Mora Knives of Sweden
Mora knives may look similar to one another but they actually have a lot of differences when you take a closer look. They come from different places, they have different variants, and even have different makers. They are vastly used in the military but are also utilized for other purposes as a utility knife. If, at first glance, you can’t find any difference between several models and brands of these knives, all you have to do is hold them one by one and you will feel the difference that may not be easily visible to the human eyes. When you handle a good Mora knife and work it with your hands, you’ll find that it will have a better “fit” than the others. The best of these knives can be handled as if they are extensions of your hand. If there is one thing consistent about these knives, it is the fact that they have remained reliable and functional through all these years.
History and Origin
A Mora knife is a Swedish term used to refer to a set of belt knives created in the Sweden. These knives are made of laminated carbon steel. In most places in Sweden or even in Finland, these knives are used primarily in the industry as general-purpose tools. The way of forging these knives can be traced back to the sword-smithing methods being done during the Middle Ages in Europe. In addition to this, these knives have similar designs to the Finnish Puukos.
Although they may come, nowadays, from many different places, the origin of the knife can be traced to the Swedish town of Mora which is located in the Dalama region of Sweden. The town was famous because of its Scandinavian-style knives. In fact, the term “Mora” actually refers to a specific style of knife being produced in that town. According to historians, there were two manufacturers who produced the Mora knife: Frosts of Mora, and KJ Eriksson. Recently, these two makers merged together and started a company known as the Mora of Sweden with a unified line of knives. Back then, the knife became popular that many knife makers decided to make their own Mora models of knife.
During the 18th Century, life in Mora was buried in intense poverty. Farmers at that time were experiencing so much hardships that they needed to find alternative methods to survive; more so because the town of Mora was in the middle of vast forests. It was said that during this period in time, Erik Frost Eriksson began producing knives and started his company that produced the Mora knives that we know of today.
At the beginning, Eriksson’s company produced a variety of different tools made of steel including tools for forest, making it look like an usual blacksmith standing right in the middle of a forest. It was said that the steel of the knives was taken from Vikmanshyttan. The birch, which can be found in the south of Mora, was used to make the knife’s grip. In relation to this, millboard which was designed with various patterns was used to make the knife’s scabbard. The scabbard can be found in Tidaholm, also located in the south of Mora.
Many knife makers at that time tried to make reproductions of Erik Frost’s knife. However, despite what appeared to be a competition among these companies, they still found a way to help and support one another. Eventually, these companies disappeared one by one and the only company that was left to produce this knife is what we now know as the Mora of Sweden. Today, the company produces 250 different models in Ostnor, a small village where Erik Frost started his factory.
Mora Knives of Today
In present times, these knives have been subjected to many improvements both in the way they are manufactured and used. The knife’s steel, for example, is stamped from Sandvik 12C27. The grip of the knife is also converted to plastic but knives which have the old designs are still produced and available in the market. Also, these knives are available in another variant — the stainless steel. Currently, there are various models that you will find in the market. They may look identical to one another but makers provide four (4) major characteristics to look at when identifying this kind of knife:
- Blade length
- Blade width
- Blade thickness
- Handle size
And here are some of the known Mora models of knife which are either made from carbon steel or stainless steel:
- Craftline Q (also called as 511/546)
- 840/860 (also called as Clipper)
- Companion MG
- Craftline HighQ Allround
- Craftline TopQ Allround
Every model of this knife has its own uses and functions, but every knife is designed for comfortable use of the owner. It is also designed to be durable, making it suitable for combat especially if to be used by soldiers in long battles. Aside from being utilized as weapons, they are also used by craftsmen, butchers and carpenters. Like other knives that are made in Sweden, this type of knife is exceptionally sharp that it can cut various materials with ease without losing the sharpness of the blade. They are furnished without any kind of guard. The guard-less Mora knife gives its owner the freedom to make more cuts as compared to a knife which is equipped with a guard. However, owners are advised to very careful when using this knife because it’s extremely sharp; if one gets accidently cut, it could lead to grave injuries.
Overall, users of the Mora knives generally express their satisfaction when asked about the performance and durability of the knife. Some have been using these knives for survival purposes in the wild life. Among the knife’s loyal users are hunters, woodcarvers, explorers and many ordinary individuals.
Despite heavy usage, the survival rate of this knife is very high, making them popular items among knife collectors. This knife is available all over the world; you can easily get them from online stores and hobby shops.
When buying this type of knife, take the time to handle it and find out if you can work with it with a lot of ease. Compare product reviews and buy them from reputable suppliers or dealers. And, as with other types of knife, learn the proper ways of maintaining the knife. The blades should be kept sharp all the time. Moreover, be very familiar with the laws of your State regarding such knives. Most states prohibit carrying of such objects without proper permits and without valid authorization or reasons; you surely would not want to be caught off-guard. Be a responsible knife owner.