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    Default MORA where have you been my whole life.

    I have always been a big knife kinda guy. I have been camping ,backpacking ,hunting and hiked much of my life and my trusty companion has always been a trailmaster bowie. Bought it the first year they came out.but hearing all this mora talk got me thinking that a smaller knife could be useful so I bought a companion HD and I like it. It’s very useful around the fire seems very tough and lightweight. And at like 20 bucks can’t go wrong. What’s your guys take on the mora vs a larger knife?
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    I think there's a place for large knives for sure. There's no one do-it-all tool. I do find a Mora or two and a belt hatchet say 12-15" handle and under a one pound head take care of most camp chores nicely though. Toss in a small saw and you're good to go. (Bacho Laplander, Silky of your choice... ) If size and weight aren't at a premium, I'll add a SRK/Trailmaster sized knife for batoning larger pieces of wood, etc. I'd love WoodsWalker's take on this as well. He spends more time on the dirt than most people I know of.
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    I'm with Scout. A mora of your choice, small saw and a 12-16" 1 pound hatchet is all I need. I primarily use just the hatchet to process wood. I can find most of what I need on the ground in small enough sizes to just split it and use it. However, I like gear in general so I don`t think there is anything wrong with a larger knife. Use what works best for you and makes the most sense for the kind of trip you are going on. For me that is an old boyscout hatchet handed down from my father and a Mora Eldris. If I want a more substantial knife it is a Mora Garberg or the old Kabar that came with the hatchet.

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    I have a few older Moras, a couple clippers and the old green handled army knife. Pretty good cheap knives particularly for wood working. I am not a huge fan of the so called "scandi" grinds (full flat grinds slice better), but they are good for what they are.

    I kind of lost interest Moras when the bushcraft guys caught on to them and they became more high cost boutique bushcraft knives than good cheap working knives; though I think they still offer some good cheap ones.

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    Default Re: MORA where have you been my whole life.

    There are still quite a few under $20.00
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    I like big knives, but I don't find them all that useful compared to a smaller knife teamed up with a saw and a machete (the ultimate big knife!) in the woods. And a SAK with a saw is a great little backup.


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    Mora - Sweden !

    Owned Mora since I was a teen ..
    Maybe have half a dozen now ...
    For light duty , skinning game ... Don't think I ever found a BETTER knife ..
    Always carried a Mora in the field . ( Along with other knives )
    But the Mora was always there ...

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    Mora knives are wonderful. They may not be ffg, but it's not really required with such a thin blade, and boy are they fun to keep wicked sharp.

    When I was in high school, I went to an outdoor school Jr. year on, class outside around a fire every day. Did a little research and got my first (real) knife, a red mora 511 (old style, as this was before the new came out) Terrific knife, not a great sheath. I replaced the stock belt loop with a loop of leather and it carries so easily.

    Fixed blades are great, but I always found that when I carried a larger one I was making up work for myself to use it. Which was fine, it was fun and all. But I preferred just having the mora, and being in nature.

    I have a bunch now, a 612 I particularly enjoy that I sanded the handle smooth and carved the end to be round, a number 3 that's good for food, a pro c that's neat but rarely used, a green ss 511 (old style, forget the number), a few bahco branded orange ss companions (made by mora, old style companion), and I lost a green carbon new style companion lol.

    Mostly I don't need a knife in the woods, and moras were easy to carry for the occasion that I did. That being said I did have a Trailmaster, BK-4,5,9,15,17, Ontario 499, a pair of Buck 119s (one in 5160). I like big knives as well I guess is my point.

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    Default Re: MORA where have you been my whole life.

    Quote Originally Posted by xxo View Post
    I like big knives, but I don't find them all that useful compared to a smaller knife teamed up with a saw and a machete (the ultimate big knife!) in the woods. And a SAK with a saw is a great little backup.

    The big one is very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VladSumy View Post
    The big one is very cool!
    It's a 14" condor eco machete.

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    Default Re: MORA where have you been my whole life.

    Unless you are cutting your way through thick vegetation no machete will replace a good axe in functionality:


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    My whole family have Mora knives mostly carbon Craftline Basic 511, 546's as they have a finger blade guard, I have a Heavy Duty Companion. They are of particularly excellent value, very good construction and I love that they come razor sharp out of the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vadimax View Post
    Unless you are cutting your way through thick vegetation no machete will replace a good axe in functionality:

    I know how to use an axe having grown up using them and still own a few, but I don't find them all that useful - they are heavy and inefficient compared to a saw and the can be very dangerous, especially when using a “bush craft” axe, which is way too short and dangerous for anyone taller than a small boy......why grown men mess with them, I do not know.....maybe most of them don't really use them?, which is probably a good thing given the poor/dangerous techniques I see being used. They do split better than a machete, but they still suck bad compared to a maul for splitting firewood for a stove. Bush craft guys seem to be obsessed with splitting wood for their camp fires with their axes and knives for some strange reason. I have never seen the point in splitting wood for camp fires, so this is not something I am interested in.


    I find machetes to be generally lighter than an axe, somewhat more versatile, and safer to use (though still dangerous). Heavier machetes can chop about as well as a hatchet or small axe, but a good saw is the way to go for “chopping”.

    Though the full size GB axes do look real nice if you need a axe.



    I can usually get by just fine with a small knife, a folding saw and an small pruner (in place of a machete if need be).

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