Morakniv Bushcraft Black Survival Knife Review

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Morakniv has a reputation for making high-quality survival/bushcraft knives at relatively low prices, and the Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife is certainly no exception and perhaps the best bushcraft knife Morakniv has made to date. Let’s dive into it!

First Impressions

The Morakniv Bushcraft has a 3/4 length rat-tail tang construction, weighs 10.5 oz. and comes out of the package razor sharp. The knife weighs 10.5 oz. and its overall balance is excellent in all the right places.

Handle

The Morakniv Bushcraft features an ergonomically designed handle that is comfortable to hold and it has a high-friction rubber that provides extra grip. It feels touch and of high quality. Morakniv did a fantastic job designing this handle. It does not get slippery in wet circumstances and the knife never slipped out of my hand during heavy-duty work.

Blade

The Morakniv Bushcraft features a strong 4.3”  long and 0.126″ thick clip point blade, which is hardened to HRC 56-58 to better withstand stress on the blade when batoning or other heavy-duty tasks. Morakniv doesn’t list what Carbon steel they use for the Morakniv Bushcraft, but after some research online I was able to find that it is an equivalent of 1095 carbon steel.

The Bushcraft Survival has a Scandi grind that prevents the knife from slipping off easily, bites into the surface without getting stuck is razor-sharp, and stays sharp for a long time. The Scandi grind is a traditional element of Scandinavian knife culture. Scandi grinds are renowned for their woodworking ability. It has fine edge retention but it is not spectacular, however, this is not really an issue as the Scandi grind makes the knives remarkably easy to sharpen. The steel has a high-quality tungsten DLC anti-corrosive black coating to protect it from corrosion.

To further avoid corrosion, clean and wipe knife dry plus oil the blade after each use. 

Casing

The black plastic sheath that comes with the Morakniv Bushcraft is nice and firm and clamps the knife firmly. A clearly audible click indicates that the knife is in place. An opening at the bottom of the holster ensures the drainage of water if necessary. The removable and closed belt clip is rotatable. The sheath comes with an integrated diamond sharpener, which works very well and it also includes the Morakniv Fire Starter.

Morakniv Bushcraft Sheath black

Performance

The dimensions of the Bushcraft Survival are well chosen. Large enough for heavy work, small enough for easy transport.

Although it has only got a 3/4 length rat-tail tang, it will still baton with ease. The thicker blade helps with this. And thanks to the ergonomics of the handle you will not end up with sore hands even after extended use. 

The knife is fit for any bushcraft tasks, whether it is batoning, making feather sticks, or the ability to start a fire, the Morakniv Bushcraft does the job well.

Fire lighting

Thanks to the rough 90-degree spine, you will find lighting a fire a pleasure with the Morakniv Bushcraft.

Morakniv Fire Starter yields 7,000 strikes and produces 3,000 degree sparks; works when wet!

Note: Never try to scrape a ferro rod with the blade edge. That is very bad for the knife.

Specifications

Morakniv Bushcraft Black Survival Knife

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Knife type:
Fixed

Overall length:
9.1"

Weight:
10.5 ounces

Blade length:
4.3"

Blade thickness:
0.126"

Blade shape:
Clip Point

Blade steel:
High Carbon Steel

Steel hardness:
58–60 HRC

Handle material:
Plastic

Carry system included:
Yes

Sheath material:
Plastic

Origin:
Sweden

With every Morakniv knife comes a royal lifetime limited warrant granted by the King of Sweden!

Pros & cons

Pros

  • High quality for a decent price
  • Perfect bushcraft knife
  • Excellent performance
  • Scandi grind

Cons

  • Blade loses its edge relatively quick

Conclusion

This Morakniv Bushcraft is the best bushcraft knife within its price range. You get a lot of value for a low price. It is fit for all kinds of heavy-duty outdoor tasks and easy to sharpen if needed. In my opinion, this is the best bushcraft knife Morakniv has in its arsenal. All in all, this is a fantastic knife for a fantastic price and I highly recommend it.

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