My New Mora Knife

Last weekend on my way back from the Smokies my buddies and I stopped at the huge knife store just outside Pigeon Forge. When I walked in I decided to ask and see if they had any of the Mora knives. Every since I watched Jason Klass’ video on the Mora knife I had decided that I wanted one. It is not a hard choice to make as well. The features that attracted me are:

  1. Fixed Blade (No moving parts to break – or to chop off my fingers!)
  2. Light-weight
  3. Classic look
  4. Wooden handle
  5. Strong / hard / durable blade that will hold an edge
  6. Inexpensive

So I approached one of the many booths inside the store and asked the question: “Do you carry any of the Mora knives?” And to my surprise the man shook his head and directed me to another counter. Upon approaching the next counter the lady directed me on the far side of the counter and then pulled out a large piece of styrofoam with about 15 knives sticking out of it, all of them were Mora’s. I quickly scanned them and almost instantly saw the one that I wanted.This was the same blade as the one that Jason Klass reviewed in his video. I inquired as to the price and was excited to hear $11.99! So, I took it. The lady showed me a small fine Lansky diamond grind to sharpen the knife with so I got it as well. So I headed home with my new knife. After getting it home I weighed it and measured it and this is what I came up with:

  • Knife only weight:  2.2 oz
  • Sheath only weight:  0.7 oz
  • Total Weight:  2.9 oz
  • Handle only length: 4 inches
  • Blade only length: 3 7/8 inches
  • Total length: 7 7/8 inches
  • Handle material:  Wood (Red Birch ~ Assumed)
  • Blade Material:  Carbon Steel (Assumed ~ Laminated Carbon Steel)

As you may notice, I have some assumptions. The reason I assume this is because the exact model was not identified whenever I purchased the knife. The only identification on it is the Mora emblem stamped into the blade (as seen in picture at top of the post), the Mora emblem on the plastic sheath, and a sticker with a bar code and simply “Frosts Mora” printed on it, which is now in the garbage. From what I can gather the S 1 series may actually be discontinued and difficult to come by however the Classic 1 Mora Knives are still available. I believe that the Classic is a Carbon Steel only blade while the S 1 is a Laminated Carbon Steel blade. (By this I mean that the core is Carbon Steel and there is a softer steel laminated around the inner Carbon Steel. This results in a longer life for the knife by holding an edge longer and being less brittle.)

Anyway, I still have much to learn about these knives, such as learning to sharpen the unique Scandi Grind edge that is on these knives as opposed to the more popular compound bevel. But for now, I am very happy with my new knife. The knife itself is actually lighter than my Gerber Paraframe knife however with the sheath the Mora will be about 0.3 oz heavier, so no biggie. I plan to secure the knife to my backpack strap (blade pointing up ~ I know, that sounds dangerous…) so I will have to come up with a different sheath to strap the knife in and not be able to fall out.

For now though, I am happy with the new knife. And like I said at the beginning of the post, I was turned on to this knife by Jason Klass. So I will leave the post with Jason’s video which is what intrigued me (and will probably explain the knife better than I have…)

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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3 Responses to My New Mora Knife

  1. Pingback: The Mora Clipper 840 | Stick's Blog

  2. Stick says:

    Thanks, I will check it out. I will add you to my site as well.


  3. Nice blog stick! Good 411…Saved to my favorites. I am in the process of building my own…”North Carolina Outdoors”. I just started it, but would like some traffic. I have added a page called, “Tell me about Your Gear”. I would like for other backpackers/campers to share their gear list. Please feel free to check it out and share! Thanks….PG


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