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Morakniv Companion Review – It’s A Great Knife For A Great Price!

In Knives and Related Topics by Jesse Mathewson20 Comments

Morakniv-Companion-knife-reviewChoosing a knife for purposes of survival, bushcrafting or simple camping is a bit of a chore. The Morakniv Companion is an amazing choice regardless of your location on this ball of dirt and water which we live. It comes in stainless steel and carbon steel versions, this review and article are using the carbon steel version!

(Disclaimer, I do use the HD (heavy-duty) models as well, and the Craft-line models, this is simply one of a line of knives I find personally to be indispensable to my personal kits regardless your choice.)

Now one can easily say that the Morakniv Companion is too thin of a blade, or it is only a ¾ tang or how can you say it is a good survival knife? Honestly, I can say that if I had only one choice of a blade to carry with me for an extended length of time, it would be the Morakniv Companion. I can say this based on a wide variety of testing, and from several years of using it.

Others may have their $100 – $5000 survival blades specially designed by some Ex-Army Ranger who was UDT and a Navy Seal and also an Air Force Rescue while cross training with the CIA and NSA for operations deep in the Mossad and GSG9.

I prefer a blade design that has been around for over a thousand years, and folded steel that is rivaled only by Japanese folded steel in overall quality and strength. After all, this is not an article about specific uses, and blades designed for each of those uses. I have already written one or more articles dealing with this. Generally, blades, in my opinion, are very much designed with a specific reason in mind.

Morakniv-Companion-Fixed-Blade-Outdoor-KnifeSo for specific purposes, you will find better blades, after all, a 4” blade isn’t going to be a great weapon against a bear, but I can carve a dozen spears and fire harden them or use it to make punji pits to prevent the need for a close encounter with a bear.

Sure the ¾ tang isn’t a full tang, though in all honesty, most people, even modern blade designers (not blade smiths) but those guys with powdered super steel and solid programming skills and a lathe who churn out thousands of bulky, over-designed or in most cases poorly designed bu ever popular blades have no real idea what or even why certain tangs exist.

Do you? (If you would like to know comment and ask, I’ll gladly explain what the differences are and why the idea of a “full tang” being stronger is not exactly correct. Lastly, if slitting throats you wish to engage in, this will work, but not as nicely as that Ka-Bar or Khukri you may have. (I prefer the Khukri for many reasons)

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This is a review of the Morakniv Companion in stainless or carbon steel with a lowly ¾ tang and an inexpensive yet very functional polymer sheath, a 4” blade with a scandi grind (shallow and long allowing for much easier cutting, food prepping and even bush work) lastly it has a handle that is made of TPE rubber, which allows gripping even when wet, sandy or cold! This is the single most inexpensive yet important addition you can make to your prepping regardless the reasons for doing so.

There are several benefits outside of the knife itself that give it that step up over other knives. For instance, it is marketed as a TOOL, not a weapon, it can be used quite easily for kitchen meal preps. I have a few different models that I enjoy using for this alone.

It is legal to carry in most places, though some may require you keep it in your pack, rarely will you find a country that does not allow the use of a small (4.1” blade) for making kindling, cleaning fish, game, and all around camping chores.

Across the United States, there are a plethora of ridiculous carry laws with regards to sizes and types of blades. However, this is a blade I have dropped in my checked baggage (usually two) and never seen it walk away, nor has it ever stopped my baggage from boarding the plane.

After flying through or into most major airports in the USA and a few outside, I have never had an issue with this blade itself. I use a bright orange or blue handled one for foreign nations and states, (like California and New York City) as these for some reason bear no threat while the far more realistic green model seems to evoke the idea that it is somehow dangerous and may leap up on its own.

So how does one go about creating a survival kit using JUST this knife and its sheath as the base? Its simple really, the Morakniv Companion MG alone is a great tool, however, if you add 20 feet of 550 cord or 50-100 feet of different strengths of bank-line* wrapped around it using any number of wrap types (I prefer a simple loop, and pull method as it allows easier use of the rope) This addition would be wonderful by itself, however, we are going to add two more items.

Duct Tape (my favorite brand is Gorilla brand, some things are worth the money spent) and a 5/16th by 3” fire-steel or ferrocium rod for starting fires are two more additions that are essential in my opinion.

So all I do is wrap the duct tape (around a yard of 2” wide tape) around the middle of the sheath, capturing the ferrocium rod inside of the tape, and then wrap over that with bank line (my preferred go to for survival line for numerous reasons) or with 550 cord, whichever you choose using the knot and or wrapping type you prefer.

Again in my opinion simple is best, as this is meant to be used, not set on a shelf to show the world how amazing you are. Now, these four items alone offer many valuable uses and are by themselves necessary in any bug out bag or the like, however, when put together with this knife, it becomes the ultimate basic prepper kit.

I am including a video showing some test results with this blade, please understand I own several dozen of these blades, they make great gifts and honestly I see them as an investment. I have tested in the extreme this particular model from standing on it while stuck in a tree to splitting cordwood with it, and yes it is mesquite that is in the video. I have yet to break a single one of these knives. I have bent them, but only after attempting to break it in half using a vice.

