Thanks for coming by for a knife review! Today we’re reviewing the Morakniv Companion. If you’ve never owned a Mora knife then this review is probably for you. If you’re wanting to know how this Mora stands up to some of the other Mora’s you may have your eyes on then hopefully this will be helpful too. Really, you’re just left with me writing my thoughts about a knife. To set the stage I picked this knife because of the hiking, camping, and fishing applications I intend to carry the knife in. I wanted a lightweight knife that was also durable. I wanted a knife that easy to hold and work with. I also wanted a knife that would be easier to find if I ever dropped it at camp or while fishing.
Mora knives are pretty well known for being a great knife and an even greater value. It’s hard to miss them if you’ve ever looked through Amazon for a knife, or anywhere for that matter. Mora knives have a certain look about them and their features add up pretty quickly. Mora knives are also made in Sweden.
While you can buy the Companion model Mora in carbon steel, but the one we’re reviewing is stainless. Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel to be specific. You could easily make the call for carbon steel if that’s the way you want to go. I just wanted versatility and low maintenance in a utility knife. Here are a few of the overall specs of the Companion:
Overall length: 8.6 inches (218 mm);
Blade length: 4.1 inches (104 mm);
Blade thickness: 0.1 inch (2.5 mm);
Weight w/ sheath: 4.1 oz. (116 g)
I went with the bright orange Companion. In full disclosure this was my primary reason for buying the knife! Let me tell you that it’s pretty hard to lose a bright orange knife and sheath. Now, I own some other knives that have lovely black and grey/silver color schemes and man are they hard to find if I drop them at a camp site. Not that I’ve ever done that… Ever.
Moving on to the tang. Ballparking it I’m going to say it’s a 3/4 tang. I didn’t put a magnet to it to figure out exactly where the tang stops, but based on the overall balance of the knife I’m comfortable saying it’s somewhere in the 70% – 80% of full tang range. That’s not full tang and this might matter to you, but I’ve beat this knife around enough to trust it to work hard for me. I assume, like anything in life, that you could do something to destroy the knife but that’s really outside the realm of realworld usage.
Also, out of the box, or sheath, the spine of the knife is not hard edged enough to throw sparks off a ferro rod. That may or may not matter to you. If it matters and you aren’t willing to modify the knife then you will want to look at another model. There are several Mora Companion knives that have a nice angle on the spine for starting fires. While I get that this feature seems like a must have for caming, I don’t mind to modify the knife so that there is an area that can throw a spark. Overall the knife fits the needs I have.
All in all the Mora Companion is a great lightweight utility knife. Sure there are some things that could be changed, but there are other models out there if the features on the Companion aren’t up to par for you. In general you can’t go wrong with any of the Morakniv brand of knives. They are economical and still packed with value. They will take a beating and keep on working!