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jjxj
10-04-2011, 11:01 AM
Ok after hearing all the good things about Mora knives I decided I want to add one to my collection. Problem is....which one do I want? I looked on Ragnar's site and there are so many! Just looking for a good all around outdoor/cook/camp type knife. Really like the plastic handle ones. And it looks like any can be had for less than $25 with shipping. Can anyone help? Lol

arcarius
10-04-2011, 11:06 AM
I would say the 840 MG. I use mine for just about everything.

joe305
10-04-2011, 11:07 AM
I like the Mora #1 or #2....they have a permanent place in by BackPack
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Adam
10-04-2011, 11:08 AM
I would say the 840 MG. I use mine for just about everything.

Yes sir! Use mine all the time.

Chert
10-04-2011, 11:10 AM
I would say the 840 MG. I use mine for just about everything.

Bingo, this is my go-to user until my custom blade is finished. I have a Mora #1, which is also a good choice, but the Clipper is perfect for a first Mora.

TopherBean
10-04-2011, 11:19 AM
I use the Bushcraft Triflex and really enjoy it. It's the only Mora that I have owned so I do not have anything to compare it to.

beacon
10-04-2011, 11:23 AM
I use the Bushcraft Triflex and really enjoy it. It's the only Mora that I have owned so I do not have anything to compare it to.

I'll second that.

r34ryan
10-04-2011, 11:28 AM
I wish I could say I use one mora more than another but truth be told....I use them all! Every mora I have gets daily use either as an edc knife or in the kitchen, I keep one on my desk for general cutting chores and I use one for whittling sticks on the patio. You cant go wrong with a clipper or any of the models that followed (I believe the highQ or w/e and craftline series?) and the classics are nice though the #1 is a tad small for me and the #2 broke the tip off but my 612 would be my favorite if I had to pick one of the wood handled and the bushcraft triflex if I had to pick a plastic version. Beware...once you buy one you'll keep buying more!

dogstar
10-04-2011, 11:36 AM
Are you thinking carbon or stainless steel?

BighornBob
10-04-2011, 01:24 PM
Just a tip, the Mora 840 MG can be had for under $14 on Amazon...

dwightp
10-04-2011, 01:26 PM
yeah, another vote for the 840mg (Clipper).........you cannot go wrong with this knife.

Old Wolf
10-04-2011, 01:42 PM
The Mora 840 can be had at Bushcraft Outfitters for under $10

Pantucci
10-04-2011, 01:44 PM
The 840 MG was my first, and I loved it. The Triflex is also excellent-- a little beefier.

mikeglock2010
10-04-2011, 02:13 PM
It doesn't matter which one you buy first, in time, you will be buying more Mora's so, it really doesn't matter. :)

PaulK
10-04-2011, 02:22 PM
Get the Clipper. One in carbon steel and one in stainless.

desertp1
10-04-2011, 03:29 PM
the 511, or stainless equivelant. it is my preffered mora. i like it better than the companion and 780.

556mp
10-04-2011, 03:39 PM
I like the Mora #1 or #2....they have a permanent place in by BackPack
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I use my #1 for carving and as a second knife. And I also like the blade size of the #2

Taliesin
10-04-2011, 04:52 PM
Mora's are so cheap, why not buy two of them. Ragnar won't charge you anymore shipping. I'd go for the No.1 and the 511 or 840MG or another model that floats your boat! But you should get the No. 1!

Kevinthewise
10-04-2011, 05:03 PM
+1 on the Clipper, apparently they are now calling the new version of the Clipper the Companion the only difference i see is that the handle has changed but besides that i see no difference.


Oh and I get mine from http://www.Bensbackwoods.com

WestrnBushcrft
10-04-2011, 05:06 PM
Fallkniven F1

12G Slug
10-04-2011, 05:19 PM
840 mg

Chinook
10-04-2011, 05:24 PM
I like the original Moras best of all-- you really can't beat the #1. It's the knife I use the most around the house (aside from kitchen knives).

Of the plastic handled Moras, I only have a few models and like the stainless 711 best. Cushioned handle, light, super sharp, and a pretty thick, tough blade. I carry one fishing.

Dirtymike
10-04-2011, 05:51 PM
I like the champanion F. Mainly cause it it bright orange and easy to find. Also perfect for my kayak adventures being it is stainless. Never thought I would like a stainless but the edge is amazing.

jjxj
10-04-2011, 07:15 PM
Wow! I didn't think i'd get this many responses so quick. I wanted to ask if people prefer the SS or HC? And I only searched quick as to where to get them that's how I found Ragnar's. Prices seem cheap and doesn't kill you on shipping.

Kevinthewise
10-04-2011, 07:31 PM
I would Say HC for easy sharpening, and the SS for a go anywhere stainless.

mainewoods
10-04-2011, 07:43 PM
I would Go with The #1 on The 840 mg., Both Good Knives.

Uhmerikun
10-04-2011, 07:47 PM
http://www.knifecenter.com/item/FT11835/mora-frost-of-sweden-bushcraft-survival

This one's a pretty handy package if you ask me.

