Mora Robust review.

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  1. Woods Walker

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    Mora Robust review.

    Here is a short review of the new Mora Robust knife. I picked this up for 15 dollars plus 3 for shipping. Unlike most Mora knives the blade is .125 or 1/8 inch thick. Handle is larger than the Clipper/Companion/High/Top Q knives. For me the larger handle is welcome however never felt the Clipper was uncomfortable. The knife’s blade is around 4-inches in length. The tang is the same as the newer Companions or Top/High Q knives. The newer tang goes deeper into the handle but is thinner if memory is correct. Never did have a problem with the Clipper’s tang but guessing the newer one is better.

    Here is a short video.

    [video=youtube;VbsCq03j8fg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbsCq03j8fg[/video]


    The steel is 1095 and if treated right I really like it. Nothing fancy, just a good steel that gets the job done. Mora changed the inlay to a gold like lettering.


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    The handle feels like a champ in my larger hands.

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    As stated the spine is thicker than the typical Mora.

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    Lets compare the blade thickness of the following Mora knives. From left to right. The High Q is .079, #2 is .098 and Robust is .125. All of these knives are winners in my book. The conventional wisdom states the thinner scandi should cut easier. They all seemed to cut through wood very well. Time will tell if I find a preference in this regard. I do think the thicker knife would be better for heavier work like batoning but have done this with the thinner Mora blades as well.

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    Just messing around to see how it cuts.

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    Conclusion.

    So far I like this knife. For the money like most every Mora I own it’s a good value. Over time I gravitate to just a few knives for actual use and this determines what is liked more so than initial impressions. For now being the newest kid on the block it has my attention.

    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. Branm008

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    Great review brother. The Robust looks like a good sturdy addition to the Mora line.

    I am stilling using my #1 faithfully, although it may move on to be gifted to a member here, may have to grab a robust in its place.

    -Brandon
     
  3. Easy_rider75

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    Just got a robust picking it up tomorrow looking forward to playin with it thanks for the review. Didn't realize it was so thick compared to the others not a bad thing mind you lol
     
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    Thanks for the review!
     
  5. Woods Walker

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    Branm008.

    I hear yea. Still like my little #1/0 and #2.

    Easy Rider.

    Hope the knife works out good.
     
  6. FortyTwoBlades

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    I generally prefer a thin blade, especially with scandis, but the Robust is great for the hard stuff. It's like the BK-2 of Moras.
     
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    HAH Agreed, my little #1 may last as long as I do, one can hope.

    I do have to agree with FortyTwoBlades, thinner scandi results in better control for me but my new blade from MP Knives is 3/16" stock tapered to a 1/8" at the edge, we will see how that scandi works for me.

    -Brandon
     
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    Nice review. Have used moras before but they always felt too weak to use for anything besides light duty work.

    This is why I own several Rat blades in various sizes.

    Watching some youtube videos the other day on the newer stuff that moras putting out made me start to second guess myself.

    After seeing the 2000 and then this blade, has changed my mind on the subject.

    I broke down and bought a three pack of the original moras and a Scout blade to give them another chance.

    Guess I'll be doing some torture tests on them this next week. Can't wait.
     
  9. Easy_rider75

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    Just picked up my Robust today first thing ya notice right away is how beefy it feels definite heft to it. Sharp as hell right out of the box to. Haven't really put it through much did a tiny bit of batoning with it today went through it like a champ so far impressed with it
     
  10. Woods Walker

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    Yup thin scandis cut real nice. My older Clipper and newer High Q. :)

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    Someone could buy a Robust and a thinner blade like a High Q on the cheap.
     
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    Thanks for the review. Just ordered one.
     
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    Now if only they'd come out a full flat ground model. I wouldn't care if it was a bit more expensive.
     
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    Good review.
    I really like the robust.
    Ilike the companion more.
     
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    Good thing the Robust has that piggyback sheath then! :D
     
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    I just got mine in the mail today and I must say... This is my first Mora and this thing is awesome. It's beefier than I expected which is nice. It's also scary sharp.

    My only complaint is that the sheath is very loose. I can easily free the knife just with a little shake. I think I may drill the end of the grip, attach a loop of shock cord and use the knob on the sheath to hook the loop.

    Dresden
     
  16. Woods Walker

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    I find the newer clipper style sheaths an improvement in terms of knife retention than the older ones but Mora isn’t known for the world’s best sheath. You could DIY a Kydex one like I did here.


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    Or use Velcro. I did this on a few Moras. I gave this SS Clipper away as a gift.

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    At a group campout one guy used an O-ring and that worked out well. I don’t think you need to drill the handle for a solution but people have done it.
     
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    The sheath may be defective. I'd return it. Mine is nice and snug.
     
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    Meh... For the price I paid I really can't justify sending it back...

    Nothing a little paracord and some "tactical knitting" can't solve!:dblthumb:

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    WOW, excellent solution. Thanks for the great idea Dres!

    I have made a couple of simple mods to my Robust and Companion pictured here:
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    Dresden.

    Nice job! :)
     
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  21. Woods Walker

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    That also looks great.

    edit.

    Is that a forced patina I am seeing on you Robust? Looks good.
     
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    Good review, Ive been looking for a review of the robust
     
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    Thanks. Yep, standard deli mustard, hand smeared then brushed my finger across the blade for the stripes.
     
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    good review!
    i also own a robust and find it a good companion blade to my 12" ontario machete
    both made from 1095 and .125" thick ...woods
     
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    That would be pretty interesting.
     
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    Awesome review. I recently received my Robust and it's the best Mora I own but my companion is still my favorite. I really like the fact that it allows for another Mora to be carried on the sheath.
     
  27. Woods Walker

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    Seeing how the thread was bumped here is a short video after some more field time. Also removed link to video and added actual video to primary review.

    [video=youtube;BMeAju95Mdw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMeAju95Mdw[/video]

    Thanks for watching.
     
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    I love the robust, but I don't care for the grip, I'm going to try to make a 510 grip just as something different
     

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