Mora Kansbol -A Seriously Underrated Knife

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  1. WILL

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    I wish the blade of my Kansbol wasn't ground down so thin at the front. If they would have left it full profile it would be a better knife IMHO. As it is, I prefer the Companion HD to the Kansbol. It's not as attractive, but the features and performance are spot on.
     
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    It was designed that way to be a more efficient slicer/skinner on the front end.
    I agree it is thin.
     
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    Yup. If Morakniv made the Kansbol without that thin blade tip I believe it would be their best seller. If they made an HD version it would tank sales of the Garberg, which is why that probably won't happen. In my mind the thin tip takes what could have been a great all-around knife and relegates it to light duty. That said, I'm totally fine with my Kansbol when it's paired up with a hawk or hatchet.
     
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    but...but...that woman could outdo us in any type of competition
     
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    Those are some of my favorite looking moras! Always wanted, just never been in the right spot to purchase one. How does that flat grind at the tip affect the overall geometry of the blade?
     
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    The blade bevel is exactly the same angle all the way from tip to handle
     
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    From the point, the first inch of the blade is very thin. I'm talking near fish filet knife thickness. No one talks about that on line or in videos much. Of course it's good at slicing as a result, but batonning or any kind of prying/augering is a very dicey proposition with the Kansbol. I bought mine via Amazon and was shocked when I saw it for the first time in person.
     
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    I was fairly certain that pictures that have been posted made it obvious... perhaps not.
     
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    Let me meditate on it. Ohm!

    No?
     
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    Mine has seen a fair amount of batoning with no ill effects.

    Are there better knives for batoning? You bet there are.

    Knives and therefore knife acceptance are/is subjective. For my purposes, I find the Kansbol strikes a good balance between a knife built for the kitchen and a knife built for the forest. Thin enough to slice well. Thought enough for woods tasks.

    It is not however a Becker BK-9. Nor was it ever intended to be. If you use it as a knife for slicing, dicing, feathers, curls and yes even some light to medium batoning, it should both surprise and please you with its performance.

    If batoning big logs is your top priority, seek out a different knife.

    Here is a shot next to the Finnish Hot Rod that is all the rage these days.
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    Physics dictates the Finn will baton better and be stronger.
     
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    That's how it starts....
     
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    At first I thought the Kansbol grind was sorta goofy. But now I get it. Pretty versatile knife; a compromise in "heavy duty" uses to make a good all-arounder. Sure it ain't going to baton as well as a Garberg or a 110. But it will baton and split well enough.... JMHO.
     
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    Bought my second Kansbol and it arrived yesterday. This one had the multi mount system. It says it can be adapted to mount on almost any strap. Uh huh. I seem to own the only strap to which it cannot be easily mounted. I wanted to mount it to my foraging bag but it defied logical adaptation. I plan to just rivet it. For an extra $20, save your money.
     
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    I think the Kansbol is pretty much perfect on paper... and in the field for that matter. I have taken it out as my main blade several times, and I have it right here beside me as I write.

    It does everything needed and does it well. If someone asked me, "What Mora knife should I get if I want to get into bushcrafting?", I would probably say the Kansbol.

    But... and correct me if I am wrong, help me figure this out... it seems lacking in soul. No matter how good it is -- and it is darned good -- it's a hard knife to bond with.
     
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    I like the knife very much. Great grip, great grind. The sheath is ok but I will prolly make a leather one for it. I just think the multi mount is way overpriced for what it does for you. But I don’t have a lot of Molle mount bags either.
     
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    Soul? Whenever people start ascribing that term to knives or other inanimate objects, I have to admit that I'm always left scratching my head.

    I suppose I understand what you're trying to say. The Kansbol is a bit sterile, too cookie cutter for my tastes. But that's true of all knives with stainless blades and synthetic handles. Not just the Kansbol.
     
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    Kamagong speaks to the issue. It is a factory made knife and is like thousands of identical knives. Yeah, I am not buying soul, I am buying a reliable cutting edge at a reasonable price. Soul is a lot extra. And I have one already.
     
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    Great info contained herein, thanks! The electrical jokes were nearly ohmmeter my head though...
     
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    very cool knife
     
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    If I didn't pop for a Garberg, I'd be on this. Was a very tough decision.
     
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    I have an issue buying things I don't need. Nothing wrong with the Kansbol but I am not a knife collector and already have other knives that meet this need.

    My Kansbol is up for trade in the Supporters Trade Blanket.
     
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    I have pretty BIG hands (XL or preferably XXL glove size) and tried the Eldris. I actually got it for the Grandson, but had to test it first!! I had seen a hint somewhere online that you can reverse the sheath and push it onto the handle end to extend the handle real estate quite a bit. I tried this and it worked surprisingly well for general usage and really steadied up the grip for larger hands. I say it worked well in general, but found it a little unstable when having to apply real pressure to cut into hardwood for example. At that stage, with a bit of rocking motion to help the cut, I found the sheath began to wriggle loose on the back end of the handle, but apart from that it is a useful tip to extend the grip on a very capable, short, fixed bladed pocket/neck knife.

    Hope this helps.

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    The eldris looks like it would benefit from a short stout lanyard/fob.
     
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    Did anyone start making kydex sheath with ferro rod for Kansbol? Thank you
     
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    The Kansbol is the best all-arounder Mora.
     
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    @rnpollard may, as well as @badglide9705 ...?
     
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    I've got ~25 Mora's, all sizes and varieties. I like everyone of them including the Kansbol. I think my favorite is still the black and red handled Clipper.
     
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    Y’all finally sold me. Orange Kansbol on the way.
     
