The Eldris Is a Keeper

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  1. BradGad

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    I do all my wood processing with my hatchet and some carving tasks as well. When I need to get into the dirt I use it to knock out a digging stick. With its long straight handle, the GB Outdoor Axe is really good for pounding the digging stick as well as stakes. I like to pair it with a lightweight knife that handles and carves really well to do everything else.

    Given that and the fact that a neck lanyard is my preferred carry method, I figured it made sense to give the Mora Eldris a try when it came up on Amazon's Deal of the Day.

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    One thing that caught my eye is that it has an appreciable amount of belly. That and the close, controllable tip suggested it could be an exceptional carver. I thought maybe you could make a functional spoon without having to go to a hook knife. I had a limb of red oak I cut a few weeks ago to make a rabbit stick. (The rabbit stick is still a work in progress: I tore a tendon in my hand a month and a half ago and long sessions with the hatchet and throwing the stick both really aggravate it still.) Red oak isn't the easiest wood to work with... but that just makes this a better test of the Eldris's carving capabilities. I decided to make a smallish spoon with a relatively flat handle with a hook on the end I could slip under my belt. That would mean one less thing to fit into my MCC if I'm just packing that for a day hike.

    The Eldris does carve just fine. I find it just slightly less comfortable for long sessions than my Mora Classic #2 or 120, but it really is plenty comfortable. The handle fills up my hand nicely and lets me get a good amount of leverage and power. This is a strong little knife. And it's nice to have the tip so close to your hand.

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    I was able to get a working spoon with the Eldris and a rock but had to get out a hook knife, a small file, and a foam sanding block to turn it into something I would be happy using long term or giving as a gift. I could have done a bit more and better with the Eldris and rock but got impatient. And I still need to make to make the walls of the bowl thinner.

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    My twig stove works best when I feed it a steady supply of small stuff to keep the heat up and keep larger pieces burning steadily. Actual factual twigs work well for this... except when everything is sodden, a fairly common occurrence around here. So, I frequently need to process the finger-thick pieces I make with the hatchet down still further. I guess you still call it batoning at that level but often I just tap lightly with the poll of the hatchet. Whatever that's called the Eldris does it just fine.

    And it makes dandy feather sticks, especially using the thinner forward part of the blade. The spine is as sharp as any I've ever felt and so is good for scraping bark powder or throwing sparks off a ferro rod. The ferro rod that comes with the kit works fine but I prefer to use a bigger one and keep the kit rod as a backup.

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    All that makes it an excellent little tool for getting a fire going.

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    It does OK at food prep but not as well as an Opinel or Mora 511.

    I've been using the Lansky 2D2C four-rod turn box set with it. Takes about 30 seconds to get back to a shaving edge and obviates any difficulties that might arise from dealing with the microbevel and complex blade geometry. Real happy with that little sharpening set.

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    It's a bit bulky for pocket carry but it's nice to have the option. If your belt is reasonably snug the retention strap stays in place underneath it and lets you convert to belt carry. So, neck, pocket, and belt... three carry options.

    I don't think I would say that it's better than some other lightweight, inexpensive knives I've paired with the hatchet -- the Mora Classic #2 and 511, the Opinel No. 8 -- but I also wouldn't say it's worse. Everything is a trade off and the Eldris serves very well in this niche.

    So... who's it for? I would say it's for someone who wants multiple carry options and no-compromise sturdiness in a lightweight carry knife. I would have no hesitation throwing the Eldris at high-impact, high-torque tasks that would give me pause with the other three I mentioned.
     
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    I bought two because they’re cute, one for my son, one for me. I think the blade is just too short and wide for its length to be useful.

    Not a keeper!
     
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    Very well written and we'll thought out.I enjoy reading people's impressions of different tools,neat to see what works for some and not others. I really tried to like the Eldris,comfortable grip,I prefer more blade length,gifted it to a young man at church that took a shine to it. I like how the spoon turned out,belt hook is a neat idea.
     
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    odd as it might sound what pants are these?

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    It's a pretty good fishing knife as well.

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    And isn't too bad for crafty stuff, neither.

