No one goes on an adventure without a knife. Whether climbing, backpacking or cycling, a good knife is an invaluable tool for anything from rope safety to cutting salami. There has been a preponderance for multi tools with a wide range of features such as a saw, scissors and that thing for getting rocks out of horses hooves.
These are great, but the sharp edge is by far the most used part, and the simplicity of a single blade knife is not only pleasing, but means that the craftsperson can concentrate on making the single blade as strong and durable as it can be without worrying about where the corkscrew is going to fit in.
Mora is a Swedish company that has been making fixed blade knives since 1891 to amazing standards of quality. Yet the Garberg is still a first for them; it’s their first full tang blade. The tang is the bit of the knife that fits into the handle and most only go three-quarters of the way down it. A full tang, like in the Garberg, extends the full length of the knife. The advantage is one of incredible durability, if you’re hammering it to split wood for example (not that there seems to have been many problems with Mora’s excellent Companion knife).
“Mora is a Swedish company that has been making knives since 1891 to amazing standards of quality."
The blade itself is 3.2mm thick and 109mm long and made from a high quality stainless steel that has been treated in Mora’s factory. The blade has a Scandi grind that makes the knife easy to sharpen. The spine of the knife has also been ground to be used with a fire starter. The handle is positive and there’s a handsome 3mm-thick leather sheath with a belt loop.
The handle is made from Polymide and designed for extreme stresses; it’s almost unbreakable.
One of the developers, Arvid Larsson, said: “In choosing these specific materials, we’ve made sure that the knife will work under extreme pressure, whatever task you intend to perform.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how our users and the market will receive the Garberg knife. We’ve put a lot of work, heart and soul into this project and we hope you’ll feel that when you hold the knife in your hand."
Mora describe the Garberg as being the most robust knife they’ve ever made, and that’s saying something. It’s worth the faff of having to pack a corkscrew separately, trust us.
Morakniv Garberg Knife Stats:
- Price: £100
- Weight: 326g
Shot on location in Chamonix
- Thanks to our accommodation partner Adventure Base