Taliesin
10-04-2011, 09:19 PM
No, Mora mucked up that package! The beauty of a Mora is it's a quality knife that is inexpensive. They tried to gimmick it up and put way too high a price on the Bushcraft Survival.

Swede6.5x55
10-04-2011, 09:42 PM
I bought me the Clipper i believe. Good knive, any one you choose, you'll be happy wiv it.

Sparky93
10-04-2011, 09:58 PM
I just got my first mora a few days ago, mine is a #2/0. The reason I chose it is due to that it has a three inch blade and the rules on campus are the blade can not be longer than the width of your hand. I've only had it for a few days, but so far I love it. Mine was $10 plus shipping, here is a good site you can get them cheap http://safezonellc.com/mora.html

WillH42
10-04-2011, 10:26 PM
I use the Bushcraft Triflex and really enjoy it. It's the only Mora that I have owned so I do not have anything to compare it to.

I like my Triflex, used it for everything from cleaning fish to cutting my steak.

redneck17
10-04-2011, 11:04 PM
my vote is for the MG clipper. very good all around knife.

barnes3126
10-05-2011, 12:46 AM
Yep, Clipper, MG 840, carbon for wood, stainless for food.

wildernessnerd
10-05-2011, 01:57 AM
I use the Bushcraft Triflex and really enjoy it. It's the only Mora that I have owned so I do not have anything to compare it to.

Thumbs up on the triflex. I love mine

jjxj
10-05-2011, 11:23 AM
Well bit the bullet and ordered a 860 MG today. Really like the black and green handle and green sheath. Oh and in stainless. Hope it gets here by the weekend! :)

jkfisher84
10-05-2011, 12:38 PM
Just got my mora clipper in the mail yesterday and cant believe how sharp it is,wow. I have a feeling im gonna enjoy it. Now im just pondering sheath mod ideas!

coloradowildman
10-05-2011, 07:06 PM
I own both the carbon and stainless clipper, and as time goes on I lean more towards the stainless version. I did some edge retention tests with both on cardboard and the stainless actually did slightly better for some reason. I can also get the stainless Clipper just a little sharper. I own a total of three carbon Clippers, and none will get as sharp as that Sandvik stainless Clipper:) The stainless is also easier to maintain and is slightly longer, which is handy for batoning if needed.

The Clipper along with a hatchet and\or folding saw makes an excellent combo.

Chert
10-05-2011, 07:11 PM
Just got my mora clipper in the mail yesterday and cant believe how sharp it is,wow. I have a feeling im gonna enjoy it. Now im just pondering sheath mod ideas!

I had ranger bands on mine with a small ferro rod and some hooks in it. Since then though I upgraded to a JRE sheath for it, which I like much better.

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr206/dbyeayea/Bushcraft%20gear/DSCN1608.jpg

jkfisher84
10-05-2011, 09:58 PM
Sorry if this sounds silly but whats a JRE sheath?

T Co
10-05-2011, 10:06 PM
http://www.jreindustries.com/Mora.htm

Kevinthewise
10-05-2011, 10:07 PM
Sorry if this sounds silly but whats a JRE sheath?

JRE Industries make custom sheaths for a tons of knives some they have in stock like the Mora's and you can request a sheath be made and they will gladly make a sheath for your knife. They also sell some knives and strops.

Here is there web site http://www.jreindustries.com/index.htm

jjxj
10-07-2011, 03:59 PM
It came today! :) wow, this thing is razor sharp out of the package! I'm very impressed with the knife itself but not overly impressed with the sheath but hey what do you expect for $13? Can't wait to put it through it's paces this weekend. thanks everybody for the generous input!

nemoaz
10-07-2011, 07:45 PM
Call Ben at Ben's Backwoods and talk to him.

Ooops. Posted before seeing the last page.

Next: learn how to sharpen it. Out of the box, it isn't even close to being as sharp as it can be.

Taliesin
10-07-2011, 09:05 PM
It came today! :) wow, this thing is razor sharp out of the package! I'm very impressed with the knife itself but not overly impressed with the sheath but hey what do you expect for $13? Can't wait to put it through it's paces this weekend. thanks everybody for the generous input!

Congrats on your new Mora! Careful, they multiply like rabbits! The one draw back of the Mora is the sheath, though I like the one that came with my No. 1. But I made it into a necker. The "belt loop" is hardly big enough to thread some 550 through. I couldn't imagine using it with a belt. I read somewhere that it was actually made for a button that was sewn on the pants. The one the came with my son's 511 (courtesy of jontok) is much better and usable. The jontok Rescue Custom 511 I have didn't come with a sheath do I made one for it. I love that little knife and use it a lot for crafts and projects.

I have a discontinued 780 triflex that I use a lot in the kitchen. I use it, wash it and then hide it, so no one else can use it. They always want to know where the "sharp" knife is. I find it a fun game to play! :D

TheNihilist
10-08-2011, 01:56 AM
Is it a clipper or a companion?

