Swedish Steel Mora Knife

Well, Santa found my house this year too. Mixed in with the piles of books was this little beauty. (I know, not as shiny as a laser, but hang with me here.)

Swedish Mil. Mora Knife! New Mora Knife is NOT for morons. Swift. Silent. A cut above. Put this nifty little sharpie to work for you on multiple tasks. It could make the difference for survival in the boonies. Drop point 3 7/8″ carbon steel blade, 8.5″ overall length; Black handle with military green composition trim has rubber diamond checkering on handle for a sure grip; Comes with plastic scabbard that clips to your belt; Weighs a feathery 4 ozs.
Condition: brand new, never issued.

Some of you are going to chuckle at this post, but I have to post it anyway.  This is my first fixed blade knife, it’s also my first carbon steel.  Some of you are probably wondering, Calamity, what have you been carrying?  I’ve been carrying various folders, pocket knives and multi-tools. Stainless steel and cheap are common characteristics. :-D

So, now I finally have a carbon steel blade with a great handle and a really sharp blade. I like it already.  The sheath, which is also a new one for me, is hard, but the retention is really good, this knife is not going to fall out.  I like how the sheath slips over belts and such, instead of having to be threaded on.  As a pregnant lady, I’m not wearing belts right now, but this sheath would slip over a pocket or waistband and stay in place. The handle is small enough for my hands, and has rubber on it, which is great for water/blood/snow/whatever.
I’ve been looking for a nice fixed blade for awhile now. I wanted something that could be my dedicated hunting knife. Would I have liked a leather wrapped Ka-bar like this sexiness?

Yea… but, since Santa = me, the budget is tight.  Plus, the handles on Ka-bars tend to be a bit large for my grip, and I really don’t have need for a 7″ blade right now.  Grip was actually a problem with most of the knives I picked up while I was looking, most teneded to be too big.  The ones that were small enough also tended towards the not-rugged end of things, making me think they were made for children or light duty. So, the Mora hit my price point, and it’s sturdy, and not unwieldy. Sweet.

I’m noticing the differences already between this and the folders.  The carbon steel makes a MUCH sharper edge, and so far, is holding the edge really well. Of course, I’ve already discolored it. *erk* No big deal, I cut apart an apple with it, and left a couple of drops of juice on the blade, with my bad stainless steel habits.  I need to run to town to get some 3 in 1 oil and that should fix that little mistake right nicely.

Here’s a question for my favorite readers though, are sharpening stones still the way to go? I know that’s what my dad has used with his knives since dinosaurs roamed the earth.  That’s what I’m planning on picking up with the oil, but if anyone has a suggestion for something better, I’m all ears.

So far, I highly recommend this knife. If you’ve got a lady prepper who needs a nice starter knife, this one is sized like something she’d use daily in the kitchen (assuming your wife is a cook) and quite approachable. I sliced through our partially frozen Solstice Ham with no troubles, this thing will work great in the field.

Enjoy the new year! Stay safe!

– Calamity Jane

15 comments… add one
  • Spook45 December 29, 2011, 11:50 am

    I am SPOILED on blades. While I treat them like guns(I Like em ALL:) I have very specific likes ad dislikes about knives and use different blades for different purposes. I like a medium size knife with a lot of heft, weight and good balance. Gut hooks are ok for hunting knives, but thats all. I like my knives so sharp that if block with it(what KALI and PENJAK SILAT call a “cut”) it go to the bone with drag. That is to say that simple solid preasure will take it to the bone. I dont like a blade that is all serated but a partial serate at the bottom is just a good tool. I like a good hilt and a good pommel. I prefer a sharp r pointed pommel for raking when in a tangle(that is if you are fighting with it and some has your hands tied up n a mix you can use the pommel to “rake” your opponents hand(s)to make them drop thier knife or release your hands etc) The handle means a lot. Hollow handles are novel at best, most of them are not strong enough due to thier construction/design. Because it can not be a full tang knife and that makes it weaker and less weildy due to balance and weigt issues. My favorite knife (that i h) is a cold steel Recon Scout. ITs short, hefty and strong, very sharp and has good balance and good design features. Overall, its a lot of knife for the money. The classic Kabar is good choice,but it lacks weight and heft that is a god send when chopping or hacking. The one feature that almost everyone misses is knife skill and ability. The blade creates a false sense of security when deployed as a weapon and MOST PEOPLE have not had enough training to use it that way and it actually becomes a liability. Good knife handling requires well roundedness. Not just bushcraft and basics but weapons skills as well. Like guns, one should seek out good traing in this regard. Tom Browns tracker school, any Phillipine style practitioner with a good reputation either in Kali or Penjak Silat, or even Japanese Karate styles that still teach Tanto Dori and sword or knife skills is better than no training or basic military training. Study and learn, knowledge and skill goes with you forever.

    • Jason December 29, 2011, 1:27 pm

      Wow, that is excellent information, Spook. I wholeheartedly agree that the Recon from Cold Steel is an excellent knife. One question for you – I’ve never been clear about the purpose of the serrated edge at the beginning portion of the blade. It would seem that the non serrated blade would do the same job – can you enlighten me?

      Also, without training, using a knife offensively (as in self defense) can be a huge liability to the carrier once a skilled person takes it away. I taught martial arts for years and removing the weapon from the Rambo’s was pretty straight forward because they leave them in plain sight & wave them in your face. It’s the guys who know how to use them you’ll figure out pretty quickly & better hope you can run the 100 faster than them or hand over your wallet and car keys – then run!

      • Spook45 December 29, 2011, 9:02 pm

        The serate is from the old riggers knives from a “sheeps foot” blade. IT is quite handy for cutting rope, tube/hose scuba lines etc. While a straight blade will cut those things the serate makes quik work of them and takes a lot less work. And yes, that was my point about offensive use without skills. MOst people have visions of grandure about using a knife as a weapon. Rule number one in a knife fight is your gonna get cut. IF you engage someone with a knife, its a garuntee.

