Feb 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm #1269403
We took a quick escape trip to the San Juan islands over the last couple days and stopped off at the town of Anacortes on the way home. I visited the Marine Supply and Hardware store (http://www.marinesupplyandhardware.com/default.asp) on the main street and found a glass case full of knives and tools and they had a small selection of Mora knives from Sweden.
I have owned a few Mora's and I have an Allround stainless model with a molded plastic handle. I had been looking at web listings for one of the very traditional wood-handled models and they had a couple in the case at the store. The one in the photo below is a #2/0 model with a 3" carbon steel blade, painted wood handle and an ambidextrous plastic belt sheath. It weighs just 1.8oz/50g with the sheath and was $11.50. I put it alongside a 91mm frame Victorinox Swiss Army knife for scale. It is a good size for food prep and making tinder and small kindling for a fire. The blade is not stainless and needs to be kept dry and isn't the best choice for salt water environments. It is easy to sharpen. They make a similar model with a finger guard if you prefer that.Feb 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm #1698907
@chrishansonLocale: Eastern Wyoming
That's what I carry and I think it is a great all around knife. The Scandi beveled edge is easy to sharpen. The high carbon steel keeps a decent edge.
The tang doesn't go all the way through so you can't do any heavy duty baton splitting with it, but I really don't have the need to do that anyway.
I keep it around my neck with a piece of paracord so it is always handy.Feb 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm #1698909
Chris. What do you use as a break-away with your paracord? Love my Mora, a trusted friend.Feb 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm #1698953
Which island(s)? I grew up on Orcas. My family is still there though I'm currently in NJ. I'm extremely jealous of your trip. There is nothing like catching a breeze off the Straight of Juan de Fuca with a light rain falling down. It's a very special place for me. Also, gotta love Mora!
McLaneFeb 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm #1698966
We usually go to Friday Harbor, but I had some business in Eastsound on Orcas, so we made an overnight escape trip out of it. This is the view I was subjected to from our hotel this morning:
It was chilly. We went up Mount Constitution yesterday afternoon to find light snow on the road and frost on the trees. The view is to the south from the old CCC tower.
Mount Baker was out in full glory from from the ferry in Rosario Strait this afternoon:Feb 21, 2011 at 8:18 am #1699488
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
I also carry a Mora #2. I took a butane torch to the handle to get rid of the treacherous red paint, turning it a nice chestnut color with the grain showing through. I then oiled it lightly. It is now a lot nicer to handle when wet.Feb 21, 2011 at 9:44 am #1699519
@sockpuppetLocale: High Desert
Nice work on that handle! I wouldn't have thought of that.Feb 21, 2011 at 10:13 am #1699535
My father works for Moran State Park. I proposed to my wife at the base of the CCC tower. Sounds like a great trip!
McLaneFeb 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #1699755
I proposed to my wife on San Juan :) Still going strong 25 years later!Feb 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm #1699758
Nice job on the handle. I like the toggle on the sheath too— it isn't the most secure.Feb 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm #1699761
@rcowmanLocale: Canadian Rockies
you guys have all this nice weather. was -17C when i went to work today. there are 9ft mounds of ice and snow from the road plowing in front of my house.Feb 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm #1699764
^ I hear ya, -13F this morning, w/ a foot of new snow (on top of the foot we already had) :(Feb 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm #1699766
I'm getting my torch out tomorrow!Feb 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm #1699799
All in the same post!
Great pics Dale! My wife and I had our honeymoon in Eastsound. What a beautiful area.
I just might have to pick up a Mora knife. I have heard nothing but great things about them.Feb 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm #1699856
Looks really good. I did the same thing this fall – kinda fun taking the torch to it knowing that I could replace the handle if I screwed up. My boys thought it funny when it kept catching fire. ooops. A little sanding and some Watkins oil stain to seal it and good to go.
