Mora Kansbol -A Seriously Underrated Knife

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  1. LostViking

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    I have to say. It's really hard not to like this knife.
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    This is a seriously underrated blade. Camp yes, kitchen work sure thing. Light on the belt. Decent sheath. Low maintenance stainless. Just a little no drama workhorse!
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    Perhaps the most underrated in all of Knifedom.
    I just think it falls between the cracks. Too expensive for for the cheap Mora crowd, and too cheap for the expensive Mora crowd. And not taken seriously by anyone one else.
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    Even myself somewhat. I have owned and liked this knife since it was released. And a 2000 before that. But until this weekend, I had never even snapped a picture of it.

    We had no power and I needed to to a lot of knife type jobs. My pack was sitting on the kitchen table. Because I needed candles, flashlights and other assorted pack stuff. The Kansbol was in there. So I strapped it on.

    Kitchen work was first.
    I had some frozen meat half thawed, that I needed to deal with. And some fresh stuff that needed to be froze when the power came back on. We sliced and trimmed chicken breasts, pork roasts and a London Broil. All done with butcher like precision by the Kansbol.

    Then came a round of peppers and onions. Sliced and diced no problems.

    Later it was decided a steak in the coals was a good idea for dinner. Breaking down some kindling and tinder for a fire is a breeze with this one. The squared spine shaves tinder nicely. It would certainly throw sparks from a ferro rod if you chose to.

    I needed some snow to fill a few coolers and canning pots for the fridge and freezer. I needed to break through the crust and get to some good clean snow. Not wanting to stomp on it with my dirty boots. I used the Kansbol to open up a hole.
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    On the way back down from the snow. I spotted a Poplar tree that had snapped off in the wind that took our power. So we stopped and harvested some inner bark tinder.
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    With all the domestic stuff sorted.
    It was time for a fire. Funny thing about fires. They work, grid up or grid down. I'm sure there is a lesson in there somewhere.
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    The wind storm had left us dry kindling everywhere. Add in a slight breeze and this took off like gang busters.
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    Not all that snow went into the fridge.
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    I mean fire and beer seem made for each other,
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    I just decided this unsung hero deserved some praise.
    It truly is a great little tool. It just does what needs doing without ever whimpering.
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    It derserves some respect.

     
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    Dang right it does. I love mine, it's a real go-to knife for all sorts of tasks. In the kitchen, camp or indoors, it's a lightsaber. Such a smooth and silky slicer with the front of the blade.

    And as you said, so very light weight, but not a lightweight when it comes to performance. I see why the Mora 2000 was the knife of choice for the Swedish Military.
     
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    Nice thread, I've played with the Kansbol a bit as well as the Old 2000

    they are handy cutters
     
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    as fine a photo review as i've seen here. well done ...
     
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    Yeah, even some Swedish Girl Scouts use them,
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    Tough crowd those Swedish Girl Scouts.
     
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    Those Swedish "Girl Scouts" could likely kick most of our butts in any competition or comparison of abilities we could think of. They don't mess around and play games- at least not the Swedish soldiers that I've met. Wonderful people, but also highly skilled.
     
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    @LostViking , nice review. You're a man who has his priorities straight; good knives, good beer, and fire! Sheeesh, now I gotta get a Kansbol to join my growing family of Moras!
     
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    Nice review, GREAT pics! Love the Mora 2000. Now I have to buy another knife, DANG!
     
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    I have one as well. It's my most used knife, and my most expensive one. After using it for a few months I realized I have no need to get a more expensive/custom knife. May still want one, but no need. My Kansbol is coming up on a year, and I purchased it used, but lots of life left in it. Like you said, a little no drama workhorse. You can put her in the stable or put it to work without any thought.
     
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    A good review young fellar, ya done well. joe
     
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    Yes sir, I like it!
     
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    I have a Mora 2000 that I really like, but I wish it had the sharp spine of the Kansbol. I can't warrant getting a Kansbol though, because of already owning the 2000!
     
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    Sure you can! The 2000 has a different handle, so if you get a Kansbol, it'll be like a whole 'nother knife!
    :4:
     
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    I've seen that pic a lot over the years and to this day I don't understand why she has the handle sitting in the loop of her webbing vest - it would cut it to ribbons when drawn under stress.
     
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    Great review!
    Question: if you HAD to choose between the Kansbol and the 2000, which would you choose and why?
     
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    Get one and blame me! :4:
     
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    Damn you dastardly seed planters. The forward taper grinds on my 2000 are very uneven and it has a polished finish on the blade. No that the uneven grinds effect functionality, but all the Kansbols seem to have cleaner grinds. I also like the satin finish and the new sheath is better too.
     
