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Mora Knife for field and utility:
« on: September 16, 2010, 07:17:13 pm »
While the blade connoisseurs here may roll their eyes, my taste in knives runs more to utility blades. :hmm

The MORA Swedish issue knife is my favorite utility and hunting knife.
The drop point 3 7/8" laminated carbon steel blade holds an edge yet resharpens easily with an arkansas bench stone.
This blade will stain or rust readily but cleaning and wiping down with olive oil keeps it ready to go.  The best part, the little 4 oz. Mora is under 10 bucks - I have several in use regularly.
I recommend it.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/new-swedish-mil-mora-knife.aspx?a=547565&pn=2
« Last Edit: September 17, 2010, 12:34:21 pm by RMc »
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 10:02:19 am »
    Nothing wrong with a simple knife.  Too many guys and myself included, put too much stock into knives...
    The Mora is what all knives are supposed to provide - a Sharp Edge.  That knife has that, and a good handles to hold on to.  Not a bad knife for 10 bucks. 
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #2 on: September 17, 2010, 10:10:30 am »

    I got a Mora 2000 knife from the Swedish Army, good blade.  Very simple, but I've used it for many years.  This looks a whee bit different.  New issue, I guess.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #3 on: September 17, 2010, 11:15:25 am »
    actually, that is the knife favored by that guy who runs the Pathfinder Survival school down by Cincy that's on youTube
    http://www.youtube.com/user/wildernessoutfitters

    btw, just ordered one, thanks for the link.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010, 11:21:29 am »
     I have a Mora 840 mg Carbon Clipper, great knife.
     :thumbup1

    Planning on picking up other Mora's. One for the car, the kitchen "junk/stuff" drawer, a couple for my other kits/camping gear/b.o.b.'s, the bathroom. Uh... scratch that last one.

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #5 on: September 17, 2010, 12:33:47 pm »
    I have one modified mora that I use for skinning deer.  I simply rounded off the point and left it blunt, that way the blade does not dig into the underlying flesh as the sharp edge cuts the hide from the inside.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #6 on: September 17, 2010, 01:10:34 pm »
    Used a Mora Knife to great effect while skinning up those hogs I shot a few weeks ago.
    Worked better and kept its edge and did the job.

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #7 on: September 21, 2010, 01:16:11 am »
    I even blued one of the Mora blades with stump remover salts. After killing the salts with oil, the finished blade looked (gasp!) "tactical."
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #8 on: September 21, 2010, 08:30:59 am »
    They are really good knives.  I had one come with my first kit in college many years ago.  They come highly recommended by many woods - skills writers and instructors.  Excellent basic knives.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #9 on: September 21, 2010, 07:25:12 pm »
    OK, so I just got this military Mora Clipper knife in the mail I ordered from the link above,  "OK" is the first word that comes to mind.  I know everybody who is a "bushcraft" expert glows about these things but it just strikes me as something that belongs more in a tackle box than a survival kit.   The steel does seem to be good carbon steel and it is comfortable in the hand, I will give it that.  For the price though I will end up ordering a couple more for the camping bag and such, rather spend $10 on this for use than $10 on some Chinese blade made of 420 stainless in Taiwan and sold at the local Wally World....

    question for anyone out there...I have some permablue paste in my bench box that I used to touch up an old Charles Daly 1911 I had a while back.  Do you think blueing the blade with this stuff will offer any more resistance to rust than just simply coating it with CLP?
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #10 on: September 21, 2010, 07:56:29 pm »
     Do you think blueing the blade with this stuff will offer any more resistance to rust than just simply coating it with CLP?
    No, not really.   Nail it with some High Temp Oven Paint, or Krylon.  Then Resharpen it.  Then oil the edge.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #11 on: September 21, 2010, 09:16:57 pm »
    huey148, is that the 840 mg or the 860 mg? From the pic it looks like the former, or maybe it's just me. I have the 840 mg. Where did you purchase it if you don't mind?


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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #12 on: September 21, 2010, 09:39:36 pm »
    Definitely going to have to add a couple of these to my gear list.  At $10 each I can put a couple away.

    I think that Field and Stream mentioned these in an article several years ago.  I was surprised to read about it in F&S because they tend to write up expensive gear.

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #13 on: September 22, 2010, 06:44:28 am »
    huey148, is that the 840 mg or the 860 mg? From the pic it looks like the former, or maybe it's just me. I have the 840 mg. Where did you purchase it if you don't mind?



    Its the 840MG according to the sticker on the back of the sheath.  The lighting in the pic makes the blade look darker than it actually is.  Got it from Sportsman's Guide via the link that RMc posted at the beginning of this thread.  Again, for $10 it appears to be a good little knife for doing occasional tasks like opening boxes, cutting twine and the like.  Just find it hard to believe that people actually consider this a hard core survival/bush knife.  I have seen other posts by people claiming to be Swedes amazed that we think so highly of them, as some of them have claimed to buy a few each month and just use them up by beating on them at work. Kind of like box knives are replaced over here I guess.