I had pulled it well past 90 degrees and when it returned it was only about 15-20 degrees off its center line. I have put nicks in the edge of it, it’s a blade, I have yet to see single blade get hammered through a solid piece of wood or rocks and concrete (as I did with this one) and NOT sustain some minor damage to the edge, however, within 5 minutes with my DMT diamond plates I had it back up to shaving sharp.

The Morakniv Companion certainly proved itself, now folks, the video was filmed by my wonderful 8-year-old daughter so apologies for some disruptions but you get the idea, this knife specifically the Morakniv Companion is insane in its abilities! And this was just the torture testing!

It is lightweight, as in honestly it feels toy-like, so chopping a tree down isn’t going to work well, unless you use a baton while doing so, and then it’s just a matter of time.

The lightweight nature is a plus for myself, being old and broken down weight is everything, I would rather carry two or three of these blades than one Becker (popular prepper blade for some) of any size, after all, you generally won’t find a Becker blade that weighs anywhere close to this one and honestly, I would be willing to put one of these up against a Becker.

Again, I feel it is necessary to have you understand that I tend to carry more than one blade at all times regardless. As I feel blades are purpose-built. However, this is an article that allows for the individual who may not have that overall benefit or ability. Not to mention, one of the blades I always carry when in the woods is a Morakniv Companion in green or any number of other colors.

Others will state their love of any number of knives, however, what can be agreed upon by many if not all bush crafters, hikers, campers and survivalist types is that this specific blade style the mora styled blade is among the most popular and best all-around blade type available regardless the manufacturer.

Personally, I have several variant blades all made of the amazing Scandinavian or Swedish folded steel, Karasuando Kniven only available from the linked site and extremely expensive it is my absolute favorite blade of all times. However, the kniven (knife) I have from Karasuando is identical in almost every way (shape, form and edge type) to the Morakniv Companion.

Now, if you are someone who prefers or wants a thicker blade, get the Morakniv Companion HD (Heavy Duty) or get the Craftline Heavy Duty by Morakniv or the Morakniv Light My Fire all of these blades are thicker, and feel much better if you need that reassurance. Cost is still at or under $20 regardless.

So what are the pros for carrying the Morakniv Companion?

  1. It is lightweight at just 4.5 ounces or 125 grams for what it provides, its hard to find lighter and if weight is an issue, eg., age or physical ability than this is a benefit.
  2. It is strong, as in under normal circumstances, you will never see it break or fail, and as you can see in the video, under abnormal and quite abusive circumstances you will rarely if ever have an issue.
  3. It is sharp and holds an edge well, the carbon steel holds a much better edge longer than the stainless steel. However, the carbon steel requires more cleaning and lubrication than the stainless steel blade version does. However, the stainless version does not work as a fire striker like the carbon version does.
  4. It is easy to clean and easier to sharpen properly, there is no exact science approach if you have a decent sharpening set the bevel of a Mora styled knife allows for a VERY easy experience in sharpening and maintaining that sharpness.
  5. These knives cost less than a fast-food burger in many places, currently, on Amazon, you can have a brand new one shipped to your door for less than $13 – find any other single knife that will do what this one can and do it for this price.

What are the cons?

  1. It’s small and lightweight – it is NOT a fighting knife or a pig sticker or even really meant for clearing brush though you can do so if needed.
  2. It’s not a specialty name and your friends who own the newest blade from Benchmade (I love Benchmade knives) or a custom Skelton knife (again I really like these blades) will look at you differently for carrying it. (this is actually not true, especially if they understand and know knives, but I thought it would be fun to throw in there.)
  3. The controversial Pathfinder school supports this brand and regularly does commercials and more for Morakniv Companion, so there is that as well. (If it matters to you, that and they are made in Sweden, NOT in the United States, and we all know if it isn’t made here it can’t be any good.)

Please comment below and share the article with others. Let’s remember information is knowledge is power and one can never have too much good knowledge. Also please feel free to comment and let me know how I am doing, what you would like to see more reviews of and remember, I generally buy these products myself and write based on my experiences so that you can benefit from them.

“In bush crafting and camping, then, let your great object be victory and living well, not lengthy and sometimes fruitless attempts.” Sun Tzu for the Bushcrafter

Free the mind and the body will follow…

Comments

  1. Many, many VERY similar knives are available which are made in America. Why buy foreign knives made in leftist/socialist European nations when you can buy American quality and support conservative American entrepreneurs?
    Makes no sense to me. But then I’m just a deplorable bitter clinger.

    1. Mr Gray. I challenge you to find a single knife made from steel/handles/screws/glues that is also made here in the states entirely.

      I prefer quality and because i am poor…I dont like spending too much for a name or a flag

  2. Jesse I have been using these knives for years after I traded another Swedish operator a Gerber folder for it. I have knives from all over the world and these are some of the best in the world , within there limits. I have a brick and mortar store and we sell nothing but the best U.S.A. Made knives only. But this is my 2 cents

  3. Great article. Just bought 2 Garbergs, one for my son and I. Love the feel of it and the quality. Amazing how inexpensive some models are. My knife and brand of choice now.