A serious word of caution though – it will be dangerously slippery if you try to field dress a deer. I cut myself a little, and had to use my son's Clipper to finish the job.Feb 22, 2011 at 7:39 am #1699914
I see the #2/0 as a handy fixed blade with emphasis on weight and small size. The guard-less design is not my favorite; it is traditional for wood carving so you can work close to the handle. There are identical models with rather crude metal guard and many of the plastic models with varying guards molded in. I would think of this knife for food prep and light wood-working: apples, cheese, and marshmallow sticks.
The next step up for me is the Mora Craftline Allround. Mora added the Craftline series a couple years ago. They have a slightly thicker 2.5mm blade and the handle has a less slippery rubber section. The blade is 3-7/8" (100mm) and the knife weighs 4.1oz/115g. I wish they made an ambidextrous sheath– right hand only. About $15 on eBay.
They make a number of different models.
http://www.moraofsweden.se/index.php?cid=&id=349&ssel=&lng=2Feb 22, 2011 at 9:30 am #1699962
I'm intrigued by the #546 http://www.ragweedforge.com/546.jpg
The handle looks pretty goof-proof and it has one of the more substantial tangs in the Mora lineup. 3 1/2 oz with sheath. Also available as the 511 in carbon steel with a red handle; I understand the disadvantages of stainless but too many of my knife uses involve food.
I just wish I could find one locally; it chaps me to pay $6 shipping on an $8 purchase.Feb 22, 2011 at 9:42 am #1699966
@bryanhanselLocale: Great Lakes
Lots of Bushcrafters like the wooden handle Moras without a finger guard, but I prefer the plastic ones with a guard. I just got the Mora 911. It has a 4-inch carbon blade. It's 4.7 oz. I still can't believe how sharp these knives come out of the box. No work needed. I'm not a fan of the plastic sheaths, so I'm planning on buying a new leather one. Ben's Backwoods sells a wide range of Mora knives and leather replacement sheaths.Feb 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm #1700251
There aren't significant problems with stainless. And carbon steel is fine for food, it just needs a little more maintenance, so it isn't as practical in a commercial kitchen setting. I prefer the stainless as I do get into salt water environments, and you can be lazy with them. Your basic block of cheddar won't know the difference. The carbon steel is a bit easier to sharpen and can take a wicked edge, but either will suffice. Some people use mildly acidic treatments like vinegar or tomato juice to give the carbon steel blades a protective patina. You can use cold bluing made for gunsmithing too. Simply wiping them clean and a light dose of oil will keep them from rusting.
This isn't fine cutlery– they are workman's and fisherman's tools, meant to be cheap and abused, lost overboard, broken and covered in glue and paint. For outdoor use, they are cheap, light, and sharp. I have one that I bought in the early 1980's and it is in my toolbox, ready to be used where I wouldn't dream of exposing my expensive tool steel blade.Dec 14, 2011 at 8:46 am #1812001
@bster13Locale: Norwalk, CT
….according to this website:
I have a #1/0 on the way, and it also lists as a full tang. I wanted the slightly longer blade and full tang for batoning while carrying a wood stove in the winter.Dec 14, 2011 at 8:58 am #1812004
Does the tang come out the end of the handle like a Fallkniven F1? If not, you would be smacking the handle – could crack?Dec 14, 2011 at 9:05 am #1812012
"Does the tang come out the end of the handle like a Fallkniven F1? If not, you would be smacking the handle – could crack?"
Why would you be striking anywhere near the handle when batoning with a knife?Dec 14, 2011 at 10:15 am #1812064
@James – for splitting wood with the knife vertically. The F1 permits it as the tang extends from the handle and you can strike it hard with a small log.Dec 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm #1812144
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
You probably already know this, but the Mora Classics don't have "true" full tangs. The older ones had rat tail tangs that ran the length of the handle, and the newer ones generally have partial tangs (3/4 length). Regardless, they've been strong enough for most general uses.
I've also always been a fan of Fallkniven, though I carry a lighter blade these days.Dec 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm #1812153
Thanks Ike for the clarification – I was just curious about the length of the tang.
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