I am always on the lookout for quality knives at a good price. The quintessential survival tool that has the potential to make everyday life easier. Knives, like most things, come in all shapes, sizes, quality and prices. For those of us that use knives often, picking one out can be a very personal experience. Having carried a knife since I was a boy some XX odd years ago, I can say that I believe no responsible citizen should be without one. The utilitarian uses alone should have everyone carrying some sort of blade; from the adventuresome child ready to whittle a pine stick, to the elderly grandma cutting a button off….or vice versa depending on the particular kid or Grandma!
If you read this and think to yourself you would never give your kid a knife because they are dangerous, then I would say please teach your child knife safety at an early age. Let them be responsible and you know what, they will be. I carried a knife every day, including to school, and got into a scuffle a time or two. Never did I consider taking the knife out of my pocket, but I digress…..on to the review!
Let me just say this is a “Open Box” first impression, unbiased, non professional review. I paid for this knife and get paid nothing by the seller or manufacturer for my amateur insight. I will be using this knife around the homestead and on camping trips this year. I intend to update the post as I can add info on the “field results”. My goal, and the main reason for spending my time with this review, and the many I hope to do in the future, is to help others decide where to place their hard earned money. I have used the reviews of others to make many good purchases and hopefully avoided a few costly mistakes. I also want to give credit to those companies who are still willing to put out a quality product, and make known those that I think are peddling crap. So here goes….really this time!
The (Morakniv)® “Mora” Clipper 840MG is made by Mora of Sweden, a family owned business making knives since 2005. The name Morakniv® literally means Mora(pronounces “moo-ra”) knife in Swedish. Mora is a term used to refer to a range of belt-knives manufactured by the cutlers of the town of Mora in Dalarna, Sweden.
The one that I purchased was shipped from Amazon for less the $16.00, an outstanding price for a quality blade.Opening the clam-shell plastic container it came in I noticed that the sheath and knife had a nice finished look. It gave me hope that the inexpensive price was not a fair indicator of the quality of tool. The knife weighed in at just over 6 ounces according to my digital scale and although light, it feels substantial in the hand. Much of that can be attributed to the well deigned ergonomic rubber grip. Both with bare and gloved hands I felt secure in the grip I had while pulling it free from the belt sheath. The “Clipper” fit the sheath well and I got a nice “snap” as I removed it. The molded plastic sheath looked nice in military green, and came marked with the name MORAKNIV®. The standard 2″ belt clip at the top was rigid yet open to allow it to slip over even the thickest of belts I have.
The total length is a usable 8.5″ with the blade measuring 3 7/8″ long and also marked with the MORAKIV® name, along with “Carbon Steel” and “Made in Sweden”. While the fixed blade is not a full tang it seems very secure in the handle, again a testament to the apparent good craftsmanship . Out of the box, this may be one of the sharpest knives I have ever owned. I did not measure the blade width but feel confident it can be easily used as a fillet knife. I tested the blades edge and was able to thinly shave paper without effort and slice through a raw potato smoothly without minimal pressure. In fact I thought the edge was a bit too sharp. I will need to see how it holds an edge with everyday typical use.
To me, the knife looks identical to the Mora “Companion” and from what I have read that could be it’s replacement. I’ve mentioned the price of this knife, but let me say that I would pick up one or a few of these even if they were more expensive. It seems like an ideal knife for fishing or camping. If you get one be careful, I was serious about this blade being sharp.