Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
A competent, high-value fixed blade for general bushcraft and campcraft. Lightweight and comfortable in the hand for detail work or carving; moderate in build to withstand judicious batonning. Quality integrated fire steel readily produces showers of sparks for fire building. Warmly recommended for weight-conscious backpackers or campers who want the options a light fixed blade offers without toting about the mass of a heavier chopper or survival blade. If you don't mind rubber and plastic, it's hard to go wrong here.
- Design: integrated fire steel, grippy handle, good blade geometry
- Utility: sharp blade, accessible and highly functional fire steel
- Value: $25-$30
- Sheath: functional but cheap feeling
- Tang: partial, not full tang construction
The Light My Fire/Mora FireKnife is a collaboration of a company known for quality fire steels (LMF) and a company know for quality, excellent value knives (Mora). The result is a quality blade with a quality fire steel at a reasonable, even temping (I gave in!) price.
The FireKnife comes in a choice of colors--black, blue, green, orange, and red--to suit any taste from stealthy to flashy. I opted for the high visibility orange. (For the curious, LightMyFire offers a YouTube overview of the knife's mechanics--Google it.)
Ease of Use: The design of this knife (credited to Joachim Nordwall and Mora of Sweden) is beautiful in its simplicity: the non-slip, TPE rubber handle ensures one can maintain an excellent hold of the knife, and a clockwise twist of the end cap releases the fire steel. The spine of the Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade is ground square, enabling the knife to be used at a 30-degree angle as a striker to effortlessly throw 5400-degree Fahrenheit sparks. The knife and fire steel could not be simpler to use.
Design Features: The twist-to-lock mechanism in the knife's handle (the manufacturer bills this as a bayonet lock) secures the magnesium-alloy fire steel well; no accidentally twist is likely to happen since it takes a firm clockwise motion to release the tension lock of the fire steel. The blade features a Scandi grind with a secondary bevel along much of the knife's edge, with a scalloped face on both sides of the knife's tip.
The knife came sharp, requiring only moderate honing and stropping to become truly formidable, and it is a superb carver for bushcraft tasks such as making feathersticks, carving notches, etc. Light but secure in the hand, it is a pleasure to use, a knife which inspires confidence. Please don't misconstrue that confidence to mean that you can take down a towering oak with it, though! This isn't a chopper by any stretch of the imagination. Nevertheless, I suspect a Mors Kochanski might find the knife adequate for a host of bushcraft techniques.
Construction and Durability: I have already described the materials used; the knife has held up nicely to my use and abuse (moderate batonning). This is a typical Mora knife: much has been written about Moras on the web. At 3.4 ounces in the sheath, it isn't a heavyweight. I've actually used it as a neck knife or just slipped it into the pocket of my pants, a scarcely noticeable weight secured by a tenacious belt clip to the side of my pocket.
The FireKnife isn't produced by hand by a master knife maker, nor does it feature some exotic scale material like Cocobolo. No, it isn't VG10 steel! The finish quality of the blade isn't quite what the quality of my Mora Triflex Bushcraft is--that knife has a higher polish to its blade. The FireKnife isn't built to withstand an apocalypse like my TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft Fieldcraft knife with its 3/16" thick blade.
I have found the FireKnife's plastic sheath to be very serviceable--it holds the knife securely and has a drain hole in the bottom, and the belt clip is designed to stay where you clip it--but it isn't a marvel to behold or to feel. It feels durable, but plasticky--a tad cheap, but then what can one expect at this price point?
I have a soft spot for leather sheaths (though probably not with the FireKnife's TPE grip), even a stout but plain one such as the one that comes with a Condor Bushlore, and this plastic certainly isn't leather. But I think that is an advantage, too: my knife is bright orange and gray, making it easy to spot in leaf litter. What the FireKnife is is a very functional, unpretentious knife that--at its price point--offers significant quality and value. Don't try to baton 4-inch Dogwood with this for heaven's sake, but it will do just fine splitting a variety of different woods in the 2-inch diameter range with judicious batonning technique. The stainless is a low-maintenance plus that opens the door for easy food preparation, too.
Conditions: The FireKnife has been my go-to camping and backpacking knife for the better part of a year. I have used it in rain and in sunny weather; I have relied on it (and had a group of twelve people rely on it) for firestarting on a weeklong backpacking trek in the highlands of southwestern Virginia. Weather was variable, from thickly humid, damp air to drier air more conducive for fire building. Regardless, the knife started fires each day, morning and night. It carves nicely, effortlessly turning out tent stakes in three cuts of the blade. I find myself picking up sticks just to carve or whittle with it.
