Mora’s Newest Knife – The Heavy Duty “Carbon Black” Bushcraft Knife With Tri-Bond Coating
The Heavy Duty Bushcraft “Carbon Black” Knife Review:
Where to begin? Many of you who have followed my blog over the past year or so may know that I am a big fan of Mora Knives. In general terms I think the Mora Knife Company typically provides a high quality product a very reasonable prices. Mora Knife began selling its newest bushcraft knife in late summer of 2012 and I think it is one of their best knives yet! Keep reading to find out why.
First impressions straight out of the package were that the Mora Carbon Black Bushcraft Knife was heavier than I expected. The handle was thicker and more substantial than the Mora Companion MG and the blade was a bit longer and about twice as thick. Take a look at the picture below to see the difference in the two knives.
The handle material is the same, but the Mora Carbon Black handle is a bit longer, wider and has a deeper more pronounced finger groove. It feels very comfortable in the hand.
To begin the review on the Mora Carbon Black Bushcraft Knife I sliced up and drilled into some green bamboo. The blade is super sharp right out of the package in typical Mora fashion. As you can see it made quick work of this bamboo. The point of the knife is also very substantial, yet plenty sharp enough to drill holes and dig into the material to twist split the wood.
I wanted to give the Mora Carbon Black Bushcraft Knife a good test, so I found some hard oak branches and a 4.5 inch oak log. As you can see below I split into the log and twist split and carved some feather sticks out of the branches. I also split the oak wood down into kindling sized pieces and shaved off a few curls and feather sticks from them as well. The Mora Carbon Black Knife did wonderfully even when testing it on super hardwood like this knotty old oak. Pine, fir, cedar and other softwoods will be no problem for this knife.
Mora Heavy Duty Bushcraft “Carbon Black” Knife Specifications:
Overall Length: 9 1/4″
Blade length: 4 1/4″
Blade Material: Carbon Steel
Blade Coating: Black Tri-Bond Coating (Looks like glossy gun metal blueing to me)
Blade Thickness: 1/8″
Blade Width: 15/16″
Handle Width: 1 1/4″
Handle Length: 5″
Knife Sheath: Similar design to the Mora Companion, made of tough plastic and comes with two different types of belt clips.
Drawbacks of the Mora Carbon Black Bushcraft Knife:
There are only a couple of things that kept the knife from being a 10 out of 10 stars. First, is color. While I love the all black color, only time will tell how well the coating lasts and as you can see in the picture below, it will be fairly easy to loose if you don’t keep track of it. Second is blade length. The blade is long enough to handle many, if not all reasonable bushcraft tasks. But if it had an extra inch on the blade I feel like it would still be super sturdy as it is now and would enable a little more room for splitting wood. Lastly, while the blade was Super sharp, the edge on the knife isn’t a “true” Scandinavian grind. Well at least the knife I got wasn’t. It had a very fine micro bevel on the edge. This really isn’t a big deal to me as I believe they probably have to do that because of the coating, and it will be easy enough to correct the first time I have to sharpen it. All of these things are very minor.
Overall Impressions of the Mora Heavy Duty “Carbon Black” Bushcraft Knife
The knife is awesome. I really like it and am very comfortable saying that this knife will be able to take whatever you throw its way. I was previously a big fan of the Mora Companion MG, but the Carbon Black blows it out of the water. I give this knife a 9 out of 10 stars. It performed very well in all of my “backyard” tests and I will be following up with plenty of testing in the woods very soon. I plan on doing a video review of the knife in action as well, so keep an eye out for that too. I have seen the price of the Mora Heavy Duty Carbon Black range from $39.00 to about $50.00 which is probably priced about right. It is more expensive than the Mora Companion, but you are getting a much more substantial knife. Overall, I think this knife will make a great additional to your Survival, Bushcraft or Prepping gear and it is money well spent especially for the hardcore woodsman who spend a lot of time in the woods.
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