The Best Survival Knife for the Money – and it’s under $10

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I love quality knives. I keep my Kershaw 1660CKTST Ken Onion Black Leek Serrated Folding Knife with SpeedSafe on my hip nearly everyday. And as a prepper, having a quality blade isn’t just a hobby or a fashion statement – it’s a way of life. Over the years I’ve owned, used and tested dozens of blades, but one has surprised me the most of all. This blade takes a lickin and keeps on tickin! I’ve batoned firewood with it in the mountains of Alaska, I’ve fileted fresh fish with it in the rainforest of Costa Rica and it has never let me down. The knife that I say that EVERY prepper should own is – the Mora

This little 3.8 inch, unassuming blade may seem slightly underwhelming, but I can assure you – this is quite possibly the most useful and quality knife you can own under the $100 mark. It’s long rat tail design makes it durable and rigid for those fire making and shelter building chores. Don’t let the fact that it’s not full tang fool you, this is still one sturdy knife. But at the same time, the carbon steel stays extremely sharp for those task like fileting fish or skinning game that require a bit more finesse.

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The blade shape is great for multiple uses and comes razor sharp right out of the box. Even with heavy use I normally don’t notice the blade dulling down much in the first 6-9 months, and when it finally does get ground down too far for comfort, the carbon steel sharpens back to original razor quality with minimal effort. The molding of the grip feels natural in hand, however my only complaint is the plastic handle in the model pictured feels a bit cheap, but how can I really complain when the knife sells on for $8.99? (And higher end models are available as well with much nicer handles and sheaths, the will cost you a bit more though – The Heavy Duty Model is $14.87 for example.)

Overall, I give the Mora top scores for quality and affordability. Over the years, I’ve purchased at least 4 for myself to keep in my vehicles and bugout bags, and probably 10 more as gifts for friends and loved ones – and none of them have every snapped or broken. For the price, you’re not going to find a better survival knife. If you’re new to prepping and/or survival, on a tight budget, or both – this is the perfect knife for you.

The Mora Craftline Basic Utility Knife is currently available at for $8.99 and can be found here.

And as I described earlier, other “higher-end” Mora’s are available as well if you’re interested in something more advanced. My personal favorite of the special Mora’s? – The Mora Black Carbon Bushcraft Edition.

So what do you think? Is there knife out there that you believe trumps the quality and cost of the Mora? Have you had a positive or negative experience with this knife? We want to hear from you! Leave you comments below and tell us what you think.       – Skip Tanner



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Skip Tanner is more than a writer, avid outdoorsman, hiker and international survival expert. He is also the creator of The Ultimate Survival Guide Books, The Family Survival Garden Guide, Becoming a King in the New World Guide and Skip's been studying, sharpening, and expanding his skills every day since he was 15 years old. At, he brings you the news you need to know as well as breakthrough information from some of the best authors and experts in their field. Together, they share their deepest secrets of survival with you.


  1. Andrew J. Jackson

    July 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Concur! I bought the one they make with firesteel in the handle for all my family members…think it was about $15.

  2. continualharvest

    July 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I just bought the “Heavy Duty Model” on Amazon (Prime) for under $14.00 with free shipping. Frugal prepping is a great thing.

  3. RevRonsRants

    August 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I personally prefer the edge-holding ability of the carbon steel blade, but the stainless is excellent, as well, and only costs about a buck more. I will say, however, that the sheaths on the lower-end models could stand some serious improvement. That said, I had one that lost its ability to hold the knife securely. I sent an e-mail to Mora in Sweden, asking where I could purchase a replacement, and they sent me TWO replacements, free of charge. No questions asked, and for a $10 knife! I haven’t seen that kind of customer service since Gerber expanded their business and quit making their hunting knives out of tool steel.

  4. Aussie Rick

    August 18, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Mora are certainly great knives, especially for the price! Personally, I prefer my Mora Heavy Duty Companion 11867 knife with its thicker (1/8″) carbon steel blade! These things are virtually bullet proof… not that I’ve actually tried shooting mine! A brilliant tough survival knife! Maybe not as tactical looking as Rambo’s, or as downright scary as Crocodile Dundee’s, but if you want a serious knife to help you stay alive, the Mora is for you!

  5. Aussie Rick

    August 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I was sharpening my old Finnish Marttini skinning knife last night and I thought of this article on the Mora knife. I realized that here in front of me was another great thing about the Mora (and other Scandinavian-made knives) for the Prepper. I have been sharpening knives for more years than many of you have been breathing and it is a very natural part of my life. I realize, however, that not all Preppers might have that experience. Maybe they carry a dangerously blunt knife because blade sharpening is a bit of a mystery to them. There has, after all, been a dumpster-load of garbage put out there about blade sharpening. My point here is that the Scandinavian knives like the Mora are so EASY to sharpen and keep sharp because of the rather unique 27 degree straight edge (called the “Scandinavian Grind”) which really is a snap to sharpen, even out in the bush. If you don’t want to get deep into the “science” of blade sharpening but want a razor-sharp edged knife at all times to help you survive, a Mora and a visit to a site like is a great place to start.

  6. Aussie Rick

    August 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm

  7. Elise

    September 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    It’s true. Moras are amazing for how downright cheap they are.

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