Final Thoughts: Would I recommend the knife? In a heartbeat! I love it. And no, I am in no way affiliated with Light My Fire or Mora or in any fashion compensated by them. I bought this with my own money. Happily, at this price, it didn't take much! And I'd buy it again tomorrow if I lost it today. Good knife, excellent value.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
Incredibly useful knife for a ridiculous price.
I stopped in my favorite outdoors store today to pick up a couple things, one was an extra fire steel. I went over to where they were and noticed the Light My Fire knife. I've been on a bushcraft knife binge, buying the Benchmade 162 and the TOPS BOB knife in the last couple month.
At first I just kind of wrote it off as a gimmick until I noticed the knife was a Mora. Spend any time in any place having anything to do with bushcraft and you'll hear the name Mora. I'd never bought one before because they've always looked to me like a cheap paring knife and a Fiskars scissor offspring. I decided to give it a go, since it was only $10 more then the fire steel by itself.
The Mora is awesome. Easily cuts just as well as my much more expensive knives and seems almost as durable. The blade is smaller then I'd prefer but that's the only real complaint. It throws a mean spark on all my fire steels, whittles and cuts wood like a demon and even withstood (light) batoning. The fire steel is quality like all Light My Fire's products and uniquely locks into the butt of the knife so securely that I doubt anything short of intentional abuse would make it come out.
Is it a pretty knife? No. Its beauty comes from its amazing practicality. It's durable, comfortable, sports a modified scandi grind and is easy to sharpen. I didn't mention any cons because in all honesty for the $35 I paid for it, it has no cons.
This Mora has caused me to change my #1 bushcraft rule, as far as knives go it's now 3 is 2 and 2 is 1 and one is none. From now on it has a place in my pack with the Tops and the Benchmade.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28
This is a really cool knife that has a removable fire starter embedded in the handle. I ordered it off of Clymb last spring and it showed up razor sharp and ready for action. This is a good knife for around the camp kitchen due to its blade size and sharpness.
- Razor sharp blade
- Fire starter in handle works great
- Hard plastic sheath protects the knife well
- Comes in several color choices (orange, red, blue, green)
- Blade is a bit thin for any heavy duty camp chores
This was a whim purchase because I thought the idea of the embedded removable fire starter in the handle was a cool idea. When it arrived I was not disappointed. The edge was like a razor blade with the back side ground to a sharp 90 degree angle so it grabs the fire starter and send out a shower of sparks.
The knife comes in a variety of color choices, each one a bright color which is easy to spot when lying on the ground. If you're looking for a good knife to go into your survival kit or to keep in your camp kitchen, this should be one to consider.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $22
This knife is a must have. It is carbon steel and easy to sharpen in the field with a diamond stick. It sparks like crazy because it is carbon steel. I have carved up quite a few salmon with mine and use it in the kitchen on vegies and to trim meat. Get this and you will use it every day.
- You can use it every day and it weighs almost nothing.
- It is not practical to split wood. You are gonna need to take the hatchet or axe along with you as well.
- Have a hatchet as well.
The knife is the best camping knife to carry with you. If you are going to camp and hike and prepare wild food you need to have this knife. It is so lightweight that it always seems to wind up in my pack. I bought several for my different camping and hiking setups.
The handle is gripable with gloves on. Small enough without gloves to work with food prep. The blade will get a dull finish as it is carbon steel but who cares. Very easy to sharpen. The steel takes a great edge without much effort. I think that is the beauty of this knife.
I wandered around the Missouri Ozarks the forests in Norway and the east coast of Australia with this knife. I like the bright handle colors as I have knocked my off into the grass and lakes a few times and can find it.
The sheath works attached to your pack, belt or inside the pack. Their is just enough retention to the sheath to make this work. If you pack gets stolen, lost or knocked overboard you can afford to get another knife. I have given a few away as gifts.
I also carry a small mutli tool and a small hatchet so I don't use my knife to split wood or do stupid things like peen wood or use it as a pry bar to sneak into a hostel without paying.
Source: received it as a personal gift
Sharp, easy to use.
- Sharp blade
- Stores all together
- Plastic sheath
Received this as a gift. Easy to throw in your pack -- but the plastic sheath feels weird to carry on a belt.