Camping Newbie’s First Knife: Morakniv Craftline TopQ Allround

I was lucky enough to take my significant other on her first camping trip this past weekend, spending a couple nights in eastern Tennessee. Of course, being a knife guy, I wanted her to have something to carry, and I wanted it to be hers. So rather than lending her one of my blades, I set out to find something she would be happy with. Something that would make a good beginner’s knife as she gets comfortable using it, but inexpensive enough that it wouldn’t be a tragedy if the blade got messed up (like a friend of mine who ruined his brand new SOG folder digging up roots!) . . .

Image courtesy of David Andersen

Eventually (with input from her) I settled on Morakniv’s Craftline TopQ Allround. Our love of Moras is well publicized (see here and here) and they definitely fill the role of being comfortable, cheap and disposable, but not at all junk.

The TopQ Allround is a variant of the Companion series, itself an evolution of the older Clipper design. It sports a 4.1” blade of stainless Sandvik 12C27, with a wide stick tang running roughly ¾ of the way into a rubberized handle.

The ergonomics of the handle are extremely well thought out and the knife is comfortable in a variety of grips. One can appreciate the attention to detail that went into its design with smart little touches like the flattened portion at the base of the blade where your thumb sits, functioning much like a thumb ramp would in accentuating fine control.

Image courtesy of David Andersen

The plastic sheath clips onto your belt and features a nub to push against with your thumb while drawing the knife. The sheath may be cheap, but again, the design is a smart one. It’s waterproof, durable, lightweight and inexpensive. Best of all, the blade is easy to draw and re-sheath.

Image courtesy of David Andersen

Overall, she was quite happy with the knife. It will get her started on the road of camp knives as she learns what she likes and what works for her. Then, later, we can climb the ladder of better blade steels and nicer knives.

That may wind up being sooner than I think. When we paid a visit to Smoky Mountain Knife Works, we both took the opportunity to fondle a bunch of knives and she proclaimed the ESEE 4 as the best-feeling knife she held all day. The girl knows how to pick ’em!


  1. Paul B says:

    Knives made for fishermen. Can’t go wrong with a Mora. I have several.

    1. David Andersen says:

      A Mora and a Leatherman make a great fishing combo!

      1. mark says:

        Great Combo David. Both stay “Out of the way” on a belt too.

        I work in a “Super Max” prison and I have a Leatherman with me all the time, handy as hell.

  2. mark says:

    I have 3 Mora’s . . . love them, great knives at a great price.

  3. jwm says:

    Mora’s work and they work way above their priceline. What’s not to like?

    1. mark says:

      Strongly agree. Have carbon and stainless models, both are workhorses.

  4. Sam L. says:

    I bought a Mora and like it.

    Incidentally, found this linked by Maggies Farm, and thought you all should see it:

    1. mark says:

      Knife Rights are going to be a big issue soon, just as second amendment issues are now.

      The guys in the UK have lost many of their rights related to knives and firearms, we need to take a stronger stand than they did, draw a line in the sand, and defend it.

  5. SigGuy says:

    Love my ESEE 4.

    1. Dan Zimmerman says:

      A fantastic knife. Of course you can by five Mora TopQs for the price of the ESEE. Just sayin’.

    2. David Andersen says:

      I’m still waiting for the 440C version to come out. Methinks a purchase is in my future.

  6. Tom in Oregon says:

    Going to have to look into these. I’ve not heard of them. I like the looks.

    1. Sam L. says:

      I think you’ll like the sharpness, and the easy sharpening as well.

  7. Jason says:

    Great knife for the money, come super sharp and cant beat the price..

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Camping Newbie’s First Knife: Morakniv Craftline TopQ Allround

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