Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Another excellent Mora knife
First I'd like to thank the KnifeCenter for it's excellent service. I ordered my Multimount Garberg on a Monday, and it came across country, and was delivered on the following Wednesday! I've never written a knife review before, but I'm so impressed with the Garberg, that I'll review it. I must sadly admit that I'll probably fall short with my reviewing methods. I haven't used it to chop through cement blocks. I haven't pounded the blade into a tree, and then jumped up and down on the handle to see if it will break. Nor have I rammed the tip through the armor plate on an M1 Abrams tank, or dropped a nuclear bomb on it, to see if it can withstand the blast. I apologize for my deficiency. No, I've just used it to cut wood. Imagine that! I've used it for some carving, feathersticking, notching…general bushcraft/camp type stuff. I prefer stainless steel, because it's easy to maintain, and this newer Sandvik stainless is a very good working steel. It takes a very good edge, and holds if for a very reasonable amount of time. I can bring it back to a razor edge with a few strokes on a leather strop. Perfect. What I'm REALLY impressed with though, is the handle. This is the most comfortable handle of any knife I've ever owned, so amazingly, I actually use it. It doesn't sit in a drawer, or get given away. This delrin thermoplastic handle is a very impressive material. Very tough, but it doesn't feel like a hard plastic. To me, it feels like there is a very slight resilience to the material, and the surface texture is not smooth…it grips my hand. With the oval cross-section, and the grooves, and texturing molded into the handle, it feels very secure in my hand, even when my hand and the knife are wet. The slightly raised lip around the circumference at the front of the handle doesn't get in the way at all. I can choke up on the blade; the grip is comfortable, however I hold the knife. That slight lip actually acts as a kind of unique guard, that goes around the handle, but doesn't get in the way. Again, the knife feels very secure in hand. The weight of the knife is for me, perfect. My Bushcraft Black has always felt a bit light. The Garberg has a nice balance in the hand. There are many fine knife manufacturers out there, not to mention custom makers, but Mora has become my favorite. Their simple, clean designs offer great value for the money spent. Clearly, Mora spent a lot of time on the design of the Garberg, and it's accompanying sheath systems. It's well worth the money.