Mora Eldris Review – Is it worth the money?
The Mora Eldris has been a long anticipated addition to the Mora Kniv range. It’s a compact fixed blade which has been designed with a precision blade for tasks such as whittling, spoon carving and the like.
Despite the hype and initial wow factor, we’ve found lots of you guys have loads of questions about this knife, primarily why it costs what it does. Therefore, in this review we will not only actually review the knife and show you all the cool little features, we will also talk to you about the costs of this knife and maybe provide answers to why it costs what it does. . .
Firstly looking at the version without the fire starter. This version comes in a pretty standard Mora box (good start). When you take the knife out of the box, it doesn’t give anything away apart from the colour (of which there are five). You get a pretty plain coloured polypropylene sheath with the Mora Kniv logo etched into the front. At the top of the sheath you will be able to se the handle of the knife itself (the same colour as the sheath) which looks grippy and rubbery.
The knife then is easily pulled out of the sheath to reveal the rest of the handle and the small blade which is 5.3cm in length and 0.2cm thick. Including the handle the knife is 14.2cm in length which means you do actually get plenty of room for your hand!
The blade on this knife is made from 12C27 Swedish Stainless Steel with a modified Scandi grind (a combination of 3 grinds) which has been purpose built for precision tasks. You will also find that the top of the blade has also been ground to make it highly effective when used in conjunction with a fire striker. This is great because no one wants to damage their knife by having to strike a ferro rod an unnecessary number of times!
The handle is made from double moulded TPE Rubber. It feels solid in hand and because it’s rubberised it has a number of cool benefits too. Firstly it’s very comfortable to hold, and secondly it’s extremely grippy. Using this out in the field in rainy conditions will be no problem at all. The handle has also been shaped nicely to prevent your fingers from accidentally slipping onto the blade, this is extremely useful especially when using the knife for precision tasks.
As mentioned earlier this knife comes with a solid polypropylene sheath. It’s a really simple sheath with very few if any distinguishing features. That being said it is a sheath and it does the job of holding the knife securely in place very well, as well as protecting the blade.
In the fire starter kit version you get some little extras for the sheath too. You get a metre length of black paracord, a leather strap which acts as a secondary lock and a really high quality fire striker which is proportional to the size of the knife.
How do I carry the Mora Eldris as a neck knife?
This is a questions that has been asked of us a few times since the knife’s release. The lanyard hole in the handle is not the hole you would use if you want to carry the knife as a neck knife. Neck knives are 99% tip up carry; this is no different on the Eldris.
There are two holes on the underside of the sheath. To turn the Eldris into a neck knife, you simply put the paracord in one hole, bring it out the other, tie it in a knot and boom you have neck knife.
What’s the Eldris like in terms of usability?
In short, very good. The handle is very grippy as it suggested, and well shaped to make the knife comfortable during prolonged use. In order to use this knife in the most controlled way possible you’ll probably put your thumb on the spine of this knife. This isn’t the most comfortable thing ever. Because the spine has been ground for use with a fire striker, it isn’t smooth. It’s not uncomfortable by any stretch of the imagination though. Also because it has been designed with fire strikers in mind there isn’t any jimping for extra grip or comfort. It is not really necessary though because the blade is so short and the handle is so grippy.
A bit of a case of 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, you sacrifice a little comfort for more effectiveness in terms of fire striking.
Why does it cost more than other Mora knives like the Companion?
This is arguably the biggest question raised since this knife’s release. Mora Companions currently range from around £10 to £20 and the Eldris range is available for around £30-£50. Taking the lowest prices as an example you are looking at a £20 difference for a smaller blade, which on the surface seems a little silly. However, it’s not and we’ve done some research into why it isn’t . . .
Mora Companions are under priced. They are incredible value for money, and Mora make stupidly little money on them because they are so cheap. They are also mass produced in huge quantities which currently the Eldris isn’t. Due to economies of scale the more you produce the cheaper the production cost is per item produced. That accounts for a few £’s worth of increase.
The blade itself also accounts for a % of the cost. The Eldris uses really nice 12C27 stainless steel, which is good quality Swedish steel and not particularly cheap. There is also the grinds. The standard Mora Companion’s use traditional Scandi Grind, this is one grind and doesn’t take awfully long to do. The Mora Eldris has a total of 3 grinds, this is not only more time consuming, it’s also more expensive and you have to set up three different grinds for just one knife, that’s not cheap.
The handle on the Mora Eldris has also been double moulded whereas the Companion’s have only been single moulded. You guessed it, that adds a little extra cost.
The final area that will probably add a few more £’s to the cost is generally the cost of manufacturing in Sweden (and across Europe) has risen. It is more expensive than ever to produce goods here. But, those costs do have an advantage. Mora for example batch makes all of its knives for QA (quality assurance) testing and its ISO accreditations. You do not get that level of care from knives made elsewhere in the world.
Are there any comparable knives?
Not really. There are some but they are few and far between . . .
As you can see from the above knives, it’s not the cheapest out there, but it’s really not far off. When you compare the quality of build and materials with that of the other knives of similar ilk then you’ll probably see the price is still actually very good!
Mora knives have always been traditionally budget friendly and very affordable knives. So, it’s not really a surprise that people have been shocked to see a smaller knife that’s actually more expensive. However, it does appear Mora are looking at taking a step up the ladder, a move towards increased quality and higher production value knives on top of their existing budget range of knives.
The Eldris is more expensive then the average Mora knife, but not unjustifiably so, and if you are after a more affordable alternative you will be hard pressed to find one let alone for the same quality.
Have you bought your Eldris yet? What are your first impressions? Have you been tempted to buy one yet or not? If yes or no, how come? We’d love to hear your thoughts.