The Morakniv Classic No 1 has been made for 100 years in the Swedish village of Mora. During that time, the knife did go with the times, but without losing sight of the origin of the knife. The Morakniv Classic No 1 has been proven reliable by generations of carpenters and woodcarvers.
Although it arrives fairly sharp you’ll probably want to do some work on it but the Scandi grind makes it easy to obtain a razor-sharp edge.
With every Morakniv knife comes a royal lifetime limited warrant granted by the King of Sweden!
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Morakniv Classic No 1 Specs
- Historic Scandinavian knife
- Classic look
- Good for precision wood carving
- Scandi grind
- Great price
- Cheap sheath
Size and weight
The knife has a total length of 7.8″ and weighs just 2.72 ounces. These knives weigh next to nothing so the gram and ounce counters can even carry one. 2.8 ounces! They are so light, many modify the sheaths to carry them as neck knives.
The barrel-shaped handle of painted birch wood is both beautiful and easy to work with. It is ergonomically-designed to be held comfortable and secure. The Classic No 1’s birch handle can be slippery when wet. This is important considering there is no hilt/guard.
The knife has a 3/4 partial tang. On the back of the knife, the pure proof of the forging process of the carbon steel can still be seen.
The Morakniv Classic No 1 features a 3.9-inch long and 0,078″ thick clippoint blade with a Scandi grind.
The steel used for the Morakniv Classic No1 is European C 100 steel, high carbon steel which is very similar to American 1095. The heat treat is balanced for edge retention yet providing just enough toughness. Carbon steel is not rustproof and should, therefore, be stored clean and dry.
Make sure to wipe the blade after usage and oil it regularly.
The Morakniv Classic No 1 comes in a simple hard plastic sheath. The sheath looks cheap and does not always clamp the knife well, but considering the low price, it is nothing to complain about.
The sheath has a drainage hole for excess water. The sheath with a polished look is covered with the Dalecarlian shield and has a belt strap of Swedish vegetable tanned leather, designed to stand the test of time for generations to come.
The Morakniv Classic No 1 knife is designed and intended for Scandinavian construction workers. The thickness, size, and shape of the blade make it versatile, able to remove large amounts of material or get into small nooks and crannies for detailed work.
They are mostly used for woodcarving and construction work but it also makes a fine skinning knife for small game like rabbits for example.
keep in mind that the spine will be ‘raw’ (not grinded) on most craftsmen and construction knives. Therefore, it’s not compatible with a fire starter.
The Morakniv Classic knives are a tribute to the Swedish handicraft tradition that Morakniv has been part of for over a century. The Classic No 1 has a very well earned reputation. It is a fantastic little knife. The Morakniv No 1 is a timeless Mora knife in its purest form. Because it comes so cheap it is a must-buy for any knife collector or knife enthusiast out there.
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