        • Jason December 29, 2011, 9:19 pm

          Rule #1 of a knife fight made me laugh! So true.

          Thank you for the other info.

  • las artes December 29, 2011, 12:22 pm

    This razor sharp Karambit is made of high carbon steel called 5160. Each knife was carefully hand forged and heat-treated to 59 to 61 rock tempered scale. This same treatment is used by the Japanese sword makers in tempering the katana.

  • R.C. December 29, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Calamity Jane,

    Like @Spook45 mentioned, I too am a practitioner of Filipino Martial Arts and have some opinions about the practical nature of my edged weapons.

    In regards to stones, you asked about, yes they are still good to have. I have some Arkansas Field stones (course, med, fine), I have a super fine stone, as well as a course/med stone I use in a vise, and also some course, med, fine diamond stones which I don’t like to use very much. For me, I use the John Juranitch method of sharpening, I find that I can use this method and put razor sharp edges on my knifes.

    I do all my edge “touch ups” with an eze-lap (check amazon).

    When I start to put an edge on my knives I use a belt sander with an aluminum oxide belt, and then put every thing else on by stone. The one thing I’ve learned is that good edge work takes time but once it’s there, it’s there.

    I don’t like the factory edges because they some times make it impossible to keep a good edge on them.

    At any rate, I have a lot of variates of knives. You mentioned wanting a Ka-Bar but not liking the thickness of the grip. Have you looked at the Ontario Spec Plus LSA? It is a nice fixed blade knife, solid carbon steel, and holds an edge superbly. The other nice thing about Ontario knives is that you won’t have to sell your unborn to own one ;)

    I also have a Spec 8 Tanto, and I am trying out a Svord Peasant folder for pocket carry. I don’t typically like folders for fighting for obvious collapsible reasons, and due to this I have smaller fixed blades I can carry like the S&W Special Ops HRT tanto.

    2 other comments mentioned karambits, and while they are used widely overseas, you do need to practice with them and get used to the different way you can use them, so I never recommend these types of knives to the average user.

    Have a Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Spook45 December 29, 2011, 9:05 pm

      I use only stones and ceramic crock sticks followed by coarse leather. I want it so sharp it wil cut ur eyes for looking at it!

      • Jason December 29, 2011, 9:21 pm

        You made me laugh once again!

  • Steelheart December 29, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Calamity, I’ve got that actual knife in my kitchen right now as well as another somewhere around here. You’re right, they’re a great value. The only thing I’m not real happy with is the sheath, just because I’m not sure how well it will stay clipped on to you if it gets bumped etc.

    I can hand sharpen a knife with a stone but I prefer to use a kit. Years back I got this basic kit and it works pretty good. The main pain in the butt is figuring out which angle to use so that it matches the factory angle. The only problem I’ve had was that one of the stones came loose from the plastic holder but a little epoxy fixed that.

    As I look over the kit I linked above I see that they’re making changes. The last time I looked all the stones were all flat Arkansas stones. Makes me think I should start looking either for a spare set of stones like I have or another place to get a similar kit. Smiths doesn’t even show my type of stones as spares now.


  • Bugler December 29, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I love products with simple, low-cost utility. Mora’s aren’t good knives for the money–they’re great knives that just don’t cost much. You couldn’t have chosen better.

  • T.R. December 30, 2011, 12:28 am

    Personally would take the Ka- Bar over the Mora any day of the week and twice on sunday lol . Another good cheap utility knife is the Cold Steel GI Tanto . I use that thing at work all the time , almost indestructible , basically a very sharp crow bar . Pounded through quarter inch fiberglass flanges and punctured metal cans , never so much as a nick in the blade . Chops hard wood well . No good for finess .

  • Leon December 30, 2011, 10:57 am

    I’ve used Moras extensively over the past few years, and a Mora will do about 90 percent of what you need a hunting/utility knife to do. In fact, I just received a C.T. Fischer Mora-style knife in the mail yesterday. Here’s my review of the Mora: http://knivesforsurvival.blogspot.com/2011/01/survival-knife-review-mora.html.
    I agree with your comments about the clip sheath. I have modified mine with duct tape and paracord so it rides very nicely. I’ll post photos.

  • Wendy Brown January 1, 2012, 11:30 pm

    Awesome choice in knife, Calamity Jane.

    We have Mora knives … all of us, including our three daughters. In fact, we have two each – I don’t know why we have so many, but they come in very handy in a lot of different situations. I use it for just about everything from cutting duct tape to rabbit harvesting. I find myself reaching for the Mora in most instances when I need a cutting edge.

    For sharpening we use a diamond sharpener.

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 2, 2012, 8:14 am

    I’m still trying to get past the ‘1st carbon blade’ thing, lol. Glad to hear you are happy with your choice, Moras are a great buy. I don’t own any with the new updated sheath though, mine have the plastic tubed body with leather tab. Not very safe, the knife can fall out easily.

    My wife is about 5′-4″ tall and has smallish size hands. Her fixed blade choice is the Air Force Pilot Survival knife, the leather washer handle is smaller and fit her hands pretty well. Made in the past by Camillus and now Ontario (I think), its a pretty good knife too. The sheath carries the sharpening stone too, I like that for when the edge needs some touching up. Tough blade, give it a look if you are in the market for a knife that does not require any babying.

    Hope this helps.

  • Joe January 5, 2012, 8:04 am

    Good post, Calamity. Looks like Santa was good to you.

    As for sharpening. I’ve been pleased with the America’s stone that I got a few years back. It’s a ceramic sharpener that’s worked well for me.




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