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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 the “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 Mora Knives 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.
Morakniv Diamond Sharpener
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 locks the fire starter firmly in place with a distinct “click” to prevent it from falling out.
Just as the knife itself is lock into the sheath with very secure click, the knife stays put even in an inverted position.
With this tough plastic sheath, everything feels safe, locked in, and secure.
Morakniv Bushcraft Knives, Best 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.
Morakniv Knife 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 would make a great every day carry knife.
They have a basic rugged feel about them that I really like, they are built to take hard work and abuse…
It is a very good Bushcraft Knife and for most hunters, it would make a great back up knife or use as a camp knife.
I would buy it just 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 Morakniv.
But if you are in the market for a tough camping or general use EDC Knife… I would definitely recommend buying a Morakniv Knife for that.