Good Gear: Morakniv Garberg Fixed-Blade Knife

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The Morakniv GarbergMorakniv

Morakniv of Sweden has been around since 1891 and seemingly since 1892 knife nerds on the Internet have been begging for a full-tang design. The Garberg, named for a Swedish town not far from Mora, is the company's first full-tang blade, which protrudes from the end of the polyamide plastic handle for batoning, hammering, or cracking pistachios while posting angry comments on Facebook.

The 4.25-inch stainless Sandvik 14C28N is tempered to a Rockwell hardness of 58, and the spine edge is ground sharp, so it throws very good sparks with a fire-starter. The thick 3.2mm blade is a scandi ground with a micro bevel and comes out of the box sharp, but it’s in need of some touch-up work to actually shave. It weighs 9.6 ounces–heavy for a Morakniv–and expensive for one, too, at $89 with the “multi-mount” sheath or $99 for leather.

This is the knife the bushcraft warriors of the Internet demanded, and this is the knife they got. And it's a very good one at that. It deserves a home on the belt of even the less opinionated outdoorsman, you know, the kind that actually go outside. Buy it here.