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    ETA: Nice sweater! :D
     
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    They’re mine, honest!

    Filson whipcord wool, purchased circa 1981 and still looking pretty much brand new, though to be truthful there was a stretch of a couple decades when they were too snug on me and I wore them hardly at all. I’m really glad to be using them again... excellent pants.
     
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    Good report.
    It would have been better if your Eldris was red though :D

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    Yeah, it really is! Some guy here, Dirtslice or something like that, gave me a really good deal on it. ;)
     
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    LOLOLOLOL.... dirtslice... That's worth a username change :9:
     
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    Looks like you’re really putting your Eldris to work!

    For a few hundred millennia a lot of folk would have been pretty proud to have had a Mora Eldris,,, complete with its short wide blade. I picked up my first one in October, at the Winter Camping Symposium, and much regret not getting one sooner. I field dressed with it, the two deer I bagged in November, and have mostly been using it for lunch duties since. It weighs nigh nothing, and takes up little space in my parka pocket.

    I started hanging rabbit snares today, so soon enough I reckon I’ll be using the Eldris for dressing rabbits too,,, Super handy little knife...

    (Nice pants...)
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    Would love to hear and see how your rabbit snaring goes, if you're so inclined.
     
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    Same here!
     
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    Well written post young fellar. joe
     
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    very nice job on the spoon :)

    I picked an Eldris too when they went on sale, should make for a nice little necker

    I have a pair of Filson whipcords from the 70's and still going strong- one of my favorite fall/winter pant! They discontinued them for a few years, but recently brought them back
     
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    Another satisfied Eldris user here.
     
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    I've had mixed feelings about the Eldris based on mixed reviews I read. I didn't want to spend $25+ on a knife I was purchasing with mediocre expectations right off the bat. But when they were the deal of the day on Amazon, i sent my wife a link and asked for one for Christmas.
     
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    I don't know what kind of mixed reviews the online people were making, but I'd recommend ignoring anything that doesn't say "This knife ROCKS!"

    The Eldris is an awesome little toad-stabber!
     
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    Thanks, @dirtslice! :D
     
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    I prefer Rockchops!

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    I love mine too!

    That stainless they use is easy to get crazy stupid sharp.

    I prefer to think of mine as a wonderful ferro rod/stick scraper in a comfortable handle with a good sharp knife on its spine.
     
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    Same stainless as the Kansbol?
    LOL, sounds like a good way to look at the Eldris!!
     
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    They only have 2 grades of stainless currently. They use 12c27 in all but the Classic 125th and Garberg. Those two get a bit of an upgrade with 14c28n. Both are extremely fine grained that get stupid amounts of sharp.
     
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    Thanks! I have all carbon Moras except for the Kansbol...and they ALL get stupid sharp!
     
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    Have one as well. Mine is the augerbine color if I spelled it right. Not a bad concept for neck knife applications.
     
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    The wife loves hers. I had to get my own. It complements the Garberg well
     
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    I wanted one for awhile now, ended up getting two for Christmas! One from bcusa secret Santa and the other from my wife, both in green! One resides in my carving pouch and the other fits perfect in the front of my BK9 sheath : )
     
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    I think it works exceptionally well for field dressing and skinning deer. The short, wide blade and different edge angle on the curved part were (I think) designed for this purpose.
     
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    It always puts me in mind of a modern take on what folk call the otzi knife design. There are times when a bitty knife is just the knife ya need.

    Bet it cuts some better than a sharp rock on a stick otzi made do with.
     
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    Ha... I was thinking of getting either a Garberg or Kansbol to complement the Eldris. :)
     
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    Enjoyed your write up Brad.
    I was skeptical at first but when I actually got one in hand I was impressed!
     
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    I like your setup, I've used the Outdoor axe and it's a great cutter dispite most folks believing it's ment for splitting. I haven't used the Eldris but I like the light knife hatchet combo. Good stuff!
     
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    Sounds like a potential GAW? ;)
     
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    Yes indeed... I expressed a similar notion in the thread @mtwarden has going which we’re both following... on his current quest for a better-for-him tool combo.

