A package came a few months back when we were writing the first few articles we decided would go up online. One of our crew had contacted MORA and acquired a MORA Companion in OD Green and a MORA 2000. I must say from first impressions that they are top of the line knives and they look to be quite well made. We decided I would write about the MORA Companion first, then the MORA 2000.

As far as the Companion goes, it is a very nice knife for the cost. I am not sure where else you can get as good of a knife, for as good of a price. The sheath is decent, but not great. The handle is nice and maneuverable, as is the attachment point on the sheath. It is available in Carbon or Stainless Steel Bladed models. The coolest feature of these MORAs has to be the Zero Ground edges. You'd be surprised how deep a Zero Grind will cut. I will see if I can get a picture of the depth of cut the MORAs can provide. Depth of cut can depend on the actual material being cut. Some guys believe cutting into Ballistics Gel is a good medium, I don't believe its the 'best' by any means. It is good for what its good for, but B.G. doesn't provide the same resistance that Human Muscle Tissue, Human Bone, and Human Tendons provide. It can simulate that kind of resistance if used correctly, but a nice side of Beef with Ribs in them can provide some good testing media as well. Not that there's anything wrong with Ballistics Gel, not at all...but testing cutting and piercing with blades needs to be done on more than just one type of testing material. To give an example, some may find this gruesome, Japanese Swordsmiths would regularly test their blades on the dead bodies of prisoners, and even live bodies of convicted criminals that were to be executed. In our day and age, that would be considered extreme and too far. But the simulation does need to be done if its a blades meant to be used in combat. Knife and Blade companies need to get over their "sqeemishness" about real blade testing. Then again, that's why people like us are here.

As I mentioned earlier, the Zero Ground Blades can do serious cutting damage. If I recall correctly, I spoke to a knifemaker at SHOT, and he said the reason secondary bevels were invented was because it was "too hard" for the "average joe" to sharpen a Zero Grind. If you look at Japanese Swords from the Samurai Era...they are all Zero Ground. there are no Secondaries from what I have seen. The ridge created on the blade from the secondary bevel does cause resistance when cutting. Its minimal, but its there regardless. Something to keep in mind when ordering a custom knife from any of the vast number of custom makers. Side Note: According to various sources, some Blade Makers also call a Zero Grind a 'Professional Edge'.

The Sheath looks to be a Vacuum formed sheath with a nice pocket/belt loop clip on the back of it. The sheath has an interesting and neat feature around the top lip where the knife rides. It has a small piece that protrudes right where your thumb would be when you are deploying the knife from its sheath.  The way MORA designed it was genius in my opinion. Being that the sheath is a friction fit version, that makes deployment faster and easier to articulate. Plus night time orientation of this model would be even easier than the average knife due to this feature. I will be requesting this small piece be added to any other custom blade I order from here on out.
This knife is a well made item with good materials used to make it. I would buy a MORA any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. The MORA 2000 will be the next one I talk about tomorrow.
As for now, I think I will look into acquiring some Meat or something that I can test the MORA Companion and MORA 2000 on. Stay Tuned, that ought to be worth reading about.

Above you can see clearly circled is the small protrusion I spoke of earlier. I haven't ever focused this much on just one small feature of a knife or its sheath, but I believe this deserves mention and merits our attention. 

Also, here's a small preview of whats to come in the Edged Weapons and Tools Category. One of our team got the privilege of doing the write-up on Paul Chen's Tactical Waki and Tactical Tanto, so stay tuned for that because it should be hitting Gunmetal Gear Blog very soon.