By John Campbell
Ive been using this blade for testing for a little while and so far it is rapidly becoming my favorite back up blade to carry into the field. The reason for this is not only can I rely on this blade should my main knife break or even get lost, it will serve well as the main knife itself. This knife as with all Mora blades are very high quality and are highly revered in the survival and bushcraft community. I was first introduced to Mora by Cody Lundin back in 2003 when I attended the Aboriginal Living Skills School at Yavapai College. I had asked him about the knife he was using and he told me it was the Mora #1. At that time he told me he sold knives to the students but he was out of the #1s. I ended up buying a Mora Clipper instead. As soon as I started using the blade I was absolutely hooked on the idea of carrying and using a Mora.
Fist off let me say that the Mora Bushcraft Black is much heavier and thicker than all the other Moras in their line. This one comes in at a full 1/8 inch thick and you can tell the difference in weight as soon as you grip it. With the other blades being around 1/16 of an inch thick you can see exactly what I am talking about. In the photo from left to right we have the Mora #1, the Mora Light My Fire Knife, and on the right is the Mora Bushcraft Black.
I found that when using the blade it was very well balanced with a lot of control. The rubberized handle provided me a non slip grip. Since I live in a desert this is a big deal to me because no matter what blade you use your hands will sweat. One of the first tests I did was to beaver chew a hand drill spindle from a piece of mule fat. This is actually my preferred way to do this because of the ease of cutting then simply snapping the spindle to size. It leaves an end that is pretty much ready to be used without more prepping of the spindle. This is a pretty simple procedure, just cut at an angle all the around the spindle. Once done simply snap the stick at the cut. This will make a very clean break without using a lot of energy. I also find this useful while making bows for the bow drill or even trap triggers.
Looking at the photo you can see how easy this was to cut the spindle to the proper length. I have also used this method for making arrows and atlatl darts, fishing implements, and just about anything that would need to be cut to length.
The blade of the Mora Bushcraft came razor sharp and it held that edge for a very long time. When I finally needed to touch up the edge all I really needed to do was simply strop it on my leather strop a few times and it was hair popping sharp once again.
When preparing fireboards or splitting wet wood to get to the dry material inside, I was not afraid to baton with this blade at all. I found it to be sturdy enough handle the job. However understand that most blades are not designed to handle this kind of use. The Mora Bushcraft handled it well and processed plenty of wood for several different projects. The type of wood I am splitting in the photo is Aspen. It is a very soft wood that is well suited for many bushcraft projects like fireboards, making cups and bowls, and even utensils. I have used this for many years but I have to say my favorite use for Aspen is for a fireboard.
Another really good feature of this blade is the spine. It is at a perfect 90 degree angle which will not only turn your ferro rod into a flamethrower it will also shave tinder. In the Photo I am using the spine of the blade to shave fat wood. The spine is sharp and makes short work of this type of project, but it is not sharp enough to cut you if you happen to miss and hit a finger. When striking a ferro rod with the spine the DLC or Diamond Like Carbon coating does not interfere at all.
After a full day of testing this blade and even doing a review video I found that the Mora Bushcraft was still able to feather a hardwood stick like this piece hackberry which can bee seen at right. The overall feel and performance of this blade I was very pleased with. In fact I seriously tried to find something I didn’t like about it and I really couldn’t. I have heard contrary to this from other reviewers, one of the biggest was the DLC coating being on the cutting edge of the blade. As I mentioned before all I have had to do so far is simply strop the edge.
Steel Type: Swedish High Carbon Steel
Blade Length: 4.35″
Overall Length: 9.35″
Weight with sheath: 5.7 ounces
Weight without sheath: 4.3 ounces
Blade thickness: 1/8″ thick
Country of origin: Made in Östnor, Swed