Whats your favorite Mora

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I am going to be purchasing a Mora soon, and was wondering what your guys favorite one was and why? Thanks
 
Wow...that's a tough question.

Probably the Erickson #2 with a 510 close on it's heals.
 
I have a M2k and my son has a swak. They are both simple functional knives that hold a good edge and are easy to sharpen. These are the only Moras I have experience with. I have two Erikson hoof knives, they are the industry standard.
 
My favorite is the Mora 2000 followed closely by the clipper. Both are highly functional, rugged, and user friendly. The 2K costs a bit more but for its strength and handle-ability I think it is worth it.
 
A few thoughts on the pros and cons of various kinds:

Traditional rounded, red-painted, guardless, wood-handled varieties are classic, comfortable to use, but the red-paint finish is a tad more slippery than I like. This is especially the case when you're drawing it out of the sheath: the traditional sheaths are friction-fit only; the knife is just stuffed into the sheath until the inside of the sheath grips the wide part of the handle. Given this, the natural means of unsheathing the knife is to grab the handle with fewer than all of the fingers of one's hand, holding the sheath in the other hand, and just tugging gently until the friction gives way and the knife comes loose, usually with a minor jerk regardless of how gently and carefully you do it. Yeah, you can kind of develop a technique of working the knife and sheath gently sideways and backwards and forwards, but it's hard to hold the knife with a very firm grip while you're doing all of this. Bottom line: there is a bit of awkwardness and, usually, imperfect grip on a slick handle involved in drawing a traditional Mora from a traditional sheath. I have opted to remove the slick red paint from mine, replacing with a coarser dye-stain-type finish with light linseed oil over it, for greater grip. Also, I have roughed-up the part of the handle that protrudes out of the mouth of the sheath, to improve grip. Not major gripes, these, but worth considering.

Of the traditional Mora knives, the word on the street (or off the road, more appropriately) is that the laminated-blade versions may actually not be as robust as the non-laminated, because these blades are so thin that people report the laminated blades bending relatively easily. I've never had this happen, personally, but have never used a laminated Mora hard enough to make that happen yet.

The old Eriksson models differed from the old Frost models in that the former have a not-quite-full tang that is epoxied into the handle, according to "Ragnar" of Ragweed Forge (the lowest-cost purveyor of Mora knives I've yet found, aside from eBay sellers). "Ragnar" thinks that this actually makes Eriksson knives sturdier than the Frost models, in which the thin tang extends all the way to the butt of the handle, and is secured by a little metal collar wedged into the tang-hole, around the tang. I think the Eriksson models were a bit thicker in the blade, too, than the Frosts. No real opinion on these features, but I pass the info along for your use. (I say "old Eriksson" and "old Frosts" because I understand that the two companies have recently merged, and I don't know what effect this may have had, or may have, on the models now being made.)

Another variety of wood-handled Mora knife you'll see often has a pronounced swelling at the butt end of the handle. This, I think, allows for much better control, and a much-surer grip. Knives with this construction usually come with unpainted handles, and thin cross-guards between the blade and the handle. I have no objections at all to these; they're great, usually little, knives.

Frost's Clipper models are great. They're tough, and the rubber on the handles eliminates the concern about grip that I have with the traditional rounded-wooden-handled Moras. Their handles are great for small-to-mid-sized hands, and I (who have pretty big hands) have no problem with them, either. I use the high-carbon variety. The Clipper sheath retains the knife by part of the handle's snapping into the plastic sheath. I don't have a heck of a lot of confidence in that locking mechanism, and I wonder if it might let a knife get knocked loose in heavy outdoor activity. I have heard of people who've had the Clipper sheath (named for the fact that one doesn't put one's belt through a belt-loop; rather, the sheath has an integral plastic clip that one clips down over the belt) pop off their belts sometimes. This could be fixed by adding some other means of securing sheath to belt--a little cordage would do this trick easily. Ergonomically, I like these knives the best of the Moras I've used.

Frosts Craftsman: These have bulky handles--great for those of us with big hands, a little less than perfectly natural for those like my wife, who have small hands. The smooth plastic handles are, in my opinion, far too smooth out of the box. However, if you take some very coarse sandpaper and sand the handle for about two minutes, you'll find yourself with a handle with a surface that reminds you of rubberized handle material like Kraton. A little fuzzy-looking, maybe, but very grippy, even under water; I'd have no problem cleaning fish with it. (Suggestion: tape the edge before sanding, to avoid cutting yourself while your attention is focused on the handle.)

