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Back of Beyond Farm is a small, family run operation in Rist Canyon, Colorado. We work closely with natural rhythms to create wellness teas from indigenous and naturalized plants. 2013 marks our 4th year of supporting our community through tasty teas. In the year ahead, we hope to continue our work of not only producing healthful teas, but also exploring the edges of what it means to farm and be a part of a place.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tool - Knife

I read a magazine article many years ago - it was about your favorite knife and as people went on about their stag horned, dropped forged, billion dollar knife, one guy wrote about his cheap, Mora knife from Sweden. Cost him $8 bucks, is ugly as sin, and works wonderfully.

Shortly after, my friend Tom, gifted me with a Mora knife. It quickly became my favored "do it all" knife. (Incidentally, several of my favorite tools came via Tom, who know tools and woods).

My Mora is what they call the Army knife with the high carbon blade (now $18.00). Mora does make really expensive knives, but you're paying for prettiness, not function. this knife can hack down a tree and yet gets an edge that can skin a peach without getting juice on your shoes.

In the picture (yellow do-hickey) is also a quick sharpener. I find it to be a quick answer to a stone and oil sharpening. One side features a coarse carbide sharpener, the other a fine edge for finishing touches. I have one suggestion when using one of these - be sure to draw your knife an equal number of times from each side (not each end). Because of the way the sharpeners are placed in there (off-set), I find it works to count how many draws you do from one side, then do an equal from the other.

This knife gets sharper than any other I've ever owned, with half the hassle, can do crazy amounts of prying, chopping, and other un-knife like work, and still keep or regain an edge. I agree with the guy in the article: Make mine a Mora.