Swedish knife shows excellent performance, value

The Morakniv Companion is a series of outdoor knife models manufactured in Sweden by Mora.

Our Companion MG test model was 8.6 inches long with a four inch blade, weighed less than a quarter of pound and came in either UHB-20C carbon or Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel.

The Companion series design comes from a long history of bush craft and lumberjacking in the Swedish back country, coupled with the use of modern materials.

Mora produces a variety of Companion models, including serrated blades and blunted safety tips for rescue situations.

The ergonomics of the rubber handle are comfortable and excellent, even when wet. The careful geometry of the handle and blade shape makes the tool feel like a natural extension of the owner’s thoughts. The Companion also has a tapered tang hidden inside the handle.

The unattractive but functional plastic sheath holds the knife securely, has a drain hole and is easy to clean. It is easy to be put off by the cheap appearance of the plastic sheath. Mora has tried to dress up the inexpensive material, but there is only so much it can do.

Like other knives from that part of the world, Mora uses a Scandi grind on the Companion series, which is a single flat grind angled out from the cutting edge. It creates an edge that is one of the easiest to maintain and re-sharpen, even with sharpening stones.

This style of edge tends to create blade friction when cutting through soft, thick material.

It took awhile to get used to the feel of the Scandi grind. The edge cut cleanly and easily when working with thin material or woodcarving. The blade felt broad when cutting through meat, which is simply a result of the short edge bevel. It took a considerable number of cutting tasks to dull the edge, while re-sharpening was short and simple.

The Companion MG is an excellent choice for people who also bring a larger full tang knife, hatchet or even an axe for harder tasks when spending time outdoors. The knife is lightweight, easy to maintain in the field and can handle all light and medium duty tasks.

The Morakniv Companion is an inexpensive knife for the tasks it can tackle. One could buy and abuse many of these tools over years for the same cost of the more expensive outdoors knives. For the money, you cannot go wrong with trying one.

Kim Quintin is a Saskatoon outdoor enthusiast and knife maker. He can be reached for column content suggestions at kim.quintin@producer.com.