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The KnifeNews Dealers’ Choice Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in the production knife world. KnifeNews turned to knife dealers to determine the winners. With hundreds of new production knives passing through their hands and many hours spent interacting with end-users, dealers have the most comprehensive and informed perspective. 21 of North America’s top dealers cast their votes in 10 different categories to choose the best of the best in 2016.
We are pleased to announce that the Mora Garberg is the winner of the KnifeNews Dealers’ Choice Award for Best New Outdoor Fixed Blade 2016. Votes cast by dealers indicated that other great new blades in this category include the Bark River Knives Canoe, Spyderco Sprig, and TOPS Knives Brakimo.
“We’re both proud and grateful about the award,” says Mora CEO Henk Noback. “it’s amazing to think about the fact that the knives we make here are appreciated and acknowledged by users all over the world.” The most notable feature of the Garberg is its full tang construction. Customers have been asking for a full tang Mora for years, and in 2016 the Swedish knife maker finally capitulated. Although it came in at a price point that took Mora fans by surprise, the knife is the strongest and most durable that the company has ever produced. The fact that the dealers chose it as the best outdoor fixed blade of the year verifies that it was worth the tradeoff.
A premium price also spawned other premium features. Mora chose 14C28N stainless instead of their usual 12C27 or carbon steels. The spine has been left rough to enable use of a fire starter – another much-requested feature from outdoorsmen. Users can opt for a plastic multi-mount sheath or a premium leather sheath for retention.
The Garberg, announced in March just ahead of the IWA Outdoor Classics Show, was the first to feature a brand-new Mora handle format. The new grip emulates the barrel-shape of the iconic Mora Classic while enhancing it with modern materials. This handle also appears on the Kansbol. This knife didn’t quite make it to the market in time for consideration in this year’s awards, but could easily be a contender next year.
Mora knives have always been favorites amongst bushcrafters and survivalists. Outdoor survival expert Dave Canterbury says that the full tang construction of the Garberg makes it the ideal Mora to rely on in the elements: “I have no doubt I could trust my life to this tool in an emergency.”
Visit KnifeNews.com tomorrow to find out the winner of the KnifeNews Dealers’ Choice Award for Best New EDC Fixed Blade 2016.
Best New Outdoor Fixed Blade:
Top 4 Contenders
Mora Garberg (WINNER)
Saturday, November 12th
Knife featured in image: Mora Garberg