Many of our students have been begging us for the blades we have been demoing at classes for the last year but none were available outside of our prototypes. For over a year now in numerous 40 day survival instructor courses we have been testing this blade in the field. After a year of assessment in our courses and personal survival trips worldwide, we are proud to announce we are finally ready to release the first of a two blade survival knife system.
We loved the Mora style blades so much and have recommended them for so long that we wanted to create something like it but much more durable. And hence the SIGMORA was born. The problem with Mora style blades is the weakness of their handle construction. So we made one with a full tang in some of the toughest steel on the market. We also added a pommel scraper for making the finest tinder material with ease. Then we made a custom kydex sheath for it and that is what we recommend, as it outperforms leather in many aspects. Though leather is good we don’t prefer it for numerous reasons.
The SIGMORA is the culmination of what we have been looking for in a bushcraft knife for almost a decade now. We aren’t trying to tell you that this is the ultimate one tool option because we don’t believe in that philosophy. A solid knife is the first of many tools you need for wilderness survival, but that knife should be dependable enough that if you had to survive with only that then you would be fine. Your knife is not something you can afford to have break on you in the field in hostile environments where you depend on it. Your choice of bushcraft blade should be one of your most important decisions for survival and this is one of the pieces of gear we recommend spending some money on. The two most important things to spend your money on is your sleep system and your wood working tools. Those items will ensure that you have a comfortable stay with the right training.
With the SIGMORA, we wanted something that was extremely durable with only the finest steel, yet something that was also a very good cutter. If your knife doesn’t do the job well you task it with, then the blade isn’t of much use no matter how durable it is. So there must be a good mix of durability as well as extremely good cutting efficiency. The knife we wanted should also have a neutral grip that created no hot spots on your hand. Rust was also a big deal for us since we are in wet conditions constantly.
This knife is primarily designed to handle light to medium bushcraft tasks and should be used for those purposes. If large chopping is required then you should be using your hatchet, larger knife, or your folding saw. Your knife, your axe, and your folding saw are your most important bushcraft tools by far.
The second knife in the set will be coming out later next year. The SIGMORA is designed to be piggy backed onto the larger Standard blade and the kydex is already setup to attach to larger blade when it is released. We believe two is one and one is none! So we always advocate carrying two knives and those two types of blades should be a fine scandi grind knife and a larger chopper type blade to accompany it. The majority of your bushcraft work will be done with the SIGMORA but you need a larger more durable blade for other projects that might damage a scandi grind style knife. The Scandi grind will never be as durable as a sabre grind, but it cuts much better. So why not carry both, and we totally recommend carrying at least 2 knives in the wilderness!
We’ve found CPM3V to be the most durable steel we have ever used for a bushcraft knife. We aren’t trying to say other steels aren’t good, but this is probably the best we have tried for what we want in a survival knife. It is the choice of numerous high end custom knife makers for a reason. It has extremely good rust resistance, super durable steel, holds an edge forever, high carbon, and has some fantastic hand sculpted handles for the best grip.
For many people this knife will be out of their budget and that is fine. There are tons of solid bushcraft blades on the market for less money. But if you want professional grade equipment that has already been tried and tested in the toughest conditions by full time survival instructors. Then this is the one we recommend! Of all the blades we have worked with at SIGMA 3, the SIGMORA is our favorite knife to date! This is the only blade that cuts like a Mora but is as durable as a crow bar! Tough to find a design like this anywhere in a high end steel for any cheaper than this. You make the call but these won’t last long!
This was our first run. Check our store for current stock of new Sigma knife models!