  4. I “discovered” the HD Companion several years ago. I put it in my Amazon cart “for later” and watched the price. When they got down under $15 I started buying them. They are now in every vehicle, every kit, I have. I still have a couple of spares and sold a couple at gun shows.

    I have gone through “knife envy” at various times since I retired from the Army, so there are plently around the house. These are still my “go to” knives (except my Kershaw Leek for EDC).

    I even have one of the Mora Bushcraft Survival Knives. It was about 4 times the regular HD knife, so I only have one to date; it’s still looking for it’s “regular” home.

  5. I’ve been using the same Mora knife for many years. I have on hand several backups for future use or trade. As an old man who spent 28 years in the Army, I can tell you that I’ve never owned a more versatile knife. It sharpens to a razor blade edge and takes any abuse I throw at it. Highly recommend Mora Knives.

    1. Gary. Kudos on good handle *Gary t*

      Exactly, they function well in almost every role-

  6. Jesse, another good article, thank you. I am a knife collector from way back. I have a small collection which includes two Mora knives and I will say that Mora makes an excellent product. First honors goes to Mora for making the sharpest knife out of the box I’ve ever had. I do not like the cheap plastic sheaths they come in but for the price I won’t complain. I am not sure I would choose the Mora as my “go-to” knife if there was only one to choose from, but it would be in my top 3.

    1. Greg, as an avid steelholic. And proudly addicted to blades and other items with steel in them…yep! *I do have mora knives in all my vehicles and bags* but yep!

  7. A long time ago I was most of the guy you referenced at the beginning of the article and don’t do much on line although I do read your thoughts. I have used a lot of knives for a lot of things. Over the years I have found that if I can set a shelter and peel a potato then it might be a good knife for general use. I have made a machete do in a pinch and have made a swiss army do in a pinch but this is a good knife for the things that you really have to do to stay alive and sometimes just enjoy the chow.

    When I read articles most of the time you get the opinion but you don’t see many facts. Is it easy to use to peel a potato and did you actually peel and cut up a potato? Will it slice a tomato thinly? Will it make kindling? If it will do any of these things, will it do it without undue hardship to the operator? If the subject is important then the facts are important. While I may value someone’s opinion, someone can be very sincere and still be wrong. I like facts.

  8. I really like Morknivs. For a combat knife, I prefer my K-Bar, but for anything else, Moraknivs do the job exceptionally well. I personally own six Morakniv HD and a couple of the Morakniv Eldris. I keep an HD with my EDC vest. I think I will wrap it with bank cord like Jesse has in the photo.

    I have given one of each of those knives as gifts to all of my family members. #2 daughter especially loves her Eldris as she can carry a very sharp blade safely in her purse and uses it to cut up fruit for snacks at work. No body gets nerved up over the small blade like they might if she whipped out a 4.1-inch blade (people are so easily upset these days). #1 daughter and her hubby have put their Moraknivs with their BOBs. My Ex keeps her Eldris on her sewing table as she finds it quite useful to cut things involved in quilt work and her HD with her prep supplies.

    1. Zulu. Exactly! Agreed my combat knives are a bit more robust- not that I cannot use a mora in a pinch…haha a sharp stick works in a pinch *and a dull one*

  9. Good article and you are right on. I have the Morakniv companion and three other Mora knives and love them all since they provide a lot of bang for the buck.

  10. Thanks for the reminder to pick up another of these great knives. My son has monopolized the one I have. The combination of price and quality is amazing

    1. Trucktek, right! I put these in the ammo category, *one cannot really have too many or much*

      1. If I get picked as the lucky winner of one of the kits you are giving away, I’ll take bank line.

  11. Mr Mathewson, you may have changed my mind on the purchase I was about to make. We have three versions of the famous K-BAR (all genuine US manufactured) available to us here in the Philippines. I had my eye on the short version with 5 1/4 inch blade versus the full-length 7inch blade for our 12-year-old son’s kit. Most Asian kids are smaller in stature than we westerners and my thoughts were this downsized version will do it all, even splitting down branches for junior’s collapsable wood stove. With a Kryton grip and synthetic sheath, it looked like a good choice for our metal eating leather rotting humid climate. I think that even my beautiful bride would feel like she was wielding a machete with the full-size version in her hand. Reading your piece now has me thinking that smaller may, in fact, be better? Maybe even a stainless version for use on the water? I am and always will be a fan of hi-carbon steel but I also need to understand that there are high-quality stainless blades that will hold an edge. Time to do more research and see what is available on this side of the pond.

  12. We have 5 or 6 different Morakniv Brand we have had now about 6 years. We have been quite impressed with their value function quality. If used within their design capability they are more than adequate. So far none have failed. We have larger name brand knives. Yet we use these more often for our needs. It would really be difficult to choose just one knife to have and carry all the time. Yet these would be considered in the list.

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