|- Value for Money |
- Functional Design
- Comfortable Handle
|- Rubber handle may be a potential weak point.
The Morakniv companion is currently the #1 best-seller knife on Amazon. This will be my review this knife and we will take a look at what the fuss is all about, it is worth it or not?
Before we start, in the interest of full disclosure. I must inform everyone that I am an amazon associate, and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Meaning if you do decide to click on the links provided in this article and decide to purchase something, I will earn a small percentage of the sale (at no extra cost to you). If you would like to read my full disclosure I have linked it here.
However, everything I share will be my own professional opinion, and I will adhere to my honor as a self-proclaimed outdoors man.
I will take the review through the following points:
- Features and specification
- Analysis and my thoughts about the specs
- My review and thoughts about the knife as a whole
- The function of the knife
Features and Specifications – The technical stuff
Morakniv or Mora knife is a knife manufacturer from Mora, Sweden. They are world renowned and has been producing knives since 1891. Their knives are fixed blades and are often seen as general-purpose tools.
- Overall length: 8.75 inches (22.2cm)
- Blade length: 4.1 inches (10.4cm)
- Blade thickness: 0.01 inches (2.5mm)
- Weight: 4.1 ounces (116g)
- Blade: Stainless steel
- Handle: TPE Rubber
- Sheath: Plastic
- 3/4 Tang
- Scandi Grind
- Drop point design
Analyzing the Technical Information – What does it all mean?
Simply put, the companion is handy but small. It is compact. The blade is 4 inches, but it should serve your needs without any issue. Such as chopping food, cutting tinder from wood or for carving purposes. The blade is 2.5mm thick, meaning it is thick enough to be very sturdy and have little wobble. This is also a light knife, you can carry it around without feeling to encumbered.
The knife is made of a standard stainless steel, one of the most rust resistant steels. This knife should be pretty hardy, only requiring general maintenance. I don’t expect you’ll see rust, unless you decide to leave it in a bucket of vinegar or something; if that’s the case then the rust would be the last thing on your mind.
The rubber handle will provide you with significant grip in any condition. The handle would also be comfortable to grip in the winter and not freeze your skin off. Rubber is also known to reduce any jolts felt by your hand during use. However, we must keep in mind that some rubber may get damaged by harsh sun and become sticky. Beware if you’re planning on taking this knife around the desert. The plastic sheath is quite standard and wouldn’t add much to the weight of the knife, plastic sheaths are generally quite hardy and is easy to clean and easy to maintain.
When it comes to blade design some people complain that it is only 3/4 tang; the actual blade of the knife only extends 3/4th of the way into the handle. Theoretically this would mean that the knife is not as sturdy as a full tang and cannot take as much punishment. However, we must remember the fact that this is only a 4inch knife; there is only so much pressure that you can exert on a knife like this. With general use the 3/4 tang should be more than enough.
The scandi grind refers to the cutting edge of the knife. With scandi grind the bevel is short and comes to a point very quickly. For the customer this means the knife-edge has a lot of material; it is sturdy and should be able to take more punishment than other grinds. The bevel also makes sharpening very easy in theory, but it will take longer since you need to take more material off. A point to remember with the scandi grind is that it will not be as good for slicing material.
The drop point design of the knife means it has less penetrative power than some other designs such as clip point. However, this design will provide the user with a lot of control and a large slicing surface to work with.
My review of the Morakniv Companion – My opinions and thoughts, sometimes they are pretty good
In a few words, I like the Morakniv companion, it is cheap, it is simple and it is reliable. I would suggest this is one of the perfect knives to get you started, it’s something that’s simple and reliable.
The knife has been carefully thought out and designed. It is a 4inch small and light knife, you would not expect it to take a lot of pressure and withstand a lot of force, so the 3/4 tang would allow it to be durable while maintaining its lightweight.
With its cheap entry level price, it is designed to be a knife that you can use without thinking too much about the price tag. The scandi grind with stainless steel would allow you to use the knife without too much of a second thought. You can take it to the sea or throw it in the hiking bag without a second thought.
The blade is more than capable of performing various general tasks: preparing food (not filleting fish), splitting branches and cutting tinder for the fire etc. This is a general knife that can serve a variety of purposes.
However, I would be careful of the rubber handle material. In really hot conditions, it may melt and become sticky. The sheath has been designed with a hole in it to drain moisture and water out, however I would still be careful taking it to wet areas and the sea. Try to store the blade after it has been dried. Do not store it wet, the designed hole may not have been designed to drain a lot of water.
What would I use the knife for?
In the general sense, this Morakniv Companion is good for
- Hiking – if the fixed design won’t take up too much space in your backpack
- Everyday carry
- Utility – feel free to bring it onto the construction site.
The knife may also be good as a secondary knife for hunting or survival. If you store it carefully it may also be good as a bait knife for fishing. However, think twice if you plan on using it to fillet a fish.
The knife would also be good for anything who is looking for a reliable yet in-expensive knife.
Thanks for sticking with me until the end. Hopefully I’ve explained things clearly and you were able to get more understanding about the Morakniv Companion.
I personally believe that this is a decent and reliable knife, with the low price tag you can feel free to buy one and test it out yourself. You wouldn’t be disappointed.
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