Everyone in the bushcraft and survival communities have been begging Morakniv to create a carbon steel version of the Garberg. Morakniv said in their product description that the carbon steel will make sharpening the knife in the field more convenient.
More importantly, the question that has everyone stumped is, why did they release the stainless version before the carbon?
An anonymous source at Morakniv told Gear Facts, “The stainless version came first to weed out the posers—if they can sharpen stainless, they can certainly sharpen carbon.”
Ever since the release the of Garberg, bushcrafters were elated for a full tang Mora, but disappointed with the blade steel. Many were also outraged at the price of the Garberg, as Morakniv have always been known to have extremely affordable knives. And with the new release of the carbon version, we are positive that most consumers will once again be disappointed with the price.
Professional bushcrafters and survivalists Cody Lundin and Dave Canterbury are known for their extensive use of Morakniv products. With high profile names such as those, there is little suspicion as to why Morakniv became a household name in the EDC and bushcraft communities.
So why is Morakniv concerned with the posers of the community who are unable to sharpen their knives in the field? A likely answer would be the widespread use of guided sharpening systems, such as the Wicked Edge and Edge Pro systems. Morakniv creates knives for consumers who actually “use their shit.” When bushcraft posers post a picture of their Morakniv blade after an extensive “spa treatment” (as they say in the forums) on their pricey sharpening system, the veteran bushcraft guys get associated with their likeness.
Bushcraft and survival guys use and abuse their gear, and also understand an axe is better suited for splitting wood. Most of those true bushcrafters and survivalist would be embarrassed to show off a blade that was dulled by repeated bashing of the spine through a 6 inch log. With that being said, it can be assumed that Morakniv took a risk and created a challenge for their consumers.
As more posers began to use and review Morakniv, the veterans moved on to other brands such as Fallkniven, Esee, and custom makers. In an act of desperation, Morakniv gave the consumers the full tang knife they had been asking for. To the posers disappointment, they criticized the company for making a bushcraft knife so difficult to sharpen. However, Dave Canterbury pushed the envelope and showed that the knife was just as good as any other Morakniv of the past, slowly bringing back the ones who left. And now, with the release of the carbon steel version, Morakniv will most likely rise back to the top of quality bushcraft knives.
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