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Knives can be expensive and most cheap knives are a waste of your money. The Morakniv Companion is the exception. The Morakniv Companion is easily the best all-around outdoor knife within its price range.
Morakniv is a company in Sweden that has a long history of building knives that stretches back to 1891. The company name comes from the valley “Mora” in Sweden. The valley has several different factories that produce knives with a history of knife making going back some 400 years. All knives that are made in this area will be marked, with ‘Mora’ and/or ‘Sweden’ on the blade.
The Morakniv Companion has a total length of 8.5” and is build with 3/4 length tang construction. It is just big enough to wear comfortably on a belt. The knife is quite lightweight, 4.1 ounces, a tad on the light side for me, but it is balanced in all the right places. The comes razor sharp out of its package.
The Morakniv Companion has a solid handle, it has a simple plain smooth classic design. It offers a solid grip and excellent maneuverability. It has a removable pommel. The handle is comfortable to use and doesn’t tire the wrist after long use.
The material used for the handle of the Morakniv Companion is polymer, which is a strong high-density plastic material. Polymer handles do not demand such care as handles made of wood, steels, or similar materials. However, the downside of handles made of plastic-types can be slippery. An upside is they are totally water-resistant.
To prevent slippage the handle has a high-friction TPE rubber finish. The handle might lack the aesthetics of wood-handled knives, but the rubber finish enables you to hold the knife safely and securely.
Morakniv Companion features a 4” long blade that is 0.1″ thick. It is a simple drop point design with a smokey mirror finish. It has a remarkably thin plain cutting edge and a slim and pointed tip.
You can choose between a stainless steel version and a carbon steel version. The high carbon steel model is sharper but more vulnerable to oxidation. High carbon blades are very reactive to chemicals and oxygen. So they can corrode and rust very, very fast. It takes extra care to keep a Mora in good condition. For this review I went with the stainless steel version.
I went with the stainless steel version for this review. Mainly because the high-quality Swedish Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel is less vulnerable to corrosion. The steel provides excellent edge performance and is razor-sharp. The steel is hardened to 57-8 Rc.
The edge is ground in the razor-sharp Scandi fashion, at a 22-25 degree angle. The Scandi grind is a traditional element of Scandinavian knife culture. Scandi grinds are renowned for their woodworking ability. The Scandi grind dulls faster than other knife grinds but is much more easily sharpened, especially in the field. A downside is that the grind and polish on the spine won’t draw sparks off of a fire steel or other firestarter.
The blade keeps its edge relatively long and is incredibly easy to sharpen which makes this knife a great pick for beginners as well as more seasoned knife users.
The Morakniv Companion comes with a plain, simple color-matching sheath. You can choose between 9 colors. The sheath is a nice secure fit and it makes a satisfying click when holstering the knife. It has a belt clip so that the knife can be attached to your rucksack or belt.
The sheath has a drainage hole at the bottom and it features a thumb ramp on the corner of the sheath. You can push off it with your thumb to disengage the knife from the sheath. Overall it is a decent sheath taking into account the low price.
The Morakniv Companion can compete with much more expensive knives, especially when one uses a knife for which it is made: cutting. Even as a cheap survival knife, the mora companion is a good option. The Morakniv Companion is fit for most outdoor tasks and it is an ideal secondary hunting knife. It is excellent for skinning and filleting.
The Morakniv Companion is not a heavy knife, as it is only 4.8 ounces but it is still fit for some heavy-duty tasks. I tried out different techniques for making firewood. I used it to cut through small branches, chopping, and even batoning was no problem with reasonably small diameter woods. It is ideal to cut tinder but the back of the knife is not too far rounded to facilitate use with a fire steel.
Carry system includes:
With every Morakniv knife comes a royal lifetime limited warrant granted by the King of Sweden!
Pros & cons
The Morakniv Companion has outstanding quality and it comes razor sharp out of the box. The quality and price point of the Morakniv is hard to beat, for this price point, you are getting an excellent all-around knife, from a legendary Scandinavian knife maker. It is easy to see why they are so popular.
There are a wide range of colors available, I went with the orange one myself. The quality stainless steel blade with the historic Scandi grind is really sharp and holds an edge longer. The plastic sheath supplied is of not made of the greatest material out there but it is well designed and a decent sheath considering the price.
I am very impressed that such a quality knife comes for such a cheap price. I recommend the Morakniv Companion as a secondary knife to any outdoorsman, or hunter out there!
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