Morakniv Bushcraft Forest
|A first-rate, all-around knife with a profile-ground blade of Swedish cold-rolled special stainless steel and a patterned high-friction grip.
- Rubber Handle
- Knife with a profile-ground blade
- Cold-rolled special stainless steel
- Blade Thickness: 2.5mm
- Blade Length: 109mm
- Total Length: 232mm
- Net Weight: 0.1420kg
This is my go-to knife for day hikes and casual outdoors stuff. I keep it in the car. It's very light, so bringing it hiking when I know I won't be spending the night, processing firewood, etc, it's not intrusive at all. It's the same blade as the Mora 2000 with a more ergonomic handle.
The downside to that is that there is no real chopping power to speak of. It's very sharp, and the grind allows for a fine angle, which really helps make up for the lack of weight, but chopping with this is pretty much limited to fresh vines and soft branches that extend into a narrow trail. I like to cut them down before I walk through, if I can, so whatever's crawling on them doesn't wind up down the back of my shirt. Choking back on the handle to put some wrist action into the chop helps, but my girlfriend is always afraid it'll go flying out of my hand because there's no hole for a paracord loop on the pommel (which is plastic, btw) or significant curve to the back of the handle.
The handle is awesome in basic positions and comfortable enough in any I tried.
I have batonned with this and seen the blade visibly bend around a knot in the wood, and come out straight, so I know it's tough steel. On the other hand, I've chipped the edge twice in the same place, near the tip. If I slash at a vine and the knife hits the ground, this is what can happen, so it's tough, but not super steel.
It's fairly easy to sharpen, and both the sheath and knife are easy to clean, which makes it a low-maintenance tool for true outdoors use, whereas keeping a 1095 carbon steel bushcraft blade in good, oiled condition as a working outdoors knife can be a chore.
Most of what I need a knife to do, this does well.