Mora as main survival knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by MartialArtist, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. MartialArtist


    Jan 4, 2014
    I want to mnow if anyone uses a Mora for their main survival knife. If so, then please include the model name. :D
  2. Cereal_killer


    Apr 4, 2013
    I don't necessarily own a "survival knife" but I use my companion to baton all the time, even split wood with it and I'm talking logs. Non HD carbon blade companion.
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  3. RickJ


    Mar 2, 2003
    To be honest, I would not have a problem with it (for myself) if it is part of a trio, 1.knife 2. saw 3. hatchet. I now have a Mora HD Companion and would not have a problem as long as the other tools are with me. This is just my thoughts, I know a lot of people want a one knife solution but for me I would carry several tools.

    Some Mora's that may fit your needs as a survival knife are Mora Bush Craft Survival Black, Companion HD, Force (SS) just three that come to my mind because I want all three.
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  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    A Mora for a "Survival knife".... sure works for me if that is what you like. I have a carbon steel Companion and it may see some woods time, but is more likely to see kitchen or camp time.
  5. JayGoliath


    Mar 27, 2010
    I think when it comes down to survival, as Chinese proverb said- an inch of steel will do wonder.

    I will take Mora Robust or Bushcraft-

    A modern Finnish Army issue knife:

    Depends on how you see survival, i wouldn't worry much about if it chops woods but it sure is better if it's stout, stays sharp and rust resistant.
    I'm saying so since i'm surrounded by some of the most punishing environments on this planet.
  6. Firestrike


    Dec 23, 2012
    To be honest with you I have owned a few Mora Knives, and they are not survival blades IMHO. Bushcrafting blades? Sure why not. However a Survival blade means there is good potential that you could need to use it for more unconventional use and Mora's are neither full tang or good at unconventional use. Ask me how I know, well out of the 10 of them I have owned only 1 is still in one piece because it is in my kitchen drawer where it belongs.

    With that said, if you feel good about a Mora being your primary blade then I would suggest the Robust or Bushcraft models, the Companion is not very suited for heavy use.

    Good Luck, and never ever go off of what you hear on the web, personal use, trial and error, and your own judgement will determine what will work best for you.
  7. Spoiler


    Jan 8, 2014
    Not positive, but I think Cody Lundin from the show "dual survival" always has a Mora hanging around his neck. Not sure what model it is though.
  8. sunandsteel


    Oct 23, 2013
  9. Franciscomv


    Feb 7, 2005
    I've been a fan of the humble #1 for a long time. Simple, affordable, full tang (unlike some of the plastic handled models). Mine has been to a lot of different places and taken care of my knife needs beautifuly.

    The only problem I had with one of these was while fixing a ladder in PerĂº, the blade came loose from the handle. Apparently somebody at the factory forgot to put some epoxy in there...
  10. jimh0220


    Apr 15, 2008
    Cody used a Mora 1 or 2 classic. Read his books, and that's all he uses. He has a deal with Kellam model made for him now, but basically the same specs. He does a hell of a lot with a Mora.
    A Mora, like any knife, can be your survival knife as long as you know how to use it effectively. Some people swear by a BK9, and can use it effectively too. It's just a blade until a person knows how to use it.
    BTW, ignore the tang thing. Helle knives ise a stick tang, so does KABAR, and many others. A Mora is a quality knife, and I use a couple and have never had a tang problem. Same with me KABAR, which is made in 1943, and never rests. My Helle rocks as well, and still intact.
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  11. jimh0220


    Apr 15, 2008
    The 1 is a full length stick tang. I'd just rehandle it, and then it's custom!
  12. Franciscomv


    Feb 7, 2005
    I fixed it on the spot, I keep epoxy putty handy.
  13. Spoiler


    Jan 8, 2014
    The dark side of hanging out on BF, now I'm going to be getting me a Mora 2. I need to go do something else.:D
  14. suedeface


    Aug 31, 2004
    I don't do a whole lot of camping and hiking ect. nowadays, but whenever I go out my main knife is a customized mora #2. In his earlier days, Cody lundin used a Mora #2, and he used his original one for 20+ years. If you have enough experience you can use a sharpened piece of stone for your "survival knife " if needs be. However, I would trust my similar sized customized BK-14 for more abusive or unorthodox tasks.
  15. Boats


    Aug 7, 2003
    You're going to have to detail your unconventionally heavy use to convince me it is the knives, and not yourself, which is the problem concerning Mora breakage.
  16. Firestrike


    Dec 23, 2012

    Have you ever tried to pry your dinner out of a log? Have you used your Mora as a step? Digging with the Mora? Spear fishing with a Mora? Cut down a widowmaker with a Mora?

    Unorthodox methods may be required of a "survival blade" in no way, shape, or form, can a Mora live up to the standards of even the lowly KaBar, let alone a full exposed tang knife. The physics just are not there to make a smaller non-full tang knife out perform an overbuilt tank. With the exception of slicing generally due to the difference in blade thickness, but not always 100% true.

    A mora could be depended on as your primary knife if and only if it was part of a kit including a heavier duty cuting tool like an Ax, Saw, or Machete.

    Unconventional and unorthodox use is hard on any tool, and generally the users fault, in my case yep I broke a crap ton of Mora's. I also discovered for the tasks I expect a knife to do, I need more knife. Now I have more knife, but I still use Mora knives only in the kitchen where I feel it really excels. They work wonders when butchering a Mule Deer, or the slicing of veggies and fruits.
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  17. Coyote3855


    Jun 17, 2008
    Wow, that Finnish Army Issue blade is sweet, but $169.00? Wow again.

    Oh, yeah, I own several Moras but if I was going for a survival knife I'd take my Buck 119 or maybe my Randall Model 18. Moras are excellent for about 95% of my fixed blade knife work.
  18. Boats


    Aug 7, 2003
    OK then. . . .
  19. ninjarabbi


    Dec 24, 2013
    I think its fine as a survival blade but you have to know how to use it. I'd still be leery about batoning with it except some lighter stuff for kindling. Don't use it like you would use some quarter inch thick survival knife that looks like a fucking sword. Instead of using it to chop up wood you may have to use the knife to create a notch and try to split it between two other trees or burn it in half. Cut a piece of wood into more of a spoon shape rather than trying to dig with your knife. The majority of things you need the knife for are cutting so it doesn't need to huge, it just needs to be sharp. And combining a Mora with a smaller axe really isn't a bad idea. It can definitely be a lot cheaper and you're not staking your life on one single tool.
  20. Groove


    May 3, 2011
    I love my Companion. Check this out:


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