Mora 120 alternative

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EdS

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
I'm looking for a cheap and cheerful whittling / carving knife.

The Mora 120 firs the bill but in short supply - any suggestions for a similar one?

Ideally with a "barrel" handle rather than Erm... sculptured. The Mora Basis would be OK but not keen on that type of handle shape

Cheers
 

Kepis

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Have you looked at the Mora 105?, the Mora 2/0 is quite a good carver too, its a baby Mora Classic.

 

Murat_Cyp

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There are some custom UK options in much better steel, but not as cheap, unfortunately. The good custom carving knives not only comes with a heavy price tag with also a loooooong waitlist. But I found a good alternative with no waitlist, reasonably good price and much better product than any production knife.

I recently bought one of the knives shown in the link below. The small version is the same size as Mora 120, but with much better steel (RWL 34). Several times better edge retention with better or comparable toughness (assuming the core steel of Mora 120 is 1095). It is also stainless meaning that you can also use it on organic material if you need to in camping. That would make it a very good neck knife in hunting and fishing trips or in canoe trip. It also comes with a much better handle (as I found the Mora handle bit thick and short for my hands) and fantastic wooden sheath. For full disclosure, I ordered the large one as I already have Mora 120, but accidentally I have received the small one! However, it seems that the maker is a perfect gent as he immediately apologised and offered to replace the knife. That being said he had some health-related issues and I have been waiting for the replacement for 40 days now. But it should arrive in a couple of days as I have received an e-mail saying my order is completed.

 

gra_farmer

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There are some custom UK options in much better steel, but not as cheap, unfortunately. The good custom carving knives not only comes with a heavy price tag with also a loooooong waitlist. But I found a good alternative with no waitlist, reasonably good price and much better product than any production knife.

I recently bought one of the knives shown in the link below. The small version is the same size as Mora 120, but with much better steel (RWL 34). Several times better edge retention with better or comparable toughness (assuming the core steel of Mora 120 is 1095). It is also stainless meaning that you can also use it on organic material if you need to in camping. That would make it a very good neck knife in hunting and fishing trips or in canoe trip. It also comes with a much better handle (as I found the Mora handle bit thick and short for my hands) and fantastic wooden sheath. For full disclosure, I ordered the large one as I already have Mora 120, but accidentally I have received the small one! However, it seems that the maker is a perfect gent as he immediately apologised and offered to replace the knife. That being said he had some health-related issues and I have been waiting for the replacement for 40 days now. But it should arrive in a couple of days as I have received an e-mail saying my order is completed.

Nice looking carving knives there, the shipping is a bit high, but nice alternative
 

TLM

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I like to know which way the knife is in my hand that symmetrical handle does not give the info. Otherwise I see no problems.
 

Murat_Cyp

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Nice looking carving knives there, the shipping is a bit high, but nice alternative
Yeah, I also asked the maker about the high shipping price and he said he is using a first-class signed for delivery which is £ 7.5 and the rest is for packing and time it takes to post. I think this is fair considering he probably needs to pack and send items individually himself rather than big companies which probably send regular transport to the post office.
 

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