Field Tested: Morakniv Bushcraft Black

Quality knives needn’t always command a hefty price. And reasonably priced knives don’t always deman compromised features or materials. Take for example the Bushcraft Black from Morakniv. With a high quality carbon steel blade with an anti-corrosion coating, and a sturdy rubberized handle, there’s not much to it, but it is everything it needs to be.

With a 4.3-inch long blade and a generous 5-inch long handle featuring a pronounced finger detent, the Bushcraft knife has superb ergonomics. Because bushcraft involves a wide variety of cutting tasks, many of them in wet conditions or demanding a great deal of force and leverage, the well developed handle gives the knife an increased level of utility. The blade has a simple grind with no elaborate and unnecessary elements. The sheath is constructed of high density plastic and holds the knife with tenacity.


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In use the Bushcraft knife has performed above our expectations. There is little reason to think it won’t continue to do so for years to come. The handle alone will endure decades of hard use and the blade has proven itself to be more durable than the low price would suggest. Holding and edge even after the typical abuses associated with bushcraft tasks, it sharpens relatively easily.

An with that, there is no much else to add. Simplicity is often under appreciated as products become more complicated. The Bushcraft Black is unfettered, concise, and all about utility. Made in Sweden. MSRP: $80


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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.