As most of you know, we are big fans of Mora Knives here at Willow Haven Outdoor. One thing we like to do here while hanging out at the camp or after training courses is to do some show-n-tell about each others knives. Often, this leads to everyone telling how they’ve modified or personalized their knife to better suit their own needs. With that said, I’d like to share with you a personal Mora Knife Project that I finished some time back. The knife I used was the Mora Clipper 840 MG. 840 indicates that it’s the Carbon Steel Blade and MG indicates Military Green. This knife also comes in the code 860 MG and the only difference is that the 860 MG has the Stainless Steel Blade. All of the mods seen below are to the sheath. I didn’t make any changes to the knife itself.
First, I’ll start with a before and after picture and then I’ll break down what I did.
The entire mod system I used is based around velcro. The first quick mod is that I added a small velcro closure around the grip for added “peace of mind”. This velcro strap helps to hold the knife in the sheath even with some pretty crazy activity. I also added 2 36″ pieces of 550 Paracord for the lanyard. Everyone already knows how versatile this stuff is so I won’t elaborate.
The fire steel is also held in with velcro. I used a 3/4″ piece of adhesive backed velcro (hook side) and wrapped it around the 1st section of the fire steel rod. A larger (loop side) velcro wraps all the way around the sheath and around the fire steel with the hook velcro and secures it in place. The hook side velcro holds the fire steel in place and it comes out really nice with a quick jerk. It is definitely not going to accidentally fall out.
Then, on the back side & sandwiched between the 2 layers of velcro I’ve cached 10 feet of 30 lb. test fishing wire. This can be used in all kinds of ways; fishing line, snares, cordage, first aid, etc… It’s very well protected between the velcro layers and adds no bulk whatsoever. I could probably put more there actually.
Under the fishing line is actually 1 more layer of 1.5″ Velcro. As I remove this layer you will notice that I have cached 2 fishing hooks (1 small, 1 large) and a small artificial piece of bait. Sandwiched under the velcro you would have no idea these are here and they weigh virtually nothing.
Lastly, once all the layers are peeled back you will see the final layer. This layer of ‘loop side’ velcro is adhesive backed and I have wrapped it directly around the mora sheath. Trust me, once this adhesive sets it’s not going anywhere.
This layering system is a great way to quickly add and remove pieces from your Mora Kit. You can tear it down and put it back together again in just a few seconds. No tape, etc… I’ve had this kit soaking wet and it dries really quick – no issues there. Everything is really light weight and durable. You can add a couple more layers and some other choice ‘ingredients’ really quickly. Your creativity is the limit. We keep a lot of velcro around here so I bought the velcro in bulk from a distributor so if anyone wants some let me know and I’d be happy to sell you some for a great price + shipping. Or, you can probably pick some up at a local hardware or craft store.
I’d love to see your Mora Mods or Kit. Post them here or in the forum.
Until next time-