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Mora Robust and Companion Heavy Duty – The Tough (but Still Cheap) Moras

Mora knives are no secret. Many knife users in the USA are well aware of the excellent quality and value that they offer. However, many knife users in the USA are also still hesitant about carrying them as their only knife in situations where an only knife can be very important (like backcountry travel) due to the perceived weakness of the light weight, partial tang, molded plastic handle design. This is in spite of the fact that Morakniv has moved production toward longer and wider tangs across basically all of the current Mora knives.

I feel that those fears are mostly misplaced or misinformed but I am also sympathetic to those who just want to have a bomb-proof tool they can count on. If that is you, I have good news. You don’t have to spend a lot cash to get a durable knife. You don’t have to carry 8-10 ounces of pack weight. You don’t even have to look outside of the Mora line.

Let’s take a look at why the Mora Robust and Mora Heavy Duty Companion might offer the best value in the entire Mora line.

Top: Robust, Bottom: Companion Heavy Duty

Durable But Still Affordable…

The Robust is basically just a beefed up version the the Mora Craftsman line with its hand filling grip, ample guard, and taller, more drop point blade. The Heavy Duty Companion is a beefed up version of the Companion series. Both of these knives have very similar dimensions to the other knives in their respective lines with one key difference… They have thicker, 1/8″ carbon steel blade stock. This stock is considerably thicker than most other Mora knives in their price range but still thin enough to cut very well.

These knives are more durable than other similar knives in their lines but they are still very affordable. The Robust sells for $10-15 and the Heavy Duty Companion with its longer blade and finished spine sells for $17-25. Morakniv offers other 1/8″ thick models but they all cost $40 or more. The Mora Bushcraft Black is often touted as the best value in the Mora line but these two knives together cost less than half of a Bushcraft Black while offering most of the functionality, all of the durability, and less weight.

Mora Robust

If you like the typical drop point blade shape (a very common blade shape in the US), the Mora Robust might be more your speed. It has a taller blade with a deeper belly than those we are used to seeing from Mora which will likely appeal to those of us in the US who are very used to this shape.

It weighs just 135 grams or 4.76 ounces (including the sheath and the “ranger band” I use for secondary retention) with a 3.6″ blade. Don’t let the light weight trick you into believing this knife isn’t “Robust”. The tang is very wide and extends almost the full length of the handle. There are very, very impressive torture test videos online for this knife and I am confident in saying that it is a tool you can trust.

The Robust feels great in the hand. It has a hand filling, rubberized grip and a full guard that ensure the knife stays put in your grip and is comfortable for long periods of work. If you like a pronounced guard or plan to use this for field dressing game, this might be the one for you.

Mora Companion Heavy Duty

The Companion Heavy Duty has a blade shape more like what is typically seen on Mora knives. It is shorter in height and longer in length than the Robust. The point sits lower in relation to the spine and more in line with the handle which is common among “bushcraft” knives.

The Companion Heavy Duty has a longer 4.1″ blade but weighs only a few grams more than the Robust due to the shorter height of the blade (138 grams or 4.86 ounces including the sheath and the “ranger band” I use for secondary retention).  It too has a robust, nearly full length tang.

This knife also has a slightly more hand filling handle than typically found on the Companion series. It will fit the same sheaths in most cases since the guard area is virtually identical but the rubberized portion of the grip is slightly larger in diameter. It is an extremely comfortable knife to use.

Personal Experience

I can tell you from my own use that these knives hold up to everything I need them too (then again, so have all the other modern Moras that I have tried). The most important thing I need from a knife is the ability to process wood for a fire and these knives are more than capable of that. The Robust in particular has been batoned through frozen wood on several occasion this year alone.

Wrap Up

These knives weigh about half what many similarly dimensioned full tang knives weigh and yet than can take all the same abuse (maybe more in some cases). They also cost significantly less. I mean, if you felt it was necessary, you could buy 3 of them – one to destruction test so you know the knife’s limits and two to carry just in case you still fear you might somehow break one in the field. That would still cost you less in cash and pack weight than many “survival” knives!

If the thin blade stock and perceived fragility of the standard Mora knives is what has been holding you back from trying one, check out the Robust and Companion Heavy Duty. Try to break one doing something close to a realistic knife task. I dare you.


I buy all my Moras on Amazon. Their prices are pretty hard to beat but it always pays the shop around, especially on the auction sites. The links below are affiliate links:

Mora Robust on Amazon

Mora Companion Heavy Duty on Amazon (available in “Military Green” or Orange)

Dauntless MFG UB-K

What do you get when you cross a box knife with a karabit? You get something like the UB-K from Dauntless MFG.

