For a long time, the Mora companion and the Mora Bushcraft stood as some of Mora’s best knives when it came to bushcraft, camping, and survival tasks.
However, those blades had one glaring flaw.
They weren’t full tang.
While not a strict requirement for a survival knife, a full tang is preferable as it makes the knife more durable overall.
Well, Mora listened and created the Garberg. Borrowing a lot from the Bushcraft and Companion the Mora Garberg is a truly great survival knife.
While Mora was late to the party with this knife. The Garberg being their first full tang knife. I would say the wait was well worth it.
After having spent roughly the last year with it. Here are my thoughts on the Mora Garberg.
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Mora Garberg Review
A quick review of the Mora Garberg. This knife makes an excellent bushcraft knife and a decent survival knife. You can read the full review of the Mora Garberg at https://mywoodlandgear.com/mora-garberg-reviewPosted by Woodland Gear on Sunday, January 10, 2021
Mora Garberg Specs At A Glance
|Overall Length||9.00 inches|
|Blade Length||4.24 inches|
|Blade Thickness||0.12 inches|
|Blade Material||14C28N Swedish Stainless Steel or C100 Carbon Steel|
|Handle Length||4.75 inches|
|Handle Material||Polyamide Handle|
Mora Garberg Features
Mora Garberg Blade
Getting the specs out of the way first. The total length of the Garberg is nine inches from tip to pommel.
I’ve already mentioned this but the primary thing that sets the Garberg apart from its cousins like the Bushcraft and Companion is the full tang.
When the Garberg initially released it came with 14c28N Swedish Stainless steel. A much more durable stainless than the Companion for example.
- Full tang carbon steel knife with leather sheath is powerful enough to handle harsh tasks without the risk of breaking
- Top grade carbon steel blade features razor sharpness, high hardness, and exceptional toughness and corrosion resistance
- Tough, impact resistant polyamide handle; handsome leather sheath
- Square-edged ground spine blade can be used as a striker with fire steel (sold separately)
- Total length 9.0 inches (229 mm); blade length 4.3 inches (109 mm); blade thickness 0.13 inches (3.2 mm); weight 9.6 oz. (272 g)
A few years later the Carbon version released. This is the version I am reviewing. Mora’s website lists the steel as C100. My understanding is this is basically rebranded 1095.
If someone knows better feel free to correct me down in the comments.
Based on my research (since I don’t own the stainless steel version) the Carbon steel version tends to hold an edge a little longer and is easier to sharpen. But is more susceptible to corrosion than its stainless steel counterpart.
However, if you maintain the blade either version of the Mora Garberg is fine.
Mora Garberg Blade Shape
Most of the knives I own are drop point blades as that is what I tend to prefer. Mostly for the aesthetics.
I don’t think blade shape plays that big a role in the usability of a knife I kind of got turned off clip point blades as I don’t particularly care for the aesthetics on knives like the Buck 119.
However, the Garberg actually features a clip point blade. But by just looking at the blade you wouldn’t really notice. It’s not nearly as noticeable as say the Buck 119.
Mora Garberg Blade Grind
If you are at all familiar with Mora knives it should come as no surprise that the Garberg features a Scandi grind. Although this is not a true scandi grind as there is actually a micro bevel present on the blade.
From my research, this comes from the way Mora polishes the blade before shipping. With some effort, anyone can reset the blade to a true Scandi grind if they so wish. However, I have been quite happy with how the blade arrived.
Mora Garberg Spine
The last thing I want to mention about the blade of the knife before I move on to discussing the handle is the spine of the knife. Mora really considered the Bushcraft and survival niche when they made this knife.
The Garber features a full 90-degree spine that is excellent for throwing sparks from a ferrocerium rod.
I have a few knives that feature a 90-degree spine but the Garberg is one of the best, and it comes this way from the factory.
No filing the spine to get the true 90-degrees I am looking for.
Handle and Ergonomics
I have read a lot about how the handle on knives like the Mora companion get pretty chewed up even with light use. While I personally have never had a problem with the handle I know it’s pretty common.
But with the Garberg it looks like Mora is getting serious about making a truly high-quality knife.
The Garberg features a polyamide handle with textured TPE inserts. This is just a fancy way of saying the handle is made of plastic. While I personally prefer the softer handles of the Companion I understand Mora’s choice here.
The plastic handle allows for more durability and longer life.
Mora uses a pretty neutral handle design for the Garberg and honestly, I got to say I love it. After using this knife for various camp chores I don’t experience any hot spots.
Also, the neutral design fits my medium-large hand fairly well and even allows me to choke up on the blade to do more intricate carving.
If all Moras have one thing in common it’s their great handles. All of the Mora’s I have ever handled feature similar handle designs and just feel right when you hold it. It’s really no surprise the handle ergonomics on the Garberg are top-notch.
You can get the Mora Garberg in two sheath configurations. I personally picked my Mora up on Prime Day last year and it came with the standard leather dangling sheath. You can also pick up a multi-mount sheath that is MOLLE compatible.
As I only have the dangling sheath model I can really only comment on that. As a knife sheath goes it’s fairly standard. When the knife is on your belt it’s comfortable and pretty unnoticeable.
The leather is molded fairly well and the Garberg fits snuggly in the sheath. Even holding the sheath upside down and shaking it takes great effort for the knife to come out. So the knife falling out shouldn’t be a concern.
Though the sheath does feature a piece of material that goes up and over the handle and snaps in place so the likelihood of losing the knife is fairly low. I’ve been using it as a belt knife for a while now and never had any issues.
Overall I would say the sheath is of decent quality and the black leather has a nice aesthetic appeal to it.
How does the Mora Garberg Handle Various Tasks?
Because the blade thickness is thicker than that of the Companion you won’t get as fine of detail with the Garberg but it still does a pretty great job. As you can see in the picture I was still able to get decent curls when making simple feather sticks.
The Garberg also does an alright job of caving stakes and notches for trigger sets as well.
Batoning and Chopping
With a 4 inch blade, the Garberg isn’t the best knife for batoning but it will baton smaller logs without issue.
Because of the blade width on the knife, it creates a small wedge effect that goes through the wood like butter.
As for chopping the Mora Garberg does have some heft and can be used for light chopping.
However, if you are looking to chop larger wood you should choose to use a dedicated tool or a larger knife.
Because the blade shape is a clip point blade try to avoid using the Garberg for chopping as you could potentially break the tip of the knife. A knife this sie really shouldn’t be used to chopping if you can avoid it.
Cutting and Striking a Ferrocerium Rod
I already mentioned briefly that the spine on the Garberg is a true sharp 90-degree spine.
The Gerberg actually throws sparks off a ferrocerium rod better than most of my other knives.
Making it great when used in conjunction with charcloth or other natural tinder such as cedar bark or cattail fluff.
As far as cutting goes, the blade comes from the factory razor-sharp and does an excellent job of cutting and slicing through various materials.
As I primarily use this knife as a camp/field knife I have had no problem cutting through meat, paracord, or cleaning fish with it.
Overall the Mora Garberg is a universally great knife that is great for everyone. The Garberg is in no way the best knife out there.
But if you’re a novice or just don’t like to spend a ton of money on knives the Garberg is a fantastic buy.
Especially if you can pick it up on sale. The features and quality you get really make it a great deal.
I’ll be honest I’m a pretty big fan of Mora knives in general so this review may seem a little biased but even still it’s pretty hard to find any real complaints with this knife without sounding nit-picky.
It’s pretty easy to see why all the Bushcraft and survival experts rave about this knife. The Mora Garberg is a great knife for a great price. Simple as that.
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As always thanks for reading and remember….adventure is waiting.