Morakniv had a big presence at the SHOT Show this year, and they were eager to show off lots of new and almost-new product lines. The jumbo-sized Bushcraft Pathfinder (above, center) is just one of them.
Image courtesy Rocky Mountain Bushcraft
This isn’t Mora’s first big knife. I reviewed the 5.75″ blade #748 ‘Long Clip’ last year, and they also sell the somewhat unwieldy 8″ blade #749 ‘Allaround’ but these older models don’t have the .125″ Bushcraft blade.
The 6″ Pathfinder has it all: a .125″ thick carbon steel blade with a hardness of HRC 59-60, corrosion-resistant tungsten DLC coating, MOLLE sheath, and a machine-beveled spine for shaving tinder and sparking flint. Having all this ‘all’ comes at a price, however: Mora expects to list this knife at just around $100 when they ship it on April 1st.
Question: is a $100 Mora knife still a Mora?
This knife is a standard-size ‘Bushcraft Black’ with partial serrations, which Moras are not known for. The ‘Bushcraft Black’ line of Moras are a bit smaller and a bit less expensive than the Pathfinder, but still have their .125″ thick, tungsten DLC blades. MSRP for the plain-edge version is expected to be $60, and $70 for the partially serrated edge.
I didn’t grab a picture of it, but Mora is also reaching into a new (for them) market with an upcoming ‘Bushcraft Tactical.’ It will come with a standard-length DLC carbon-steel Bushcraft blade and a Swedish-made MOLLE compatible sheath. MSRP is expected to be $70 to $80.
Mora Marine Rescue
Knife guys have been begging Mora for lanyard holes (or simply drilling their own) for years, and Mora is starting to answer the call. The black-handled knife is their new ‘Marine Rescue’ knife, and with a name like that you only get one guess what it’s designed for. It’s got a blunt tip and partially serrated edge, along with a prominent guard and that first-of-its-kind lanyard hole.
Cool, Not Tacticool
Striking while the iron was hot, I procured a survival-orange stainless-steel Bushcraft for ‘testing.’ Actually I got it because it looked cool as hell, and I couldn’t believe how solid the 1/8″ thick blade is. The idea of brightly-colored survival gear is starting to catch on, because unless the Taliban are tracking you you’re much better off with gear that can’t get lost.
Clay already wrote the definitive Mora Bushcraft review several months ago (I think ‘encyclopaedic’ is a better description) and tested it in every way imaginable; I’m not sure you need to read another story about how sharp and indestructible these bad boys are.
While I had Mora’s ear, I begged them to make a folding knife with their carbon steel or 12C27 stainless, a Scandi or FFG grind, and a simple, solid lockup. I was told there were prototypes being floated around, but that nothing was headed for production in the foreseeable future.
I’ll end this Mora-gasm with a snapshot of some of the United Colors Of Morakniv. My only regret is that I could only snag one of them…