New Toys- Mora Bushcraft Black & Fiskars X7 (pic heavy)

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The post lady came today and dropped off my much anticipated order containing the Fiskars X7 and the Mora Bushcraft Black Survival. I got the Fiskars to use camping and backpacking as a companion to my folding saw. I figured if I am going to be carrying a saw and a hatchet, there's no need to carry a heavy fixed blade; so I picked up the Bushcraft Black as a lighter alternative to my other 3/16"+ blades to bring along with the hatchet. I have a Mora Companion but wanted something a bit sturdier. Well the Bushcraft Black certainly is beefy....a little too beefy?. It is far heavier than I expected, especially with the survival sheath. This is great for its intended purpose, but it really doesn't offer a whole lot of weight savings over something like a BK16 or even a Tops Bob...and it gives up some durability because it is not full tang. It's too heavy to be a backup, and for some it can't be a primary because of the rat tail tang- that's a personal decision. I really like the modular sheath set up because it allows the knife to be comfortably worn even when sitting and it contours to your body movements very well; the ferro rod is top notch, and I like the flat piece of fine 600 grit sharpening stone vs the V notch ones you get on most of the on-sheath-sharpeners; a scandi grind is very easy even for a novice to sharpen on a flat stone. I do not like the finger groove and this might be what ultimately sinks this blade for me. It is just too heavy to be a lightweight option, and at that weight and it's price point ($48 as configured) I think there are better bushcrafting/survival options. I'll be sending this one back. For what I am looking for, the Robust or Heavy Duty lines are more in line with my expectations...or I might just accept that the original Companion, a flimsy knife I paid $12 for, is actually the best tool for my needs. As an American I am so used to overpaying for junk that it's tough for me to wrap my mind around it when something so cheap is of such high quality.

The Fiskars X7 is incredible! When I picked up the box I thought "there's no way a hatchet can be in here"...and I opened it with a little trepidation because I thought they messed up my order. Turns out this thing is just incredibly light and it eats wood like a chainsaw! I was highly impressed with the chopping and splitting ability of this thing. Since I carry a saw, I was more concerned with the splitting ability of the tool which is why I chose the Fiskars; it has a very wedge-like head but is still a great chopper unlike a dedicated splitting axe. This thing out-chops and out-splits my large survival knives by a mile and weighs about the same as a BK9 and is lighter than a Junglas. I'm really glad I explored my options and didn't just stick with my (saw+knife=backpacking perfection) philosophy. I might stop abusing my knives become an axe man after all...

If you suffered through that novel, here is a little porn to reward you.
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Next to the Tops BOB- I don't know about the actual specs, but the Mora doesn't feel very much lighter than the BOB
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You can see how much bigger it is than the companion, and you can really feel it in the hand/on the belt
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Interesting, thanks! Of all my moras, I like the 510 handle best, but the robust handle is a close second. If they could put the robust/companion handle on the black blade, .... :D
 

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I love my X7! I keep it, along with a mora classic (Stainless) in the spare tire wheel well in my vehicle.
 
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Interesting, thanks! Of all my moras, I like the 510 handle best, but the robust handle is a close second. If they could put the robust/companion handle on the black blade, .... :D

You would have the perfect bushcraft knife! Well, maybe not perfect but it would fit my hand nicely. I really like the blade on the Bushcraft Black, but the finger groove in the handle is uncomfortable and the rubber is too dense and heavy.
 
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It is cool you did this thread because I have been thinking on the same lines, I have the Fiskars X7 and love it, I decided to get the Mora Bushcraft Survival Black a few weeks ago, but have not placed an order yet, hope to do it soon. I think along with a good saw, this would be a great combo. I picked up a Silky Pocket Boy 170 with large teeth last week, so when I get my Mora Black the hiking trio will be Mora Black, Fiskars X7 and Silky Pocket Boy 170.
 
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It is cool you did this thread because I have been thinking on the same lines, I have the Fiskars X7 and love it, I decided to get the Mora Bushcraft Survival Black a few weeks ago, but have not placed an order yet, hope to do it soon. I think along with a good saw, this would be a great combo. I picked up a Silky Pocket boy 170 with large teeth last week, so when I get my Mora Black the trio will be Mora Black, Fiskars X7 and Silky Pocket Boy 170.

Sounds like you will be all set. I really wish the Busgcraft Black handle felt better to me because I really like the blade profile. I might take some sandpaper to that groove and see what happens.
 

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Love that Mora Black.

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Mora + Fiskars = best budget bushcraft battery. You can learn/do a lot with these two. I'm glad you are exploring the way of the axe. They've been around since our species learned to work stone, and they work.
 
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I decided that I wasn't giving the Mora a fair shot; I took a dremel to the finger groove and sanded it down; it feels like a completely different knife. I just hope the rubber doesnt start falling apart now when I use it.
 
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I have the Mora Bushcraft Triflex. I really like the Bushcraft line but I really dont like the handle with the finger groove thing. The handle on the HD Companion is just about perfect, I wish they had just used a version of that handle. Regardless, I will probably also pick up the Bushcraft Black because its just such a cool Mora.

have fun!
 
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I have the Mora Bushcraft Triflex. I really like the Bushcraft line but I really dont like the handle with the finger groove thing. The handle on the HD Companion is just about perfect, I wish they had just used a version of that handle. Regardless, I will probably also pick up the Bushcraft Black because its just such a cool Mora.

have fun!

I took a dremel to that finger groove and in about 3 minutes the handle feels as comfortable as the companion. My entire opinion of the Bushcraft Black has done a 180, I'll overlook a little extra weight if the knife fits my hand well, which this one now does.
 
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I figured I should post a few pics showing the mod. It is amazing how just a little change can make such a huge difference in the way a knife feels in your hand. For full disclosure, I am one of those people who just can't seem to leave a knife in it's factory configuration. Even if it's perfect, I'll find some way to mod it, or "make it ugly" as my wife always calls it. I went a touch too deep on the underside and exposed a little bit of the plastic, I am concerned that this might cause the rubber to rip while in use but we'll see.

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I figured I should post a few pics showing the mod. It is amazing how just a little change can make such a huge difference in the way a knife feels in your hand. For full disclosure, I am one of those people who just can't seem to leave a knife in it's factory configuration. Even if it's perfect, I'll find some way to mod it, or "make it ugly" as my wife always calls it. I went a touch too deep on the underside and exposed a little bit of the plastic, I am concerned that this might cause the rubber to rip while in use but we'll see.

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Hi Doc,

How did the handle hold up? There's several years gone by.
I'm interested to hear that.
 
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Mora knives are awesome.

Also, I have a Fiskars x7. I love it. I had it's bigger brother too (x15?). Great axes that chop very well, and sharpen incredibly easy.
 
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I have a Mora Bushcraft, and have had it for years. Can’t comment on what happens if you sand the handle, as I left mine alone. A ranger band keeps a firesteel on the sheath, and it is very useful knife indeed.
Does the rubber hold up well in general?
Do you baton with it.
Someone on a bushcraft channel mentioned the rubber being effected; " the rubber on his Bushcraft Black breaking up with hard use, especially near the blade".
 
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