According to Dauntless MFG, the UB-K is:

The UB-K is a fixed blade karambit style knife that accepts all standard utility knife blades. It is designed to be just at home as a part of your everyday carry or another tool in your toolbox.

The UB-K comes with a custom kydex sheath and a wrench used to change hte blade. The UB-K comes with your choice of handle panels but Dauntless MFG also sells the panels in a variety of colors and textures so you can customize the UB-K.

DauntlessMFG.com

Tindall Knives Ridge-Line

If you know Tindall Knives, you likely know them in part for their beautiful outdoor oriented knives with intricate handle designs. Those incredible, multi-material handles are what first caught my eye. That is what makes the new Tindall Knives Ridge-Line series such an interesting departure from their previous work.

The Ridge-Line is a no-frills line of knives that features custom quality with hard working finishes and materials. There are two designs in the line. The Teton is a do-all outdoors knives. The Lost River Bushcrafter is a “beefed up” re-imagining of the classic bushcraft knife. Both models feature 5/32″ thick 80CRV2 steel steel with a flat black coating, and bead-blasted micarta or G-10 handle slabs.

These knives also boast TKHT heat treat. Tindall Knives claims this heat treat “gives a harder hardness and better edge holding, still while retaining maximum toughness and no brittleness. It has been demonstrated by stabbing cars and cutting 1/4” steel bolts on a vise and still shaving hair.”

Ridge-Line knives come with a molded Boltaron sheath.

Check out the new Ridge-Line at Tindall Knives.

Best Tactical & Outdoor Gifts – Proven Arms & Outfitters

ABERDEEN,N.C. – (December 2018)- Proven Arms & Outfitters is excited to announce more holiday savings!  Whether you are shopping for yourself or that special tactical/outdoor someone, Proven Arms& Outfitters (PAO) has just the thing! Check out the vast assortment of AR15 parts and components from Geissele, Aero Precision, Magpul, Anderson, and many other popular manufacturers.  Tactical bags, packs, and firearm cases are always a great gift, and there are plenty in-stock from FirstTactical, 5.11 Tactical, Blue Force Gear, Pelican, and many other great brands.

Don’t miss PAO’s current special on Sig Sauer P320s!  Buy a full-size P320 and get a BlackPoint Tactical holster for $529.99 or K Rounds holster for $509.99.

Perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays are still available:

•    RE Factor Tactical Body Stacker Tees for $23.50

•    Streamlight Lights, Lanterns, and Headlamps for 45% Off

•    Thyrm Products for $17.59 to 26.39

•    Smith & Wesson M&P Mags 3 for $78.00

•    Magpul PMAGS on sale – 30 round for $8.99, 40 round for $14.99 and 60 round for $94.99

Each store location has a full assortment of ammo from Hornady, Sig Sauer, Federaland more at low prices.  Ammunition is only available in store; we do not ship ammo.

ProvenArms & Outfitters is proud to have a large variety of QualifiedProfessional Programs where law enforcement, military, first responders andmore can purchase firearms and essential gear at deep discounts.  PAO holds programs with SureFire, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, FN America, Springfield Armory, Berretta, and IWI.  For more information on Proven Arms & Outfitters programs, visit ProvenOutfitters.com/Programs or call a store near you.

Check out our stores in Tacoma, WA and Woodbridge, VA or shop online here.

Stay tuned and look forward to more exciting announcements coming from Proven Arms & Outfitters soon! 

About Proven Arms & Outfitters:

ProvenArms & Outfitters is a leading supplier of apparel, tactical gear, outdoor gear, optics, every day carry products and firearms to Enthusiasts, LawEnforcement, First Responders, and Military professionals. We have the PROVEN selection of products designed to help you perform at your peak.  For a complete and current outfit for your weapon, build out existing kit, or gear up for your next adventure, choose us for our practical knowledge, experience, extensive selection, and exceptional customer service.  Visit one of our two Proven Arms & Outfitters locations, find us on the web at ProvenOutfitters.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @Proven_AO, and Twitter @Proven_AO

Zulu Bravo Obscure Series G-10 Knives

Zulu Bravo’s new Obscure series of G-10 Knives have a few immediately noticeable advantages over many other non-metallic knives on the market. First, they come with a very good sheath. Second, the provided sheath is also non-metallic. These items are important because the Obscure series knives are sharp enough to cut and really require a sheath and strangely, many non-metallic knives come with sheaths that contain metal eyelets.

The Obscure series consists of 3 models. The “Fruit Peeler” version draws obvious inspiration from the Victorinox paring knives that have become popular complete with indexing groove. The “Sharpfinger Pikal” is based on Zulu Bravo’s modified Schrade Sharpfinger knives and comes with a resin soaked wrapped handle. Finally, the “Mini Koh” is an extremely slim and compact offering with a textured handle. All three versions .25″ thick G-10.

