Which Mora Knife Do I Buy?


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Phydeaux642
April 17, 2009, 10:48 PM
I've decided to pick up a Mora (or two) for general use and there are a bunch to choose from on the Ragweed Forge website. I've done some searching here and Mora knive's seem to be generally well regarded, but I would like some specific models that you guys like and why you like them. They are cheap enough that I will probably buy several. Thanks.

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bikerdoc
April 17, 2009, 11:55 PM
I have the 840 and I like it!!!!

Searcher1970
April 18, 2009, 01:01 AM
I think the Mora 2000 is a great little knife.

John G
April 18, 2009, 01:34 AM
They're all great, and I use one every day. Lately, it's been the short-bladed ones with plain wood handles, no guard. These are excellent for wood carving. My girlfriend has claimed one for the kitchen( w/hard red plastic handle and finger guard), and my chef buddy is permanently borrowing my clipper with the nice grippy rubber handle. He uses it mainly for a boning knife.

Just pick a blade length, handle style, and try it out. That's how I started, and now I have six.

CWL
April 18, 2009, 04:11 AM
Gotta have a #1, a classic in carbon steel & red wood and still one of my favorites. I once actually stropped mine to the point where I shaved with it. Used shaving cream and it was scary, but it worked! I keep this in the utility drawer.

I also like the #780 triflex with differentially heated carbon blade. This resides in my emergency kit.

#711 is another carbon steel classic that has a rubberized grip if you want a more modern design.

Carl Levitian
April 18, 2009, 11:10 AM
I stick with the plain wood handle number 1. I'm old fashioned, and I like the idea of a through tang. I saw some X-ray photos on the web of some of the other models, and was a little hincky on how short the stubby tang is on a few of the models. I know, the plastic is tough, and it's molded on, but I just like the tang all the way through the handle.

Phydeaux642
April 18, 2009, 10:50 PM
Well, I ordered a #1 and a #711. Now, I wait 'til they arrive.

Dirty Bob
April 19, 2009, 01:54 AM
My favorite "traditional" is the Eriksson #2. In plastic, I like the Swedish Army Knife and the triflex Tradesman. The latter makes a great pocket fixed blade. All you have to do is cut off the belt loop of the sheath.

Regards,
Dirty Bob

Deltaboy
April 19, 2009, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the FYI!

dairycreek
April 20, 2009, 01:18 AM
Gotta have a #1, a classic in carbon steel & red wood and still one of my favorites.

JLaw
April 21, 2009, 07:56 AM
Good thread, inspired me to order a Mora #1 from Ben's Backwoods. Looking forward to it!

JLaw

SpikeBayonet
April 21, 2009, 09:29 AM
I have a #711 in olive-drab I use constantly - and another 711 (in black) I had to buy my wife when she saw just how sharp mine is. I also have a #780 Tri-Flex as my main "field knife" - everything came from Ben's Backwoods and I can't say enough good things about the knives or the dealer!

Aka Zero
April 21, 2009, 10:53 AM
I own the olive green one, a triflex, and either are good.

But check out Marttiini knives, few bucks more, and the sheath makes up for it. I have a small skinner, and the hunter. but are great knives. paid $14 for the big one $12 fore the little one. Like a mora, scandinavian grind, good steel, super sharp. Just a better sheath. And imo a nicer handle

http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/product.jsp?Mode=Brand&Brand=230&SKU=MT184015& the hunter

JLaw
April 21, 2009, 08:13 PM
+1 for Ben's Backwoods, they are good to deal with. That's who I ordered my Mora from.

http://www.bensbackwoods.com/servlet/StoreFront

JLaw

Dirty Bob
April 21, 2009, 10:56 PM
Ragweed Forge is also first-rate to deal with. Ragnar is good people.

Regards,
Dirty Bob

John G
April 22, 2009, 02:36 PM
Ragnar is great. He's been extremely quick to reply to my questions, and also very fast with shipping.

Phydeaux642
April 22, 2009, 09:12 PM
Well, I received my knives today from Ragweed Forge. They look like a lot of knife for the money and shipping the was lightning fast.

JimJD
May 4, 2009, 05:20 PM
I've always been interested in these knives, I think it's finally time to get one. Or two. Or three.

So far I found these pages on the web:

http://www.scandia-international.com/

http://www.frosts-scandia.com/

Would anyone have web links on their history, construction (other than stated by the company), information, etc.?


Edit: Wow, I just watched some videos of Mora's in action. I'm impressed.

