Morakniv is a Swedish manufacturer that’s been producing knives in the same tradition for over a century. A modern company, Mora of Sweden AB, was formed in 2005 with the merger of two old knife factories, Frosts Knivfabrik and KJ Eriksson. The name Morakniv means “Mora knife”, and every knife is produced in the village of Östnor, Mora (municipality of Sweden). 

Mora knife is quite integrated into Swedish, male life in particular. Ask any old gen Swede about it and the first thing that will pop in their mind is classic red-handed Morakniv.

Their long tradition and quality are also recognized by the Swedish royal family and they are one of the 130 royal purveyors. This means that Morakniv is one of the suppliers for the court, and they have the right to use the Swedish coat of arms with the text “By appointment of His Majesty the King”  on their products. 

Morakniv Bushcraft Knife Series

Morakniv has multiple knife series, varying from kitchen to hunting/fishing knives. Their assortment is pretty large (they even produce hoof trimming knives!). Morakniv Bushcraft Series comes in standard and survival versions.

Morakniv Bushcraft BlackBlade™

Morakniv Bushcraft Black

Specifications:

  • ⅛- in (3.2 mm) carbon steel blade with Tungsten DLC coating
  • Blade Length: 4.3 in (109 mm), Knife Length: 9.1 in (232 mm), Total Length: 10.2 in (258 mm)
  • Net Weight: 6.2 oz (174.6 g)
  • TPE-rubber ergonomic handle
  • Polymer Sheath

This sturdy knife is one of their most robust models due to its black 3.2 mm scandi grind blade. The blade is made of high carbon steel and has a square spine so you can use it for scraping firesteel. DLC coating protects from rusting and also prevents reflections from the blade, however, carbon steel knives need maintenance so make sure you wipe it and oil the blade after using it.

The sheath has both a clip and a belt loop that can rotate 360 degrees, so you can always have your knife at hand and still be comfortable wearing it.

Morakniv Bushcraft also comes in Hi-Vis Orange and Green versions. The main difference from BlackBlade is that these are made from high-quality Sandvik stainless steel which makes them lighter.

Morakniv Bushcraft Green and Orange

The Orange has the same 3.2 mm blade, but the Green one is slightly thinner. It has a 2.5 mm blade, and it is designed to be more suitable for skinning game, and therefore hunters.

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Morakniv Bushcraft Survival BlackBlade™

Morakniv Bushcraft Survival

The survival version has the same BackBlade knife but it is also equipped with a diamond sharpener and fire starter with 7.000 strikes. If you prefer stainless steel knives, there are also Desert and Hi-Vis Orange models. 

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Knife Care Tips

Different knives have different sensitivity to the environment and the situations you use them in, and even the most durable knives need a certain amount of maintenance. When it comes to knife care, the main thing to consider is whether the blade is stainless or carbon steel.

Stainless steel knives are not as hard as carbon knives, but they are easier to maintain since they are made to be resistant to rust and corrosion. However, it is always good to clean your knife when it gets dirty. Just rinse it with some mild detergent and warm water and leave it to dry. Even though the blade is stainless, salt marks and similar things can build up over time, so make sure you clean your blade regularly. 

Unlike stainless steel, carbon steel knives will oxidize over time and rust will appear on the blade. To avoid that, you need to protect your knife from corrosion and moisture. The best way to maintain the blade is to wipe it clean after every use and to oil it.

Final Impressions

As usual for scandi grind, Morakniv Bushcraft knives are incredibly sharp. Because of their thicker blades, they are not the greatest choice for wood carving, but will do an amazing job if you use them for batoning. The blades hold their edges well, and are pretty easy to sharpen. Our favorite is the square spine. Combined with a fire starter it makes a fantastic bushcraft knife.

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