Morakniv "Companion" knife review

bullsi1911bullsi1911 ModeratorPosts: 8,968 Senior Member
Last year, I picked up a Morakniv "Companion" model to try out as a cheap knife. Amazon was selling it for $14, i had always been a fan of scandinavian style (or 'Scandi' if you want to act like a cool knife guy that knows the buzz words) knives, but had never tried a Mora. It had good revews and a great reputation, so... what the hell.

I have now used this to gut, skin, and fully quarter out my last four deer. Here is the amazing part- I have not had to hone or resharpen the knife the whole time. After finishing a deer, a few hits on a leather stop will return it to shaving sharp. Before this knife, I would use 2-3 knives to process a deer- as one got dull, I would swap to the next one. Now, one knife, one deer. This thing is awesome. The blade is harder than heck, the handle is well designed and comfortable, the sheath is very nice (but noisy), and here is the great thing: Amazon is now selling it for under $11:
https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Outdoor-Military-4-1-Inch/dp/B004TNWD40/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480950532&sr=8-1&keywords=morakniv

Go get yourself one. Put it in your stocking on Christmas morning. Get a couple for friends.

One downside- it is NOTa stainless blade. It is high polished, super hard high carbon steel. So, if you leave it next to a sink to clean it later... and someone who shall remain nameless tries to 'help' by cleaning it and leaving it wet... it WILL discolor and rust. However, it did not take too much time with some scotchbrite, denim with jewlers rouge, and leather recovered it nicely.

I'll get pics up in a few moments.

Seriously, this thing outperforms knives that I have that cost 10 times as much. Get a few. Pretty sure I'll be getting several more to give as gifts.
To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
-Mikhail Kalashnikov
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 8,968 Senior Member
    attachment.php?attachmentid=7542&d=1451583373

    Here is a pic when it was all shiny and new last year
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 674 Senior Member
    Coun me in as a fan of Mora knives as well. I have a bunch of them
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    I'm thinking about one.



    edited to add:
    Scratch that, just ordered one. Thanks for the heads up :beer:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,174 Senior Member
    I have a few of the heavy duty versions (Orange handled mostly so I can find them easy) ... 1 in each vehicle's tool kit, 1 in the shop, 1 in the kitchen utility drawer and I am sure I missed 1 or 2.
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 8,968 Senior Member


    What it looks like now
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,357 Senior Member
    NCFUBAR wrote: »
    I have a few of the heavy duty versions (Orange handled mostly so I can find them easy) ... 1 in each vehicle's tool kit, 1 in the shop, 1 in the kitchen utility drawer and I am sure I missed 1 or 2.

    I bought a couple of these too, I was going to donate them for the kids raffles at a DU or Turkey Fed. banquet coming up, I think I am keeping at least one, I got them for under $10 each at Sierra Trading.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    Dads got a few and loves them.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 13,750 Senior Member
    Freaking enabler! (got 3 coming)
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    There only two things I hate. People who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch.



    But they made a decent video.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fKlcBpKbAvM
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    There only two things I hate. People who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch.



    But they made a decent video.
    HOLY COW. :yikes:

    Would have to be a DIRE situation before I abused one of my knives like that. The fact that the Mora survived all that is simply AMAZING to me
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    I just ordered 3 more of the Companions, and wife decided, "I need one of those for working out in the yard", So I ordered her the 0.5" shorter one with the red handle.

    Why the different one for her? So I don't find MY knife dirty, dull and beat to hell only to hear, "I thought that one was mine" :nono:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    HOLY COW. :yikes:

    Would have to be a DIRE situation before I abused one of my knives like that. The fact that the Mora survived all that is simply AMAZING to me

    Exactly. Of course no idiot would treat a knife like that, but the damn thing held up with aplomb.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,660 Senior Member
    The torture test was interesting, but meaningless to me, because it told me nothing about how well the edge holds up under normal use.

    On the other hand, bullsi saying he processed 4 deer without even a touch-up is a great test. The best I have ever used was my Benchmade Griptilian, which did two deer before the edge started degrading. A few strokes on a steel and it was ready again. This knife appears to be superior to that, so I'm buying a couple, at eleven bucks apiece, on bullsi's say-so.
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,174 Senior Member
    If you get the carbon steel and don't mind it not being bright and shiny, do a vinegar toning and it will help slowdown rust. It, to me, gives it a nice color tone that looks cool.
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,383 Senior Member
    Caught my wife on Amazon ordering some stuff, so I had her order 1 for me. Ended up ordering 4 more for gifts.
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,383 Senior Member
    The knives came in today. According to my wife at.least 1 is VERY sharp. She opened.mine and sliced her thumb open trying to get it out of the sheath. Guess I need to kill a deer and try it out.
  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    I have oodles on those knives. They are pretty good knives.
    It's because I hate Trump.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,660 Senior Member
    RugerFan wrote: »
    The knives came in today. According to my wife at.least 1 is VERY sharp. She opened.mine and sliced her thumb open trying to get it out of the sheath. Guess I need to kill a deer and try it out.

    Got mine, too. Heck of a knife for $11.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Hell, that costs more than the completed knive with sheath :yikes:

    If you want something other than an ugly plastic handle....you could either spend the extra few dollars and get the blank blade, or, melt the handle off the cheaper knife.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    If you want something other than an ugly plastic handle....you could either spend the extra few dollars and get the blank blade, or, melt the handle off the cheaper knife.
    Just making an observation :beer:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 8,968 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    If you want something other than an ugly plastic handle....you could either spend the extra few dollars and get the blank blade, or, melt the handle off the cheaper knife.

    I put one of those in a screwdriver handle and gave it as a gift. Great blade
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    Heck.....you guys are trouble!!! Got 2 on the way. Neighbor is a hunter so he is getting one. He gives me beer. I like beer.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    Make that 3. Damn enablers.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    Make that 3. Damn enablers.
    Hey, I only got 4 of the one in the OP and the one I mentioned with the red handle for the Mrs, so you're still 2 behind :p
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Hey, I only got 4 of the one in the OP and the one I mentioned with the red handle for the Mrs, so you're still 2 behind :p

    I know....I'm just a slacker.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,566 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    I know....I'm just a slacker.:whip2:
    get on it
    :tooth:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,357 Senior Member
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,660 Senior Member
    I made one of the three carbon steel Moraknivs I bought a designated kitchen knife. I used it a lot in the week before Christmas, without any need to touch up the edge. But then Mrs. Bisley discovered it, and I had to sharpen it after about three days. She likes to cut stuff in the pan (no cutting board - just the steel or cast iron bottom of the pan), so I had to sharpen it. That's why I bought the Work-Sharp. I hate dull knives, so I have to sharpen a lot, unless I hide them from her.
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