Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9 out of 10
A few years ago my I decided to take my young son to a bushcraft camp as a father and son thing. We were given the list of things we needed to bring like proper clothing tents etc, and of course a ‘good’ knife. Well, my son liked the knife that looked like it was for blasting aliens with all the fancy flash and curves. It looked good to me too so we picked it up on the way. It was a big, manly knife in all appearances and in price too. But when we got to the camp we quickly learned that we could not carve accurate traps or even whittle very well with it. It just slid off the surface of the wood and never really dug in. I remember particularly well how impossible it was to make a fire board with it. Anyway, long story short I talked to the instructor who pulled out a very simple looking Mora Knife and to me it looked more like a fish filleting knife than anything and a little short for it too. But he explained to me that they had been through the ‘fancy’ knife thing as most do but the biggest issue was with the ‘stainless steel’ that somehow never could grab or dig into the wood. The Mora was just plain carbon but it carved amazingly. He sold me and a few others one for about $15.00
Today I have found that the Mora Fire Knife has a similar cutting quality and I have the added appreciation for the lightness of it. The reason it is so much lighter than a lot of other survival knives you see is that it does not have a ‘full tang’. A full tang is when the blade steel runs right through the handle in one piece. With less steel in the handle, there is going to be a lot less weight to the knife.
The One Drawback of the Mora Light My Fire Knife
The one con is that because it is not full tang, it is presumably not as strong as other knives. So the tradeoff is going to be lightness or strength. And to decide which is more important to you, you are going to have to decide how you are going to use the knife. For finer work like building traps or fire boards, the Mora is the way to go for me. But I have found that batoning with it has its limits. You just can’t split very large wood before you notice something about the weight that just doesn’t give you the drive or follow through that gives a nice decisive split. However, for survival purposes, you can split enough kindling to start a decent fire. It won’t crack through like a hatchet, But in the end, you will have a serviceable fire, and really that’s all that matters.
In addition, the Light My Fire Knife does, in fact, have a flint that can aid in lighting fires. And while some models come in bright green or orange, I am presently recommending the plain black because that seems to be the most economical I can find. For a few dollars more, however, I have found the bright colors make it harder to misplace them on the dark ground.
- Lightweight. The plastic sheath is also lightweight
- Can do delicate work like carving or gutting a fish
- Can baton with them but it won’t be pretty. If you want to really be able to split larger wood or hack away, then you will need a heavier longer knife or an ax
- Has a fire starter
- Some models have bright easy to see models