Survivalists, outdoors men and women, bush-crafters, and professionals like Ray Mears and Cody Lundin, among many others, have all referred to the simple beauty that is a Mora Knife. With claims ranging from perfection to absolute genius, it seems that Mora knives are almost a thing of legend rather than a reality.
Family owned and professionally operated since 1912, Mora of Sweden (formerly: Frosts Knivfabrik and KJ Eriksson) has over 300 years of experience that goes into every single knife that comes across their factory floor. Today we’ll look at the Mora Companion Knife. This is a simple knife made for complicated and detail oriented tasks, but that is still capable of so much more.
- Fixed blade outdoor knife with 4.1-inch stainless steel blade
- Blade Thickness: 0.10″ (2.5 mm)
- Blade Length: 4.1″ (104 mm)
- Total Length: 8.6″ (219mm)
- Net Weight: 4.1 oz. (116g)
- Patterned, high-friction grip
- Plastic sheath with belt clip
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
HANDLE / GRIP
Normally I wouldn’t extol the virtues of a plastic grip on a knife, especially one meant for serious real-world use like survival. However, Mora knows what they are doing and how to get the best out of their materials without sacrificing safety.
Following the natural arc of the fingers, the heavy-duty plastic grip sits perfectly in the hand… almost like it’s a previously missing piece of your palm. The lightly textured layer of rubber on the handle adds a surprising level of grip. Combined with a slight thumb groove and solid forefinger groove, you don’t have to worry about losing your grip in wet or slimy conditions… like working in foul weather, and gutting fish or the undead.
The form and feel of the handle and grip on the Mora Companion make it comfortable for long-term projects and use including carving, cutting, batoning, and so on.
Available in both Swedish cold-rolled stainless steel and carbon steel (I opted for the stainless), the Mora Companion has most survival and outdoor needs covered with its 4.1″drop-point blade. Before you say anything, let me assure you that stainless steel isn’t what it used to be… and that’s a good thing.The chemistry and method of making stainless steel has come a long way since the old days and this highly corrosion resistant material is now an excellent material for all-purpose and bush-craft knives like the Mora Companion.
I look forward to the fact that my stainless steel Mora Companion doesn’t just hold an edge (see: How to Hone an Edge), but that I can use it in wet weather, muddy conditions, and even out on the open sea without worry of corrosion or weakening the steel.
Shipped sharp enough to shave with, the Mora Companion did a fair job popping the hairs off of my face. (Do not try this at home). Even though It wasn’t as comfortable or nearly as easy as using a traditional straight-edge razor or some triple-bladed contraption, it got the job done… with only a few nicks here and there.
I chopped, cropped, diced, sliced, stripped, shaved, cut, carved, and generally ran this knife through the wringer as best I could. I went from batoning a 2.5″ thick limb of a tree to making a handful of feather-sticks, opening an expired can of lentils, shaving the bark off of a pine tree, cutting into a phone book, and severing several layers of paracord, alongside a number of other tests.
And, through it all, from the before mentioned tree-limb and feather sticks to that expired can of lentils, carving my name into the rafter of an abandoned bunk house (okay, that last one isn’t true), and so on, the Mora Companion handled it all like only your best friend can… with complete and utter reliability.
Extremely simple in design, the heavy-duty plastic sheath of the Mora Companion does a few things right and a few things wrong.
While a small plastic “stay” inside the sheath, locks the blade in place with a satisfying “click”, I worry that over the long-term and after lots of use, the plastic might wear down and no longer hold the blade securely. However, I haven’t had any issues with it yet.
Once locked in-place the blade can be easily removed using a textured thumb-catch (for lack of a better word). This allows for quick deployment without the worry that the knife will just come popping out when you go over a bump in the road or tussle with a Zombie.
Unfortunately, while the sheath has a nice, slick design with a solid belt/pocket clip for carry, it (like most sheaths) is right-hand biased. This is a major down-side for left-handed survivors and outdoors people like myself… but it’s not enough to stop me from carrying it and making due.
From face to forest to undead foe, this knife stood up to all challenges put before it, even bringing a smile to my face as it surpassed my early expectations due to its small size (8.4″) and light weight (4.1 oz). The legend of Mora knives seems to be true, and I believe I’ve gained a new friend for life. Dear Mora… will you be mine?
The Mora Companion comes in a variety of colors and averages about $30.00 online, which isn’t a bad price to pay for a knife that’s likely to last you a lifetime… or two depending on how you use it.
Special thanks to Paravival.com for sending me the Mora Companion knife for review and testing, it was a pleasure working with you guys and I wish you all the best!