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Morakniv Companion Knife Review

Morakniv Companion Knife Review

The Companion from Morakniv is one of their most popular knives, because, as the name suggests, it is such a reliable companion!

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It works well both as an introductory knife for the younger generation as well as for more experienced outdoor enthusiasts.  Growing up in the 70’s, I can clearly remember having a pocket knife, something that wasn’t uncommon and didn’t have the same connotation as today.  Knives are remarkably useful tools when used correctly, especially when you’re camping or out in the wilderness. They can even be a lifesaving device!

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I’ve been fascinated by knives from a young age – although not morbidly I hasten to add – and have several folding, fixed blade and multitools all of which get regular use.  The Companion is badged as a Kids Knife, believe it or not, which says something about the Scandinavians and their attitudes towards Bushcraft and the outdoors.  Children in Scandinavia – certainly Sweden – are taught Bushcraft and basic survival skills from a very early age.

Something perhaps lacking in the UK and our obsession with Health & Safety and Risk…

Now the Companion being of composite or plastic construction means price isn’t too big of an issue but don’t be put off.  This is a workhorse, designed for hard use and not just being displayed in a glass cabinet.  If you were going to give it a name, I think Stanley might be quite appropriate

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Now, before we move one lets look at UK Law regarding knives…


Basic Laws on knives

According to the Government website, the basic laws around knife carry are as follows: –

Basic laws on knives

It is illegal to:

  • sell a knife to anyone under 18 (16 to 18 year olds in Scotland can buy cutlery and kitchen knives) unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less
  • carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less
  • carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
  • use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife)

Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and are illegal to carry in public without good reason. Lock knives:

  • have blades that can be locked and refolded only by pressing a button
  • can include multi-tool knives – tools that also contain other devices such as a screwdriver or can opener

It’s worth noting that the Maximum prison sentence for {an adult} carrying a knife is 4 years and an unlimited fine.  If you’re caught more than once carry a knife, you will go to Prison!

For more information checkout the .Gov website


Morakniv have a long and ilustrious history in knife making, from as early as the 1890’s and are synonymous with quality and durability.

The Companion from Morakniv is a true workhorse, designed to be used and not admired…

How it all started

There’s a long tradition of knife making in Mora. We have been creating sharp knives for the rest of the world for more than 400 years. For Morakniv the journey started in 1891 when Frost-Erik Erson returned to his home village of Östnor in Mora after four years in North America. When he opened his timber sled factory the first seed was sewn to what would eventually become the company and the brand that we know today – Morakniv.

In the beginning Frost-Erik only made knives for use within the factory, but production would soon start to grow. The term Morakniv was already well known at the end of the 1900’s, due to the area’s long tradition of manufacturing. Knives from Mora had made their way to users around the country by travelling tradesmen, or through bartering. With the founding of the factory, production could grow and more and more knives could be delivered across Sweden and the world.

The Companion is a great piece of kit if you use it responsibly, check out the Companion and more on their homepage

THE VERY BEGINNING
As early as 1890 Carl Andersson from Mora is mentioned in the Swedish Trade Directory as a “Knife-maker.”
1890

 
1900

FROSTS MANUFACTURING
The knife with the wooden handle has a patented “lock sheath.” The locking groove is visible on the handle down at the holster.

ZORN, THE KNIFE-MAKER
Anders Zorn was not only a world famous artist, he was also a skilled wood carver and apparently knife-maker. He made at least eight knives, two of which are still missing.
1906

1920

THE RED HANDLE
During the 20’s, the characteristic red handle starts to appear in Mora’s knife-making factories. From the beginning it was a given that the handles would be made of birch wood. They were stained red before final varnishing to make them look more exclusive, like mahogany. Eventually the staining was abandoned for different shades of red colors.