     I do see that they make a few other models like the 2000 http://www.swedishknives.com/hunting.htm#Outdoor_2000 which seem a bit more beefy.  The 840 I have has maybe a 1.5 mm thickness, those are 2.5 mm.

    I did go online and buy a "fancy" leather sheath for this one and again, just because its good steel at a good price I will get a few more just to throw in the tackle box and camping bag and such.  George already pointed out that this knife provides the important quality of a knife, a sharp edge and that a lot of people throw too much importance on blade lenght and such.  He is probably right, not like I will be taking this to the woods tonight and making a fire and shelter with it for me.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #14 on: September 22, 2010, 11:36:13 am »
    Oh, Ok. I missed that link. Please post a pic of the sheath when you get it!  :thumbup1

     
    George already pointed out that this knife provides the important quality of a knife, a sharp edge and that a lot of people throw too much importance on blade lenght and such.  He is probably right, not like I will be taking this to the woods tonight and making a fire and shelter with it for me.

    But if you feel the urge to suddenly do so... It slices! It dices! It makes Ginsu knives wet themselves and run for the hills!

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #15 on: September 22, 2010, 11:54:21 am »
    wow...tough blade...like I said, for the price it beats the chinese special at Wally World hands down....just ordered 3 more this morning btw...

    also, that guy in the video isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer himself....extremely sharp blade being put under that much pressure must have a tremendous amount of kinetic energy stored before breaking, lucky he didn't look down and find part of it sticking out of him...
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #16 on: September 27, 2010, 10:55:26 pm »
    A thought on quality blades:  I don't like to see tools misused.  Include guns, cars, wrenches, knives, screwdrivers, and all the helpers an opposable thumb could need.  Sometimes a situation can be solved by sacrificing a tool.  Sometimes a tool is lost.  If you have a knife that is good enough, and not expensive, you will not agonize over solving your problem at the cost of the knife, nor agonize over a lost knife.  I keep some survival gear in the detached garage.  I keep some in each of the vehicles.  I don't have the coin to tie up hundreds of dollars for each place I want a knife available.

    Another thought:  the ubiquitous knife of the Bering Sea fisherman is a disposable fixed blade Victrinox steak knife.  Its serrated blade will cut bait, net, or shot lines.  It costs only a couple of dollars (the sheathes cost $10, more than the knives).  Most guys working on deck will carry two or more; if one is dropped or inaccessible, there is another one on hand.  When they get dull, they get thrown away.  Someone so inclined can put an excellent edge on one (I used to use one for cutting patterns and custom gaskets.)  The mostest  wonderfullest wunder blade does you no good if it is lost, or if you are afraid to take it where it will get dirty, rusted, and mistreated.  Good enough is often the best solution.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #17 on: January 30, 2018, 11:24:56 pm »
    Old thread but a relevant addition:

    Recently after sharpening one of my daily use Mora knives, I decided to try something different.  I decided to soak the blade overnight in a glass of Apple Cider Vinegar. The next morning i found the blade had turned a deep matte black. After rinsing and drying, I wiped the blade down with the usual warm light coat of Olive Oil.

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 12:59:34 am »
    Old thread but a relevant addition:

    Recently after sharpening one of my daily use Mora knives, I decided to try something different.  I decided to soak the blade overnight in a glass of Apple Cider Vinegar. The next morning i found the blade had turned a deep matte black. After rinsing and drying, I wiped the blade down with the usual warm light coat of Olive Oil.

        :coffee

     :thumbup1 I have an Old Hickory butcher knife I'm going to do that to.

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 06:50:53 am »
    There is nothing wrong with a Mora

    I generally give them as gifts but I also own a few myself
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 03:33:31 pm »
    :thumbup1 I have an Old Hickory butcher knife I'm going to do that to.

    The MORA treated in Apple Cider Vinegar was a high carbon steel blade model.  This may not work with a stainless steel blade.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #21 on: January 31, 2018, 06:05:43 pm »
    The MORA treated in Apple Cider Vinegar was a high carbon steel blade model.  This may not work with a stainless steel blade.

    Old Hickory knives are high carbon steel. It's becoming a fad to modify them for bushcraft use.

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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #22 on: February 01, 2018, 02:49:32 pm »
    Old Hickory knives are high carbon steel. It's becoming a fad to modify them for bushcraft use.

    Let us know how this knife turns out after the apple cider vinegar treatment.
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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #23 on: February 01, 2018, 06:03:51 pm »
    Let us know how this knife turns out after the apple cider vinegar treatment.

    No need to wait that long. Here is an Old Hickory butcher knife with a vinegar patina. They are 1095 carbon steel.


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    Re: Mora Knife for field and utility:
    « Reply #24 on: February 02, 2018, 08:39:05 pm »
    Make sure your rinse includes baking soda, to neutralize the acid...


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