Review: Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife

by Beau Johnston

  • Blade: Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel 
    • Grind: Modified Profile-Ground Scandinavian
    • Length: 3.75" (10 cm)
  • Grip: TPE rubber material 
  • Sheath: Polypropylene
  • Swedish FireSteel®: magnesium alloy
  • Actual size: 225x45x38mm
  • Weight: 94 g 
  • Price: $39.99

Our Thoughts:
There is something about the design of Swedish field knives that epitomizes craftsmanship and design.  The quality of steel used for their blades combined with traditional designs make these the chosen survival and field knives for outdoor enthusiasts around the world.  It wasn't any surprise to us when we heard Light My Fire, known for their Swedish FireSteel, was teaming up with Mora of Sweden, who has been making knives for over 120 years, to create a single tool that is able to 'gut and clean a fish, split kindling and light a campfire.'  We were able to get our hands on the FireKnife at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, where we actually had to wait in line to test it out.

Typically, when two companies come together on a project, the design intent is often forgotten and an inferior product is produced.  We have been using the FireKnife for a couple of months now and I am happy to say it is a great example of two companies coming together, sharing their expertise, and creating a well rounded product.  The knife balances well in the hand, and is even comfortable in my over-sized mitts.

I am also impressed with how well the stainless steel retains it's edge.  The profile-ground blade provides enough thickness at the base to be used for splitting firewood or for shaving kindling, while the tip is thin enough for food preparation.  While I wouldn't use this knife to chop down a tree and then cut sushi rolls, it does  does work well for gathering materials for and starting a campfire and then cutting a beef fillet after you have grilled it to perfection.

Our Swedish FireKnife's new home in our 4Runner

I have been really impressed with the Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife.  The quality of materials, design, and construction really work well together.  None of this surprises me though, I have owned/used a Light My Fire FireSteel for years and loved using Mora of Sweden knives every chance I got.  These two companies have come together to produce a great all-around camp knife.  While it won't replace our santoku knife in our camp kitchen, if I could only take one fixed-blade knife on our trips, the FireKnife would be high on my list and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality camp knife that won't break the bank!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Swedish FireKnife for free from Light My Fire