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.


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