Mora knives have become a mainstay choice for survivalists who note the blades quality and value. Mora knives are inexpensive compared to other knives but still bring a lot to the table. The Morakniv Bushcraft knife is an exceptional blade that stays true to the brands reputation as a quality knife manufacturer. As I’ve tested, the Morakniv Bushcraft black can certainly take a beating in the bush.

Specifications

Blade TypeFixed
Blade Length4.3 inches
Total Length9.1 inches
Blade Thickness3.2 mm
Blade MaterialCarbon steel with DLC anti-corrosive coating
Weight5.7 oz (with sheath)
Tang3/4 inches
Sheath IncludedRoger

Pros

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What I really like about all Mora knives is how sharp they are out of the box. The Morakniv Bushcraft Black is no exception. This knife is sharp as hell straight out of the box. I repeat – this knife is dangerously sharp. Most knives do not come this sharp right out of the box. Second, the blade is the thickest blade you can get on a Mora knife. You can really beat the crap out of this thing and it will still come back for more. Taking the Mora out into the bush was a treat and not once did I feel the blade wasn’t up to the job. It handled all the camp tasks with ruthless efficiency.

I have quite a heavy hand when it comes to wood batoning – I can tell you I came down hard over the spine and not a single dent. Carbon steel for the win. Speaking of the spine, it’s got a flat 90 degree ridge – something I always look for  in a survival knife. A flat edge makes it easy to use with your ferrocerium rod. I don’t consider a knife a true survival knife unless it has this feature.

The handle is crafted with a rubbery material. I found it to be super grippy.

Cons

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3/4 tang? Really?

My first big beef with this knife was the 3/4 tang. I always stress the importance of buying knives with full tangs. Using it though, I can’t see how another quarter inch of tang would benefit this knife. It’s already strong as an ox. I think this whole full tang business is psychological down to a certain point. A blade with a half tang is certainly a disadvantage. The tang starts to become a non issue once you hit the 3/4 mark. Still, I wish they would have put a full tang on this thing.

My second beef is with the handle. It’s one of those things where you’re either going to love it or hate it. The Mora Bushcraft Black comes with a curved handle – this seems to be a signature design element in all Moras. I found it to be less than ergonomic in my hand but I’m just use to straight handles. I can see how it would be suited to the grip of some users and perhaps an advantage if you’re carving.

My last beef is the sheath. Overtime the rubber wore off of the blade where it met the sheath casing. Because of this it doesn’t quite snap in securely like it use to. Not really a big deal – I don’t judge a knife by its sheath but its something you might find important.

The Verdict

I stand behind the Morakniv Bushcraft Black. It packs a lot of bang into an inexpensive package. While I still use my Bk2 most of the time, I always have the Mora around close by. In fact, I prefer it for finer tasks like skinning. It’s a hell of a lot sharper than the Bk2.

Great bush knife. I would even say it’s a great general knife to have on hand. Definitely the knife you want if you’re crunched for cash but still want a ridiculously sharp blade that holds an edge. And by the way, the sheath comes with a ferrocerium ride that throws a surprising amount of sparks! BONUS.

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