Morakniv knives from Sweden need no introduction, given how popular their products (such as the Mora Companion knife) are thanks to their high quality build and reasonable pricing. Not so long ago, the company has a released a new, considerably smaller knife, Mora Eldris, and the question is how weel does it stand it’s ground?
The blade of the Mora Eldris knife is made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, and it is 5.8cm long and 2mm thick. The scandi grind on the blade was modified, to make precision work (such as wood carving) easier. The top edge can be used as a striker for a ferro rod.
The handle of Mora Eldris is made out of a textured plastic (at the centre) and rubbery anit-slippery material closer to the edges. Together with the suitable shape of the handle, this ensures a firm grip is possible even in wet conditions. At the end of the handle there is a small hole, however given how the knife supposed to be carried, attaching a lanyard of any sort to this hole seems rather unreasonable.
Together with the Morakniv Eldris knife you also receive a sheath made out of a strong plastic. The sheath holds the knife firmly, while it can be also taken out simply with a strong pull – no need for any sophisticated locking mechanisms. At the bottom of the sheath there is a hole which can be used to put the paracord (unfortunately not included with the knife) through, to allow carrying the knife on your neck.
What stands out the moment you look at the Mora Eldris knife is it’s compact size, way smaller than that of the typical bushcraft/outdoor knives. This isn’t surprising, however, as Eldris is supposed to be a neck knife, and a bigger the size would make such use difficult.
Compact size and the right shape of the Eldris and it’s sheath make this knife easy and comfortable to carry around. The sheath hold the knife firmly and during our testing there was no issue whatsoever with the knife getting loose and falling out.
The knife itself also works very well. The handle provides a comfortable grip, and the small blade retains sharpness well and is capable of performing a wide range of tasks around the camp, food preparation, etc. The size of the Eldris knife also means that it can be easily packed for any travels you might embark on, with a low risk of violating any foreign knife laws. On the other hand, however, the short blade means that Morakniv Eldris will be unlikely to be your one and only knife fit for all the woodwork and other activities around a campsite.
There is also a question of price. Currently, to get Morakniv Eldris you need to pay more than twice as much as for a Mora Companion knife, and four time the price of a Mora Basic. That’s quite a difference. Is Eldris worth it’s price? Yes, as for this money you get a well made and versatile tool (although, it’s still a shame, that the manufacturer doesn’t include any paracord for the lanyard).
So, does it mean everyone will be happy with buying an Eldris knife? That will very much depend on the user. If we’re considering for example activities of a nature similar to bushcraft, the anwser is unfortunately likely to be no. For quite a few activities you might still find it useful to have a normal/full sized knife (like eg. Mora Companion), which will make activities such as batonning possible. As a result, many users might prefer to buy a single, full-size knife (especially if it is cheaper than Eldris) and spend the rest of the money on a ticket to some nice outdoor destination.
Morakniv Eldris is a well made and very versatile knife. At first I was slightly sceptical to a concept of a neck-knife, but then I fell in love with Eldris. However, despite being a truly great tool, More Eldris is a bit of a niche product, and given the other available products it is possible to buy an even more versatile knife for a lower price.
In other words, Mora Eldris is a great neck-knife, and if you’re looking for a knife of this type you’ll most likely be very happy with your purchase. However, if what you’re looking for is a single knife for all your outdoor needs and bushcraft activities, it might be better to consider the normal-sized alternatives – such as eg. Mora Companion and Mora Companion HD knives.
Special thanks for giving us a chance to test the Mora Eldris knife goes to the Polish distribution of Morakniv products – Helikon-Tex!