Monday, January 26, 2009

Swedish Mora Sheath

I'm a big fan of Swedish Mora knives. There aren't too many better knife options out there for less than $100. It beats everything hands down for less than $50. At ~$10 a pop they're a steal. I do have my gripes about them, though. First of all I hate the hard plastic handle. Some of the versions out there have a rubberized grip. The one that I have doesn't. I solved the problem by wrapping the handle with 550 cord. That ensured that I have an extra 10 foot length of 550 cord with me when I'm carrying the knife. It also provided a loop to make it easier to hold onto. Obviously, it also made a better grip and it made the handle bigger and wider which makes it a little easier to hold onto (for me).

The other gripe that I have is the sheath. I'm just not a fan of that hard plastic sheath. It's functional but it'll scratch up your belt when you put it on. Also, after I wrapped up the handle I couldn't get the knife to seat properly because of the rim. Then I remembered a post that M.D. Creekmore over at The Survivalist Blog made a few months ago about making a leather sheath for his mora. I don't have the tools or any of the materials for leatherworking and I decided that buying all of the stuff that I would have needed wouldn't be worth it. We had been corresponding via email, anyway, so I went ahead and asked him how much it would cost for him to make me one. Once we agreed on a price I sent the money and he sent me the sheath.

It showed up in my mailbox today. The craftsmanship was good. It was much nicer than I expected, actually. I'm no leatherworker and I don't own a whole lot of leather goods so It's kinda hard for me to write an accurate review on that end. We'll just say that I was pleasantly surprised and I won't be embarrassed to show it off. A picture is worth 1000 words so I've included some. When I slid the knife in the sheath was way too big. That was no biggie. I just cut the top off of the plastic sheath that the knife originally came with and slid the bottom part inside. It was a perfect fit. I'll probably glue it down to make it a bit more secure but I don't think that it's really necessary. It fits securely enough as is. And now for some pics:

The sheath, knife and plastic insert

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The knife and the plastic sheath inserted in the leather

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The knife snugly inserted in the sheath

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If you have a Mora knife and you hate the sheath as much as I do but you don't know crap about leatherworking then you might want to send M.D. Creekmore an email and see if he'll hook you up. I'm very pleased with his work.

7 comments:

Scott said...

I have a Cold Steel kukri machete I'd love to do the 550 paracord handle wrap with. Directions? I kind of remember seeing a how-to once, somewhere...

The Urban Survivalist said...

Here's the tutorial that I used

http://www.m4040.com/Knifemaking/cordwrap.htm

tjbbpgobIII said...

They used to sell a product at Santa Fe tools, I forfet the name but it is a type of coating similar to the undercoat on an automobile. I have covered several of my knives with it and it is marvelous stuff but I haven't had to seriously make use of the knives yet, ie blood or other slippery materials.

Survival Spot said...

That ones cool, personally I like the CRKT first strike. It's got a similar wrapped handle but I think theres some kind of hardening agent.

http://www.knivesplus.com/CR-2705-CRKT.HTML

theotherryan said...

That looks like a darn nice sheath. I love the slip in ones like that.

fallout11 said...

Very nicely done sheath by Mr. Creekmore, and really solid knife (I bought 5 of these, gave several to family as gifts).

ReginaPhalange said...

Nice. Between the wrap and the sheath, it barely looks like a Mora. Not that it's bad for a Mora to look like a Mora. I have one (different model) and I like it just fine. But yours looks like an entirely different knife with the customizing you did.