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Mora Knives – Are They The Best Knife For Survival And Prepping

Top Mora Knives For Preppers And Bushcraft

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Mora knives
Are They The Best Knife For Prepping

Having a good knife is the absolute essential piece of survival gear you must include in your bugout bag.
Without doubt, one of the most used, is the brand of knives from Mora of Sweden.  In this article I will be looking at the top 5 Mora knives.
With each Mora knife below I give an overview based on value for money, build quality, usability and durability.

Of course, ANY knife is a good knife in a survival situation, and ANY knife is better than no knife at all..!
But I have particularly chosen the Mora range as these have been around for a long time, are tried and tested, and are just all round good guys in the knife world.

Mora Basic Bushcraft knife:  

This is an excellent knife, with safety features that make it an ideal first knife or training knife for younger children.

With hand protection both front and rear, it stops any chance of the hand slipping off the handle grip.

A stainless steel, 2mm thick blade that measures 91mm long, makes this a good little carver for the first time knife user.

Supplied with hard combi sheath, the knife is held firmly in place and will not slip out.​

The Mora Basic 546 Bush Craft Training Knife also has a great value for money price tag at under £10

This knife is ideal for working in the outdoors climate where moisture is a problem.

Best suited to marine, fishing, outdoor and construction tasks where your knife is exposed to dirt and moisture, specifically due to the quality hardened stainless steel blade that Mora use here.

The knife blade sports the Morakniv logo with spine being left un-ground as you can see here.​

A great little starter knife for children.  A great little knife for carving and most, low impact bushcraft task, and incredible value for money.

So what makes this knife a good preppers knife?

Firstly is cost and quality, secondly, it's weight and size:  At under £10, it's almost a throwaway knife.  In other words your not too worried about loosing or abusing it, yet it will remain sharp and functional.
You could easily pack a couple of these in your bugout bag and not even notice them..!


Mora Companion 860MG Bushcraft knife:  

This is without doubt one of the favourites from the Mora range offering a host of different colours to choose from, with the military green companion being the most popular.

Steel type is the hardened Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, with the standard Mora scandi blade grind.

The Companion is a very reliable knife and is currently priced at under £15, which to me makes a great quality, affordable bushcraft knife for anyone.

A stainless steel, 2.5mm thick blade that measures 104mm long.  The 104mm handle is patterned, high-friction grip which is very comfortable in the hand.

Click here for full colour range of the Mora Companion 860

These Mora knives are easy to keep a good edge and can be sharpened like this – Shown below: using a Lansky Sharpener Tri Stone Bench Stone.  If you keep your blade clean and strop regularly, you wont have any problems with this knife.

I find this Mora knife excellent for most low impact survival tasks - ie: Small battoning, feather sticks, gutting and game prep.  So as a preppers knife it ticks the boxes, being able to offer an all round ability in just one tool.

I wouldn't recommend heavy battoning (use and axe..!) , in the same way as I wouldn't go stabbing things and trying to leaver them up, as a 2.5mm blade is not quite man enough for the job.

But overall, a very capable knife.  In fact I don't know anyone who's not please with the companion knife.​

Mora also offer the Companion in
a heavy duty carbon steel blade version.

With a thicker blade of 3.2mm and a different grind angle of 27 degrees (instead of the standard 23 degrees), this means maximum edge retention and strength to the cutting edge.

The downside is a very slightly less sharp edge, but to be honest you can hardly notice it at all.

Slightly dearer price at just under £20, but a much more robust blade. 

With this Mora having a carbon blade there will be some degree of maintenance required:
ie, regular cleaning and a bit of oil to keep in good condition.​

But then again, we should all look after our knives for best performance, and cleaning, sharpening and oiling should be a regular pastime.

For a lot of preppers, the  Mora Companion 860 is their 'go to' knife in many bushcraft / survival situations, and would certainly hold its own in a SHTF scenario..
It has earned a reputation for being very robust and well made, incredibly easy to sharpen and it holds an edge really well.
Of course the best bit is the price to us mere mortals (under £20), I  find it hard justifying spending £300 on a knife with so much other gear to buy..!


