So-called "Mora" knives are known around the world as great industrial, outdoor, and craft knives. They are so named because they come from the area near Mora, Sweden. Today the term typically means a knife made by Mora of Sweden, a company born from a merger of the two knife manufacturers Frosts Knivfabrik and KJ Eriksson. Mora knives are simple, tough, and cheap fixed blades. They can typically be had for $10 to $30 US but will easily last a long time thanks to their traditional design and robust materials. They come in a variety of lengths, widths, grinds, and steels.
Mora knives come in several different kinds of steel, so you can choose the one which best suits your needs. Traditionally, carbon steel sharpened easier and maintained a better edge than stainless steel. However, high-quality modern stainless steels like Sandvik's 12C27 maintains a keen edge while being relatively easy to sharpen.
- This is the most common steel used in modern Mora knives. The stainless steel used is Swedish Sandvik 12C27, which is the same steel used by Swiss Army knives and Opinels, hardened to 56–58 HRC.
- More common in older Mora knives, you can still get carbon steel in some of the newer models as well. Obviously, it's not as resistant to corrosion as stainless steel is, and needs to be treated accordingly. Wipe it off when it gets damp, and keep it oiled in storage (especially if you live near the ocean). The carbon steel used is European-sourced C100 hardened to 58–60 HRC.
- This unique blend of steels is effectively stainless steel wrapped around carbon steel. The core carbon steel is exposed at the edge, providing the benefits of sharpness and edge retention that metal provides. The steel exposed on the sides of the knife provide protection and flexibility. The laminated steel used is oil-hardened AISI O1 tool steel, hardened to 58–60 HRC. More interesting information about O1 can be found on the Uddeholm website.
- Found on only a few knives, Triflex is carbon steel that is harder near the edge and softer near the spine. This makes the blade more flexible and less prone to breakage. This steel is now discontinued in Mora products; I have read from unofficial sources that this was due to supply and quality issues. Triflex steel was made from C75 steel, hardened to 58–60 HRC.
Information about what kind of steel is used comes from the official Morakniv knife care page.
- A true scandi grind is a single big, flat bevel and that's it. They're very easy to sharpen, because it takes no effort at all to find the correct angle when sharpening. Most Mora knives are not technically a true scandi grind, because they have a very small secondary bevel which you can see if you shine the light just right — this is done to help strengthen the edge.
- The profile grind is a scandi grind, but with additional material removed from the side of the knife towards the tip. The goal is to make the tip of the knife more narrow, so that it can pierce more easily. Deeper into the belly of the blade, and it's a typical scandi grind. Profile ground blades appear on the Outdoor 2000, Bushcraft Forest, and Bushcraft Signal knives, as well as on the Light My Fire branded Swedish Fireknife.
- A replacement for the older Clipper models, these knives feature mostly stainless steel blades in a scandi grind with rubber handles. The typical blade width is 2.0mm, but there is an alternative in the Companion HD (heavy duty), which has a 3.2mm wide blade. There is also a 2.0mm wide carbon steel version in dark green.
- Slightly longer and heavier than the Companion, these knives are more oriented to use in the wilderness. The scandi ground black (carbon) and orange (stainless) models have a 3.2mm wide blade. The profile ground "Forest" (stainless) models have a 2.5mm wide blade.
- Outdoor 2000
- Older than the Bushcraft knives, the orange and green Outdoor 2000 models have 2.5mm wide profile ground blades.
- Craftline High Q
- Neither as long nor as heavy as the Companion and Bushcraft knives, these are meant more for general utility than service out in the bush. Available in both stainless and carbon steel with a 2.0mm wide blade, there is also a 3.2mm wide "robust" carbon steel model.
- Similar to the High Q knives, these are good utility knives. They have very grippy rubber handles and 2.5mm wide blades. Several different lengths are available in both stainless and carbon steel.
- Basic / Pro Series
- Morakniv introduced these lines in 2014 to eventually replace the Craftline Q, Craftline High Q, and Craftline Top Q collections. As such, the Pro Series offers basically all the blade shapes made by Morakniv. Every knife comes with a newly developed handle that is a little more ergonomically neutral that the old styles, but still offers a pronounced edge-side guard. The Basic knives are solid plastic, whereas the Pro knives are plastic and rubber. All knives also come with newly designed sheaths, which are similar to the High Q and Top Q sheaths, and therefore a vast improvement over the existing 510/511/546 (or Craftline Q) sheaths.
|Number||Line||Name||Blade Steel||Blade Shape||Handle||Color|
|12147||Basic||Basic 511||Carbon||Old Style||Plastic||Red|
|12241||Basic||Basic 546||Stainless||Old Style||Plastic||Blue|
|12244||Basic||Safe||Carbon||Old Style, Blunt||Plastic||Green|
|12243||Pro||Pro C||Carbon||New Style||Plastic + Rubber||Red|
|12242||Pro||Pro S||Stainless||New Style||Plastic + Rubber||Blue|
|12249||Pro||Robust||Carbon||New Style||Plastic + Rubber||Gray|
|12250||Pro||Chisel||Carbon||Chisel||Plastic + Rubber||Lime|
|12247||Pro||Precision||Stainless||Precise||Plastic + Rubber||Purple|
|12248||Pro||Flex||Stainless||Flat Grind, Flexible||Plastic + Rubber||Cyan|
|12245||Pro||Rope||Stainless||New Style, Serrated||Plastic + Rubber||Tan|
- These are the traditional style Swedish Mora knives, with red wood handles and carbon steel blades; several lengths are available in a standard scandi grind. There are several guard options: no guard (traditional style for light use), half guard (or "standard protection"), and full guard ("double protection"). Some classic knives are available with laminated steel blades.