Kingcreek
May 4, 2009, 06:11 PM
+++ ragnar at ragweed forge is great to deal with.
I like the 510 and the little 106 is a great whittler and a superfantastic garden knife. the classics with laminated carbon blades are nice too.

JimJD
May 5, 2009, 05:17 PM
After doing some reading, and watching some videos (knifetests.com / noss4 on YouTube). I ordered a Mora 840 (carbon blade) last night. Can't wait to get it.
:)

rcmodel
May 5, 2009, 06:03 PM
I'd sure like them a lot better if they had some semblance of a guard.

I cut two fingers to the bone with one once when I was a teenager, cleaning rabbits in sub-zero weather.

My numb bloody hand let the slick wood handle slip right through my fingers as I started to rip a belly open.

Still have one finger that doesn't work quite right 50 years later.

Never liked them much since.

rc

JimJD
May 5, 2009, 08:31 PM
I'm sorry to hear that rcmodel. :(
I too, had a hand injury. It was due to being cut by someone with a box cutter about sixteen years ago. Lots of stitches, some nerve damage, nothing too severe though. Like you, my hand has not been the same since then. Considering where the cut was and the depth, I am very, very lucky.

That's one of the reasons I went with the Mora 840, it appears to have some "grip" and a contoured handle. True, it doesn't have a full or partial guard. But for my uses, it should suffice.

HoosierQ
May 6, 2009, 02:06 PM
I have the Swedish Army knife (green plastic handle) and it is, without a doubt, the sharpest knife I have ever seen. It has a decent guard.

I read that the reason the scandinavian knives lack guards is that as an adaptation to sub-zero conditions, folks up there are much more conditioned to doing things on a pull stroke with cold-numbed fingers. That's why the traditional Mora and the Puukos all lack guards...I guess.

For the price, I am not sure you can beat the more modern ones... with "American" style molded plastic handles. I am going to get several more.

The sheaths they come with are un-usable. I have taken them all and built leather sheaths around the plastic ones they come with and that works pretty well.

Ragweed Forge has them listed under the "Craftsmen Series". They have a solid plastic handle and come in a variety of steels.

bikerdoc
May 6, 2009, 04:48 PM
The sheaths really are inferior. On my 840 I lined the insde with cardboard for a tighter fit but the clip is just plain unreliable

HoosierQ
May 6, 2009, 06:33 PM
I think they come in those silly plastic jobs because making yourself a sheath is part of the tradition or something. I made leather sheaths for all mine and kept the plastic on the inside. I made one that is inspired by the Air Force Survival Knife sheath except I used a Sam Browne button instead of a snap.

The knives are no-nonsense tools. The original Mora that RCModel decribes is a little scary. It is neat looking but that oval handle has absolutely nothing between you and that razor sharp blade...and the sharp edge comes all the way to the handle...not even a gap. That one...the Model 1...will be a "safe queen" I think.

The others have, like I said, modern molded handles and should be pretty good. The orginal wooden ones have models that come with guards but they look kind of wedged on...in the pics anyway.

The Mora is a knife to ride hard, put away wet, sharpen easily with that scandinavian grind, and move on if you mess it up. I am going to make 2 or 3 interchangeable sheaths and as I mess up the knives...if that really happens...I will reuse the sheath. That is the plan anyway.

Thanks RC for the warning...that sharp edge right there next to your finger is very disconcerting and I am sorry your accident is a lesson for the rest of us.

Phydeaux642
May 6, 2009, 08:40 PM
Has anyone ever put grip tape on the handle of the #1? Surely, that would help with the slipping to some degree.

JimJD
May 6, 2009, 09:25 PM
Good, I'm not the only one!
I was thinking about making a sheath for my Mora when it comes in. Based off of what I saw in photos and video, it looks like a weak link. I'll see how I feel about it when I have it in hand. It has a drainage hole, right?

Phydeaux642: Has anyone ever put grip tape on the handle of the #1? Surely, that would help with the slipping to some degree.

That sounds good! :)

Dirty Bob
May 6, 2009, 11:44 PM
You can also modify the sheath. I covered this in an article I wrote about Scandinavian knives, with pics of a "modded" Eriksson #2 and sheath. I've also modded the Frosts Tradesman and Craftsman knife sheaths for pocket carry, by just cutting off the belt loops.

The thread with the article is here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=448389).

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=448389

All my best,
Dirty Bob

HoosierQ
May 7, 2009, 03:05 PM
The number one sheath did not...all other I've seen do. I put a hole in the one that didn;t just with a drill bit between my fingers.

