The blade is made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel. It is 8.5″ in length with a 3.75″ blade. It has a polypropylene sheath with a belt clip and the Light My Fire firesteel in the handle.
Well, I don’t particularly like Mora’s. I’m not a fan of how they look, and I don’t ever plan to buy one for myself. I have very little use for such a small blade besides cutting cordage and that’s what a mini folder is for in my book. Most of them basically look the same but range from £5 to over £100, and yet I couldn’t tell the difference in price just by looking at them. That being said they aren’t terrible knives and some such as this Light My Fire version offer an affordable and practical blade with an extra level of utility.
The sheath is some of the cheapest plastic you will ever find and while they put a thumb stop on there to assist with removing the blade, it’s really an onerous task trying to free the blade with one hand. I’m sure more than a few people would slice some fingertips trying to do this. It has a basic but functional belt clip on it and as a whole is very unobtrusive. With the knife in it’s very light and I wouldn’t notice it on my belt.
The handle is very comfortable, although I expect that because Mora developed one handle shape years ago that worked and stuck with it, so if it was bad they likely would have changed it by now. The firesteel in the handle is small, but does its job and it’s pretty secure, so I doubt it will fall out of its own accord any time soon. It also has a lanyard attached to it but I have no idea why there are cutouts in the handle for you to look at it while its stored.
I mentioned the blade is small, although that’s just in comparison to what I would usually carry. This is smaller than most of my folding knives and despite its looks it doesn’t actually have a Scandi grind on it. I can’t say for out of the box, as this one belongs to a friend, but it’s not very sharp although this one has seen a decent amount of use and the edge still looks perfect. Very good at feathering, which is what you want in a fire lighting knife, and enough flex in the blade for it to not break or bend if it gets stuck and you yank it. I don’t really understand the need for all of the bevels, the false Scandi going around it at least appears to be the same angle, so adding the extra bevel on the tip has no practical use in changing edge geometry, but I guess it could just be an aesthetic display.
If it broke, would I buy another one?
Well as I mentioned this isn’t mine and I don’t ever plan to buy a Mora for my kit. It’s not a bad little knife though and if you have a younger kid that you plan on talking out and teaching some bush craft to, this would be an excellent first knife. Practical for its purpose and pretty good on price. It is worth the money over almost anything I can find, so you could do a lot worse. I would definitely recommend this for a scout knife, and when my nephews are old enough, I’ll probably be looking at them if they are still available.
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