There are so many knives in the world. There are so many types of steel and so many people, mostly men, who obsess over and collect all sort of knives. While I don’t have an extensive collection, I do have a couple Spyderco knives, a couple Victorinox Swiss Army knives, and some others but the one that I have used the most while camping is the Morakniv Companion fixed blade knife.
I use this knife to split wood by hammering on the spline of it with another log. I use this knife to dice tomatoes for my kick ass chili. I have the stainless steel version which is a bit harder to sharpen but holds its edge well enough and doesn’t rust easily so stands up to the neglect of #vanlife. If you are interested, it also comes in a carbon steel version.
The blade is a great shape with a nice belly. It’s thick enough to withstand abuse but slim enough to be good at slicing vegetables. It could stand to be a half inch longer.
The handle comes slightly curved and over-molded making for a very comfortable and secure grip.
So what really makes this knife better than your Spyderco, Cold Steel, or even you ESEE blades? Well, it does most everything those do and it costs under $15. If you botch it up by hitting it on a rock, or if you get carried away and break off the tip, buy a new one. If you don’t like to sharpen your own knives and the knife no longer cuts like butter, buy a new one. (If you do like sharpening your own knives, I like the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker.)
We all lie to ourselves to rationalize purchasing the more expensive version of a thing. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Sometimes, you just get bragging rights. The Morakniv Companion is an inexpensive knife that gives you all of the benefits of the more expensive knives plus the ability to easily replace it if it gets damaged, dull, or lost.
Now if they only made a left-handed sheath for this ambidextrous southpaw.