HoosierQ
May 8, 2009, 09:20 PM
I used the plastic sheath it came with and riveted it in place. Inspired by the Air Force Survival Knife Sheath.

http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu153/narmer_3100/hobby_2/P1010491.jpg

http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu153/narmer_3100/hobby_2/P1010492.jpg

http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu153/narmer_3100/hobby_2/P1010493.jpg

JimJD
May 13, 2009, 12:42 AM
Nice sheath HoosierQ!
I received the Mora 840 mg Carbon Clipper yesterday, it's neat. :)
They were not kidding when they stated they come sharp! I'm already thinking about which one to get next. Maybe something stainless for the car, another to throw in my camping gear. Would anyone know if two models are used by military forces, or just the one?

BHP FAN
May 13, 2009, 01:56 AM
Sportsman's guide has:

CX9C-137820 2 New Swedish Military Mora Knives


$24.97




Hoosier,dude,you're amazing.I've done some leatherwork,made a lot of my own sheaths and holsters over the past forty or so years,but that is nice work .
I also like Dirty Bob's knife sheath ''frog''.

HoosierQ
May 13, 2009, 10:53 AM
Thanks man. I was actually starting out to do this one as a frog but I got carried away and went with this. The frog route I think is a good one and I'll probably come back to do one.

My plan is to buy about half a dozen of these Craftsmen series knives and just use the heck out of 'em and see how they resharpen.

GreyOne
May 25, 2009, 12:00 AM
Have several of the cheaper Mora knives, and recently ordered a Model 311 from Ragnar :

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo58/GreyOne1/P1000570.jpg

A very pretty and lightweight little user with a decent Scandi style leather sheath- has belt loop and button slot.
This has been fun- has no guard, which makes me pay a bit more attention, but it can do some really good work.

Skoghund
May 26, 2009, 01:57 AM
I use the Mora klipper knives at work. 50Sek = 6 dollars. I go through a knive a month. Cheap, good and disposable:)

BCCL
May 26, 2009, 11:06 AM
Mora's are the best bang for the buck fixed blades!

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe/Knife%20Collection/Production%20Fixed%20Blades/Scandinavian%20Knives/Frost-Groupshot.jpg

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe/Knife%20Collection/Production%20Fixed%20Blades/Scandinavian%20Knives/Eriksson-510.jpg

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe/Knife%20Collection/Production%20Fixed%20Blades/Scandinavian%20Knives/Erick-1.jpg

KBT1911
May 27, 2009, 08:52 PM
Here is a Lauri knife (similar in design to Mora and a German dagger blade I made handles and sheaths for. The scabbards are wood and I'm working on the frogs to carry them right now. Sorry the pics so darn big. The dagger handle is crepe myrtle (sp?) and the Lauri is Aspenwood both scabbards are poplar with 2 outside layers around a 3rd inner cutout layer. The Lauri blade I ordered from Bens Backewwods for about 8 bucks. The dagger is a Rosco Damascus dagger post WWII I got off ebay. the old handle was jacked up so I made one.

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa169/killian45/knives1.jpg

Deltaboy
June 13, 2009, 11:24 PM
Got my Mora GI knive in Carbon steel today from the Sportsman Guide for 15 bucks with shipping. It came out shaving sharp. I plan on getting some more for around the house and cars.

Dirty Bob
June 14, 2009, 01:49 PM
Don't neglect the Finnish knives! I recently purchased a Rapala fillet knife (made by Marttiini) for $12 at my local Academy Sports, after noticing that Wally Mart has removed its Scandinavian fillet knives in favor of stuff from China.

This was $12 well spent (also found some buckshot while there). I've sealed the blade / handle joint with JB-Weld, and I plan to wax-impregnate the very good leather scabbard to prolong its useful life. The whole knife and sheath weighs just a few ounces, and it arrived very sharp.

All my best,
Dirty Bob

alaskanativeson
June 21, 2009, 02:32 AM
My knife tastes are about as screwed up as my musical tastes. My iTunes is replete with Styx, ACDC, Barry Manilow, Carpenters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Donny Osmond, Duke Ellington, and a whole bunch or weirdos that few have ever heard of. My taste in knives is similar. I have Busses, Spydercos, Randalls, Bucks, and Moras all in the same drawer.

Speaking of Moras, I am also a big fan of Ragweed Forge (http://www.ragweedforge.com/SwedishKnifeCatalog.html). Ragnar has been great to deal with. I like the 911 because I prefer carbon steel for knife blades, but I also have a model 860 with a blue handle because it's a good knife for fishing up here in Alaska. Both models have good serviceable sheaths.

Deltaboy
June 22, 2009, 06:18 PM
I am going to buy some more moras from Ragweed next payday.

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