If you’ve been regularly reading this blog, you are probably sick to death of hearing about the lowly Mora knife. Problem is we love ‘em! We all know that you get what you pay for in this world, but the Swedish-made Mora definitely bucks that trend by offering significantly more performance and build quality than its humble price would suggest.
But what if you want something different? Maybe you aren’t a fan of scandi ground edges. Maybe the aesthetics don’t do it for you. Maybe you just don’t like them! What other options do you have for a fixed blade knife that offers a lot of go without a costing a lot of dough?
One option that looks great to me is the Kershaw Bear Hunter II (as well as the slightly smaller Antelope Hunter II). This knife has a 4.5” blade of full-flat ground 8Cr13MoV steel, one of the better budget steels out there, and like some Moras it has a long tang with a overmolded polymer handle. It should perform better than a Mora at food prep and skinning, although it might not be able to take the fight to its scandi ground competition when it comes to wood carving.
The aesthetic of the Bear Hunter is decidedly more aggressive than a Mora, almost tactical, and the included leather sheath further elevates it above the plastics offered by the Swedes. The fact that it is available for under $25 puts the final nail in the coffin… At least, it should. In fact there is one thing wrong with the knife.
It was just recently discontinued.
So I put it to our Edged Intelligentsia. What else is out there that can give the Mora a run for its money as the de facto budget blade? In the meantime, if you want one of those Bear Hunters, act now before retailers run out.