There’s no denying that the Mora knife line is wildly popular. The price of their basic knives makes them an attractive choice in a market that is literally flooded with options. TV survivalists, popular blogs and chat forums give the Mora knife a ton of exposure.
I’ve had Moras in the past, they’re a great knife but not that great so I tried to select the basic features that Mora buyers must be looking for and came up with a short list:
- Blade length ranging from 3″ to 4″
- Grip: Thermoplastic, ergonomic
- Price..Mora knives range from $12 for a basic all the way up to around $50 for their top shelf version with the above two attributes.
Steel type, blade thickness and grind style were left off the list because those are features that will just lead to a debate based on personal preference.
Country of origin can be a deciding factor for some buyers. Moras are made in Sweden. My preference is to buy American when a quality knife is offered at a similar price to an imported knife. You may or may not have your own personal preference where a knife is manufactured but I did include that information below.
Here is a list of 4 knives that fit the short list above and that are in current production. The links will take you directly to the Amazon page for each knife.
Made in the USA, this knife can be bought new for less than $40. Comfortable handle, great 4″ drop point blade and decent belt sheath. This knife has been a popular utility/skinning knife for decades.
Here’s another knife made in the USA by Buck. It has a 420HC 3.25″ drop point blade, comfortable grip and a price tag under $20.
Here’s a Cold Steel knife with a 3.5″ blade and a sheath very similar to the Mora. Made in Taiwan and costs less than $20!
SOG’s Field Knife sports a 4″ blade and an exposed pommel..this is the only knife out of the bunch to have that useful feature. The molded hard sheath is a cool feature for those that prefer the tactical style. SOG states that this knife is imported from China. This knife runs about $25 but can often be found for less than $20 (the Amazon price is little high today, 1/15/18)
We use three of the above 4 knives. I can honestly recommend them over a Mora for EDC, skinning or general use. The SOG Field Knife is the only knife of the four that we don’t have. One is on the way and a review will be posted as soon as time permits.