Collecting knives is a hobby onto itself.
People will discuss knives, acquire them, debate the effectiveness of them, and buy yet more.
In the end, though, they are just a tool.
And like any tool I own, I want a knife that will do the job efficiently without having to think about it.
When on an extended road trip, camping, or even just around the home, I want a knife that can cut cord, slice up veggies in a pinch, open packages, cut up carpeting scraps for a project, is durable, sharp, keeps an edge, and needs little maintenance.
When we went to Cedar Mesa recently, Joan’s colleagues were intrigued by the knife I used for these tasks and couldn’t believe that one blade could be of such apparent high quality and utility yet be so inexpensive.
The knife I used that caused such intrigue? The one I purchased in November 2013: The Bahco 2444 Carpenter Mora Multi Purpose Knife
Made by the famous Mora knife company for Bahco, this fixed blade knife is a stainless steel version of the well-known Mora Clipper. A very useful 4″ fixed blade, easy to maintain, very sharp, relatively light (sub-four ounces) and all around good utility knife. And only $12! These knives are essentially a modern version of the well known Finnish style of knife called a puukko.
The Bahco 2444 ends up being an all-purpose beater knife to keep in the tool or camp kit. In fact, the knife is so inexpensive and effective, I bought two and keep one in the car and one at home. I find myself using the knife as much as a household tool as for general outdoor use! The Finns regard a knife as a tool for daily use and the simple knife reflects that lineage quite well.
And though stainless steel is not as sharp as carbon steel, the stainless steel knife is a lot more forgiving of the vagaries of the road, camp, or a dusty Utah home. And though not as sharp versus carbon steel, I find this particular stainless steel knife to be very sharp and to hold an edge just fine in the real world versus internet forum discussion.
Overall view? I am sure there are “better” knives out there. But for the price, utility, quality, and overall design I find the Bahco branded Mora knife to be a trusty piece of outdoor gear. I don’t think I’d find a better deal than this $12 knife that has served me so well for five years. And will continue to do so in the future.
Disclosure: I purchased the Bahco 2444 with my funds on Amazon in November 2013.