Morakniv Kansbol Review – Survival and Hunting Knife

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Today I’ll be reviewing the Morakniv Kansbol that was released simultaneously with Mora’s Garberg and Eldris models. The Morakniv Kansbol is a newer version of Morakniv’s classic ‘2000’ model. Morakniv marketed the Kansbol as their “primary all-around knife”.

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Morakniv Kansbol Specs

Morakniv Kansbol
Morakniv Kansbol Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade and Plastic Sheath, 4.3-Inch
Total length: 8.6"
Blade length: 4.3"
Blade thickness: 0.09"
Weight: 4.7 ounces
Point: drop point
Blade steel: Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel
$34.50
Morakniv Kansbol
Morakniv Kansbol Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade and Plastic Sheath, 4.3-Inch
Total length: 8.6"
Blade length: 4.3"
Blade thickness: 0.09"
Weight: 4.7 ounces
Point: drop point
Blade steel: Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel
$34.50

Pros

  • Versatile Bushcraft/Survival/Hunting Knife
  • Scandi Grind is easy to re-sharpen
  • Great quality/price ratio

Cons

  • The plastic sheath is fine but is crappy compared to the overall quality of the knife

Size & weight

The knife came in sharp out of the box, has a length of 8,6 inches, and weighs 4.7 oz. The feel of the Morakniv Kansbol is excellent and the knife has exceptional balance.

The fixed stainless steel blade is 4.3″ inches in length and features a drop point shape tip that will appeal to many different users, it’s a versatile knife fit for all kinds of bushcraft, survival, and hunting tasks.

Handle

The Morakniv Kansbol features an ergonomically designed handle that is made of polymer, with a TPE rubber finish. The handle offers great anti-slip performance and works extremely well in wet and cold conditions. It sits comfortably in the hand, allowing for great control, safety, and performance. The handle texturing is plenty grippy, even when wet.

Blade

The Morakniv Kansbol features a 4.4″ long blade. From the handle the blade is a 0.094″ thick. Halfway through, however, a dilution begins, increasing to a thickness of 0.039″ at the tip. This makes the Kansbolt a bit lighter, but because of the thicker part at the back of the blade it is still very strong.

The blade of the Morakniv Kanbol is made of Sandvik 12C27 steel that features excellent edge performance, razor sharpness, high hardness, and exceptional corrosion resistance. The steel is hardened to 58 HRC This stainless steel variant retains its sharpness really well.

The Scandi grind is razor-sharp and easy to maintain. Specifically for woodworking such a Scandi grind is ideal. Due to the thinner tip, the Kansbolt excels in both mirror work and larger tasks.

The back of the blade is awfully sharp. This seems to be a disadvantage until you try to use a fire steel with it. The sparks fly off! You see, this has really been thought through.

The spine of the Kansbol blade has been ground especially for use with a fire starter (sold separately) to create sparks that will ignite dry grass, tinder, or even a gas grill.

Casing

For the Morakniv Kansbol you can choose between a plastic sheath or the Morakniv MOLLE multi mount system.

The Polyamide plastic sheath is tough and features a leather belt loop. I much prefer the new leather belt loop over the classic clip style, as it drops the knife down lower and offers a bit of movability to the sheath while you’re walking around. The handle of the Morakniv Kansbol and the plastic sheath includes click-lock to prevent the knife from falling out of the sheath.

The Morakniv MOLLE multi-mount system includes a sheath and accessories for fastening the Garberg to packs, clothes, walls, or vehicles.

Performance

The Morakniv Kansbol has the flexibility of a lightweight knife and the strength of a more robust model, making it the ultimate all-round knife. The blade is thin enough to use for carving yet robust enough for demanding outdoor activities. The Morakniv Kansbol is tough enough to tackle the toughest wood preparation chores.

Morakniv Kansbol (S)

Verdict

I consider myself a fan of Mora knives. They did a great job with the Kansbol. This knife has certainly performed past my expectations. You won’t find a better bushcraft knife for this price! Whether in the woods, on a hike, hunting, or at sea, the Kansbol is a reliable partner.

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