After a long wait, the Mora Eldris is trickling out to North American dealers. You can finally get your hands on one of the last big releases of the year. And with a street price that starts at just $22, the Eldris is a knife that almost anybody can afford. Ever since its debut at the IWA Outdoor show earlier this year, we’ve wondered how this pint-sized contender from one of the fixed blade heavyweights would hold up. After some hands-on time with the Eldris, here are our observations.

Blade Shape, Cutting Performance, and Ergonomics
The Eldris gets a lot done with its 2.3” 12C27 blade. The compound grind gives you two very different cutting edges for added versatility. At the base of the blade, the edge is thicker for when stability and leverage are key – like for whittling wood. Fine slicing and detail work are a breeze with the thinner grind on the belly and tip. We were impressed by what this stubby little drop point could do. It feels like you’re cutting with a much bigger knife.

Many small fixed blades sacrifice ergonomics for size, but not the Eldris. Its barrel-shaped handle allows for a full four-finger grip, and is comfortable no matter how you hold it. With the center of gravity in the middle of the handle, the Eldris is balanced to give complete control over the blade. The rubberized outer edge stays grippy even in wet conditions.

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