’re expecting big difficulties or big work, pack the Kabar.)

    1. Aharon says:

      Thanks for all the links.

  10. jwm says:

    Where to start. My son and I have been gathering Mora’s for years. The most fragile part of the Mora is the plastic sheath they come with. In spite of the fact that they are not full tang they take an unbelieveable beating before they give it up. Even batoning seasoned wood did not destroy a Mora.

    I carry a Mora when I’m gold panning because I will often be in water up to my chest and the plastic fittings of the Mora repel the water. I can’t say enough good things about them. If you need an ax, buy an ax. If you need a machete, buy a machete.

    But if you want a working knife that punches way beyond its weight, buy a Mora. I also have a Martinni, another exceptional Scandinavian import.

  11. Stephen Spaulding says:

    I’d love to test one out camping!

  12. Victor says:

    I’m sorry, the Soviet Union won the Winter War. The Line got demolished, and territorry was annexed

  13. Mr. Lighter says:

    I’d love to test one out.

  14. Duncan Idaho says:

    I’ve been drooling over a Mora laminated steel blank at KnifeKits.com… I’m not good with hidden tangs, though.

    I do like the Scandinavian style blades, I own several scramasax patterns.

  15. Tim says:

    I have several. Great knives for the money.

  16. Nate says:

    I don’t own one. I was playing around with my friend’s last friday when we were hiking. Definitely a nice blade

  17. DBeans says:

    I only own kitchen knives and one small box cutter for work. IM on my last bladeand it’s a getting prett dull though this might have to be my first none Pakistani cheapo knife. Price is to good to pass up

  18. scubamatt says:

    My wife and I both have Mora knives in our backpacks. Extremely sharp, lightweight, and very economical. I believe we paid $13 for ours at Dan’s Depot, and they have performed flawlessly for us for several months now. They are sharp enough to whittle a fire stick without effort, and they came with a kydex sheath with a belt clip.

  19. the last Marine out says:

    Chris, I need your e-mail address , I have a story to send you, need a address to send to:

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      Looking forward to it! Here’s my email:
      thetruthaboutknives@gmail.com

  20. Paul B says:

    I have a bunch of them. Goto knife when skinning or cleaning fish. Sharp and easy to keep that way. Kind of like the timex of knives. I hate loosing expensive things so I don’t mind if I mislay on of these guys. Great knife.

  21. Luis says:

    I recently lost a relatively expensive knife in the woods and have been toying with the idea to get a Mora to replace it, in case I lose it again it will not hurt as much.

  22. janitor says:

    great knife. my brother sent me a stainless steel one.
    the blade is a bit thick to use as a true paring knife, but it gets my kitchen jobs done. i havent beat the crap out of it, but wouldnt be scared to. they are well made despite the price point. its also dishwasher safe (the stainless steel ones)
    it was sharp as the devil when i got it and is very easy to keep that way.

    my only complaint would be the sheath. it is gonna break one day, probably around the belt clip portion, but it does seem to have fairly snug retention and i dont feel like the knife is gonna just fly out of it w/o some help. may make a kydex sheath for it if i ever get motivated.

    for 10-15 bucks, you really cant go wrong with it. i dont want to call them “disposable”, but i would not be heart broken if i dropped one in a lake or lost it in the woods. you would really have to try to break one.

    they make awesome an Christmas stocking stuffer!

  23. Mark Davis says:

    Finally got my Mora yesterday. Its a stainless “long clip” (as reviewed by Chris elsewhere on this site). I like it, but it was not as sharp as I expected. It struggled slicing unsupported newsprint, however it is doing a damn good job in the kitchen. For less than $20, its an impressive knife. Especially compared to cheap Chinese and Pakistani blades that are usually in the same price range. I’ll probably pick up a few more to give as gifts.

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