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    Resistance is futile!
     
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    I picked up a Kansbol on a trade recently and I absolutely love it. It has become one of my favorite camp/bushcraft knives. Not “price considered” or some other such fine print, but a true favorite. It’s easily in my top 10 favorite bushcraft knives I’ve ever used.

    It’s tough, sliced, grippy, comfortable, and has a pretty excellent sheath. I wouldn’t change anything about it.

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    Lost Viking, every time you post a review/story I want to buy whatever knife you're focusing on, and drink a beer! Well done Sir.
     
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    Good thing this @LostViking is such a great review conductor, because this thread could have gone down the tubes.
     
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    Ya know, if this thread got started as a Tesla, it certainly got stolen from the OP...

    .. I GUESS NOW IT SHOULD BE CALLED AN EDISON!
     
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    Seriously a GREAT review LV!

    I've been wanting one of these, but it seems like all anyone ever goes on about is the Garberg. So I couldn't figure out what it was that I was missing. Clearly nothing. I will be getting one of these!

    Thanks!
     
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    On a serious note, I like the grippier handle on the Kansbol. I also pinch grip right at the front of the handle and it gives me great control over the finer blade tasks in the kitchen. It's also a fantastic skinner and meat processing knife.

    I always have mine in my pack as a secondary knife or camp knife if I'm doing a bunch of cooking for more than just myself.
     
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    watt?

    @LostViking is the handle material like that of the Garberg? Does it give it all or is it a tougher thermoplastic?
     
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    This thread has gotten me too worked up.
    Time for some meditation.
    Ohmmmm...
     
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    I really like my kansbol, the only thing is I had got a lot of edge roll from normal use out of it and after couple times of fixing them it kept coming back and I gave up and convex the edge. All in all I really like the knife even with a convex.
     
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    The one I have has been convexed by @Nuttysquirrel. It's thin enough that it didn't lose much of its slicing ability, but the edge is much more durable now. I have had issues with cheaper steels and scandi grinds that got lots of microchips. My carbon Moras get small chips in the edge, as does my scandi Enzo necker in 12C27.
     
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    What does beer have to do with it?
     
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    Whats your primary knife?
     
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    Have one, need to start carrying and using it. 'Tis indeed nice in the hand.
     
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    That's it in a nutshell.

    I'm the same way.
    It's a great knife. If you carry it and use it. That becomes abundantly clear.
     
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    The Kansbol handle seems softer and grippier. Especially in sub-zero temps.

    The center panels on each side seem like the Garberg. The top and bottom are grippier.
     
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    If your plan is to baton an Oldsmobile in half. The Garberg may be the better option. But for slicier endeavors. The Kansbol rocks.

    I bought them both together. My Kansbol seems to fit what I need in a knife better.
     
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    ^^^The is actually a great question^^^
    Here is my subjective and very unscientific response to it.

    A little bit of it boils down to asthetics. I like the looks of the Kansbol better than the 2000. Mostly because of the cat puke green on parts of the 2000's handle.

    My 2000 is actually finished better than my Kansbol. I attribute that to the rush that took place to get the early Kanbols into people's hands. Mine was one of the first.

    I like the sheath options much better on the Kansbol. I sprung for the Multi-Mount version. I can leave the frame attached to my pack and still carry the Kansbol on my belt. The retention is also better on the Kansbol. It's not coming out unless you want it to. Turn it upside down and shake like crazy. It remains in place. It's even better than that Garberg retention. Probably given to the softer material on the Kansbol handle gripping the sheath. The 2000 is a bit looser.

    The Garberg and Kansbol Sheaths are interchangeable. At least mine are. I actually use the Black Garberg sheath with my Kansbol. With green para wrapped around the outside. I like the way it looks. You can attribute that little experiment to a blustery -28F winter day and a slight touch of cabin fever.

    I typically don't strike ferro rods with my knife. I have, and I get it. But it isn't something I usually do. I don't like the way it barks up my knives. Then there is the safety factor of that inverted razor sharp blade whizzing around your fingers at high speeds. Plus if I happen to lose or break my knife. I still have a fire steel that I can strike with my little striker. Most of my packs have a small piece of old hacksaw blade in them as a redundant back-up. So from that aspect. The rounded spine of the 2000 doesn't bother me.

    But when it comes to scraping fine tinder off a branch. I really like the squared spine of the Kansbol for that.

    One thing I like about both the 2000 and the Kansbol. Is the smooth rounded pommel. I like this style pommel. I really don't care for the protruded sharp pommel of the Garberg.

