Monday, February 2, 2015
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty MG Knife
#2 RAT-7 (7 inch blade)
#3 Buck Pathfinder (5 inch blade)
#4 Smith & Wesson Folder (4.5 inch blade)
#5 filet knife (typical 6 inch stainless steel blade)
#6 Swiss Army Knife Lock-Blade Trekker.
I felt I was missing a mid size multi-use 4 inch knife with a heavy duty blade and thanks to swibo6 at www.survivalbill.ca I recently added a Morakniv.
I have three general requirements for my fieldcraft knives; a large man sized handle for grip and blade control, a 1/8th inch thick hardened steel blade suitable for batoning kindling and will easily handle extreme working demands without breakage.
The new knife I chose to fill the gap is a "Mora, Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty MG Knife" with a 1/8th inch thick by 4.1 inches long blade with a large comfortable man sized cushioned molded handle.
A similar knife was reviewed by "swibo6" and his very good review lead me to pick the Mora. The review can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foQbb1D ... 497GlNEQtQ . His reviewed Mora was of the thinner blade version in stainless steel. (He also has many outstanding videos on Bushcraft, check them out!)
My new Morakniv knife arrived via USPO:
Do I like this knife? Yes, a lot!
I found the workmanship and quality to be outstanding and far beyond my expectations. The handle/grip is perfect, contoured and large enough to fit my hand so I know I have control of the blade. The blades edge is 'really sharp', sharper than any factory knife I've seen to date. The sheath fits it perfectly and can easily serve as a 'necker' for convenient deployment from that ready location.
I immediately put it to work batoning some hard as a rock 'oak' (from my winters home firewood) for kindling and making a feather stick. It handled the tasks perfectly. Whoever said there's no such thing as a "good, cheap knife" hasn't used a Mora. I highly recommend one and at only $17.11 you can't afford not to try one!
Notice the polished radii on the spine, part of that will be ground off later to make a sharp 90 degree edge for use with a Ferro-Rod/Fire Steel.
Hidden line image showing the tang inside the molded handle:
The first split batoning in rock hard Oak. This would not be a choice for me in the field. Something or anything else would be found. However the Mora did the job without a scratch or dulling the hardened carbon steel edge.
Mora's Product Description:
The Mora Companion Heavy Duty is a powerful tool for bushcrafters, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Suitable for batoning, the Companion Heavy Duty features a thick, 1/8-inch (3.2mm) carbon steel blade with a slightly blunter 27 Degree edge angle for high load capacity and maximum sharpness resistance. The Companion HD has an extra large ergonomic handle with a soft high-friction grip. The classic scandi grind combined with high quality carbon steel makes the knife easy to resharpen. Mora knives made from high carbon steel achieve high hardness, sharpen easily and are exceptionally tough. High carbon steels are preferred in applications that demand durability and frequent regrinding. The material is harder than stainless steel, allowing it to hold a sharper and more durably acute edge. Mora Knives are made from high-quality carbon steel. The carbon knife steels are characterized by ultra-fine carbides that result in superb forging and hardening properties. The absence of large carbide deposits promotes excellent edge sharpness for optimum cutting performance. Morakniv has been manufacturing the highest-quality knives in
1891. Professionals worldwide trust the quality materials and fine
craftsmanship of Mora Knives. Mora knives feature ergonomically-designed
handles and employ premium-quality knife steel that is optimally adapted to the
task for which the knife is intended. Mora,
Companion Heavy Duty is a powerful tool for bushcrafters, hunters and outdoor people.
For batoning the knife needs great strength requirements. Then Companion Heavy Duty is to recommend with its three-layer injection molding and the little blunter edge angle 27 ° for maximum sharpness resistance (default is otherwise 23 °).
Even the Bushcraft Black and
have the thicker (3.2
mm) blade with 27 ° edge angle. These knives will not let you down! Orange
The knife has an extra large ergonomic handle with a soft high friction grip. The knife has a blade of 3.2 mm thick carbon steel with high load capacity. The classic scandi grind combined with high quality carbon steel makes the knife easy to resharpen. Military-green plastic sheath with a belt clip.
Website for all Mora Knives:
Mora has an amazing selection of knife styles, no doubt they have the knife your looking for. http://www.moraofsweden.se/products-188.8.131.52