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Bunnerz
20-08-2006, 18:13
Ok so I'm going to get a mora for my first knife. As i look around ebay i find quite a few, different handles have kinda thrown me :confused:

Do i want a birch handle like this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SCOUT-KNIFE-BY-FROST-S-OF-MORA-SWEDEN-BUSHCRAFT_W0QQitemZ28001683399 7QQihZ018QQcategoryZ7306QQssPa geNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewIte m#ebayphotohosting

or plastic like this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Frosts-Of-Sweden-Military-Mora-Bushcraft-Knife-NEW-760_W0QQitemZ120022233214QQihZ 002QQcategoryZ16042QQssPageNam eZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Regards

Draven
20-08-2006, 18:17
Personally, I'd say neither, and get the Mora Clipper. Has a plastic handle, but it looks better and judging by the plastic one you showed, would give a better grip.

Don't know if anything's wrong with the wooden handled Mora, but the crossguard would put me off, I've tried carving with a knife that had one and it was pretty painful.

Hope that helps...

Bunnerz
20-08-2006, 18:21
yeah that helps! :You_Rock_

are all mora blades the same? no matter what the handle is?

Draven
20-08-2006, 18:28
ummm I believe those two you showed have the same blade profile and grind as the Clipper, though you can buy the Clipper in either High Carbon or Stainless. I expect you can with the others as well.

EDIT: You can, by the way, get other blades I believe... they make a fillet knife too I think, but obviously that's not really the best choice for Bushcraft.

leon-1
20-08-2006, 18:30
No, the clipper has a slightly different grind to the 760 (the plastic handled one on ebay), personal opinion the clipper is a better knife of the 2. It arrives sharper, the grind is slightly better and the handle is more ergonomic. The plastic sheaths are not much good on either, but it doesn't take a lot to make your own sheath, or you could get someone to make one for you.


I'd agree with Draven that the clipper is the one to go for and there are plenty of other people who would agree.

bikething
20-08-2006, 18:36
I'd agree with Draven that the clipper is the one to go for and there are plenty of other people who would agree.Me being one!! - i tend to use the clipper, despite owning a couple of Stewart Marshes, an F1 and a whole drawer full of other knives.
The rubberised grip is good under wet conditions too ;)

cheers
Steve

JonnyP
20-08-2006, 19:20
Ok so I'm going to get a mora for my first knife. As i look around ebay i find quite a few, different handles have kinda thrown me :confused:

Do i want a birch handle like this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SCOUT-KNIFE-BY-FROST-S-OF-MORA-SWEDEN-BUSHCRAFT_W0QQitemZ28001683399 7QQihZ018QQcategoryZ7306QQssPa geNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewIte m#ebayphotohosting

or plastic like this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Frosts-Of-Sweden-Military-Mora-Bushcraft-Knife-NEW-760_W0QQitemZ120022233214QQihZ 002QQcategoryZ16042QQssPageNam eZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Regards
I bought one of the plastic handled mora jobbies at the moot for my 8yr old boy, it wasn't very sharp, but it soon took a very nice edge. Obviously, being his first proper knife, he is well pleased with it, but I have had a play with it too and have found it great to use. I filed down the back of the blade, because it was quite rounded and would not strike a fire steel, it does now, and despite it being a stainless blade (rather than a carbon blade) it showers sparks a goodun............

Johnboy06
20-08-2006, 20:16
Iv just bought the survival plain green plastic one i think but i wanted the clipper with the rubber handle. Hasnt arrived yet so illl see what its like lol. There so cheap tho its probably worth experimenting tho im no expert. :)

Wayne
20-08-2006, 22:39
I use a green plastic stainless mra on all my courses.

They are realitively cheap.

the handles can break when battoning if your technique isnt quite right, I have had a few students break them.

I find that using one all day seems to tire my hands more than my own knife.

I use a Mora on the courses the same as the students to show that its the person thats important not the tool.

Draven
20-08-2006, 22:45
I find that using one all day seems to tire my hands more than my own knife.

I know watcha mean, my only complaint about the Clipper is that the handle is too small for my hands... if I use it too much I'll get blisters and the muscles ache... still, I wouldn't go back on my decision to use one!

addyb
20-08-2006, 23:11
I had to square off the spine on my Clipper, too. It took a bit more filing than I actually expected but then again, stainless is much more wear resistant than carbon steel. And just like yours, Jon, mine strikes a shower of sparks like a goodun. :)

Adam

Bunnerz
21-08-2006, 10:12
How will I file down to make a good striking surface? Should i clamp it or what that damage it? Hardcore sand paper or filing saw thing!? :o

JonnyP
21-08-2006, 13:50
How will I file down to make a good striking surface? Should i clamp it or what that damage it? Hardcore sand paper or filing saw thing!? :o
I clamped the knife in a vice, using a bit of cardboard either side to protect the knife. Then I filed down the edge flat with a fine metal file.
You can also put some wet and dry paper on a flat surface and draw the knife over that. Best to cover the blade with some strong tape to protect your pinkies.........

addyb
21-08-2006, 17:10
Yep, that's what I did. It works marvelously!

Adam