Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review - Mora Clipper 860 MG

Today, I wanted to review the Mora Clipper 860 MG. It's a knife that I've been using for a couple of years now, and am quite pleased at its performance.

I know that I've briefly mentioned this knife when talking about the Mora company in the post, "Mora - The Best Knives You've Never Heard Of". I'll sum up that post by saying that Mora is an excellent company and the knives that they produce are an amazing value, probably the best "bang for the buck" knives that I have ever seen, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that.

The Mora 860 MG is one of the best knife values out there.
The 860 MG is no exception to Mora's credibility. It has a 4.2", razor-sharp blade made of stainless steel that is Scandinavian ground. What this means is that there is only one angle ground down on the blade to form the edge. If you were to look at the knife from the tip towards the handle, you would see a straight V forming the edge. Most knives don't have this and actually have a secondary grind. Since the 860 MG is Scandinavian ground, the edge is stronger and will last longer due to its triangular geometry.

The 860 MG's handle is 4.5". It is made of olive green polymer, but has a black textured rubber coating. This provides great traction in the hand. While I haven't used this knife in extreme conditions, I have never been let down by the grip that it offers.

One of the disadvantages that I can see for the 860 MG is that it is not a full tang design. This theoretically makes the knife weaker when used very roughly. By using roughly, I mean batoning (splitting wood by hitting the back of the blade) or other rough chopping tasks. This knife is not meant for that, however. It is great for whittling, cutting material, preparing food, etc. I have never batoned with the 860 MG, but I have seen videos of people doing it, so the knife can withstand some rough use. I don't know where the knife's breaking point is, but I would still be careful when thinking about performing heavy duty tasks with it.

That being said, the knife is still excellent for what it is designed for. I think that Mora didn't make this knife a full-tang design to save on money, which is fine because the knife is an absolute bargain.

The olive green polymer sheath easily clips onto a belt.
The 860 MG comes with a nice-looking, olive green, polymer sheath. Another hit against the knife is that the sheath doesn't hold the blade as securely as I would like. It has fallen out of the sheath a couple of times when running or hiking over difficult terrain. I would recommend using a strong rubber band wrapped around the pocket clip to keep the blade in place. That's what I do and it holds the blade securely enough.

My personal views on the knife are, like I said earlier, that it's one of the best deals on a knife that you can get. The few disadvantages can be easily overlooked, especially if you don't use the knife past its intended design.

If you're looking for a light to medium-duty camp/outdoor/utility fixed blade, look no further than the Mora Clipper 860 MG. It's a heck of a deal, by a company known for its high quality and low prices.

Look to more Mora reviews in the future, as it's a company that I am especially fond of.

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  2. Just bought one! Nice Review!

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  3. Mora Clipper 860 MG is really one of the best knives out there!!
    Thank you Sir, I am also a big fan in collection of knives and having a website of my own. Link is:- http://netknives.com/

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  5. This is a great value all-purpose knife. It's especially great for survival/bug out bag type use, because they're cheap enough you can have several stashed different places. It feels great in your hand and it's un-pretty enough you really don't mind using it up. Will get more. http://morabushcraft.com/morakniv-companion-carbon-steel/

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