A knife dangling around your neck can first seem rather unusual but once you start using one its hard to give up the convenience offered.
Mora is no stranger to making knives and I am no stranger to using their products. The Eldris has caused such a stir online since it was announced and now I will finally get my hands on one.
The name ‘Eldris’ is significant; in Swedish tradition families that worked on the land would spend the warmer months at their “fäbod” to let the cattle graze, stock up on supplies and enjoy nature before the cold of winter would creep round again. Close to where the knives are made to this day in Mora Sweden there is a “fäbodar” called Eldris and this is where the neck knife get it’s name.
Outdoor tasks we have to accomplish vary and so always relying on a single knife which is normally a larger blade worn on the belt can be laborious as you simply don’t always need the size or strength of a full tang bushcraft knife.
The Mora Eldris is worn around the neck in a downwards style with it hanging right in front of you. This allows you to grab it whenever you need to. The sheath of the Eldris is downwards pull which speeds up draw time especially when compared to reaching down to your side to get a knife from off your belt. The lanyard is threaded through the two drainage holes or you can put it through a hole on the locking strap. I much prefer the downwards pull however.
Onto the lanyard and you can include an optional mini firesteel which Mora sell with the Eldris if you go for the full kit option. I would recommend you pick it up, or use your own small firesteel as it adds to the grab and go value of the Eldris when you have both knife and means of lighting a fire on your person tethered together.
Once you have everything assembled the Eldris is complete and you are ready to head out with everything you need worn on you.
One important note about wearing paracord around your neck. Its vitally important to have a point of weakness so it breaks if you catch it on something as this means it will snap before it strangles you…
In the hand the Mora Eldris feels great, even in big hands. The handle has a good palm swell and has two types of strong feeling plastic one being ‘sticky’ to provide serious grip and the other textured but not ‘sticky’ and of a firmer feel. Having these technical features on such a small neck knife is excellent and increases the usefulness of it. Its comfortable enough to use for longer tasks such as carving due to its lovely handle and feel.
The blade of the Eldris at 2mm thick and 59mm long. This is tiny but it packs a serious punch with its Scandavian hybrid grind made of Sandvik 12C27, a martensitic stainless chromium steel. The addition of chromium contributes to its corrosion resistance which is great for us outdoors people. The spine is ridgeground so striking a firesteel is possible. The knife is 143mm in total length and HRC 56-58 which is a good hardness for a neck knife but not the hardest I have seen.
The blade arrived scary sharp and has held an edge very well. Sharpening a stainless steel knife is never ideal and as the Eldris does not have such a deep Scandi grind all the way along the belly its not the easiest knife to sharpen in the field.
So in addition to your whetstone I would also pack a sharpening rod to hone the edge along the belly but this could also be done with a stone with a bit of practice too.
The Eldris is protected by a klicklås (click lock) which holds the knife very securely when not in use but the sheath also grips the knife well when you are needing it to hand but not immediately using it. The klicklås is made of a strong synthetic leather type material.
The sheath is symmetrical which allows you to place the knife in any way you want, this is a subtle feature but means you don’t need to check which way round you have the knife facing the sheath when putting it back. This is a great time saver but for me I always put the blade facing away from me for the next draw.
The Eldris with its small size fits easily into a pocket, the lid of a rucksack and worn around the neck. It fits right in with your layering system so much so it almost disappears into your clothing and kit list, at 80g its very light too.
Carving feathersticks and firelighting is a pleasure with the Eldris, the belly is very good at making the finest feathers at the end which take a spark easily. The Eldris can also handle heavy duty battoning as its tang is strong and could be called full. The photo below is taken from the official Mora video on the Eldris and you can clearly see the tang design.
On extended use I found the Mora Eldris firesteel to be too hard in compound for my liking and with my style of firelighting. I swapped it out for a softer firesteel and it worked much better for me.
Equipment that doesn’t grab your attention and instead just works with you is the mark of good kit. The Eldris with its small footprint but excellent performance coupled with some good solid design features means this is a true all rounder and one that will be with me for many hikes in the future.