Mora Bushcraft Black Knife with Fire Starter Review
Mora has long been known in the bushcrafting community as a solid value knife manufacturer. Morakniv really stepped up their game when they designed the Mora Bushcraft Black Knife with Fire Starter.
Morakniv is a solid, old knife company that still makes knives in Sweden. They make a wide variety of knives including carving, craft, construction, and fishing knives.
One of the complaints with Mora knives from bushcrafters is in the blade spine for throwing sparks and too thin of a blade. The Buschcraft Black addresses both of these and more. Let's take a look at some of the features on this bush knife.
Blade Length, Blade Thickness, and Knife Weight
- 4.3" Blade Length
- 9.3" Overall Length
- .125" (1/8") Blade Thickness
- Weighs 8.1 ounces with sheath
What Comes in the Box?
- The Morakniv Bushcraft Black Survival Knife
- Plastic Sheath with Integrated Diamond Sharpener
- Morakniv Fire Starter
Blade Design Advantages & Disadvantages
The Mora Bushcraft comes with a scandi grind blade. A scandi grind only has one grind which makes it much easier to sharpen. It's highly recommended for beginners. The scandi grind really bites into what you are cutting which helps prevent the knife from slipping off.
The blade on the Bushcraft is thicker than some other Mora knives. The full 1/8" makes it better for batonning small kindling although I wouldn't do larger wood processing because this isn't a full tang blade. It's basically a 2/3 tang blade and could break if you really get to beating on it.
Finally, Morakniv made this knife with a good 90 degree spine which is something very few Mora knives have. This makes it good for using the fire starter that comes with the sheath (more on that below).
High Carbon Steel - The 1/8" carbon blade comes coated with tungsten DLC anti-corrosive coating. Since the Bushcraft Black has a carbon blade it will rust if not coated in oil and kept clean and dry. However, the black anti-corrosive coating will help with slow down this process.
I would still recommend applying a thin coat of oil to this blade every so often to keep it from rusting. Use a vegetable oil or another edible oil for this in case you use this knife for cutting food items. A little bit of maintenance and you will have no problems.
Handle (Scales) Material
Rubber grip - This Mora uses a high-friction rubber black grip to match the rest of the knife. The rubber makes for a great grip regardless if your hands are wet or if you have on gloves. The handle is also very ergonomic and feels great in the hand. It's perfect for making feather sticks and carving work.
Black Plastic Sheath with Accessories - The Mora Bushcraft Black knife comes with the standard Mora plastic sheath design. However, that's where the similarities end.
This sheath comes with a clip on carry and a belt loop attachment. There is a small release button on the back of the sheath to switch out these attachments.
It also comes with a fire starter which will throw sparks in any weather. Finally, there is an integrated diamond sharpener on this sheath. The one downside to this sharpener is that it is a little too coarse to get a fine blade on the knife. However, it's perfect for sharpening in the wilderness.
Morakniv makes a quality knife and the majority of their knives are priced in the budget range. They could easily just forgo a warranty and nobody would probably call them out on it. However, the Bushcraft Black comes with a 1 year warranty.
Pros and Cons
- 90 Degree Spine
- Fire Starter Included
- Thicker blade than other Moras
- Integrated Diamond Sharpener
- Rubber ergonomic grip
- High Carbon Steel Blade
- Not Full Tang
- Sharpener too coarse
Morakniv has been making knives in Sweden since the late 1800s. They build a well constructed knife with good steel and they don't rip you off on price. The Mora Bushcraft Black is no exception. It's the next evolution of a historical knife making company.
They listened to a lot of their customers on what they wanted in a knife and they delivered this masterpiece. I definitely think you should give one of these a try. Finally, check out some of my other reviews for the best bushcraft knives below.