September 4, 2020

Mora 164 vs 164s | A Side Bar Side Feature Comparison

Wondering which knife to get between the Mora 164 and the Mora 164s? Well, don’t worry. This post looks at some of the similarities and differences to help you choose the right one. 

Both Mora knives are a great option. Morakniv is popular for making the most reliable carving knives. You have already chosen the Mora brand means that you are on the right track after all. 

Mora 164

Mora 164
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The Mora 164 would be on the list of tools for someone who craves relief. It’s an ergonomic wooden handle that’s easy on the hands and wrists and doesn’t risk blistering hands.

It is made of carbon steel. You will notice that the blade of this knife has a rather rough surface and does not really allow for smooth carving. The design makes it more suitable for making spoons and bowls.

It is a high-quality tool for any wood carver out there. The knife’s ability to make precise and sharp cuts is much appreciated. And all in all, the knife is balanced and very easy to handle whether you are left-handed or right-handed.

Mora 164s

Mora 164s
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Here we have a knife similar to the Mora 164 in that the Mora Wood Carving 164S is a special tool made of regular steel that is very good for scooping out wood and making round shapes that are rather difficult with a regular knife.

It has a single-edged left-handed blade made of stainless steel. It is suitable for pull cuts with one hand and push cuts with the other, making it easier to use and faster carving.

The Mora 164s is better for fine-tuning, and the blade is sharp on one side. Also, the pointed end of the blade is perfect for fine needlework. If you are creative with wood carvings, this knife is also a great tool to add to your collection.

Favorite Features between Mora 164 vs 164s

Mora 164

The Mora 164 is ideal for spooning and making bowls. It has a tremendous single-edged blade that gives it a good look. It also does a great job while at it. Which I am sure any woodcarver would appreciate.

The knife comes with a two-edged end even though only the end of the blade is sharp. The knife is quite sharp and can stay sharp even after some hard usage. Plus, the stainless steel keeps the blade from corrosive agents. 

Overall, the blade has an excellent shape, and one can certainly appreciate the ergonomic handle that makes it relatively easy to use and manage while working. It is oiled, making the handle stain resistant to some elements. 

Mora 164s

Though the two blades are somewhat similar somehow, it doesn’t change that there are some features about the Mora 164s that one can still love and appreciate. Like the Mora 164, the Mora 164s is a great knife for wood carving.

It comes with a stainless steel blade meaning that all corrosive agents will face some resistance when attacking the blade. The blade remains sharp for a while, which is suitable for woodcarvers.

The Mora 164s has a single sharp end which allows one to use some push and pull cuts that other regular knives cannot allow one to do. This is something to love about this knife seeing as though relief carving is made more simple. 


The Mora 164 is a single-edged wood carving knife with a question mark shape. The 164 is an excellent carving knife for getting into all the nooks and crannies while you are carving out your bowl, spoon, and other relief carvings you may be into. 

The Mora 164s, on the other hand, comes with a curved edge that is fuller and more rounded than the Mora 164. I prefer to use the Mora 164s for spoons and bowls, as it seems it was specially designed for that. 

Shape of the Edge

The Mora 164 has a blade that comes as a single edge blade. This was designed to help ensure that very few people would get hurt while carving. The blade’s edge is that blunt and can’t do much harm. 

On the other hand, the Mora 164s has a sharper edge that you can also use for needlework. The edge is sharp enough to pierce through and injure would human flesh. Hence extra caution when it comes to working with this blade. 

Steel used

The Mora 164 comes with a blade that is made with Carbon steel. Unlike regular stainless steel, carbon steel is rather darker and rougher in look. Plus, carbon steel lacks the chromium that stainless steel possesses, which confers its resistance to rust and corrosion.

On the other hand, the Mora 164s comes with a blade made from stainless steel. Which has a light and smooth look hence making it able to offer some resistance to certain corrosive agents and rusting. 

What could be better

I have to say one of the best things about using the Mora knives is that you are guaranteed quality carvings as well as precision in your work. Both knives simply have great features anyone would love. However, they may be slightly different in how they work.

Mora 164

The Mora 164 comes with a blade made from carbon steel in the form of a question mark shape. This makes it quite suitable for relief carvings and spoons, and bowls. However, carbon steel is quite weak and offers weak resistance to rust and corrosive elements.

Mora 164s

Coming with a blade made from stainless steel and a curved hook, this knife comes as a specialized tool for woodwork, especially for spooning and bowl making. Making it a slight cut above the Mora 164.  

David D. Hughes

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