Bringing back another Morakniv carving knife to review which is actually a really popular knife among beginners. I removed some material for a bit to test out the edge retention after receiving it then moved on to carving an easy animal figure.
Here is my professional opinion about the basic Mora wood carving knife:
The Mora Wood Carving Knife comes with a 2.0mm thick blade that’s 3.14 inches long of carbon steel, the same blade that the Mora 106 uses, so it’s edge retention is pretty sharp. Although it came sharp, I did have to hone it for a couple minutes after cutting a couple pieces of wood, but after that it held an edge really well. The blade is very narrow and easy to sharpen, and it definitely is a quality blade.
The handle used also comes from another Mora knife which is the 510. Since it is plastic it wasn’t as comfortable as the traditional wood handles like the 106 comes with. The blade isn’t centered in the handle, which doesn’t really bother me much but that’s just me.
Key Notes of the Mora Wood Carving Knife
Do not twist the blade while carving. This adds a lot of stress to the edge of the bade and it’s certainly not good for maintaining a long edge retention. Instead, you’ll want to make straight push cuts and it will stay sharp much longer. If you find yourself doing this be sure to correct your mistake after sharpening it, which is very easy to do with this knife.