They are almost exactly the same knife except the companion has a 3/4 lengh tang compared to the clippers 1/4.

Even still you'd have to do something really silly to break it.

jjxj
10-08-2011, 06:10 AM
Learn how to sharpen it? Is there a special trick to it? And the little sticker that was on the sheath said Clipper 860MG.

bypassoverload
10-08-2011, 06:13 AM
840mg=carbon steel. 860mg=stainless.
Great knife all around. You will not be sorry

Joezilla
10-10-2011, 09:31 PM
That new craftline knife is pretty nice. Its a little bit thicker, and works well for everything

timf
10-11-2011, 05:22 AM
i have the 840 and 850 mg companion knives Hc and stiamless about 20 bucks for the piar love em get both!

Pict
10-11-2011, 07:04 AM
Don't sweat the decision. It's like looking into the bag and selecting the first potato chip.

wgiles
10-11-2011, 07:18 AM
Learn how to sharpen it? Is there a special trick to it? And the little sticker that was on the sheath said Clipper 860MG.
As far as sharpening, google "ray mears sharpening a knife at camp" for a youtube video. It's not the only way, but it's a good way and a good video. He uses Japanese water stones, but you can also use 600 and 1000 grit wet or dry sandpaper on a piece of plate glass. For stropping, get some Porter-Cable green polishing compound at Lowe's. My strop is a 2" X 18" piece of thick leather glued to a strip of birch plywood. Rub some compound into the leather and then strop to polish the blade. Sharpen and strop slowly and carefully. It only takes one wrong move to ruin the edge. The factory edges look and feel sharp, but they haven't reached their full potential.

The 860MG is a stainless blade, the 840MG is carbon steel. It's still a good knife.

Lichen
10-11-2011, 10:45 AM
Thanks to this thread, I received my first Mora in the mail yesterday also. It's the 840 MG. I can hardly beleive that you can buy such a nice knife for such a cheap price. I'll be buying more real soon. Oh, and I agree, the sheath sucks big time.

wgiles
10-12-2011, 07:53 PM
I don't really understand why so many people don't like the plastic Mora sheaths. They do the things that they need to. They protect the blade and they protect you from the blade. I've never had a problem with the knife falling out of the sheath. Being plastic, they don't mildew or rot. They are especially good for fishermen, who are around water all of the time. I like good leather sheaths, particularly the Finnish puukko style, but I have never felt the need to replace my Mora sheaths. My biggest gripe with some of them is the belt loop. Since I seldom wear mine on my belt, that hasn't been a big issue.

Taliesin
10-12-2011, 09:03 PM
I think the biggest grip about them is they don't fit well on a belt, which is the way we Americans like to carry our knives. Once I put a necklace chain on the sheath of my Mora No. 1, I started loving the sheath. The sheath that came with my 780, I never learned to love. Lost it later on. It just wasn't very functional. Now the sheath that came with my son's 511 (thank you jontok!) is decent.

wgiles
10-14-2011, 01:34 PM
It wouldn't be difficult to cut the belt loop off the top of the sheath and rivet a swiveling belt loop on. I have made a number of pouches and belts out of old rubber belting that is fabric reinforced. It would make a good belt loop. Rubber belting works pretty much the same as leather, but it is moisture proof.

Lichen
10-20-2011, 10:57 AM
I received my JRE sheath from Bensbackwood and it is very nice and it fits "American" type belts fine.
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=263&pictureid=3103

http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=263&pictureid=3102

earthtrekker1775
11-09-2011, 12:57 PM
I will be calling Ragweed Forge today or tomorrow to order my first Mora(s). I am leaning toward the Bushcraft Force for most woods tasks and the #546 for cleaning/skinning game. I am really looking forward to trying these knives out after hearing and reading so many positive reviews on them.

_Plainsman
11-09-2011, 12:59 PM
The triflex bushcraft is my fav but I would recommend the 840 mg clipper for your first Mora.

earthtrekker1775
11-09-2011, 01:07 PM
The triflex bushcraft is my fav but I would recommend the 840 mg clipper for your first Mora.

Just out of curiosity, any particular reason you suggest the MG840? I am only new to Mora as a brand, not knives and their uses if that played a part in the suggestion. I would like to know if there is something about the MG 840 that sets it apart. Thanks.

Flag_Mtn_Hkrs
11-09-2011, 02:51 PM
I like the Mora #1 or #2....they have a permanent place in by BackPack
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I second either one of these. Basics is all one needs.

BDDwoods
11-09-2011, 06:52 PM
I like the 711 carbon steel, it's good for larger hands

1773
11-11-2011, 12:14 AM
Who came up with the rule on campus that the blade can't be wider than you hand, A lady I work with probably couldn't carry a small SAK and one of the men I work with could probably get by with a KaBar. You would think at a school they would have a ruler so they could just say it can't be longer than so many inches. I know this is off topic but that just struck me as a strange way to make a rule. By the way I haven't found a Mora that I don't like and I have several scattered around different packs, vehicles, toolboxes etc. I am sure you will enjoy which ever you choose.