Knives

With Mora Knives available there is no reason to buy poorly made knives to save  money.  In my opinion, these are the best value in knives available, some for as little as $12.  They are highly functional, comfortable and inexpensive.  Mora states that the stainless steel holds an edge better, but the carbon steel is easier to sharpen.  After using and sharpening them, I choose stainless.  Please go on line and read the reviews.,  Dan Renzoni opinion.

The town of Mora in Sweden has been a center of knife making for many centuries. The naturally superior Swedish steel, combined with skilled craftsmanship, resulted in knives that became famous for their ability to hold a superior edge and sharpen easily. The smiths in Mora developed a basic functional style that became a classic, known simply as the “Mora Knife.” Until recently there were two remaining large companines in Mora, KJ Eriksson and Frosts of Mora. They have merged into "Mora of Sweden", but some stock is marked with the previous names.

Mora knives place function before style. But the simplicity of functionality has a beauty of it's own. The quality and prices are great, and they're one of the best knife bargains around. They have the flat Scandinavian grind that goes cleanly to the edge, and come from the factory very sharp. This style of grind is easy to sharpen without jigs or gadgets.

Carbon steel blades are hardened to 59 - 60 on the Rockwell scale, stainless blades to 57 - 58. A specialty of Mora is the laminated carbon blade. This is a three part sandwich, with a core of high carbon steel protected by sides of tough lower carbon steel. The core of the laminated steel blades is hardened to about 61 on the Rockwell scale. Normally, I prefer carbon steel over stainless steel, but I have to admit that the stainless Mora knives take and hold an excellent edge. They are made of Swedish Sandvik 12C27 steel, hardened to 57 - 58 on the Rockwell Scale. For use around water, especially salt water, stainless may be the better choice.   

 

The above description is from Ragnar of Ragweed Forge, as are many of the descriptions for each knife.  He Knows Knives.

In addition to Mora, I will be adding my custom made knives to the following list.  I choose the blades I like best from several noteworthy companies like Helle and Roselli, and use fabulous wood for the handles and excellent leather for the sheaths.

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Mora Compainion 3&7/8 by 13/16" blade with great utilitarian shape.  This may be all the knife you need..  Mora Stainless holds an edge better, but their carbon steel is easier to sharpen. Only $13 shopping.jpeg
Mora Short Fishing

The dimensions, semi flexible, high quality stainless steel blade and super grip make this my favorite small fillet knife.

3&3/8" blade, $23

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Mora Long fishing knife Excellent, reasonably flexible blade and great grip make this an efficient knife for medium to large fish. the sheath is easy clean and very secure. 6 inch blade.  $28 $28 Long_fillet_knife.jpg
Mora Bait knife Great for cutting bait and also in the kitchen.  It slices easily with it's 4&3/8" long by 1&3/16' wide blade and the tip is also excellent for dipping and spreading, even stiring food in the fry pan or pot.  Flat ground and all stainless steel.  There are a lot of uses for this sturdy knife. $27 $27 Bait_knife.jpg
Mora Electrician A really nice short knife with a great grip.  Very useful for electrical or other close work and opening packages or outlining cutouts. Blade is 1&5/8" by 5/16ths.  $12  Just $12  Electrician_not_notch.jpg
Mora Light My fire The Fire Knife is a joint venture of Mora of Sweden and Light-My-Fire, a Swedish company known for excellent fire steels. At first glance it looks like a variation on the Companion knives, but the pommel holds a fire steel. The spine of the blade is squared off to serve as a scraper for the fire rod. Like all Light My Fire products, the FireSteel works very well indeed. The stainless blade is about 3 3/4" long, 11/16" wide and .078" thick. The pommel locks securely onto the knife, and comes with a lanyard. The handle size is essentially the same as the Companion line, sized for average hands.  $29 fire-knife.jpg
Mora Bushcraft  The Bushcraft Survival Black adds an all weather fire starter to the sheath, as well as a diamond sharpening plate. The sheath comes with packed with two belt clips, the new style that encircles the belt, and the old style that clips over it. (You get one sheath and two clips.) $75.   $75 Mora_Bushcraft_Black.jpg
Mora The Basic 711  Great knife for general work with a nice thick grip in stainless or carbon steel.  The belt loop is made for up to 1.5 inch width or for attaching to a button on your shirt to be very handy.  Unbelieveable value for just $11.  $11   https://www.ragweedforge.com/711.jpg
Roselli Hatchet    Maybe the best camping hatchet yet.  It cuts pretty well, but splits and pounds very well.  Also it carves and shaves wood and is excellent at dismembering a carcass.  Here are some pictures comparing it with my wonderful Gransfors Wild Life hatchet, which cuts excellent but splits kind of poorly.  both are made of top tier  carbon steel. $109   DSCN7395.JPGDSCN7396.JPGDSCN7398.JPG
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