The Morakniv Companion I’m going to start this review by saying that I love this knife – Its one of the best I have owned and it has to be the cheapest as well! That is not to say that this review is going to be biased – I’m going to give you the facts and let you know exactly what iv been up to with this product so that you can judge for yourself if this is the right companion for you – for transparency I purchased this knife with my own money.
I have had this knife now for just over 6 months and have taken it on several camping trips (New Forest, Lake District, Pembrokeshire) as well as used it a couple of times a week almost as an EDC knife – Not on my person but its normally lurking in my kit bag. I chose the orange model as I felt it would stop me losing it (I’m a nightmare for losing knives) and as I didn’t need it to look “Tacticool” orange seemed like a good choice for me. Morakniv offers a range of other colour options if orange is not your bag – including Anthracite, Black, Cerise, Desert, Green, Light Blue, Military Green and Navy Blue.
The all-in-one knife for outdoor buffs. Blade of Swedish cold-rolled special stainless steel. The patterned high-friction grip makes the knife pleasant to hold and easy to handle. In five colours, green, magenta, black, blue and orange. Plastic sheath with a belt clip.
The knife comes with a polymer sheath that locks the knife into place nice and securely – there is a small notch on the top of the sheath that helps you drive the knife out with your thumb and also helps with reindexing. The sheath features a single drainage hole at the end to stop the build-up of water around the blade in wetter condition. The sheath can be belt-mounted as it comes with a moulded belt attachment (for right-handed mounting only) and also a hanging point if you wanted to hang it on a peg or nail for example. I have mounted mine in my day bags side pocket and used some zip ties to secure it in place through the molle straps. This means if my bag is on the floor and I need to grab it out it’s very easy to draw and the sheath stays in place but I don’t have to carry it around on my person when on the campsite or at the yard etc.
The knife itself is very nicely put together. Its lightweight (at only 1170g) but still has a sturdy feel with no wobble or movement in any of the components even after 6 months of daily use. The handle is very comfortable to hold with a good profile and is rubberized (TPE-rubber) to help retains grip even in very wet conditions.
The blade is exceptionally sharp when you get this knife. When it arrived I could very easily shave the hair off the back of my hand with almost no pressure at all. After 6 months of the use, the blade appears to have not lost any of its razor’s edge. I have used the knife everyday stuff such as bailing twine, 550 cord, leather straps, packing straps and even prepare food on a campsite (potatoes, peppers, onions, nuts etc). The blade is constructed from stainless steel and carries the marks of Morakniv, Made in Sweden and stainless on the right side.
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This knife would be great for anyone looking for a “no-frills” workhorse that they can throw in their kit bag or truck and know that when they need it, it’s going to be razor-sharp and ready to go every time. This would also be a very good knife for a younger person who is looking to get into bushcraft as the including plastic sheath makes it very safe to transport and use.
Another great feature of this knife is the price – I purchased mine from Wood to Water for £11.99 with free shipping (due to a promotion at the time of purchase – https://www.woodtowater.co.uk/product/morakniv-companion-colour-bushcraft-knife/). At this price point, it makes it almost disposable – If I used the knife for 8 to 12 months and trashed it trying to leaver something open (or some other task that is not really meant to be done with a knife) then it would not be too bad to have to buy a replacement, however, if I would have purchased a Buck knife for £70 to £100 that would be a very costly mistake!
This Swedish Stainless Steel workhorse will always have a place in my kit bag… even in high viz orange!