Our adventure began at the Morakniv production factory at 13:00 on Thursday, where we were given an introductory presentation about;
Day 1, Thursday May 18:
We started our adventure at the Morakniv factory with an exclusive factory tour that took us on a path from steel to the finished knife. Unfortunately we were not able to take any pictures of the production process, but it was an amazing sight to see roles of different grades of steel being transferred into thousands of Mora knives. A lot of the production process is now done by robots, but there is also a lot of work done by people.
Here is a colourful selection of pictures of the products we saw being made and tested;
At the end of the tour we were all given bags containing a number of free items; an Eldris neck knife kit (including a firesteel, A Bushcraft Black knife, a Woodcarving 106 knife, a Wildo Camp-a-box eating utensils set, a Pathfinder Bushpot cooking set and a chopping board and plasters also from Morakniv.
Thereafter we were transferred by bus to the Adventure Base Camp. The rest of the day was spent setting up camp, eating and socialising.
Day 2, Friday May 19:
Basic skill day! We joined a variety of workshops held by Morakniv ambassadors; Dave Canterbury, Johan Skullman, Jögge Sundqvist and Beth Moen (more about them soon).
Day 3, Saturday May 20:
a 16 kilometre hike to a variety of check points to put in to practise the skills we had learnt/practised the previous day.
Day 4, Sunday May 21:
Sunday morning we packed our gear, ate and then departed by bus to the new Morakniv
Concept Store. After that, everyone left.
THE PARTICIPANTS AND AMBASSADORS
We were 60 participants from 11 different countries.
Our ambassadors were;
Dave Canterbury – Canterbury is the owner and one of the instructors at the Pathfinder School in south-east Ohio. Dave teaches survival and bushcraft techniques, promoting what he calls the “5 Cs of Survivability”: a cutting tool, a combustion device, cover, a container, and cordage.
Beth Moen – Beth has been carving and teaching for over 35 years and produces such items as bowls (some are very large), spoons & cups and wooden furniture.
Jögge (Surolle) Sundqvist – he is a woodworking and carving artist. He runs wood carving courses and has written books, one of which “Slöjda i trä” is being published in English later this year.
Johan Skullman – Johan is a survival expert having spent 30 years in the Swedish military where he worked on testing, designing and developing clothing and equipment for soldiers. He left the military and now works with outdoor product design and development for such companies as Fjällraven.
THE MORAKNIV HISTORY AND CONCEPT
Knife production began in the Mora area 350 – 400 years ago.
1891 – Frost knives began making knives
1912 – KJ Eriksson began making knives
1988 – 2005 – 1988 KJ Eriksson acquired Frost knives and the two companies worked together producing knives.
2005 – The company “Mora of Sweden” was created.
2009 – Morakniv became a registered trademark.
2016 – The company “Mora of Sweden” changed its name to “Morakniv”.
3,5 million knives are produced each year and there are over 400 different models.
15 3rd and 4th generation family members own the company and are all descendants of Krång-Johan Eriksson (KJ Eriksson). Thanks to Thomas Eriksson for providing me with this information.
Their vision is to produce 5 million knives and the production process to take only one week from steel to knife.
The companies values are; Professionalism, Consideration and Courage.
I will be writing more soon!!!!