It’s all well and good if you can afford a high-end quality bushcraft/survival knife such as those made by the Ontario Knife Company or Spyderco fixed blades. The fact remains that by far the best selling bushcraft/survival knives are the low-cost Mora knives made in Sweden, with the Morakniv Companion at under $15 being by far the most popular of all the Mora knives.
For their price, Mora knives are fantastic knives, I have two, and whilst they are not full-tang knives, I have used and abused them and I haven’t come close to breaking one. They make great camp and general around home knives. I wouldn’t choose one as my first choice for a bug-out-bag/survival bag, but it would be my backup!
For all the positives about these very low-cost Mora knives, there is a quick, two-minute modification you can make to them that will dramatically improve their usefulness. Watch the video by Dave Canterbury from the Pathfinder School and get modifying.
UPDATE: we have since published a post about how to make a high quality, full-tang knife from an old file. The knife is made using basic DIY power tools, and it does not require a forge. That’s right, you can make a full-tang homemade knife at home without a forge!