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Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife is a very comfortable and lightweight knife. The handle is ergonomic and conforms to the shape of your palm and fingers, providing a very natural and firm grip. The back of the handle is also flattened and smooth, so that you can place your thumb there for greater control during certain types of cutting techniques. The handle shape of the Companion also enables the knife to be comfortably and securely held in a number of different hand grips, useful for various types of cutting tasks. These factors, combined with the extreme sharpness of the Scandi grind, make the Morakniv Companion Stainless an excellent wood carving and general utility knife. It is easy to control and can be used over extended periods of time for carving tasks without tiring your hands, as is the case with larger, thicker, and heavier knives.
Due to its light weight, the Mora Companion Knife is easy to use as an everyday carry (EDC), just as its name implies. When worn around a belt, the knife is hardly noticeable and does not pull down on either the belt or your pants. This is an important but sometimes underestimated feature of the Companion—because it is light and easy to carry, it is more likely to be on your person in an emergency or survival situation. Large heavy knives can become a burden and are more likely to be left behind for this reason. Some people also carry the Companion as a neck knife.
Despite its light weight, the Companion still feels sturdy and durable, largely due to the thickness of the blade. Being slightly thicker than some other Mora models, the Companion isn’t as great at thinly slicing vegetables, for example. And it requires a bit more control when making fine cuts on wood than a thinner carving knife would. But the extra blade thickness makes it more durable for harder tasks such as batoning (some people do use the Companion for batoning and splitting smaller diameter wood, although I myself would avoid doing so except in a survival emergency where I needed to access dried inner wood for fire making).
With an increasing interest in bushcraft over the last few years, and a growing market for bushcraft specific knives, Mora has launched several new models. These include theMora Bushcraft Black as well as the Companion Heavy Duty. Their main difference with the Companion is in having a 3.2 mm thick blade, as opposed to the 2.5 mm thickness on the Companion. This is in keeping with the trend towards thicker blades over the last few years, but in my opinion the Companion is a good compromise in that it has a relatively thick blade but is still very effective in carving. Any thicker and you start to lose that finer carving capability. The Bushcraft Black and Companion Heavy Duty do not come in a stainless steel version, either.
In a survival situation, the Mora Companion would be a good knife to have in that it can effectively accomplish the most important tasks (at least in a North American environment) such as fire making (light batoning to split wood, carving feather sticks, making a friction fire bow drill, etc), shelter construction (cutting and smoothing small saplings or large branches), food preparation (cutting bark for cambium, skinning/gutting fish, birds, and animals, cutting vegetables etc) carving of tools and traps, as well as self-defence.
On the other hand, if you are not in a survival situation, this type and size of knife is best used in conjunction with a larger chopping tool (such as a small axe or tomahawk, a kukri or other large heavy-bladed knife) and a small folding saw. With these three tools, larger pieces of wood can be processed more effectively, leaving knives such as the Mora Companion for finer carving and utility work.
For people who are new to bushcraft or outdoor activities, the Mora Companion is an excellent starter knife in that it is inexpensive and yet of very good quality. And Scandi grinds are among the easiest knife grinds to sharpen in that there is only one fairly large bevel that is laid flat on a sharpening stone. Along with its synthetic handle and sheath, these factors make the Companion more easily maintained than other types of knives. If you live in a coastal or rainforest environment, the stainless steel version makes a better choice as well.
If there’s any criticism of the Companion, it’s the sheath. Personally, I like the Morakniv Companion Sheath because it’s slim and unobtrusive, and the belt loop clip makes it very easy to add or remove from your belt. The problem is with the retention. When you first get the Companion it’s pretty tightly held in the sheath, so that drawing it takes a bit of technique.
You need to grasp the handle and use your thumb to push off the thumb stud, although the way the belt loop pressed up against the handle it doesn’t offer much space to grip the handle. But that’s a minor issue. A more important one is that, according to some reviewers of the Companion over time the friction fit of the handle into the sheath becomes worn down, so that the knife can more easily fall out of the sheath. Many people place a cord, either paracord of elasticized shock cord, around the upper belt loop and fasten this over the handle. Another reviewer stated that in extreme cold, the sheath also becomes loose. A popular modification with the Companion is, not surprisingly, making your own sheath.
Overall, this is an excellent knife and very good value for the money. Morakniv Companion is about the cheapest ‘survival knife‘ that is actually useful for bushcraft, and comes highly recommended by many of the top bushcraft and survival experts. I personally think you will not find a better value for money knife anywhere.!
One or the biggest factors of the Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade is it’s weight – the knife really is lightweight, weighing in at a mere 4.1 ozs, you can use it for ages without getting hand fatigue.
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife is really only designed for the more intricate bushcraft and survival skills, rather than full on survival tasks, but thats not to say it’s not a tough bit of survival kit – Mora have beefed up the steel to a 0.10″ thick, carbon steel blade, that means you can easily put a razor, ‘shaving’, sharp edge on the blade and it will stay there..!
In fact, for skinning, filleting and fine bushcraft carving, this is one of the best knives around, if not, THE BEST skinning knife for the price. (again, I must say this knife is value for money and will only set you back only $14 +postage) but I think it has to be with the best survival knives because it’s so good at doing what it does best – skinning, filleting and fine bushcraft carving.
I would say you could consider the Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade as your “other” knife – certainly not your main knife but a dam good choice to add to your knife kit.
The Morakniv Companion is an all-in-one knife for outdoor enthusiasts with a patterned, high-friction grip that makes it comfortable to hold and easy to handle. The Companion features a 4.1-inch (104 mm) blade of hardened Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel with a three-quarter tang for outdoor and marine applications where knives are commonly exposed to dirt and moisture.
Stainless steel knives are less susceptible to corrosion and oxidization than carbon steels, giving them a longer life overall, plus they maintain edge sharpness for optimum cutting performance. Mora Companion Stainless knife will perform well with camp food preparations, creating tinder, cutting small limbs, and much more.
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, 4.1-Inch Includes a color-matching sheath with belt clip. Overall length 8.6 inches (218 mm); Blade length: 4.1 inches (104 mm); Blade thickness: 0.1 inches (2.5 mm); Weight w/ sheath: 4.1 oz. (116 g). Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Made in Sweden.
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- ASIN: B00EF2RUD4
- Item model number: M-11827-Parent