I have only just returned to my childhood passion of woodcarving and have spent some time and money seeking the 'right' knife for the majority of tasks undertaken in the process of turning a block into anything that looks remotely like anything else. The major criticism of other blades is that none of the stainless steel ones hold any kind of edge, and when eventually I have managed to get them at all sharp the effect dulls within a short space of time in use. Yet other examples in carbon steel have blades that are too long in the blade profile and often have uncomfortable handles, which means that they are hard to use and even harder to control. The Mora 120 knife came in a state which would have enabled me to shave the hair from my face and has stayed that way through several initial tests of its ability. The profile of the blade is brilliant as its length to width ratio means it feels controllable in use and powerful enough to cut the harder wood types without fear of snapping and potentially cutting me. The Mora's handle is just the right shape, size and feel to make controlling the tool very easy, and this alone inspired me with confidence to experiment in my carving of more adventurous shapes. As with carbon steel, the laminated steel blade of the Mora 120 will require some greater care than a stainless blade would but this is really a minor point as this mainly involves cleaning the tool after use to avoid tarnishing which would ultimately cause it to become less effective.
I highly recommend this well designed knife to all amateur carvers like myself, and at the price you can't go wrong. One useful addition is a suitable means of sharpening - a diamond stone or some other, another ongoing search for me I must confess.