Blade Thickness: 2.5mm Blade Length: 50mm Internal radius: 13 mm Total Length: 160mm
The Mora 164 hooked knife is perfect for both beginners and more experienced wood carvers in need of a simple scooping tool for making spoons and general concave shapes in wood.
The blade comes very sharp straight from the factory but still has some slight tool marks on the edge. A couple of passes on a leather strop takes these out and leave the blade razor sharp and ready to use. The carbon steel holds its edge very, very well and over time the machining marks will wear away leaving a more polished convex grind towards the edge which actually improves its cutting performance.
The handle is made from birch wood and like all Mora craft knives it is incredibly simple, comfortable and beautiful. Brand new the wood is somewhat raw and unfinished. Over time the wood smooths out with use but in my opinion it's good to smooth out an fibres that maybe sticking out. It just makes the overall handle feel lovely and smooth to work with and it also prevents any bits of the handle from chipping out or splintering. It's important also to apply a light dab of linseed oil to give the wood a bit of moisture protection.
I have been using the 164 for a number of years now and I love it. As a full time spoon maker it's not a tool I would use day to day but for hobbyist/ occasional users it's perfect. It's small and compact, doesn't require a bench or clamps to use. It really is the most effective pocket spoon making tool you can have at it's price range. Even with all the other hooked knives out now I would still stick with this one.
€25 - €27
(Knives purchased from my workshop come with a leather cover and already have their handles smoothed and oiled and their blade edges stropped.)