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Today is the final matchup in Round 1, in which either Morakniv or LionSteel will fill in the final slot in the Sweet 16. I have a feeling that even though LionSteel is an award-winning company, recognized for their innovative designs and the quality of their construction, they will be overwhelmed by the accessibility and our readers’ familiarity with the budget-friendly blades of the Swedish Morakniv.
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We have several Morakniv reviews here at TTAK. In fact, our all-time most viewed review is my magnum opus review of the Bushcraft Black : the knife which serves as my baseline against which to judge all others. Others include the 748 Long Clip and the new full-tang Garberg. I haven’t yet reviewed my Eldris, but I have been impressed enough with mine that I bought a second one for my 8 year old daughter. The chunky handle and manageable size make it a great choice for a youngster.
In addition to our reviews, we have an extensive archive of Morakniv content.
There’s a long tradition of knife making in Mora. We have been creating sharp knives for the rest of the world for more than 400 years. For Morakniv the journey started in 1891 when Frost-Erik Erson returned to his home village of Östnor in Mora after four years in North America. When he opened his timber sled factory the first seed was sewn to what would eventually become the company and the brand that we know today – Morakniv.In the beginning Frost-Erik only made knives for use within the factory, but production would soon start to grow. The term Morakniv was already well known at the end of the 1900’s, due to the area’s long tradition of manufacturing. Knives from Mora had made their way to users around the country by travelling tradesmen, or through bartering. With the founding of the factory, production could grow and more and more knives could be delivered across Sweden and the world.
You can also view a great timeline history of 125 years of Morakniv at this link.
The Italian company LionSteel has won several BLADE Show awards (including Knife of the year at 2016 show) among other plaudits. Their reputation for quality knives is beyond dispute, but despite this fact, I am yet to do more than handle them at BLADE of at SMKW. It is my hope that I can change this when I speak to them this year in Atlanta.
“The winner is Kur Metamorphosis: Overall Knife of the Year 2016”.
What a feeling to hear one of your creations being declared “the knife of the year” at the Blade Show in Atlanta. It is our sixth prize since 2012.
It is quite something, to have started off in the little Italian town of Maniago, an unforgiving land at the foot of the mountains, and to be here now, a winner, at the biggest knife trade show in the world, in the city home to Coca Cola and the world’s busiest airport. Little David from Friuli continues to take on the Goliaths of American business.
This is our third “Overall Knife of the Year” award, after the one in 2014 for TiDust and in 2015 for T.R.E. Titanio. A hat trick, topped off by an even more prestigious achievement: the “Manufacturing Quality Award”, which crowned LionSteel as the best company in 2014, knocking the Yankees off the top spot, which they had held since time immemorial. To continue the football metaphor, it is like winning a World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro against the home side with team of amateurs. Except that there is almost nothing amateurish about the industrial performance of LionSteel; just one element has remained the same over its almost sixty-year history, since Gino Pauletta started his existential relationship with knives. It is an increasingly rare and valuable specimen: passion.
Today, it is his son, Gianni, picking up the award in Atlanta. That’s right, because Gino is one of those stubborn craftsmen that will not leave the workshop, but will happily hand over the reins. He knows that the same burning desires and dreams can take on the form of new technologies and new materials, go down different and unexpected paths – and it must be the younger generations, less intoxicated by feelings of nostalgia and with more energy to give, that take on the challenge. That is why, at the turn of the century, or rather the new millennium, Gino passed the baton to his sons: Daniele, Gianni and Massimo.
But he has never left the factory, of course not. He is still there, working his magic, wanting to make toys that often turn into gold and, sometimes, inspire new products. Gino is the wizard that thinks with his hands and, when he thinks, his bright eyes smile from corner to corner, and it is almost as though the object is reflected in the glint of his eye a few moments before it comes to life. Everything he does is well thought out and shows determined direction.
We only have 2 Lionsteel tagged posts in our Archive, neither of which is a review. I will try to open a dialog with the company at this year’s BLADE show.
Yesterday’s contest between Opinel and Böker, was a grudge-match of two Continental Powerhouses. The match itself was 20-14 in favor of Boker- a very close result, with no meddling or sharing by either company.
So our Sweet 16 is now set, or at least it will be at the conclusion of today’s contest.
In the USA- Legacy Division it will be: KA-BAR vs. Case and Buck vs. Great Eastern Cutlery.
In USA- Modern we will bring you: TOPS vs. Hogue and Zero Tolerance vs. Emerson
Import- East will feature: Kershaw vs. CRKT, and Cold Steel vs. Al Mar.
and finally the Import- West division has matches between: Helle vs, Condor, and Böker vs the Winner of today’s contest.
I will not be rehashing our entire Round 1 company writeups in Round 2. Instead it will mostly consist of video content of the featured companies from that day’s matchups.
You can review all of our TTAK Knife Madness Round 1 posts here if you are so inclined.