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#160478 - 05/18/17 11:43 PM The Mora Indestructible
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Check out this on YouTube.
Maybe someone can post the link.

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#160481 - 05/19/17 01:27 AM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: pappy19]
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VERY entertaining attempted demolition of a Mora knife...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKlcBpKbAvM


and why I have numerous Moras, and especially the latest Garberg, which has a full tang and does away with smaller tang cutting front of handle.


I call the Garberg my unbreakable Swedish dive knife.


Edited by Lofty (05/19/17 04:59 PM)
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#160482 - 05/19/17 08:59 AM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: Lofty]
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Yes, that's the video, thanks Lofty. I don't have one, but I might buy one to throw into the back of my Bronco.

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#160485 - 05/19/17 11:39 AM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: pappy19]
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Unless you plan on clubbing your knife like a baby seal, the Robust model in the video with "stick" tang is all you would ever need, and MUCH cheaper than the Garberg.

In my opinion, the true full tang Garberg was unrequired....if they had simply cut radiused shoulders on the Robust/Bushcraft line ricasso and butted them against a brass or stainless plate at front of handle, there would never have been shoulder/tang cutting of plastic handle up front. And it would have been unbreakable without all new and much heavier knife.
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#160489 - 05/19/17 02:58 PM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: Lofty]
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The synthetic handle material that Morakniv uses is really nice, too.
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#160490 - 05/19/17 02:59 PM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: Lofty]
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Another personal opinion. If you need "stand on it/stab thru car door" strength, one can go step by step up the scale in thickness from Companion, to Robust/Bushcraft, to Garberg.

One also loses true cutting performance each step up that rung.

If one steps down from those, one finds the discontinued 780, and the Clipper (still made in plain carbon steel). These last two are fantastic carver/cutters, able to carve a 2x4 to toothpicks in record time, and can also handle batoning, but simply not thick enough for log splitting. Both of these can be bent multiple times to 90 before finally giving in.






They ALL are equally indestructible when size factored in. You need not buy the thickest worst cutting knife to have a very tough knife.





The folks at Mora have always prided themselves on knives which flat out cut, and the USA/UK demands for these ever thicker and thicker knives must be confirming to them that English speakers truly are insane.



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#160491 - 05/19/17 03:13 PM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: Windsor]
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Originally Posted By: Windsor
The synthetic handle material that Morakniv uses is really nice, too.


Personally, I do not care for softer overlay, and why I jumped on the Garberg, and why my favorite old one is the 780 with guard and solid handle.

But I do not think any Frost or Mora with injection molded handle was ever anything BUT a masterpiece of ergonomics. They KNOW how to make a working handle.
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#160500 - 05/19/17 08:13 PM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: Lofty]
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I remember many years ago, like in the 70's, Knife World did a torture test on a big number of production and custom knives.
The winner was a knife called G96, a cheapy advertised in outdoor magazines. Most looked like Buck knockoffs, but performed admirably. I never owned one.

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#160504 - 05/19/17 08:37 PM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: pappy19]
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Folk are right proud of the G96 knives, just check used knife prices on those babies.

I also remember them, and their entire line of products, they still exist as the only civilian marketeer of the latest/greatest milspec CLP formula.

Back to the Mora, the tested knife has a long tapered radiused tang of at least 3/4 handle length, with notches/holes for security in the cast handle.

The Garberg has a more "full tang", and essentially a cast layer enclosing it, and likely could be handled with slab scales for the industrious. I have actually seen photos from the super-industrious who have then ground the tang back to old style and installed fancy wood.

This is the Garberg, nekkid, from last year at SHOT. It weighs pretty much same as a Ruana 14B.





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#160522 - 05/20/17 12:45 PM Re: The Mora Indestructible [Re: Lofty]
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The heck with the Orlando Show as hyped in another thread.

I went to the PASCAGOULA show today and there were THREE Randalls there!!!

Also TWO vendors with cardboard Mora Companion and Basic 511 displays for $15 and $10 respectively.

Wanted to try the new handle on what is the otherwise pretty much (seems a wee bit deeper and more of blade inside handle) the classic Mora #1, 510, 511 etc blade. It is a small blade but probably would outperform the majority of knives sold today on most any task in the woods aside from chopping. Which is why the cheapest Moras are the most popular.

The Basic 511 has no overlay as larger blade versions with this new workman knife handle, and is still featherlight, which suprised me.

My $10 souvenir, which goes in car after wiping plain carbon C100 Bohler Uddeholm blade.

A craftsman/contractor/workman/woodsbum knife.







Edited by Lofty (05/20/17 01:06 PM)
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