There is a difference between cheap and inexpensive. “Cheap,” when it refers to an object, means it is worth very little, according to the Urban dictionary. “Inexpensive” means something doesn’t cost much, and generally doesn’t refer to a compromise in quality.
In other words, you get a good product for less money.
In survival gear, I recommend you go with inexpensive when possible and within reason.
Don’t let a celebrity endorsement be the deciding factor in equipment choices.
Subsequently, my nomination for the best all-around knife for the average person is an inexpensive rigid blade Mora-style knife.
Mora is a brand name. Generally speaking, I define a Mora as a knife with a rigid, three-to-four-inch blade, a Scandinavian grind and overall length of about eight inches.
The handle typically doesn’t have a guard, and the knife is intended to be an all-purpose, general-use cutting tool.
In this case, I decided to compare the Boker Magnum Nordic with the Mora model 86o.
I’ve carried my particular 860 for several years, and it has seen hard use.
My Mora is used for cleaning fish, small game processing, utility purposes and anything I need a knife for.
My 860 rides in my briefcase and goes to the office, where it is used for opening mail and packages, slicing bagels and, as needed, spreading peanut butter and cream cheese.
As far as I’m concerned, the 860 sets the standard for inexpensive, over-all utility knives.
Watch my video review here:
Can you spot the differences between the two?
Which would you choose?