This hunting season was a tough one. Not a lot of snow to drive the animals down to lower elevations during the season. With only a few days left in the season, I decided to get serious about trying to fill my late season doe whitetail tag. I decided this would be a great chance to test two new Moraknives I had to try out- the Mora 2000, and the Garberg Blackblade (with survival kit).
This company is known for making affordable, durable and strong knives. I think that after using both of these knives to dress and process my deer I would recommend Mora to anyone looking for a sharp blade that won’t break the bank.
I went out early on a Friday morning after a fresh snow, looking for track and sign down in a river bottom. There were fresh tracks all around, so I sat tight until legal shooting light. I saw some movement only 50 yards away….but it was 5 cow and calf elk. They moved by silently, caught my wind and took off in the other direction!
I worked my way around these swampy areas, and just as I can back into a clearing I looked to my left and spotted a doe looking square at me from about a hundred yards away. I laid out over a log, dialed my scope in and took a good hard look at the deer. Once I confirmed it was in fact a whitetail doe, I took the only available shot (neck) and the deer dropped immediately. At that moment 3 more does took off, tails flagging white and bounding out of there.
As they say- it’s all fun and games until you pull the trigger- that’s when the real work starts! I broke out the mora 2000, sort of their flagship knife. Made of recycled Swedish stainless steel, it hasn’t changed much since first introduced in 1991. This knife has a nice grip that’s ambidextrous.
I was impressed with how razor sharp the mora was straight out of the box. It made quick work of dressing the deer, super sharp cuts. Splitting the rib cage with it was very easy, the knife cuts clean and straight.
I was able to get the doe strapped onto my pack, and carried it back about a mile to the truck. Once I was at home, I broke out the Garberg Blackblade to finish skinning and breaking down the deer to butcher. The Garberg was also razor sharp right out the box. This knife is made of carbon steel and it’s a hybrid bushcraft/hunting knife with a full tang.
This knife had no problem working as a skinner, boning knife and then even tried trimming and chopping meat. It performed flawlessly for all aspects. The grip feels very comfortable and the blade is definitely solid!
I am impressed with both knives from Mora. The 2000 seems like a great all around camp and hunting knife. The Garberg seems like it would hold up to serious use as a camp, hunting and bushcraft knife. I also am impressed with the price point- the Mora 2000 came in under $40.
The Garberg Black was a bit more at ($130), but still reasonable for a carbon steel bushcraft knife. The Garberg also comes with an integrated fire started and diamond sharpener. It also comes with a case that can be mounted to almost anything to have the knife easily accessible but safely stowed.