The Mora Bushcraft Triflex
Initial release date: October 30th, 2016 by the Talkative Owl.
Total length: 229 mm
Blade length: 104mm
Blade thickness : 2,5mm
Weight (with the sheath): 138g
Steel : high carbon
Acquisition mode: Purchase on my own funds
Date of purchase: May 2011
Use time at the moment of writing this article: 5 years and 5 months
Price range: 18 to 27 £ inclusive of all taxes
A Scandinavian knife with a – very – long lasting cutting edge. It is light, handy and very versatile. The relative thinness of its blade and shortness of its tang imply that one should spare it the most brutal tasks like batoning large logs. This knife is particularly suited for wood whittling. The only sad thing, is that it has been discontinued by the manufacturer and it has now become quite hard to find on the market, even at Amazon’s.
The Mora Bushcraft Triflex is my very first Mora. And it did not disappoint me! Even if today it is no longer the most versatile neither the most powerful Mora product, I will always feel some special connexion with this knife.
Not only for « sentimental » reasons, but also because its Triflex steel makes it unique. This steel allows the cutting edge of the blade to have quite a high Rockwell hardness (59-60) without making it brittle thanks to a selective quenching. The further you go from the cutting edge towards the back of the knife, the softer the steel becomes. This leads to a good all-round tool, with a long lasting sharpness and a good strength.
Ok, that’s nice but what’s my practical experience with this knife. I own the Mora Bushcraft Triflex since May 2011 and it is my most used knife. It has seen a lot of action and enabled me to make most of my wooden utensils :
From my very first bushcraft object carved from a birch log : a spatula…
… to this kuksa…
… including various utensils which come very handy either in my kitchen…
… or in the outdoors.
In short, as you can see, this knife served me well. It is also with the Bushcraft Triflex that I’ve learned sharpening. It carries the marks of my former inexperience (many deep scratches). About sharpening -and this is one of the most distinctive feature of the Triflex- do you know how long it takes between one sharpening and the next ? About one and a half years ! Indeed even though it is my most used knife, its cutting edge is so durable, that it is the knife that I sharpen the least. Note however that I strop it very often. This is the effect of the Triflex steel combined with the selective quenching.
Of course this knife does not feature only exceptional qualities. In fact it is known for one weak point which does not make it suitable for some brute force tasks like batoning or chopping : it’s the length of its tang:
This picture is not mine. I collected it in 2011 when I was researching information in the purpose of buying my first Mora. The author took the trouble to cut the handles of his knives to show the size of their respective tangs. May he be thanked for it.
On the physics level, it is undeniable that a short tang will always lead to a less sturdy knife than a longer one or a full tang. However most Mora knives are well designed. The hard black plastic in which the tang is embedded is very hard and tough. There is nothing to worry about if the knife is used reasonably. For example, this tool is not designed to baton a beech log, even without knots. But doing so with softer woods (like pine or birch) with a diameter not exceeding six to seven centimetre is perfectly fine.
All right, now I hope not to disappoint you with the following lines. After having read about all the qualities of this knife, you might want to buy one. Then be quick because it has been (sadly) discontinued by the manufacturer. Amazon is out of stock like many other big sites. It is becoming increasingly scarce.
If you’re not able to get one, no worries because the range of Mora knives is very wide, so it is possible to find good equivalents. I recommend you, the Mora companion MG in high carbon steel. It has a longer tang than the Bushcraft Triflex (so it is tougher) and its cutting edge is quite durable.
As you can see, in the six years I’ve been owning this knife, it has been very useful to me and I have a lot of hindsight on its capabilities. Within the context of Retex.org (retex = reporting the experience), not mentioning it was unthinkable.
To guard against a possible production discontinuity, I bought two other Bushcraft Triflex knives, about one year after the original purchase :
Yes, this is knife porn, I admit, but not only…
Indeed, I find our world to be very -and even excessively- dynamic. So when you find such a product, that perfectly suits your needs, it is more and more common that it is no longer available on the market when you need to replace it (lost, worn out, broken, stolen, borrowed by Homer Simpson…). So to avoid such a problem, I tend to make a small and reasonable supply of my so useful and therefore precious products. I recommend you do the same (but stay reasonable, don’t go buy 200 pieces of the same item).
That concludes this article. I hope you’ve liked it and found it useful. One last picture just for fun :
Swedes on the lawn