Quick and partial definition: it’s the Swedish do it all knife.
But let’s go a little deeper shall we?
The city of Mora is located in Sweden. It is some kind of equivalent to Sheffield in the U.K. , Thiers in France or the German Solingen: a cutlery city.
The knife making tradition in Mora dates back to the 18th Century.
Nowadays, most of the small factories have fused in one large company: Mora of Sweden.
Here is for the historical background.
But what’s so special about those Swedish blades?
Well mainly two things:
– A special -Scandinavian- grind that is not found on other western type knives. According to my own experience, this grind has good all around performance, but is far more superior when it comes to wood working. Whether it’s about quickly making a tent peg, or to carve a detailed sculpture, the Scandinavian grind is the most efficient. Sharpening these blades is also made easier thanks to the "scandi grind".
– An unbeatable value for money. The Mora knife blades are made with excellent Swedish steels at a very industrial and large scale. This allows the company to put on the market products starting at £8.92 and up to £36. There are more expensive Mora knives, but I don’t take them into account. £36 is the maximum amount I’m ready to invest in an industrial knife with plastic handle and sheath.
As far as I am concerned, it is for these two reasons that I am particularly convinced by Mora knives. I use them for cooking, tinkering, bushcrafting and fishing.
Generally speaking, this type of knives is not only made in Sweden. There are also many manufacturers in Norway and mostly Finland. They generally use more traditional materials, like birch wood and reindeer antlers for the handles and leather for the scabbards.