    While roughing out that rabbit stick I was cycling through five hatchets I’m trying out, planning to cull the herd down to two or maybe one come spring: GB Small, Wildlife, and Outdoor, Hults Bruks Almike, Helko Rheinland. Doing that kind of “chopping carving”, the Outdoor Axe and Helko ran away from the others... but the Helko weighs 50% more and does get tiring. (Sorry if I’m being a broken record about that... I do realize I’ve made the same point in several threads recently.)

    And thanks.
     
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    That was an awesome wright for an awesome blade buddy. I first saw one of these when I was at wilderness skills class with a friend. I made a decision after handling and trying it out a little to pick one up. I have pretty much used the Eldris as my main neck knife every since so just over a year. I have taken it all over and have used it for a countless task such cleaning game, carving, utility task Etc. and I have not been disappointed with it. It is one tough little bugger. I like having this little modern day Otzi knife on hand that I use to perform a variety of task while outdoors. I like the handle on the Eldris as well it's very comfortable. It's good to have a small easily controlled blade with you for finner task. It really is an excellent blade and well worth the money. JMHO Like that spoon buddy excellent Job!


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    I was trying to figure a way to ask that without making it weird.
    @BradGad , I see you chose "diaper cheese yellow" for your Eldris. One thing's for sure. No one will want to steal it. ;)
    I kid, but I have one in the same color myself. Excellent review, sir!
     
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    I just used one of my Eldrises for opening Christmas presents today.

    I have a habit, that annoys my family, of prolonging the joy of gift exchange by using a knife to slice each individual piece of tape on the gift wrapping.

    The Eldris handled itself with aplomb!
     
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    “Diaper cheese yellow”! Ha! Now *that’s* weird!

    I prefer to think of it as Seventies Kitchen Appliance Yellow.

    Thanks man! :)
     
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    Woah, way cool little load out!
     
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    Thank you Brad.
     
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    I put one on my work PFD. I wanted a small stainless steel knife. I figured it had a short enough blade that our safety officer wouldn't give me any grief about it. Its been on the PFD for a year or so and is still plenty sharp. I can't say that bout my dive knives.
     
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    I have been using mine for two years now. I live it. I do with the blade was a tad longer, but that is my only complaint.
     
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    I have been thinking about doing the same. How do you have it mounted?
     
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    Not only did I use the Eldris to open presents today, the short blade came in uber-handy making some slight mods on the wood grips that my wife bought for my NAA Blackwidow. They needed some fitting to sit flush.

    Then I used it to prep the taters and ham for dinner. Too short to slice the ham, however.


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    :18: I thought it was just me. Used to drive people nuts, then I had kids and got too busy using my knife to liberate new toys from their packaging.
     
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    Eldris is an amazing knife and a good value.

    we are all still waiting for the Eldris XL, and the Eldris Carbon. And I suppose the Eldris XL Carbon.....

    And a few new colors.........
     
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    Isn't that called the Kansbol?
     
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    no, Kansbol is the XXL!
     
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    Ahh, I see... thanks for setting me straight!
    :D
     
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    I’ve had 2 since they came out. One for the wife one for myself. It’s a good little knife, I tend to carry it when I’m in a city for work as it’s short blade is legal everywhere around here.
     
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    pab1 Supporter Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Great write up and spoon! When the Eldris first came out it didn't appeal to me at all. I started seeing them used on this site and my curiosity began to grow. Finally I broke down and ordered one. Once I had it in my hands and used it a bit a second one was on order. Its become one of my favorite knives. I've found that an Eldris along with a Gerber 9" hatchet and a Bahco Laplander will do pretty much anything I need done on a camping trip.

    Here's a quick "one meal" disposable spatula I made with that trio.

    Kelton Christmas & Bushclass Mentor 086.JPG

    I used my green Eldris to clean a trout caught using a stick and an air gun squirrel from a "hunting/gathering" weekend camp.

    Hunting and Attempted Gathering 6-31-17 084.JPG Hunting and Attempted Gathering 6-31-17 141.JPG
     
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