So lets get this little house keeping item out of the way, BOTH the Mora Bushcraft Black and the Mora Bushcraft Pathfinder meet all 10 of my criteria for a survival knife selection. I know several people out there hate the saying that these are great knives for the money... so I will just say this these Mora's are a sound financial investment as their cost to benefit ratio is off the charts!
make traps, carve, pry notches into wood, and so much more over the last couple years. As long as you are simply not trying to just break this knife out of spite you shouldn't have any issues with its durability.
10) Full Tang or Nearly Full Tang w/ 1+ Year Of Abuse Testing- While this knife is only 3/4 tang it has sustained much more than 1 year of abuse just being in my presence (I'm a little hard on gear). The knife has without a doubt been more than durable for everyday use in the woods as your go to knife for self reliance. I would not flinch at trusting my life with this knife long term!
Mora Bushcraft Pathfinder:
This knife has a 6.75" blade length and is at the top of my usable blade length scale. Honestly these two knives are actually what I used to come up with the usable blade length. While the 6"+ length is on the long side for usability for fine carving the handle on this knife makes it much easier to handle. The longer length allows for you to have a ton of blade to be used in the woods without worry of dulling your entire knife.
I have used this knife to drive stakes for tarp shelters, hammered on the pommel during split wood fires, tapped on the pommel when gorging out a spoon and much more.
The Mora Bushcraft Pathfinder has a 6.75 contentious blade made from 1095 high carbon steel with a scandi grind. The video above was filmed after nearly two months of continued use and should be a good bench mark to let you know just how amazing this knife is at holding an edge with continuous use.
There is a great factory 90 degree edge on the spine of this knife. If you watched the video you will notice the Pathfinder has a much better 90 degree on it at this point in time than the Bushcraft Black as I have used the for a good bit of flint/steel and also for split wood fires (I make many a week and when you beat on the spine for two years it tends to round out the edge a little). This knife is excellent at removing material from a ferro rod and using it as a spoke shave!
A high carbon steel knife is essentially back up to a ferro rod, lighter or other combustion device as you can grab a piece of flint from the river and you are throwing a shower of sparks into a pile of charred material. 1095 and 01 seem to be ideal for this task and all of the knives I have tested have worked well as an improvised flint/steel medium. As you can see pictured above this knife works well with a piece of flint from my pocket fire kit. The more you use this knife for flint/steel the better it performs for this function (notice how the bushcraft black showers more sparks than the pathfinder- this is because the pathfinder has been used much less for this function).
19) 1/8" to 3/16" Blade Thickness- This knife is 1/8" thick and is plenty durable for "heavy-duty" use as a one tool option within the woods. This knife has been used to split wood,make traps, carve, pry notches into wood, and so much more over the last couple years. As long as you are simply not trying to just break this knife out of spite you shouldn't have any issues with its durability.
This knife was built to the same hardness and technical specifications as the Mora Bushcraft Black and I have abused that knife for around two years. This knife has been put through the paces for a little over seven months now and has held up extremely well. I also would not balk at putting my life in the hands of this knife but would always grab for my bushcraft black if I could only pick one as it is more suited in my opinion to every task I perform. This big-brother style knife is however the perfect companion to the bushcraft black for long-term self reliance.