Mora Companion and Companion HD Review

The Mora Companion is the middle of the road blade in the mora clipper line.  There is the clipper, which is the lightest duty blade, the companion pictured below and the Companion HD which has a slightly thicker and more robust blade.

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I do not own the clipper but have had the companion now for about 5 years.  It was my first dedicated bushcraft blade and it has been a trooper all along.  It has treated me well allowed me to learn skills and was very forgiving as a beginning blade.  It also did not break the bank as I paid 13 dollars for it on amazon.  The blade is carbon steel and has a rounded spine which is not very good at striking sparks from a ferro rod.  This can be easily fixed with a file which can be used to flatten and sharpen the spine.  Over the years this blade has made feather sticks, carved notches and processed several deer.  I have to call this bushcraft blade out here, the small thin blade is excellent as a skinner, in fact this is my preferred skinning knife and has replaced several high dollar knives for my father and myself.  Its not quite as good as having a zipper on the hide of a deer to take it off but its very close.

After a weekend of bush crafting and skinning 3 deer the blade needed two or three passes on a butcher steel and it was razor sharp again, I know because it would shave the hair off of my arm.

The small and comfortable handle does not slip even when wet or bloody and the understated finger guard protects your hand from slipping up onto the blade.

I have turned the small blade into a kit, there is a sail needle taped onto the back of the sheath and a piece of bike inner tube holds a magnesium bar onto the front of the sheath. One problem with this knife is the small clip on the sheath for attaching to a belt.  On a small belt it works fine but I use a USGI web belt and it tends to fall off.  So i attached a paracord loop to the sheath and this transforms it into a dangler which allows you to move around with out the sheath sticking you in the side or leg.  For a beginner blade or backup blade or just a fun knife to use I highly recommend the companion in its HD form or standard form to anyone who is bush crafting or camping, or just needs a good utility knife.  All the comments apply to the HD blade as well and while the blade on the HD is thicker it skins just as well.  The only place the standard companion out performed the HD is in filleting fish and the difference there is marginal.  I am including a photo below of the HD Knife, but honestly unless you pick them up and look at them side by side its almost impossible to tell the difference.

Mora Companion HD

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