Often in forums where tourists communicate, lovers of fishing and hunting, you can find mentions of mora knives. The homeland of these knives is Sweden, and the name appeared thanks to the small town of Mora, where the company that manufactures them is located. The production of these blades lasts more than a hundred years. If you look at their price, you might be surprised, because it is most suitable for products made in China, rather than high-quality knives, loved by many users.
- Swedish mora knives
- 2 Kinds of mora knives
- 3Ma knives care
- 4How to distinguish from fake
Swedish mora knives
Mora knives are made of several types of steel: stainless, carbon, modified carbon or laminated steel. Stainless steel mora blades are intended for use in the food industry, since they do not have high hardness, but have a high corrosion resistance. Anti-corrosion properties of stainless steel blades provide a high content of chromium in steel (13-18%). The carbon steel blade has a degree of hardness of 59-60 on the Rockwell scale, this material provides reliability and high sharpness, but is susceptible to corrosion. Modified carbon steel has a soft surface that is resistant to stretching. The latter type of material is a composite material, i.e. steel that is coated with another steel. Usually, a harder, high carbon steel is used in the core, and from the outside – a softer, but aesthetically attractive type, for example, Damascus. Such blades are considered the highest quality, permanently keeping the cutting edge sharp, strong and durable. The blade is hardened to Rockwell 61 HRC.
Characteristics of Swedish mora knives:
- The simple design consisting of a blade and a handle.
- Razor-sharp blade that tapers towards the bottom.
- Thoroughly polished blade to a mirror finish. Factory sharpening brought to razor sharp edge.
- Savings on the materials from which the handles for mora knives are made: plastic is most often used. This is due to the cheapening of the production of blades, savings on such trifles, which, in the final result, do not affect the quality. In addition to plastic, for the manufacture of handles used wood, rubberized material.
- The blade shank does not pass through the entire length of the handle, but only partially.
- “Scandinavian descent” from the middle of the blade to the end of the blade. Thus, the edges of the blade of the mora form a triangle. This ensures the resistance of the knife to blunting, increased loads, bends.
- Must have a scabbard. They are made of durable plastic in various colors.
- The budget price, usually not exceeding 2000 rubles.
- A classic instance of mora has a blade length of 10-15 cm.
- The sheaths of bright color often distinguish mora knives from other models. The blade in a bright orange or yellow sheath is very noticeable, and it is difficult to lose in nature, easy to find in the grass or on the ground. The sheath is symmetrical, which creates convenience for use with both left and right hand on either side of the belt.
Many users of mora knives have such an advantage as the ergonomics of the handle, which is convenient to hold in hand. Rubber elements prevent slipping from the palm. Even in winter, or in other cold seasons, the handle provides good grip with a gloved hand or a mitten. In addition, the knife is easily sharpened, and the small length of the blade allows you to perform a large number of various jobs, while providing a small weight and dimensions to the knife itself.
Types of mora knives
The most common knives of mora are their hunting species. The most famous set of hunting mora is the “Hunt 7000”, which includes three blades of different shapes and sizes, as well as a device for sharpening them and a cover.
The most popular model for tourist use is the Mora 2000. Its blade, 2.5 mm thick at the handle, is made of 12C27 stainless steel, the blade length is 11.5 cm. There is a certificate indicating that this model does not belong to the cold weapons. Perhaps this fact further influences the popularity of the Mora 2000. The model’s handle is made of durable plastic with rubberized inserts, which includes a 2/3 shank. Mora 2000 sheaths give the knife a solid cast form, in the upper part there is a loop for attaching to the belt, and in the lower part there are two holes for washing the sheath and leaving the liquid. The knife is firmly fixed inside the scabbard due to a special type of guard. The blade of the mora-2000 is very durable at kink.
Among the Swedish tourist models, the Beaver Cut Mora set is also popular, which consists of a blade, a folding case, a saw and an ax. When folded, the case can perform the function of a tablecloth.
Brand Mora is also known for its folding knives and multitools. These knives always bring great benefits during hunting, fishing or any camping trip.
Mora knives care
In order to hunt, fishing, or during a hike, the knife never fails, you need to maintain its acute state, to protect it from corrosion:
- To keep it sharp, the knife must be properly sharpened. Sharpening should be done with a grinding stone, keeping a certain angle and maintaining it during the whole process of sharpening the cutting edge. Tourist and household knives are sharpened at an angle of 25 degrees, and kitchen and fishing knives – with the observance of an angle of 35 degrees. First, the blade is held on a coarse abrasive, then on a fine-grained. The pressure of the blade on the bar as it sharpens should decrease more and more, ending with light stroking the blade on the stone. Before sharpening the knife should be thoroughly cleaned of dirt, and after it – clean the grindstone with alcohol.
- Blade of the plague is not recommended to sharpen on automatic machines.
- After each use, the blade must be wiped dry, and only then be sheathed.
- If the knife has a wooden handle, it is not recommended to use it for cutting meat or fish, as well as to expose it to long-term exposure to water.
- If the knife is completely rubberized or containing rubber elements, the handle should be protected from oil and gasoline.
- The front part of the blade, as well as the small weight of the knife, is not adapted to perform chopping actions, as well as to pry or pick something.
How to distinguish from fakes
Due to the high popularity of models of mora among users and their budget value, more and more fakes of rather poor quality appear. In order not to be mistaken in his choice, one should distinguish a quality mora knife from a Chinese (as a rule) analogue:
- The most important difference of this blade of the mora is the presence of Scandinavian descent. In this case, the blade is reduced to zero, and the forgery has a clearly distinguishable cutting edge.
- On the handle fake you can see various defects: nodules, burrs. This handle is made neatly.
This mora blade has a firm mark on the blade and sheath with the addition of the words stainless steel. In general, you also need to pay attention to the spelling of the label, as Chinese fakes are often recognized by the mistakes in the words.