As a knife and outdoor enthusiast, I am constantly on the lookout for interesting, quality products that suit both passions.
The Swedish FireKnife is a collaboration between the companies Light My Fire and Mora in Sweden, which makes it an interesting item for me.
The blade is made from Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel. It is 3.75 inches long and 1/16 of an inch thick along the spine. The overall knife is 8.5 inches long and weighs slightly more than three ounces.
The knife features a modified “Scandi” blade grind with a taper near the tip along the belly. This kind of grind is excellent for bush-crafting and fire-making tasks, adequate for processing game, and simple to maintain.
The blade edge was shaving sharp out of the box.
Due to the relative thinness of the blade spine, it will flex side to side a little when woodworking.
Although I would not recommend batoning through thick wood with such a thin blade spine, the knife did test well when splitting off portions of average-sized wood logs often found at campgrounds.
The blade spine is ground into a sharp right angle for scraping fire steel and wood shavings.
The handle is made from rubber. With the fire steel in place, the handle felt comfortable in my large hands. The partial tang of the blade extends about half way into the handle.
A portion of the handle has been dedicated to a fire steel module.
The fire steel detaches from the handle with a twist.
The fire steel reliably sparks when scraped across the knife spine. It works for thousands of strikes in all altitude and weather conditions.
Striking sparks is a matter of placing the spine of the blade at a 45-degree angle and dragging it along the fire steel with hard and slow pressure.
The sparks may be used to light tinder or an outdoor gas stove with care and a bit of practice.
Any carbon discoloration on the blade from scraping the fire steel is easy to wipe off.
The Swedish FireKnife comes with a simple plastic sheath. The sheath has a drainage hole, effective belt clip, and excellent knife retention. The knife comes in various colours. I chose bright orange because of its visibility.
The Swedish FireKnife is a great tool for the price.
Kim Quintin is a Saskatoon outdoor enthusiast and knife maker. He can be reached for column suggestions at email@example.com or 306-665-9687.