I've a couple of moras -the clipper is one of them, in carbon steel - pretty good, and can be used as a striker of course, but you have to look after the blade properly, or it will rust and pit. FYI, you can get a mora blade from Clas Ohlsen hardware stores for £2:50!! Shit red plastic handle, but still!
I bought 2!
The cheap Mora knives are excellent straight out of the box, stroking them on a leather strop takes the burrs and edges off making them even better.
They are used by most of the bushcraft/outdoor schools as training knives because they are cheap and good. There is also a woodcarving school that issues students with the Frost. Added to which, on a military level, I also believe that they are squaddie issue in the Swedish military.
Stainless or carbon? Depends what you want it for! All the bushcrafty, Ray Mears wannabees use carbon steel blades because they produce better sparks when using a fire steel. If you are in a pinch and have some charcloth you can even strike a spark off the back of a carbon steel blade with a flint...........fecks up the blade whilst you are learning, but its nice to know you can do it. And, blades can be had for a couple of quid to a tenner.
If you have decided to go the Frost route you should invest in a nice sheath, there are plenty on ebay specifically for the Frost's knives. Someone did also make and sell a nylon webbing widget to drop the plastic sheath into with a velcroed securing strap around the handle then it fits noicely, noicely, onto webbing.
Finally, the best endorsement of a knife is who uses it and what they use it for. There is a chap in Canada called Mors Kochanski (google him) he was the original survive and thrive bushcraft instructor, just very low profile. All of them that you see on TV or writing books have been to Mors. As his knife Mors carries a Frost Mora
looped around his neck on a quick release knot. He can drop a 3" to 4" thick tree using only a Frost Mora and a few deft moves, impressive for an old fecker:
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yes the traditional swedish way of making a blade is as a sandwich where 2 medium/low carbon "cheeks" are hammer welded onto a middle
high carbon steel core which when sharpened holds a razor edge , whilest the 2 softer steel forms a softer skin so the blade does not snap
at the high hardness acheived by the middle.... I am sure Frost still make their carbon steel blades in this way, but not by hand obviously.
My dear boy.... like pornography, the swedes do knives far better than us brits.. Im not saying you cant be happy with your brit army clasp knife, or with the standard issue essex milf... but please realize that others seek finer and greener pastures.
I have one of them too though only the new, shorter issued one - great for setting up harbour tracks and getting the branch stubs off the ubiquitous British Army training area evergreens !
Used to have the old issue one (longer 'Martindale' blade and longer PLCE sheath to match) but a mate borrowed it, then 'lost' it on ex. can't source one now - can get the civvie version of the machete, but can't find the PLCE sheath - anyone got a buckshee one?