Mora Bushcraft Black

Moving up yet another notch, Mora offer a high grade carbon bladed knife with a few more bushcraft features to suit survival.
This is a 3/4 tang knife, with the handle moulded onto the blade which has a  tungsten DLC anti-corrosive black coating

The Morakniv Carbon Steel Bushcraft  Knife has a 3.2mmm thick blade thats 109mm in length and weighs in at 162 grams.

That gives you a heaver knife over the Companion of some 46 grams, making this feel quite robust and solid for the more heavier tasks.

The handle is rubberised material which gives good grip and is very non-slip, plus it has more 'shape' contours for your fingers to slot into.

In my opinion, a nicer feel than the Companion, and a bit more ergonomic.

The spine is square ground, making striking a ferro rod an easy job, or scraping down some wood for tinder.

Overall a good prepping knife for under £40 - it also comes with the Morakniv Lifetime Guarantee.

The Mora Bushcraft Black knife will take a razors edge with minimal stropping effort and is an ideal choice for most daily bushcraft / survival tasks, typically suited to making feather sticks, light batoning and field dressing of game.

The knife comes with a moulded black plastic sheath that holds the knife firmly in place.

The sheath has a traditional styled belt loop to allow for movements like bending down and stops the sheath from digging into your leg as you bend.​

It is also possible to get custom made leather sheaths for all the Mora knife range.​

One of the best features of this knife is the anti-corrosive coating which not only looks good, but  will really help to fight off any corrosion, and thus keep the blade in a good, as new condition.

I think the Morakniv Carbon Steel Bushcraft  Knife is well worth considering as a primary prepping knife.
You wont go far wrong.  It’s tried and passed the test of time with many outdoorsmen.


Mora Garberg  ( full tang )

The Mora Garberg is a full tang knife and entered the range in 2016.  It was eagerly awaited and has been very well accepted by the bushcraft fraternity.
This is a high quality, full tang knife for under £100 has a top grade 14C28N Sandvik stainless steel blade that measures 3.2mm thick, with a 109mm blade.

The knife features a ground spine at 90 degrees for fire starting with a ferro rod and the Scandi flat grind which make any touching up of the blade sharpness a breeze'

The Garberg has the polymer handle and a checkered pattern for added grip and feel when using the knife, this gives it a nice strong feel which feeds back to you when doing any fine carving work.

With this full tang Mora you can really give it some stick, meaning that chopping and battoning are a breeze, and if your someone who abuses their knives, then I would think that the Gargerg would be a challenge to bust..!

Mora also offer two sheath options:
A very nice, bushcraft styled, leather sheath or the multi mount system which is molle compatible.

Without doubt, in my opinion, the best Mora knife yet.

​Undoubtedly, Mora has a great reputation for sharp, quality knives, as well as a very fair pricing structure, so I like them, a lot.  To me they seem a genuine company, producing a few knives very well.

Wherever you go, in and around bushcraft, you'll always find a people using their knives, and why not?  Value for money and quality probably sum them up​, and as preppers, I think we should take their knives seriously as a good prepping kit for when the SHTF.....

Steve Hart UK Prepper

Everyone has an opinion on knives these days, and some swear by the fact that you must have an expensive, hand made knife to be a 'real' bushcraft and survival practitioner.
I disagree. The knife is just a tool to do a specific task.  It's all about how you use the knife and, to some extent, how proficient you are at handling that knife.

So for me a Mora is a more than capable tool for my use.

On a side note - I wrote this article because I rate Mora knives quite highly, not because I've been given or sent any Mora knives to do a review.

Happy Prepping Folks.​

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2 comments

  1. Joe

    I’m going to have to look into the Garberg. Mora knives make it into a lot of my kits because they’re so inexpensive and you get a lot of value for what you spend. I hadn’t seen the Garberg before. I’ll probably end up picking one up.

  2. Norman Archer

    Hi Steve just a comment on mora knives yes I do own one and they are a very good knife but I find that using a bigger knife seems more efficient to me ,the knives I usually use is the down under mistress Bowie ,ka-bar bk9 or the Ontario sp10 Which are all excellent blade’s,I have used the mora on a number of occasions but I always go back to my bigger blades,just like the weight and feel of heavier steel

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