    When going from pencil sized kindling down to pencil lead size stuff. I like to place the wood on something solid and tap the knife through it with the palm of my hand. A smooth pommel make this more pleasant. Sure you could beat the Garberg through witha stick. But that seems like an unnecessary step to me in most cases.

    Where I live, rocks and sticks abound.
    In my 50+ years of roaming the woods of northern New York. I have never found the need to pound in a tent peg with the pommel of my knife.

    I do know of one example where the pommel of the Garberg would have come in very handy. A lady went into the water in her vehicle. The windows wouldn't go down. The guys on scene had nothing to break her window with. There were no rocks or sticks readily available.
    The vehicle filled with water and she drowned before EMS arrived on scene. A Garberg, if actually carried may have prevented that. But so would a tire iron, a Crescent Wrench or a baseball bat. Very sad outcome that still haunts the first folks on scene to this day.

    I was gifted my 2000. It arrived with another knife I had purchased off the seconday market. At that point. I was probably well on my way to becoming a full fledged knife snob. Having started with a Buck 102. And then adding a Fallkniven and a Bark River. And growing the collection from there.

    It was the ugliest color I had ever seen. Like it made me a bit queezy, ugly.
    I took it out of it's sheath. Silently I nodded in agreement with all the Mora bashers out there and tossed it in a draw. I litterally almost tossed it in the trash right then and there.

    As luck would have it. I tossed it in a draw with my more poplar blades. So I kept seeing it. Occassionally I would unsheath it and study the odd shaped blade. Then toss it back in.

    After about a year of this. I decided it needed to go. I figured I take it out and destroy it. Then I would have a valid reason to toss it in the trash. Thinking to myself, "I tried this cheap ugly knife. It broke, so I threw it away"
    The knife snob in me saying, "I knew it was junk the moment I saw it"

    Funny how life works sometimes.
    I took it to the woods one afternoon. Fully expecting to have it ready for the trash can by sundown. First I drilled and twisted. All I ended up with was holes and smaller pieces of wood. So I pried harder. The wood always gave before the blade.

    Well crap.
    I figured. I might as well make a fire with all this prepped wood. I was in the woods, woods. So I was sourcing normal sized woods wood. Fallen branches, standing dead sticks. The usual forest wood for fire fare.

    And there I sat.
    Next to a nice fire. Staring at this butt ugly knife. Wondering why it was still in one piece.
    As I set there, I ripped off one last feather stick. I like to hang them in trees, in case I return. Dry wood is a hot commidity here.
    I did marvel at how easy it produced shavings and feather sticks.

    Unfazed by my epic failure to destroy this blade.
    I set out for my wood pile the next morning. Sure this thing got through regular camp type wood. But by God I could certainly destroy it batoning down some seasoned Cherry, Beech, and Maple. I beat, and I pounded, and I twisted, and pried. All I ended up with was, another pile of kindling, tinder and firewood. I showed zero mercy. I would not have treated my good knives that are supposed to be superior in all ways, the way I treated this lowly 2000

    As I sat down by that fire at the end of the day.
    Suddenly that 2000 didn't seem quite as ugly. In truth. It didn't look one bit different than it had when I had started the day before. With the exception of a few small scratches on the tip from me repeatedly driving the tip into a dirt laden log.

    For the rest of that day. We declared an uneasy truce. I quit trying to kill it. And it did what I needed done.
    The rest is history.

    That experience was what prompted me to order a Kansbol as soon as they were released.

    ***Disclimer***
    All of the above is subjective. What works for me may not fit or work for others. I know there are people out there that could break my 2000, my Kansbol, or even my Garberg. I know guys who could break a double tapered roller bearing out of a tank turret.

    I was going to say for the price of a 2000 or a Kansbol. They are quite a knife.
    But the reality of it is. You can throw the price in the trash can. They are just plain one hell of a knife period.

    If I had to pick. I would choose the Kansbol. For the reasons stated above.

    Ptpalpha,
    I hope that answers your question satisfactorliy. If not ask for clarification.
     
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    MrFixIt Old Jarhead Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Once again, I appreciate your insights. I'm looking at one now and came back to ask about the sheath.
    You answered that question above...

    :dblthumb:
     
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  48. Primordial

    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I LIKE
     
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    Ptpalpha Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    It answered it and then some; thank you indeed.
    I was all set to just ignore the remainder of this thread, content with the fact that I didn't need or want a Kansbol.
    Your well written endorsement swayed me: a Kansbol now resides in my Amazon shopping cart.
     
  50. x39

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    Agreed on the color of the 2000. It reminds me of that horrid baby crap green that Volvo ran back in the seventies.
     

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