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A sharp Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel, clip point blade, integrated fire starter and diamond sharpener attached to a strong polymer sheath… is this enough to make the Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife a Good Hunting Knife or “Ultimate Bushcraft Knife”?
Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife
Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel
With the [Orange Model] Mora Survival Knives, the l blades are hardened to about HRC 56-58, and the [Black Model] is made from Tungsten Coated High Carbon, the blade of the black model is hardened a bit more to HRC 58-60.
Swedish Army Type Fire-Steel.
Both come with an integrated diamond sharpener and a good, solid Swedish Army type fire-steel built-in to their polymer sheath. [polymer is a nice way of saying “Plastic Sheath”] but it does work great, the knife and fire starter, click nicely into place in the sheath, and stay put until you remove them.
The sheaths also come both with a clip and a full belt loop, both capable of rotating 360 degrees on the sheath, which is quite practical, when sitting in a vehicle.
Sparks Of 3000 C°
The spine of the blade has been specially ground so that it can be used with the fire starter – the back of the knife blade is used with the fire steel, not the blade edge!
Both the stainless and high carbon blades work well for this, in contrast to the commonly held misbelief that stainless doesn’t work with fire-steel.
With fire-steel, the sparks come off of the rods, not the knife.
With flint, however, the sparks come off the knife, and high carbon steel knives are needed.
The integrated diamond sharpener is a bit coarse but is ok for an emergency sharpen if you are stuck with a dull knife, in the middle of nowhere!
Fire Starter, Good For 7,000 Strikes.
The thick spine of the blade is specifically designed with 90-degree edges to be used with a Ferro rod, magnesium block, or similar fire-starter.
A Ferro rod is supplied with the knife it is attached directly to the sheath, it is said to be good for 7,000 strikes and sparks at 3,000°.
The sheath design its self locks it firmly in place with a distinct “click” to prevent it from falling out.
Just as the knife itself is, even in an inverted position.
With this sheath, everything is tight and secure,
Morakniv Bushcraft, Features
- Fixed blade knife
- Blade length: 4.3″
- Total knife Length: 9.1″
- Knife weight 4.2 oz.
- Total weight with sheath 7.5 oz.
- Plastic sheath with integrated diamond sharpener and Fire Starter
- Ergonomic knife handle with non-slip rubber grip
- Morakniv all-weather Fire Starter – 7,000 strikes @ 3,000°
- Works when wet
- Limited lifetime warranty.
Incorporated Into The Sheath…
The hidden tang extends through the handle to a hard polymer lug in the pommel.
This is useful as a hammering tool, even though it’s not solid steel, it’s reasonably strong.
Knife retention in the sheath is good but does rely on tension as opposed to a secondary clip or strap that would be more secure.
I like the convenience of the sheath especially as it comes integrated with a basic diamond sharpener and good quality Fire Starter.
Whether you call the Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife a true survival knife or not is open to interpretation…
It is a very good Bushcraft Knife and for most hunters, it would make a great back up knife or camp knife.
I would buy it for the fire starter and the impressive retention of the knife in the sheath, these are two features I really like…
At the moment I’m using a Swingblade and a Boning Knife for all my hunting and they work great.
I won’t be rushing to replace my current hunting knives to make room for the Mora…
But if you are in the market for a camping or general use knife… I would definitely recommend buying the Morakniv Bushcraft Knife for that.