For those who havent seen my previous post in the equipment section. Here is an interesting test I carried out.
Ok , in the interest of science I did a wee test today. As we know 01 carbon steel will rust if negleted so I thought I would pop my Mora in a salt solution today,yes just a standard Mora, just about the most popular Knife in use in deer stalking. As you will see 1 hour in the salt solution has caused rust, an overnight soak would have gone much deeper...now look on the side of the blade....clearly visable in the steel CARBON STEEL...yes a high carbon steel as used in 01 tool steel. This is the same steel used in files, Stanley plane blades, wood chisels, scribes infact its on of the most popular steels for an edge due to its superb qualites. Looks like Mora know a good steel which is why millions are sold world wide to hunters and stalkers.
From the pictures here you will see that a Mora which has not been looked after, ie left after stalking will rust (blood would do a better job). The final picture is on of my first ever knife I made...made from a rusty old file and yes 01 carbon steel. It has seen lots of deer, bunnies and fox. It had also been used to skin / butcher deer and used in the kitchen. All it has had is a good wash under the tap then a wipe on the tea towel, note....not a spot of rust. Like I was taught in the military, look after your kit and it will look after you.
I am certainly not saying there is anything what so ever wrong with Mora knives here, they are superb and even though I make knives myself and use my own, I too use a Mora as a back up. What I am attempting to show is that carbon steel is an excellent steel when treated correctly and is used in many many popular knives.