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My Mora's -

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My first Mora : Late 70s Carbon
Given to me by my aunt visiting from Sweden . ( So over 40 years ago )
This knife has always had a micro bevel , since it was EASY . ( I re sharpened it that way )
A few passes with a carbon "Ceramic" rod and it's sharp again . ( Field maintenance )

When I went bush , there was always a Mora in my Bum Bag ! In fact I was a 3 knife guy ..
Sheith / Belt knife + Mora in the bum bag + a pocket knife ..

Anyways , I was wondering what sort of edge life the micro bevel returns .
Somewhere between 100 and 150 slices the sharp vanished .
That's not so bad considering a few passes with a Ceramic rod restored the edge . ( It worked for me for decades )

Next : My 80s Frost Mora brought to me by my uncle from Sweden , this be Stainless steel and replaced the 70's Mora in the bum bag for the next 30 years .
 
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My Frost Mora Stainless from the 80's , this knife was brought over by my uncle .
This knife replaced my 70's Mora in the bum bag for the next 30 years or so .
It has only ever been sharpened by the Ceramic Rod , nothing else has touched the edge in regards to sharpening .
Result was a close 100 slice fail .
After I was very easily able to strop the edge back ( pure leather ) ..
No wonder it only took one or two passes of ceramic rod to get it sharp again .
Easy field maintenance is why this knife was a must have in the bush .

Next ? Do I jump to the Robust ..
 

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My Mora Knives ..
Top row / 70's - 80's and 90's
Bottom row is the more recent purchases .
Bahco is made by Mora ( so it's a Mora ) and can be purchased locally for $25 bananas .. ( looked a few days ago )
Mora's are not cheap in Oz , if you live in Europe / USA .. Yeah , burger money !
I have seen the basic go for $9 USD in the US . That's cheap ...
My basic was $25 Oz bananas , or around $18 USD , making it double the lowest US price ( Lowest Oz VS Lowest US ) .
In Europe , it is a budget knife .
The idea off paying nearly $200 Oz for a Mora Garberg , is mentally challenging .
I mean , what do you get for $200 that kicks say a $35 Robust to the curb ? ( Aside from a full tang - a very expensive tang )
Do you get premium steel ?

So I have sort of established that the micro bevel costs performance , which is offset by convenience ( easy edge maintenance )
My 546 Basic did a 250 fail with a rolled edge .. ( Scandi )
So next I might try the Robust .. Out of the 9 Mora's I own , I have only used 4 off them .
The 70's , the 80's and the 546 and Robust ( last two to slice rope ) . I can't remember if I used one of the 90's Mora's ( Might have ) .

Anyways , a picture of all my Mora's !
 

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My Mora Knives ..
Top row / 70's - 80's and 90's
Bottom row is the more recent purchases .
Bahco is made by Mora ( so it's a Mora ) and can be purchased locally for $25 bananas .. ( looked a few days ago )
Mora's are not cheap in Oz , if you live in Europe / USA .. Yeah , burger money !
I have seen the basic go for $9 USD in the US . That's cheap ...
My basic was $25 Oz bananas , or around $18 USD , making it double the lowest US price ( Lowest Oz VS Lowest US ) .
In Europe , it is a budget knife .
The idea off paying nearly $200 Oz for a Mora Garberg , is mentally challenging .
I mean , what do you get for $200 that kicks say a $35 Robust to the curb ? ( Aside from a full tang - a very expensive tang )
Do you get premium steel ?

So I have sort of established that the micro bevel costs performance , which is offset by convenience ( easy edge maintenance )
My 546 Basic did a 250 fail with a rolled edge .. ( Scandi )
So next I might try the Robust .. Out of the 9 Mora's I own , I have only used 4 off them .
The 70's , the 80's and the 546 and Robust ( last two to slice rope ) . I can't remember if I used one of the 90's Mora's ( Might have ) .

Anyways , a picture of all my Mora's !
There is a lot of knives like that here price wise that are renowned as budget priced knives elsewhere , we get them here and are asked to pay a lot more for .

like old hickory’s and glock field knives also for example .

the only mora I have is like the little blue one in the pic , a guy from Sweden brought with him to sell in Aus which was I thought a great idea ,
paid very little for it less than 15$ then .

