As a self-proclaimed knife lover, I have to admit that I have the best job I can imagine. As the author of KnifePlanet.net I can not only talk about knives all day, but also look at some nice cool knives. In this case I can look through the knife and talk to the people who did it: it doesn’t get much better.
The great people of Morakniv in Sweden sent me one of their world famous knives from the Companion series. However, it was a real pleasure to visit Thomas Erickson, Product Manager at Moraknive. Having a knife with vision is one thing, but placing a brain behind a knife is worth its weight in gold.
Morakesser’s company knife…
The history and pedigree of Morakniv goes back to 1891, when the company was founded in Mora, Sweden. In fact, Maura has a knifemaker tradition that goes back some 400 years. According to Thomas Erickson:
Our town Maura used to have 15 to 20 cutters. Our company was founded in 1891 and consists of 4 different knife manufacturers, because we bought 3 competitors, the rest went bankrupt [/box].
One of the interesting moments in Moraknive is that few other knifemakers can claim a royal order from His Majesty the King of Sweden. As you can imagine, this is not just an honour granted every day. This indicates the quality of the products.
According to Thomas, Moraknive produces about 4 million knives a year, or about 20,000 knives a day. 70% of the knives are exported. He also explained that 511 is very popular among entrepreneurs in Sweden. Food models are all the rage in the United States, with a growing demand for wire/protein knives. I couldn’t resist laughing when Thomas explained that Eastern Europe/Russia likes knives without delirium, cheap prices, high quality.
Without missing a great opportunity, I decided to test the knife, which gave me a taste of the beautiful Emily Bromes and Suzanne Hermann de Moraknive. My Series Companion knife had a light green and black handle with a polished stainless steel blade. The general appearance with a hard plastic bowl reminded me of a long forgotten brand of wire knife that I had in my youth. The combination of paint and plastic left a first impression that almost reminds me of a children’s toy. As soon as I grabbed the hilt and pulled the blade out of its tight position in a hard shell, my mind became much stronger. The satellite fits my hand perfectly. It’s a bit light, but balanced in the right places. Being crushed like a cross between a beginner’s knife and a utility knife with deep bush roots, it seems that he can be good in any role, but that he doesn’t succeed in anything. I started studying my new companion and testing him in the field.
I took advantage of the situation and asked Thomas Erickson, Product Manager at Moraknive, again for information about the Companion series, one of which was due to my cancer, waiting for a short walk to try it out.
Box frame=complete] The Companion series appeared around 1993, when the Clipper was released. Around the year 2005 we modernised the Clipper shaping tool with handmade blades for Scandinavian workers. The companion is mainly an external version of this knife [/box].
My companion and I are going on an adventure soon. At home, in the field. Use it for everything from cooking in the kitchen to sharpening sticks and baking marshmallows. I had to cut the parachute to blow up the bunker, no problem. In fact, it’s hard to get a grip on everything I threw at him. I don’t have the impression that the knife can withstand a heavy blow or that the mill is well designed, but that’s not what it’s designed for. The edge is polished with an incredibly sharp Scandi mode, at an angle that seems to be 22-25 degrees. The edge seems to withstand moderate use and can be easily sharpened if necessary. And high quality Swedish stainless steel (12c27) has proven itself. In my opinion this is the perfect steel for this series of knives. The 12c27 is known for its ability to hold the edge and for its resistance to corrosion, a good feature of the knife designed for the beginner, and also for high-gloss polished steel. Exceeds a range of 400 stainless steel grades at all points. The companion is also available in carbon steel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of them. In fact, I have a whole list of Morakniwa products I’d like to try.
I raised the steel issue with Thomas. I think he guessed my fondness for carbon steel.
What is important, however, is not the steel we use, but our unique heat treatment, which we carry out in our offshore factory. [/box]
As far as I know, they use German (c100), which makes a very good blade according to most standards.
I really enjoyed trying out my morale level Companion. Pleasant feeling in the hand, handle without hotspots for prolonged use. The 4-inch blade is very suitable for most tasks. I think the knife weighs about 4-5 ounces, but I had no weight to check, which I think is a little too light for an outdoor knife. When he said that, he never stopped doing what I asked him to do. I can list all the pros and cons of this knife. And maybe the changes I want. In any case, that would defeat the purpose of the knife. What if it’s not the perfect outdoor knife? And if it doesn’t take as long as another brand. With a price tag of about $18, it’s almost a disposable. But don’t underestimate the Companion, it’s a harder knife than you think… and I think I need it in every color now.
Many thanks to Thomas Ericsson and the people of Moraknive for answering the questions.
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