MORA SCISSORS
It’s not only knives that are made in Mora. During the 30’s, the Mora scissors were also introduced. They soon became a success and still today are a favorite for many, even though they stopped being made in 1968.
1930


1940

SCOUT KNIVES DURING THE WAR YEARS
Knife manufacturing was difficult during the war, with drafted personnel and limited import and export possibilities. At this time, the best-selling Scout knife was a savior, selling in large quantities, predominantly in Norway.

SOUVERNIRS
The design of this knife is meant to resemble that of the Finnish Lapp knives and was sold as a souvenir to the rising number of tourists starting to make their way to Sweden at the time.
1950

1950

THE ARRIVAL OF PLASTIC
There was a shortage of rubber during the war forcing the manufacturers to think differently about the material used, which is how the plastic handle came into the picture. This is a small knife from the 1950’s with a plastic handle.

CONTINUED INNOVATIONS
The introduction of the plastic handle was novel and gave rise to new colorful options, such as with the scout knives.
1950

1952

TAKE A LOOK AT THE LION’S HEAD
This bayonet was manufactured during the postwar period. The blade is made of polished and nickel-plated special steel, and the handle is made of cast brass with sides consisting of moose antlers. At the time the knife cost SEK 31.50.

LEATHER IMITATIONS
The knife sheaths were also made of plastic and their ornate patterns were meant to mimic the more exclusive sheaths made of vulcanized fiber and leather. Once again the characteristic red handle is there.
1960

1975

THE BIG SUCCESS OF THE 70’S
The big news of the decade for many was the “Hunter” launched in 1975. It had a small brutal appearance that quickly made it the obvious macho choice.

510 AND 511
Morakniv 510 was introduced in 1978 and later achieved cult status as “The Wilderness Blade.” After public debate about knife safety at the end of the 70’s, the 511 model was soon launched as the “safe knife” with its solid finger guard. More than a million of them were soon sold.
1978

1983

EXCLUSIVE HUNTING
Lapplander was developed in 1983 as a solid hunting knife. The special stainless steel, the real wooden handle and the leather sheath soon turned it into a beautiful accessory, not only in the forest.

MORA STRIKES BACK
And then in 1991 came the big product news of the decade – Morakniv 2000. The idea was to create a practical all-round knife that would work just as well for skinning, clearing and filleting fish, as for skinning and butchering felled prey, and slicing bread or cold cuts and buttering sandwiches.
1991

The Companion is a great piece of kit if you use it responsibly, check out the Companion and more on their homepage

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Technical specification
ITEM NO
12091 Green | 12093 Blue | 12094 Magenta | 12090 Orange | 12092 Black
MODEL
Morakniv Companion
SEGMENT
Outdoor
CONSTRUCTION
NET WEIGHT
118 g
PRODUCT LENGTH
mm
GROSS WEIGHT
188 g
PRODUCT WIDTH
mm
BLADE THICKNESS
2.5 mm
KNIFE LENGTH
219 mm
BLADE LENGTH
104 mm
BLADE MATERIAL
Stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL
TPE rubber
SHEATH
Polymer
SHEATH COLOR
Green | Blue | Magenta | Orange | Black
HANDLE COLOR
Black

The Companion is a great piece of kit if you use it responsibly, check out the Companion and more on their homepage

The Companion from Morakniv is a true workhorse, designed to be used and not admired.  The blade is exceptionally sharp and doesn’t dull if cared for properly.  It’s ideal for jobs around the house, but excels out in the field.

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Be careful! As we’ve already mentioned, carrying knives without good reason in the UK is a serious offence.

If you’re after a multicoloured beast for firestarting or just whittling your favourite piece of wood, the Companion is up there with the best.  Not the prettiest of options, but certainly one of the more capable.

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The plastic sheath, which matches the colour of the pommel, holds the knife securely and has a nice feel to it.  You certainly don’t want to put your hand in your pack and grab the dangerous end of this thing.

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The Companion is a great piece of kit if you use it responsibly, check out the Companion and more on their homepage  All in all a superb tool at a superb price!

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