The Swedish Mora Knife (Morakniv) has been made in Ostnor, in the area around Mora, in Frost-Erik’s timber sled factory since 1891.
A Morakniv is the ultimate all-around knife. While in the woods, on a hike, hunting or at sea, the Mora Knife is always your perfect partner. Sweden’s Dalarna County is a place that takes most Swedes back to childhood days of woodwork, fishing and attempts at carpentry.
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Mora has taken local handicraft out to the world. The knife-makers today manufacture knifes by hand, just like they did back in the 1700s. Morakniv AB treats the Swedish steel to enhance strength and long-lasting sharpness. The classical Mora knife with its red shaft has become almost a national symbol.
The entire knife making process, from steel to complete knife, takes place in the Mora premises and ensures full control over all parts of the production. No matter if you want to split the firewood for starting a fire or skinning a deer, the flexibility of this outdoor favorite knife will be there for you.
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The Mora knife has conquered the world. In the Hamptons outside New York City, the Mora steak knife has made its appearance in restaurants where prominent guests were using knives designed by Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren and Mårten Cyrén at the 5th Swedish Culinary Summer events last July and August.
But it all began back in 1891 when Frost-Erik Erson returned to his home village of Ostnor after a four years’ stay in North America. There were many small cottages and barns in the area, the cattle grazed on the plot outside and every morning started before sunrise with milking the cows and goats. That was the scenery of the Swedish fäbod, a place where people historically spent their summers working and let their cattle run free in the surrounding nature. Many of these fäbodar still exist today.
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Ask any Swede in the street about the Mora knife: this is tradition, national pride and a whole lot of memories all in one red, wooden knife handle.
The Ultimate Swedish All-Around Knife, written by Tor Kjolberg