Mora Knife Modifications

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.

Mora Knife Sheath Modification - Before & After

Mora Knife Sheath Modification - Before & After

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.

Mora Knife Modifications - Velcro Strap Security

Mora Knife Modifications - Velcro Strap Security

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.

Mora Knife Modification - Fire Steel

Mora Knife Modification - Fire Steel

Mora Knife Modification - Fire Steel Picture #2

Mora Knife Modification - Fire Steel Picture #2

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.

Mora Knife Modifications: Fishing Wire Cache

Mora Knife Modifications: Fishing Wire Cache

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.

Mora Knife Modifications: Fishing Hooks & Bait

Mora Knife Modifications: Fishing Hooks & Bait

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.

Mora Knife Mods: The Full Kit

Mora Knife Mods: The Full Kit

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.

Click the links here if you are interested in purchasing the Mora Clipper 860 MG or the Mora Clipper 840 MG.

Until next time-
Creek

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Creek Stewart is the Owner and Lead Instructor at Willow Haven Outdoor - a leading Survival and Preparedness Training Facility located on 21-acres in Central Indiana.  For more information on Survival Courses and Clinics offered at WHO, click HERE.  Creek is also author of Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit and The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide.  Visit Creek's personal web-site here: WWW.CREEKSTEWART.COM. You can contact Creek directly at creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com.
 
 

Comments

  1. Mazz says:

    I really like the mods you have made on your Mora. Especially the Velcro layers with the fishing gear. Lightweight, yet versatile and functional! Love it! Imitation is the greatest form of flattery – I plan to mod my moral with this idea. Thank you so much or sharing your ideas!

  2. Mora knives are a great knife for the money! I own two and use them in the field often! I'm often asked by newbies to the outdoors "what kind of knife should I buy?" I always suggest a Mora, you just can't go wrong and the price is right!

  3. James C. says:

    Hi Creek,

    I own a Mora 840 Clipper MG as well. Actually, I purchased it based on your rec. I’m interested in making the mods that you’ve shown; however, I don’t know where you purchase the velcro straps. Can you or anyone else recommend a supplier or website? Thanks in advance.

    James

    • Creek says:

      James – you can get this thick velcro at almost any hardware store or craft store like lowes or hobby lobby. Let me know if you have any other questions – thanks man.

  4. JLA says:

    One of the best mods for standard Mora knives, though unnecessary with the Bushcraft & Light My Fire series, is to grind a sharp 90° edge on the back of the blade so that it will throw a good shower of sparks when used with a ferro rod. The standard & HD Companion knives that are so popular have slightly beveled edges on the spine. It makes it more comfortable for people who like to put their thumb on the spine of the blade, but it also limits the knife’s usefulness with a ferro rod unless you use the edge, which should be avoided! You can use a bench grinder to do this, but I just used an extra-course diamond stone on my Companion HD. It only took a few minutes, and the knife is a lot more useful in a survival situation now!

  5. Seeing that you mentioned that it was totally wet made me think that a small drain hole in the bottom of the sheath would be a good idea as well. You may even be able to double-duty it with a tampon or small piece of cloth for a make shift/last ditch water filter…

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