Amazon’s Morakniv/Mora knife promotions are always exciting, for one simple reason.
In a nutshell, Swedish-made Mora Knives/Morakniv Craftline fixed blade knives offer fantastic functionality and quality for the money. They’re practically a steal at regular pricing, and any discount makes them even better buys.
Basically, Mora makes great knives, and they sell them at almost unbelievably low pricing.
With this promo, they’re even more affordable.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and check out the reviews to see if I’m right.
I can’t find any information as to when this deal ends, but it does not look to be a flash sale or deal of the day.
There were slightly lower prices on these Mora Craftline knives last year when Amazon ran a similar short-term promo. I can’t tell if these sale prices are as low as they will go, which might be the case due to the product cost and shipping rate increases a lot of companies have been enduring.
But, any savings on Mora’s already excellent prices are worth noting.
The 8 knives that are on sale range in price from $8.66 to $12.74 with this promo.
These Craftline knives feature a 3.6″ fixed blade.
There are 3 varieties on Craftline knives on sale:
- Morakniv Craftline Basic
- Morakniv Craftline Pro S
- Morakniv Craftline Robust
The main differences between the Craftline Basic and Craftline Pro S knives featured in this promo is that the Pro S has a slightly taller blade, from edge to spine, and The Pro S also has a stainless steel blade. The Craftline Robust has an extra-thick blade (0.125″ vs 0.08″).
The Craftline Pro S (M-12242) was $10.89 last Christmas but the Robust Trade Knife is the same price now as it was last year.
The Robust knife blade is 1/8″ thick (0.125″) where the others are as thin as 0.08″. If you’re going to grind the spine so you can use a firestarter, keep that in mind.
A Mora knife was the first knife I bought that I didn’t sharpen before use. I mean, I’m not buying multi-hundred dollar knives, but I usually test the edge on the cheap knives I buy and know I can do better.
The Mora chisel blade knife I bought? No way. It was as good as I can do right out of the box.
Matt the Hoople
Also, the Pro S appears to be the only stainless blade with the rest being high carbon steel. Some folks may want to keep this in mind. I have both materials. The carbon steel is the quintessential famous “Swedish Steel” that takes an edge easily and holds it well. Yes it rusts but a light oiling fixes that. The stainless is OK as far as steels go. Not quite as nice as the carbon steel in my opinion but certainly lower maintenance from a corrosion standpoint.
I have carbon steel bladed Mora’s as my general purpose users (camping, hiking, shop) and keep a stainless one in the kitchen for use on food and a stainless serrated in the boat. For the price, I can’t complain about any of them. There are better knives out there for specific tasks but nowhere near this price for similar utility, durability and ergonomics. These are definitely a value leader.
Koko The Talking Ape
Good points all.
Another thing to consider is that Moras have a “scandi” grind, where the blade has a a rectangular cross section, except one side is beveled on both faces to form the edge. (In a pure scandi, there is no secondary bevel, but I think in practice they oven have one, just for faster sharpening.)
Scandi grinds are good in that you can sharpen them in the field just by holding a stone flat against the bevel and rubbing. The large bevel keeps the blade at the right angle to the stone. But sharpening takes longer, because you are removing metal along the entire width of the bevel (and that’s why people often add a secondary bevel, so you need only remove metal right at the edge.)
Scandi grinds are also very “bitey.” They will not skid along a surface. That’s what makes them so good for whittling, carving and bushcraft. (And these particular Moras are designed specifically for woodcraft, with straight symmetrical handles that are comfortable and secure no matter which way they’re held.) They are also strong, because the blade isn’t tapered or hollowed out, as in a taper or hollow-grind knife. It’s still mostly a rectangular bar of steel.
Scandi grinds are not so good for things like food prep, where the blade can get wedged in stiff vegetables and the like. Most food knives have a taper grind, where the blade gets thinner all the way from edge to spine, with a secondary bevel right at the edge.
Some people with lots of time on their hands will grind a taper into their Mora knives (and I guess they have to be careful not to melt the handle.) I’ve never seen a hollow-ground Mora, but I guess that’s possible too. I imagine you need a CNC machine for that.
So, they make excellent bushcraft and carving knives. For food prep, I’d get a thin stainless steel knife like a Victorinox cooking knife. Nowhere near as sturdy as a Mora, but for slicing onions, you don’t need that.
I got a Mora Companion a few years ago. It has a slightly cranked handle, so it’s meant more for bushcraft than for carving. To be honest I don’t do much bush work. But it’s nice to have a beautiful tool for an incredible bargain.
Great knives! I carry one of the stainless serrated Moras at work every day and it cuts miles of plastic, dirty rope and plywood shimstock around the shipyard. This is definitely a hard use/abuse knife, but it stands up remarkably well. I can’t imagine better value in a knife. Sure there are much better knives, but not for anywhere near the price of a Mora. I sharpen mine with a basic carbide pull through sharpener whenever I think of it and it just keeps on going. Maybe every other year I just get another one and if it does get lost, broken, dropped of the dock I’m out less than $20. Not sure how they can sell them so cheap (and not made in China!!), but I’m glad they do.