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    I think what a lot of folks don’t understand about the Kansbol is that it was never intended to be some mythical one tool option whatever that is. But as has been said before if put through medium type tasks I think it will more than hold it’s own. I think that it would excel as a hunting knife and I feel that is the real intended purpose of this model, with that thin profile grind I bet it would zip through a deer like the proverbial laser beam. That is my main interest in this knife being a hunter but yet up to the task of making simple notches and feather sticks.

    I don’t require a sharpened pry bar as a hunter but instead a good sharp knife that retains a good edge. With the back portion of the blade being a traditional scandi grind it also allows one to do those simple wood carving tasks and I like the idea of that. It’s also nice that the spine is squared for using a ferro rod, I wish this model was available a lot sooner.
     
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    I think that's exactly it. It's a general use field and camp knife.

    Field dressing game, making meals at camp, pot holders and hooks, tent pegs and toggles...
     
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    John Rambo & Crocodile Dundee ruined the perception of knives forever!
     
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    So did Benecio Del Toro...

    :11:
     
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    It’s been a long while since I’ve seen that movie, but I remember thinking that forging scene was a little much and the knife design looked useless for anything but cinema.
     
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    I mean, kinda... for the outdoor segment-aware folks.. a bit.

    The tracker knife style is innovative and effective if you're well-practiced with it, but let's be real for just a second: Most outdoors/woodsman's/frontiers era tasks and activities involving a knife blade as cutting tool can be accomplished with a 4-6" "traditionally shaped" blade. Obviously I'm not getting into sawing an chopping, or specialty stuff like dive knives, pig stickers, filet knives and such.

    Somewhere along the lines, it got into the collective outdoors-person's mind that big honking blades 1/4" thick or more are the bare minimum to do anything beyond cut the head off a crappie or bluegill.
     
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    What you’re saying is that 7” Old Hickory butcher knife and a ~7” filet knife would do everything we need done. :D
     
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    I think you're reading too literally into what I said. I mentioned filet knives as a way of addressing "specialty" blades, as one would do to differentiate a bread knife from a chopping tool like an axe.

    But what are most of the things one would do in the scenarios and activities I described? Field dress game- large or small, carve notches and make small items for camp and shelter building, split down smaller sized pieces of wood for a fire, cut cordage, cut patches for your musket, whittle something to pass the time, maybe if you were/are especially unlucky, fight off a person or animal (OK, now we're stretching realistic and likely occurrences a bit).

    But yeah... most of what most "campers", bushcrafters if you want to use the new-age term, need to do with a knife can be accomplished with a 7" old hick. Sure.

    I take it from your comment, you must be a 1/2" pry bar of death style knife guy? If so, that's cool... I don't personally feel that a knife blade capable of decapitating a Decepticon is necessary, but hey... if that's what someone likes, go for it. Be proficient in its use and have a good time!

    HYOH and all that.
     
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    Haha, no that was mostly in jest. Except to say that it looks like that 7” OH could handle most any camp chore asked of it. It looks like the kind of knife you leave stabbed into the wood pile and neglect. It also looks like a fantastic starting point to regrind it into a more useful shape, and rehandle it.

    I’ve actually always been in the ~3.5” knife group, until I got that Bravo 1. It’s way too thick for my taste, and it seems like the knife would be better as a 5-6” blade. The knife morphology I have always liked is a full 4-finger grip and a useful blade length, even if the blade is only 2”. I dislike short handles. My little Dozier personal and an Opinel or any of a dozen Benchmade or Spyderco pocket knives satisfied my EDC & camp needs, supported by a small folding saw, hatchet, and various axes. A filet knife works very well in the camp kitchen for meat and veg. I like the Marttinis; like Moraknivs, they are inexpensive and work well.
     
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    The Mora 2000 was one of the first outdoor knives I purchased. Performed some basic and exigent (tent pole repair). I don't regret for a minute buying the Kansbol.
     
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    I'm of the same mind! I learned from a one-knife challenge some time ago, that even with a 1.5" blade length, the thing that sucked most was not having a proper handle and grip on the knife.

    The 7" old hickory is a great starter for modding. I actually use mine in the kitchen for butchering large cuts of meat. I have a brand new one that I've thinned teh edge on a bit, and 2 vintage ones that are at least twice as old as I am.
     
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    Congrats on being recognized at work. I am sure it was well deserved and probably long overdue.
     
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    It has been quite some time since I have watched that movie as well.
     
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    Not really a great liker of Moras, but that complicated grind .. they have managed to make it look no fuss. Maybe there is one in my future :)
     
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    I think it is just a simple Scandi grind, with a thinned stock in the front.
     
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    Well the Kansbol arrived today. I like the grip quite a lot. The overall package is very nice. The little frog seems good. The blade is thin, but in person it looks good, the transition is not too dramatic. Looking forward to trying it out!

    Btw, this burnt orange would look awesome with a black blade!
     
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    So far, the Kansbol is less than ideal for cutting up my lunchtime apple... the polished companion did a little better, I think because of the blade finish/texture. But the 4” Victorinox utility knife did the best (as expected).
     
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    The kids have been at me to roast marshmallows, but with 95+ degree temps in the late afternoon, I don’t feel like sitting by a fire! So my solution was to make a little fire this morning :D

    After using my hatchet to split some aged crepe myrtle and cedar limbs I’d cut a few years ago, I put the Kansbol to use making fatwood scrapings and shavings. It’s very effective at both. It should make child’s play of the first Bush Class lesson. If I’d had more time this morning I’d have used the opportunity to complete that, but the girls had to be to dance class on time, so we were on a mission.

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    Tiny fire = tiny coal bed, but it was enough to gently brown and warm the marshmallows through. The kids were thrilled! Mission accomplished, 5 points for Dad!

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