The sheath-to-knife lockup is, again, done by the knife handle snapping in to the plastic of the sheath. On mine, this snapping-in seemed more secure than with the Frosts Clipper. The sheath is also designed for ambidextrous use, unlike the Clipper, which is designed so as to keep the edge toward the back if one clips the sheath to one's belt on one's right side. One important additional feature of the Craftsman, though, is that it has a large lanyard hole in the butt of the knife. That hole, I have discovered through a little experimentation, is exactly the right size to take a mini-carabiner. The sheath is set up so that there are some wide holes at the top of the belt loop part of the sheath, which you can use to thread the mini-carabiner through after you've put it through the lanyard hole. Result: you can firmly lock the knife into its sheath with a mini-carabiner. If you want speed of draw instead of security of retention, you can always just not run the carabiner through the scabbard, maybe just leaving it through the lanyard-hole of the knife. If I were going to use a Mora as part of a neck-rig like some people advocate (kinda iffy, I've always thought--not sure I want to be in an unpredictable outdoor situation with a noose around my neck, made of cord with a higher test-strength than my neck! :eek: ), I'd probably use a Craftsman, with roughed-up handle, with a mini-carabiner locking the knife into the sheath. For what it's worth, the Craftsman sheath is also thinner than, say, the clipper sheath, in the part where the blade is covered. This may make it easier to do things like tape a lighter, ferrocerium "metal match" rod, etc. to that part of the sheath, as Cody Lundin advocates in his famous book 98.6 Degrees. The Craftsman is available in what Frosts calls "triflex", which is high-carbon steel which is differentially tempered so that the edge is hard and the spine relatively softer so as to make the knife less brittle. On mine, even that supposedly-harder edge was rolling a bit under some medium-weight batoning, but this may be due to the problem many encounter with Moras before they're sharpened a few dozen times, that the very edge may be a little less-hard than the steel a little ways into the knife, due, perhaps, to the polishing process heating the edge enough to draw a bit of the temper. Conventional wisdom is that you can cure this by just sharpening enough to get down past the softened steel at the very edge of the edge.

I've never held one of the Mora 2000 knives. I find them interesting, and I imagine that the rubberized mid-portion of the handle will make it about as grippy as the Clipper. I imagine that the swelled butt-end of the handle will make it easier to withdraw from the sheath in a controlled way than the classic rounded-wood-handled Moras. From pictures, it looks like the sheath is vaguely cylindrical in shape, which means it's more bulky down around the blade part than other Mora sheaths. I've read somewhere--probably Cliff Stamp, on Bladeforums--that some people find that the Mora 2000 blade breaks more easily than some people are comfortable with. Given that, I'd be inclined to go with the Clipper, probably in carbon steel, if I wanted a Mora-2000-like knife. Reason: I know the steel on the Clippers is tough, probably a lot tougher than on the Mora 2000; also, on a good day you can get a Clipper for well under $10 on eBay, whereas the going rate for Mora 2000s seems to be around $30.
 
I have a Frost Clipper and am really impressed by this knife. I bought it for $10 from the Sportsman's Guide. They call it a Swedish Army Knife, but it is an olive clipper. One thing I would change is to add a hole for a lanyard.
 
another vote for the clipper....:thumbup: it is a great user... and they're all relatively cheap....:D

mike
 
Eriksson 510 carbon is my choice with the Clipper a very near second.

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My 700-sseries triflex Craftsman is probably the most used. I really like the 700 series in both the 4" blade as well as the Sportfishing knives. I find the handle works well for me.

But I think my Eriksson 911 and 946 are probably my current favorites. I really like the shape and construction (rubber overmold) of the handle. Too bad they are being discontinued.

I do not own Mora 2000, but hope to acquire one someday. But golly, are they ever expensive :D !
 
I like the few that I own. The Eriksson Mora 2000 is by far my favorite and strictly because of it's sheath and handle design, the Eriksson 711 SwAK model beats out the Frost SwAK, which I really like too.
 
I have a Frost Clipper and am really impressed by this knife. I bought it for $10 from the Sportsman's Guide. They call it a Swedish Army Knife, but it is an olive clipper. One thing I would change is to add a hole for a lanyard.

You can run a 1/4" drill bit through the handle no problem, I did it to mine. It only has a 3/4 tang so you have a good inch of handle material to spare.
 
