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Morakniv "Companion" knife review

bullsi1911bullsi1911 ModeratorPosts: 12,314 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: 12,314 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: 828 Senior Member
    Coun me in as a fan of Mora knives as well. I have a bunch of them
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member North CarolinaPosts: 4,324 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: 12,314 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 Central MNPosts: 14,671 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
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Freaking enabler! (got 3 coming)
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 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 North CarolinaPosts: 4,324 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 Eupora, MSPosts: 2,815 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 Eupora, MSPosts: 2,815 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.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 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.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,314 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 Sunny FloridaPosts: 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 Sunny FloridaPosts: 448 Member
    Make that 3. Damn enablers.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Sunny FloridaPosts: 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
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,671 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 East TexasPosts: 10,815 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.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    This is the reason I have "my knives", and "her knives".

    I do, too. But, if I am tardy about sharpening hers, she will dig around till she finds mine. She will use them till they won't cut hot butter, but then she will want to slice a tomato. I bought the Work Sharp so I could do all of her knives in about 5 minutes. It worked so well, I use it on mine, too, now.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 Senior Member
    It was new, 2-3 years ago. :tooth:
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Between Ft Lauderdale and MiamiPosts: 12,565 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    You may have lucked out. (Obviously).
    My first one made it 15 blades then broke. Second lasted 3 blades the broke. Emailed the company, they admitted they had some bad ones. They replaced the part promptly

    Which one?

    Have thought abought this for some time as I suck with a stone
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Between Ft Lauderdale and MiamiPosts: 12,565 Senior Member
    Thanks, after watching the video, it appears that even i can get a decent edge with one
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,671 Senior Member
    DeanC enabling me today, this is 4" and Scandvik 12C27 Stainless steel.

    https://aboloxtools.com/cutting-tools/knives/bahco-carpenters-mora-knife/

    Under $10 shipped to MN, I would get it but I bought several back when this thread was active.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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