You can read more about these non-metallic knives at Zulu Bravo: Obscure Series at ZuluBravoKydex.com

Praetor Pocketblade from Ronin Energetics

There have been a number of knives targeted at the EDC market that make use of disposable utility knives. Typically, they feature some kind of folding or sliding mechanism that allows the blade to be stowed safely. The new Ronin Energetics Praetor Pocketblade, with its fixed blade design, seems to be an entirely new idea when it comes to these utility blade based EDC knives.

The Praetor Pocketblade is, in its most basic form, a holder for a disposable utility blade. The design appears to harken back to designs like the Perrin La Griffe to offer solid grip and retention. The materials are also very modern with the blade holder being machined from a solid piece of carbon fiber or G-10 composite for both rigidity and light weight.

The Praetor Pocketblade does not fold, so Ronin Energetics has devised two ways of carrying it safely. The first option is a locking belt sheath that matches the modern design of the blade holder. The sheath retains the blade via magnets. They also have a more simple magnetic blade guard that simply covers the edge of the utility blade.

There is obviously of lot of details that I am glossing over. You can read much more about the Praetor Pocketblade on the Kickstarter Campaign Page (where it has already more than doubled its funding goal): Praetor Pocketblade on Kickstarter

Bastion Crowdfunding Newest Version of Braza EDC – The Braza Bro Cleaver

You may have noticed that cleaver style blades are in right now. These mostly straight edged knives have a striking appearance and happen to be very well suited to EDC cutting tasks. It also happens to be a blade style that looks great in Bastion’s popular Braza family of knives.

Bastion is currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign for the new Braza Bro Cleaver. It would be a bit of an understatement to say that it has been a successful campaign so far considering they have blown away their $5000 funding goal.

This tiny flipper knife delivers a lot at its sub-$40 price (depending on options). It is available with a number of options including stainless or titanium handles and a D2 or S35VN steel blade. The blade rides on ceramic ball bearings to provide easy opening via the flipper. The pocket clip is reversible for either left or right side tip up carry.

You can read more on the campaign page: Braza Bro Cleaver on Kickstarter

Modernized Barlow from Bastion

Bastion’s newest knife is a throwback… way, way back. The worked with YouTube knife channel Cutlery Lover to design a modernized Barlow style knife.

This is not your grandfather’s Barlow. It features a manual assist blade and a flipper for the other blade! The blades are ground from 5CR15MOV steel. The handle features G-10 scales with a stainless steel bolster.

BastionGear.com

Specifications:

  • Closed length: 3.28 inches
  • Open length: 5.85 inches
  • Blade length: 2.57 inches
  • Flipper blade width: .55 inches
  • Manual assist blade width: .58 inches
  • Blade edge: .05 inches
  • Weight: 3.7 oz.
  • Blade Material: 5CR15MOV
  • Handle Materials: G-10 and Stainless Steel

New from TOPS Knives: The 3 Bros

TOPS Knives just rolled out the 3 Bros – a trio of compact fixed blade knives that they have shown at trade shows. These knives feature really interesting handles that you have to hold to understand. The thick micarta disks on the handles add enough swell to anchor these minimalist knives in your grip.

From TOPS Knives:

These tiny fixed blade knives pack a lot of use into a very small package. With an overall length of less than four and a half inches, they’re also very easy to carry every day. Each blade is about two inches long and TOPS has decided to offer it with three different styles: Hunter, Tanto, and Sheep’s Foot. They may be small, but TOPS didn’t skimp on the quality. When you need the functionality of a utility knife with the strength of a fixed-blade, the 3 Bros are what you’re looking for.

Pick up the 3 Bros from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/3-bros

Details:

Overall Length: 4.27”

Blade Length: 2.0”

Cutting Edge: 2.0”

Blade Thickness: 0.13”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 1.9oz (per knife)

Weight w/ Sheath: 2.8oz (per knife)

Sheath Material: Kydex

Sheath Clip: Injection molded nylon

Designer: TOPS Team

MSRP: $90 each or $180 for all 3

KA-BAR BK62 Kephart Knife

If you are a fan of historic outdoor knife patterns, I am about to make your day. Ka-Bar is about to release one of the most accurate recreations of Horace Kephart’s iconic knife design to date. The KA-BAR BK62 Kephart Knife will be released in Ka-Bar’s Becker line based on an excellent original Kephart knife that belongs to Ethan Becker. You can learn more in the video below.

KaBar.com

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