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on 8 May 2013
Brilliant knife. Very comfortable to hold, takes a long time (4 - 6 hours) until it gets too tiring to whittle. Incredibly sharp.

I read a bunch of reviews about on various other whittling knives, in which the reviewers had said they'd managed to cut themselves easily with the knives. I dismissed these claims, thinking, "oh hoh! What cack-handed foolish people they are! Try just NOT cutting yourself!"

First night of whittling, I manage to get 2 light slashes on my fingers and 2 deep cuts on my hand. Second night of whittling, I managed to stab myself straight with the point of the knife. A lesson in humility has been learned.

However, I must point out - all of the cuts came from NOT USING THE KNIFE CORRECTLY. Every one of them. If this is your first knife (like it was mine), research safe whittling methods before you start. Otherwise your girlfriend will confiscate your knife due to her not wanting a 9-fingered boyfriend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2010
Not ideal as a travelling companion on-trail or on-camp as you cant rely at all on the sheath (recommend Swiss for trail and camp - eg the spartan)but fits the hand excellently, the blade is excellent, and fatigue is well avoided with this design. Would highly recommend for domestic and mobile whittlers.
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on 1 August 2015
So you can buy 4 or 20 cheaper blades for the price you pay for a Mora blade, trust me just one Mora blade will be more valuable to you than a dozen cheaper ones. The steel is Superb quality and holds its sharpness for very long periods of time. No fancy handles and a very simple design that is easy to hold. The handle is comfortable to hold with a nice balance when carving. Good quality tools also help keep the user safe, their sharpness cuts through the wood with less pressure required, which means the less force used, the less likely hood of slipping and getting getting hurt. Cheaper blades blunt quicker resulting in having to use more force, which results in the possibility of slipping and getting cut. In a nutshell Mora blades are great quality and good to carve with. They also help to cut down the chance of accidental injury.
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on 15 March 2014
When this knife arrived, I skimmed it along my arm and it shaved it smooth. This knife is the perfect shape for getting into curves, especially with the tip, and is small enough that I don't find myself thinking that I could do better with a smaller knife. I have so far enjoyed carving many things with the knife, though for spoons and kuksas I have a crook knife for the hollowing bit, but it is such a pleasure to use. The only thing that was almost unworthy of the fifth star was the sheath, which while it wasn't quite as bad as other comments might have you believe, though maybe I got lucky, doesn't hold the knife particularly securely. But the handle was amazingly nice, I didn't add any finish, and I will definitely buy more from Mora in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2014
I got this knife after taking up whittling and looking for a cheap but good quality knife and that's what the mora120 is I cant fault it in anyway and use it in the house and garden for jobs all the time just a wonderful little tool
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2010
I've had this knife for 2 years now. The blade & handle are excellent. I very much like the design, feel and laminated steel blade, which sharpens well. I found it too short to be my main general purpose wood carving knife (although I have heard of one carver that does use the 120 as his main knife) - so I bought the longer Mora 106 for that purpose (although I found that too long for comfort so ground it down, perhaps 1cm - which is great & safer for the way I work). I tend to reach for the Mora 105 knife when I: need to get inside tight curves, don't want to remove too much wood or when I want to cut some decorative v-groove lines, although I don't like holding such a sharp blade pencil-like (as many Swedish carvers do), so recently I have tended to use other tools for the latter (a smaller knife, V-tool or veiner). It's handy for working on clothes hooks, spoons & finishing off bowls.

The 105 knife also proved to be an ideal tool for skinning a deer, being very sharp but having a shallow cut. I strongly recommend that you WEAR A STURDY PROTECTIVE GLOVE when you first start handling & using this incredibly sharp knife - or any other sharp blade.

The simple but sturdy, quality construction of this knife, the easily sharpened steel and (usually) reasonable price make this a real winner; although at this price (it used to be a cheap & cheerful knife but the price has risen significantly in recent years, as the £ has fallen) I would expect a better fitting sheath/blade protector. The blade has a good thickness (unlike some scalpel bladed products). There is room for improvement, though: the plastic sheath appears to be designed for a different, much longer knife with a similar handle. The sheath has a flimsy belt attachment but it would be unwise, unnecessary and abnormal to carry a specialist carving knife, like this, on your belt. The knife falls too easily from the sheath - if/when the knife does fall from the sheath, for heaven's sake do not try to catch it. Mine fell and the tip was bent on the concrete floor :(; fortunately I was able to bend it back & re-sharpen/shape it. The sheath could usefully include something to secure the knife (perhaps adding a 3mm bungee-cord loop through the belt-loops would do the trick?). I keep my carving knife with other carving tools, in a lovely, thick suede-leather chisel/tool roll (purchased inexpensively from eBay) - it keeps the blades, safe & secure out of harms way; I recommend it. BTW the similar but slimmer sheath on the larger Mora 106 knife is a much better fit on both knives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
It came very quick, and was just what I expected it to be good quality steel that holds a fine cutting edge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2013
I have started whittling for fun again and purchased this knife for the purpose. I have always used my Swiss Army Knife in the past, but wanted to try something with a better grip. This knife was not cheap but is perfect for the job. The wooden handle feels nice in the hand and the knife is a good balance. The handle is of sufficient size to give a good easy secure grip, providing comfortable ease of use of prolonged periods. The blade is a good quality steel which keeps its edge well. All in all i am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this knife without hesitation.
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on 4 August 2012
Nice size carving knife. Very sharp initially and easy to keep sharp with a strop. I have managed to break off the tip, however. I find the handle comfortable to grip, even after working for several hours. The sheath is a poor fitting and cheap looking plastic effort, although I note there are a number or high quality leather sheaths available on the aftermarket, often costing more than the knife itself!
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on 4 September 2013
The knife is very good and the blade came sharp. The sheath however a generic one, not purpose made for this knife. Be careful when carrying it in the sheath as the knife is not held in. Mine fell out on the first day of using it broke the tip off the knife and dinted the blade too. Very well made knife, why ruin it with the holder, would have been better off without it.
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