September 15, 2020

Morakniv 120 vs 122

Are you wondering which knife would be best to buy between the Morakniv 120 and the 122? Well if you are checking Morakniv knives then you are already on the right track as they make some of the best and durable knives.

The Morakniv 120 and 122 are great knives that would work well for any woodcarver out there. They have what it takes and can help even the best woodcarver produce something even better than with a regular knife. 

Morakniv 120

Morakniv 120 Wood Carving Knife

The Morakniv 120 is a knife that comes with a Laminated Steel Blade. It is a small carving knife that comes with a thin, tapered 2. 4-inch blade of laminated steel that works rather well for precision when carving out small and hard shapes. 

The laminated Steel features layers of high carbon steel with a core that is hardened to 59-60 HRC. It is also surrounded by a softer alloyed steel layer that has been hot rolled to make it rougher and tougher.

It comes with an oiled birch wood handle that makes it quite easy to use and less complicated for one’s wrist and hand. The birch wood is oiled well enough to prevent any cracking or breakage. Also preventing any moisture or water from soaking in. 

Morakniv 122

Morakniv 122 Wood Carving Knife with Laminated Steel Blade

Morakniv 122 is a Wood Carving Knife that comes with a Laminated Steel Blade. It is a small wood carving knife that has a thin and tapered 3.2-inch blade of laminated steel as well as an oiled birch wood handle that makes it easier to handle.  

It comes with a hardened core of 50-60 HRC that is surrounded by a softer layer of alloyed steel. The blade is made of solid steel which has some variation in color on its surface. The steel is hot rolled, giving it a rougher surface look.

When compared to other knives. This Morakniv 122 appears to be quite short and small. You will find that because of its size. It is given aid in versatility when working and also it is quite sharp, making it a great tool when working for precision.

Favourite Features

Mora 120

The Mora 120 is a great knife that comes with a carbon steel blade that is sought to offer some resistance to even the most corrosive elements as well as rusting. It has a dull look that is quite appealing and the whole design is rather intriguing.

The Mora 120 has an oiled birch wooden handle that is quite smooth to the hands. Plus the handle comes with a smooth and round ergonomic design that makes it rather easy to use on the wrist as well as on the whole hand.

Another feature to love about this knife is it’s small size that is rather versatile and makes the knife very portable. Unlike most knives this knife here is designed for precise designing when woodcarving. 

Mora 122

Although the knives are quite similar they do have their slight differences. However, looking at the Mora 122. It is quite hard to ignore it’s size that makes it rather versatile and very easy to manage and use. 

It has a laminated steel blade that is made from carbon steel and even though carbon is not as resistant to rust and corrosives. The fact that this blade comes laminated ensures that it will offer a certain degree of resistance. 

It has an ergonomic handle that is easy to use for the hand and the wrist. As it is smooth, one does not have to worry about any blisters or twisting their hand all the way. They can easily and swiftly change points while holding the knife. 

Blade size

The Mora 120 comes with a 2.4 inch blade that is tapered and thin. The blade is longer at the cutting end with a rather pointed end that makes it a good knife for any carving and holing in carvings one will be making. Besides all that, the blade is strong and durable.

The Mora 122 on the other hand comes with a 2.4 inch blade as well as a  3.2 inch blade that is also thin and tapered. Unlike the Mora 120. The Mora 122 comes with blades that come in two different sizes. 

Shape of blade

The blade on the Mora 120 is quite short and it has a very sharp and point end. It gets narrower as we get to the point of the knife. From the point where the tang starts. It seems the blade only gets thinner and narrower.

With the Mora 122, it has a slightly longer blade for the other version hence it is not as narrow at the end and it is not as pointed as the Mora 120. Meaning that the degree of caution between the usage of the two knives is slightly different as one is sharper than the other. .

Cutting style

The Mora 120 has a shorter blade and hence is best used for precise cutting and precise shaping when carving out a shape. It’s a great tool that can offer some of the best designing in any form of woodcarving one may decide to venture into. 

The Mora 122 on the other hand has a slightly longer blade which makes it more suitable for whittling rather than precision carving. It can still work for both but it is the best when it comes to things such as whittling when compared to the Mora 120

What could be better

Morakniv 120

The Morakniv 120 is a great knife for precise carvings because of its size and the shape of it’s blade. It is more versatile and more compact and hence can be used for close up carvings unlike the Morakniv 122.

Morakniv 122

The Morakniv 122 comes with a slightly longer blade as compared to the Morakniv 120 which makes it more suitable for whittling than cutting out shapes. Though it can be used for both, when compared to the Morakniv 120 it may be best for whittling. 

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