I see one in your pic is labeled as a bahco , the hardware here has the little orange bahco knives for somewhere around 15 .
Plus prices rising at the moment .
I never understood how the Garbergs could be so expensive when they look the same to me .
 

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The price of the Bushcraft Moras ? Wow ......
The Bahco I was looking at is the little Orange one $25 shipped to your door ( Perth seller ) , and the green one is $26 to your door .
If you want to , you can pay over $50 bananas for that knife . ( Same knife )
Some times , it's cheaper to pay the postage from OS .

The situation changes day to day . And it really pays to keep your eye on Feebay .
When you see what you want going for a decent price - just buy it ! ( Don't wait ) Otherwise you may have to wait and never see a good price again .
Especially in this current global situation .

Garberg has a full tang , but if mem serves is the same steel as the regular Mora knives ..
So apparently a much better beater knife , but I just don't see the value .
People are prepared to pay ? And when the market says enough is enough , the price may come down or Mora stops making Garbergs making them a collectors item and increasing the value of the knives in the warehouse . Personally , I see the value of the Garberg more in the region of Sub $100 bananas . @ over $100 by a huge margin , the Garberg just carries too much FAT . ( Fat price ) In that price region I already want to see much better steel .
 

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With everything going on yes I’d expect a bit of price rise , I bought a Svord trapper knife and sheath which is swedish tool steel (knife was made in new zealand)in April last year for 56.99$ , now on the same site eBay , the cheapest one is probably around 130$ last time I looked .

so yeah buy at today’s prices for tomorrow , even if it’s more expensive already .
 
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My bushcrafted Mora Robust Carbon :

Probably my favourite Mora because of the extra heft of the blade .
Most of my Mora have some blade flex under load , not the Robust .
The Robust is what the Mora should have been all along . ( More Robust ) or ( Mora Robust )

Anyways , the edge was very carefully sharpened . Perhaps too fine ?
In the video when I take some hair off my arm , the knife actually cut my skin . Sharp ( Maybe scalpel sharp )
When the edge rolled ( almost right away ) I felt it when cutting the rope .
THe first 20 slices were like a laser scalpel thru the rope , then suddenly I lost some cutting power .
That would have been the edge rolling .
Making the Robust that sharp , means a very fine edge . And fine edges dont do hard work well .
But still , it was crazy sharp .

When I came inside I stropped the edge back with no issue .
Should be a stronger edge now .
By 200 slices the edge had rolled enough not to pass through the edge of the paper , still sliced well , butt !!
I call a 200 fail cos of the edge roll .

Oh , and I forgot .. The ferrite rod is in the holder so tight , I need the tip of the knife to peel it out .
So the ferrite rod should not go anywhere .
 

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I hit the factory edge with a EZE-LAP DIamond sharpener ( Fine )
Then with a Stone ( + oil ) and I still haven't raised a bur ..
The edge does look a little beveled / rounded from the factory .
It's sharp , really sharp . So I will hit the rope with this one next .
Re sharpen it , and hit the rope again after raising a bur .
Should be interesting .
 

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I have a old Frost's Mora, red plastic handle, metal guard, stainless steel, marked 4094. Not sure what era but is a great little knife. Looks a bit like the current scout model. I was lucky in picking it up cheaply at a garage sale. Still need to put a proper edge on it but trying to find the time isn't always easy.
 

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90's Mora put to the rope :

Like I mentioned , there was a micro Factory bevel on the knife .
Slicing rope , the knife began to feel the paper @ 100 slices and did a comprehensive fail at 150 .
So is there a theme developing for a micro bevel ?

Knife is being re sharpened till a bur develops .
 

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Re sharpened with 1500 / 2000 oxide
& then 4000 grit stone till a bur detected .

Looks like one side could use more work ..
 

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Right 0 ...
Lets slice some rope after sharpening to a bur .
Result is a 300 Fail .. The edge did roll .
So what can we conclude ( possibly ) from all this rope slicing ?

A) Micro bevel COST's edge holding , but maybe gives you easy maintenance ( Trade off )
B) A true scandi edge looks to roll
C) The steel is not the hardest
D) It is a budget knife , with budget steel .
E) Once does buy a certain level of performance that looks to be consistent .
F) It can be made crazy sharp ( Scandi )

So where do we go from here ?

( Fin )
 
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