Friday, January 31, 2014

Review - Mora Companion Heavy Duty

Forgive me if I write another review about a new Mora knife that I just got. I have a real love for these Swedish knives. At their low price, you an afford to have a whole collection of Moras for under $100.

The Companion Heavy Duty comes in two attractive colors.
The Mora Companion Heavy Duty particularly stands out among others, because of it's added strength. It would be particularly useful for bushcrafters or people who like to thump on their knives more than most people.

Last time, we looked at the Mora Companion Stainless series. These are great knives and will perform excellent in most light to medium-duty tasks.

The Mora Companion Heavy Duty borrows many of the same features as the Companion Stainless, such as an ergonomic, rubber-coated grip, a Scandinavian ground 4.0" blade and a polymer sheath with a belt clip. However, the knife differs in particular features that give it more strength.

The most obvious difference in the Heavy Duty is the choice of blade steel. The Heavy Duty has Carbon Steel blade. The carbon steel that Mora uses is well-known among bushcrafters and knife enthusiasts for having excellent edge retention. The downside is that carbon steel is likely to tarnish, unless scrupulously cared for and oiled after every use. However, any tarnish that many appear does not diminish the blades functionality in any way. Many people even like a nice patina on their knives.

The blade on the Heavy Duty is thicker than other Mora knives.
The blade on the Companion Heavy Duty is ground at 27° for maximum edge retention. Other Mora knives are ground at 23°, which offers a sharper, but more delicate edge. The blade on the Heavy Duty is also 0.12", as opposed to 0.10" with the Companion and similar Mora knives. This is a 20% increase in thickness, and is noticeable when handling the blade.

The last feature is the least noticeable, but still makes a difference. The handle on the Heavy Duty is a bit larger than the handle on the Companion. At first glance, the handles look the same, but upon inspection, they are indeed larger and fit the hand well.

If you're looking for a knife a bit stronger than the Mora Companion series, but still want to keep to the value and quality of a Mora, then I would recommend taking a look at the Companion Heavy Duty. These are some of the toughest knives that Mora makes, and still come at an excellent price point.

Do any of you have any experience with the Companion Heavy Duty series of knives? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review - Mora Companion Stainless Series

The Companion Stainless Series comes in 5 great colors!
While I continue writing about my love for Swedish knives, I wanted to show you guys a new set of knives by Mora of Sweden. If you've never heard of Mora before, they are a Swedish knife manufacturer that makes the best knives for the money that you will ever find. They make knives in the $10-20 range that can rival knives for $50-150 in terms of their performance and cutting ability.

The new set of knives that I wanted to show you is called the Companion Stainless Series. These knives are based on the excellent Clipper Series of knives, but they have some slight improvements that make the Companion series really a joy to use.

Going over the basics, the Companion knives feature a 4.2" blade made of Sandvik Stainless Steel. These knives have a Scandinavian Grind, which makes their edge very sharp and durable. The blade thickness is .10", which is a good all-around thickness for light to medium-duty cutting tasks. The grip length is 4.5", giving the knife a 8.7" overall length. Basically, the knife is a good size for most jobs you'd use a knife for, whether it be for whittling, firemaking or food preparation.

The sheath on the Companion holds
the knife more securely than the older Clipper Series.
Improvements over the Clipper Series include a newly textured grip. The grip on the Companion knives has a very comfortable rubber center section, with polymer ends. The grip contours to the hand well, making it very comfortable to use. I have used one for hours when out in the field and have no complaints about it.

Another improvement is in the sheath. The Clipper Series was known for the sheath not holding the blade very securely, since it only holds the blade in with friction. The Companion still only holds the blade with friction, but it's more secure. The sheath is made out of polymer with a drainage hold in the bottom. What I like most about it is its ease of attachment and removal to a belt. The belt clip isn't a complete loop, which allows you to hook it to your belt very quickly and easily. The image to the right illustrates this.

The belt clip on the Companion sheath makes
the sheath easy to attach and remove from your belt.
Probably the most striking improvement to the Companion Series is the amount of colors available. Until now, most Mora knives came in subdued colors such as blue, green or red. With the Companion Series, you get a choice of 5 different colors, to match your style. Functionally, having a brightly colored knife is a great idea, since you'll less likely to lose it if you ever set it down on the ground.

The Companion Series of knives is a great improvement over the Clipper Series. I am confident that if you try one, it'll become one of your favorite knives.

Do any of you guys have any experience with Mora knives, specifically the Companion/Clipper Series? Let me know in the comments below!