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FM Mattsson AB , Mora Sweden ..
Production period = 1917 to 1930
I am not going to clean the knife any more ..
It be at the very least a 90 year old knife , so it can show some age !
 

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Mora Sweden.jpg
Mora , Sweden ...
Picture shows location of the knife makers in Mora Sweden .
So when you say Mora Knife , exactly which Mora Knife are you talking about ?
 

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1977 Laminated Frosts Mora ( Cuts Rope )

I have wanted to see the results of such a test for the longest time .
And to think , I had to be the one to do it !
I found the handle / grip to roll quite a bit . And for precise cutting , it was tricky .
So not a big fan of the handle .
The laminated steel how ever . I really like that .
If the edge did roll , it was a micro roll .
There was quite a bit of crunching when I put the knife to the leather strop . ( Metal breaking away )
And to get back the edge I had , I had to resort to the strop with green compound .
But the really good part . A 450 slice fail .. That is within D2 Tool steel territory .
Which is not bad for a knife from 1977 .. ( Frosts 1977 catalogue lists this knife )

I am quite pleased with myself for purchasing this knife ( and finding it ) . With so many used / abused Mora knives going for TOP dollar , finding a mint / possibly unused example for reasonable money = Priceless !
 

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92 Year Old Mora cuts rope ...
Yes , I have slowly been massaging the blade steel trying to clean it up as much as possible without doing harm .
But , I thought it time to cut some rope .
This is not dads knife , this is the knife your ( mine ) grand dad might have purchased .
So what sort of steel was on offer at the very least 92 years ago ?
Well , it's time to do some time traveling .
This knife was produced some where between 1917 to 1930 . ( In the video I could not remember the start time for the tang stamp )
I probably massaged the blade too much , ( Maybe ) there was no micro bevel to speak off .
So the edge is very fine and as we all know , fine Scandi edges roll easy .
And today was no exception .. I detected a roll from around 100 slices ..
And the roll @ 250 got bad enough for me to call fail .
Just a very light wood strop and it could slice paper ..
Leather stropping the knife after the test brought the edge back just fine ..
For such an old knife to be in such good condition ( after cleaning ) , I wont be using it .
In fact I just shelled out for another Mora yesterday ( 70's Laminated Frosts ) that is allegedly unused !
This one will be put aside for now and maybe traded / sold in the future to someone more worthy ( collector ? )
Oh yeah , It looks like the blade is laminated ..
 
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