So I believe even just the title of this blog can and may cause some controversy, as it’s one of the most talked about topics in the Bushcraft, Survival and Woods Living communities. But that is not my intent here. I would just like to share a bit more on what I have come to believe (personal opinion, for what its worth) on the topic.
I can remember several years ago, in and around 2007 or so, where I was about two years deep into my research on the topic of survival. As most of you know, it all started for me by watching Les Stroud (Survivorman) on television. I have always been into the woods via hunting, fishing and the likes, but Les peaked my interest in survival. And so it began…
My quest for knowledge started, and I had all I could do to get away from the computer and books. I had a solid 15 month deployment during this time frame in which to do so, and I didn’t waste much of it.
So not long into it, I of course came across the topic of knives. There was so much to learn, and I had nothing but time. I read blogs, watched videos from mentors in the community, and got my fair share of advice through the literature I was reading. I quickly learned that knives were a topic that wasn’t dissimilar to guns. The “perfect knife” to most, was about as clear as the day’s weather report. Sifting through all of the hype on knives, it was hard for me to get away from the fact that I came from a large family (13 kids on my mom’s side) of hunters, farmers and even a random trapper or two, who always seemed to have the classic fillet knife on their hip, no matter the task.
I tried my best to separate the “chaff from the wheat”, so-to-speak, but there were a lot of commonalities as well. I read and looked over a lot of information on the Mora Knife, and there was a lot of it. So my first decision was to try one out! The Mora SL2 was my very first Mora knife, and it did a fine job for me, even though I purposely tried to beat it up. I think it still sees use today from a good friend of mine, Joe.
Of course I had to modify mine and add in some kerf marks to each side for better grip…but it was a fine knife regardless.
After using the Mora for a while, I went with two other knives that I intended on using from here on out….the RAT3 and the infamous Tom Brown Tracker 1, or TBT1.
Both of these knives had a lot of hype behind them as well, and I quickly realized what I had after using them. I gave the RAT3 away, and sold the TBT1 for another (hyped up) knife. The journey continued, and I found myself going after the hyped up knives more and more, and even came to have several custom knives made just for me. It was a losing battle. There was no “perfect knife” after all. I regrouped and went back to old reliable, the Mora knife. This time I used a Mora Classic 2, and contrary to what most believe…it works! It is also very much affordable, so I could buy ten of these without coming close to the cost of the previously mentioned.
So here is what I use most often today, and will likely do so for a long time. I finally got by the hype and realized if you actually know what a knife is designed for, how to care for it, and more importantly….how to use it, you can forego all of the money wasted on knives that I have. I am a firm believer in “use the right tool for the right job”. So if you intend on using your knife like an axe, why not just buy an axe and use that?
So to add a final disclaimer, as to not hurt the feelings of any knife makers out there, I am not discrediting them in the least. I have quite a few custom knives, and I like them all. Maybe a separate blog on custom knives would be a good idea as well. But when it comes down to function, and what I really need in a knife…..I find the Mora brand very hard to beat. It is, in my opinion, one of the most well-rounded knives on the market. A True Woods Knife….in my opinion.