Mora’s are definitely one of the most popular knives in the bushcraft and survival scene – and for good reason. The most important reason, for anyone, is the cost. Every model that they offer is super affordable. They’re also insanely tough, even though they’re not a full tang knife. They even feature some of the best high carbon steel that you could ask for. So we’re going to go over my favorite model they offer to date. This is my Mora Bushcraft Black review.
Quick Company History
Mora’s history started in 1891 when Frost-Erik Ersson returned to his home in Sweden, after a 4-year stint as a lumberjack here in the States. He started a company that primarily made sleds and carriages for transport, and they eventually started making knives to use in their workshop. In 1912, KJ Eriksson and Lok-Anders Mattsson founded the knife factory, Eriksson & Mattssons Knivfabrik, which would eventually become KJ Eriksson AB. In 2005 KJ Eriksson AB acquired Frosts Knivfabrik, and the company changed its name to Mora of Sweden AB.
Specs of the Mora Bushcraft Black
Blade Length: 4.3″
Blade Thickness: 1/8″
Overall Length: 9.1″
Blade Material: High Carbon Steel (59-60 RHC)
Blade Finish: Black Tungsten DLC Anti-Corrosive Coating
Handle: Black Rubberized
Sheath: Molded Plastic
Weight: 5.7 oz
Mora Bushcraft Black Review
Quality Steel: The High Carbon Steel that Mora uses is absolutely incredible. It’s heat-treated to a Rockwell hardness of 59-60, so it’s incredibly durable – and takes an insanely sharp edge. I don’t know what it is about Mora’s, but it seems like I can get them sharper than any other knife I’ve owned.
Great 90* Sprine: The Bushcraft Black has a perfect 90* spine out of the box. What used to be the 2nd biggest con of a Mora was rectified with the BushCraft Black. This thing SHOWERS sparks from a ferro rod and works great with flint, as well.
Comfortable Handles: The rubberized handles on the Bushcraft Black are amazing. They’re very ergonomic, safe, and they feel great. I can’t say anything bad about them – the knife just feels great in the hand.
Perfect Scandi Grind: Honestly, the grind on my Bushcraft Black was perfect out of the box. I’m a bit of a grind Nazi when it comes to inexpensive knives, but this thing didn’t need any work. Very functional and very sharp.
Partial Tang: The biggest con of a Mora, is the fact that they aren’t full tang. I’ve never personally broken a Mora (and I’ve owned at least a dozen of them) but I know people who have. I know I’m a big advocate of full tang knives, but I’ve beat the shit out of this thing and it keeps on ticking. Still though, it could eventually fail me – so it’s a con. On the bright side, Mora recently announced their solution to this problem with the Garberg, which is the first full-tang Mora ever!
Blade Length: It’s not a big deal, especially if you carry a saw or an axe, but I wish the blade was a little longer on traditional Mora designs. I know Dave Canterbury helped design the Pathfinder series which has a 6.75″ blade, so I may try one eventually.
The Bushcraft Black is just a peach of a knife. Sure, I would feel better about having a full tang (Can’t wait for their Garberg) but it’s honestly not that big of a deal. To this day, I’ve never had a Mora let me down. The steel is great and it takes a super sharp edge. They also have the best wood carving performance of any fixed blade knife I’ve owned, hands down. Do yourself a favor and order one – you’re not going to regret it.
If you’re looking for other bushcraft knife options, check out my Best Bushcraft Knives article. It’s a list with 14 of the best bushcraft knives available for any budget.