I have the Frosts red painted wood handle job with the laminated blade. I've used it for several years now, and its been a very good knife. One thing I did early on was I used the original plastic sheath as a base for a leather sheath. I built a heavy leather sheath around the plastic tube sheath so now its a plastic lined leather sheath. It turned out so well I bought a couple spare knives to have as back up.

My wife has a stainless clipper, and its been as good as my carbon one.

I love mora's.
 
Hey Guys....

Probably my favorite of the moras is the SWAK..
It seems to get them most use lately..However it changes from time to time...

One thing I like about the SWAK is it's sharp spine,, which I use to strike a Firesteel sometimes...

The M2K is also a favorite,, and I've modified mine and my son's by grinding down the rounded spine to a sharp flat edge. It now too can be used with a firesteel.

The 711 and clipper models I also like as well as the large mora butchers knife, which makes a nice slicer and light chopper...

In my opinion of them though is that you can't go wrong with any of them really...

Heres the sheath I make for the Clipper model

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As well as for the M2K and SWAK

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My sheaths are very basic and plain,, but the hold the knife in very securely, whereas the OEM sheath,, you take a Great risk of losing the knife..

A Firesteel loop can be mounted on the side of the sheath as well...

ttyle

Eric
O/ST
 
I have each of the sheaths shown in Eric's post above. I can't say enough good about them.:)
And IMO they are a bargain to boot!!!!
 
the clipper is tops high carbon,got my friend one for christmas ,you must get a mora carbon or ss you are cheating yourself out of the best deal around if you dont.
 
"Return of the J.D." beat me to it and gave a very complete rundown on these knives. Well said, JD! I keep 2 or 3 of Frost's Clipper models around, and I even sent one to Iraq with a good friend for use as a field/boot knife. I really like these 4 inch carbon steel knives. My favorite version (they come in various colors) is the OD green version with the black rubber overmold on the handle, an OD sheath, and carbon steel blade. It came from Sportsman's Guide for $9 or $10 about a year or two ago. I think they still stock them, too. I even got my wife one just like mine, except that hers has a stainless blade, a yellow and black handle, and a yellow sheath. You know girls! It was what she liked, so what else was I to do? ;-) JD was also right in directing you to Ragweed Forge for the best prices plus the best selection. Ragnar is on the Internet with a good site showing dozens of his knives, most of which are Swedish, though he also branches out into other knives of Scandinavian origin. Just do a Google search on "Ragweed Forge" and you will find him I'm sure. Same for "Sportsman's Guide." Get at least one or two Clippers. I'm sure you'll like them. Oh, by the way, consult Ragweed Forge for simple guidance on the correct way to sharpen these blades!!!
 
"In my opinion of them though is that you can't go wrong with any of them really..." Eric (Normark)

+1 to that.

I have quite a collection of Mora's. I settled on the Frost's SWAK as my official loaner knife. I like the fact that it has a lanyard hole and a finger guard, both essential features when handing someone their first sharp knife many km from the road. I square off the spines and attach a BSA Hotspark to the wrist lanyard. It makes a nice package for under $15.

I like the Clipper for rainy season, the rubber grip works well in wet weather.

I was given a Mora 2000 and I like it very much. That knife sees as much use in the kitchen as it does in the bush. The M2K stays in my pack as my all the time knife. My daughter claims it ever time we go out.

The wood handled #1 is my whittling knife. It's way too sharp and guardless for me to use in the bush. I know that little Scandinavian kids turn into men and all and learn how to not cut themselves, fine, whatever. I only have one right index finger.

I also have a pair of red handled #1's with guards. I like them and use them for demos. They are nice and small and the guard is substantial enough that I don't worry about handing it to a kid.

Forgive me but I don't know the number but I have a pair of rubber handled carbon Eriksons that are great all around knives. These are the ones with the
slightly oversized black rubber handles. They handle real well and you can get some really good leverage on the blades.

My Carbon steel tradesman is by far the sharpest knife I have in the drawer (OK black nylon Bag'O Moras). IMO the carbon knives take and hold a much sharper edge than the stainless steel Moras. This knife sharpens up so well it is scary.

I have a Triflex Craftsman on order right now. It should be here on Saturday.

You might get the idea I like Moras. I don't regret buying any of them. Many of them were donated to me by concerned friends who wanted to make sure I was starting my students off right. Mora's are the bomb. You forgot what you did with many $10 bills in your life but you won't regret buying one of these knives. Mac
 
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