Moraknivs are made in Mora, in Dalarna, a landskap of Sweden. Mora is known for three things: Steel, knives, and a totally bonkers 1669 witch trial which featured such crimes as consuming a ‘broth made with coleworts (kale) and bacon in it, oatmeal, bread spread with butter, milk, and cheese’, which sounds like a decent dinner to me. The witches were also accused of building a stone house where the walls were ‘perpetually falling down’. So to recap. Swedish witches: good cooks, bad house builders.
Dalarna, the area of Sweden from whence Moraknivs come, is sort of the Outdoor Ed. area of Sweden. Or the state park. It’s filled with lakes, camps, and of course, children brandishing with full tang Morakniv Scout knives. To keep the witches away, one imagines. As a side note, Dalarna’s historical crest is emblazoned on the sheath of the Scout knife. Luckily, the crest’s modo is absent: "Azure, two Dalecarlian Arrows Or in saltire point upwards pointed Argent and in chief a Crown of the first". Clear as mud.
In Sweden, the Morakniv Scout is a children’s knife, but in the US, I’m voting for a rebrand. I want to call it a non-scary camping knife. Lots of knives made for the outdoors are ‘survival knives’ or ‘bush craft’ knives. The amount of people going into the woods on a bike that partake in either feats of survival or any sort of crafts involving a bush are minimal. You need a small, light, safe knife. Bonus points if it looks good. The Scout looks good. You’ll feel like you are holding a prop from a Wes Anderson film, probably Moonlight Kingdom, but a functional prop, one that can peel bark and chop cheese, cut rope, gut a fish, threaten a witch, that sort of thing.
The knife is small but not tiny. I wear medium gloves, for reference, and it fits in my hand nicely. The handle is Swedish birch. The blade has a full tang, so it’s stiff and won’t snap off or slide out of the handle. Stainless steel, which isn’t as easy to sharpen as high carbon steel, but it’s way easier to maintain, especially in the woods. Comes with a vegetable tanned leather holster, which you can affix to your belt or ‘biner it to your bag. Said holster will darken with age and use.
Note: this knife comes in two versions: a blunt tip and a pokey tip. We only stock the pokey tip.
Made in Sweden.