Trapper Morta knife
A knife with a remarkable grip and a short, powerful blade. Outdoor adventure tool that will also be your most faithful ally in confrontations with a rib of beef or a wild sausage!
Initially, 25 pre-production copies were to be offered on this page. Then we thought that the N°01/25 should go back to the one who was at the genesis of this new model. We hope you won’t mind too much? ????
24 copies available numbered from 02/25 to 25/25
Conceived in collaboration with Erwan Balança, photographer/adventurer/globetrotter.
In September 2020, Erwan asked us to make what he considered the ideal knife for living outdoors.
As a man of nature, Erwan wanted a knife to cut branches, prepare his bivouac, cook, clean the fish he caught that day, etc. In short, he wanted the outdoor version of an all-purpose knife.
After several prototypes, corrections and improvements, the Trapper model was finally accomplished.
With a generous handle in Morta for an excellent grip, a short, sturdy blade for tough tasks in high grade stainless steel, the Trapper Morta knife will be your new playmate.
Its sheath in sturdy leather with vegetable tanning can be worn close to the body thanks to its strong loop, but for “lighter” wear you can use the belt fastener affixed to the sheath by a snap hook.
(the sheath is included in the price).
The steel chosen for this knife is a cobalt-enriched stainless steel (N690) with remarkable properties.
Beware however: This Trapper can also maintain a very close relationship with your platter of cooked or cured meat or cheese 😉
Leather cases made by Bourgeois & Cie.
Follow Erwan on his adventures
Can we visit the workshop ?
Yes. We gladly welcome you from Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in September to June and to 7 p.m. in July and August.
You will discover our unfiltered work environment: noise, dust and good spirits. Nothing is staged or orchestrated. One of us will give you a presentation of the material, the extraction techniques and the different product models here.
What are the differences between the steels ?
- The stainless steel is cut in Thiers at one of our partners. It is a steel (Sandvik 14c28n) of very good quality with a remarkable cutting edge and a tried and tested cutting ability.
- As-forged steel (the famous carbon steel 90mcv8) is hand-forged. It is an excellent steel that has a good track record. As it is a carbon filled steel, the blade will acquire a patina over time. If it is not cleaned after use on food for instance, it will rust on the surface. These blades are often intended for people who like steels that bear the marks of time and usage and require a minimum of care.
- The Damascus blades are made from two different steels, RWL34 and PMC27. These steels are obtained by spring steel metallurgy, which after the revelation process produces random patterns for the nicest effect. This Damascus steel cuts well and the blades are stainless. No particular precaution is required.
How do i look after my Morta knife ?
With a bit of common sense and lots of love 😉
Avoid submerging your knife. For added safety, simply avoid the handle coming into contact with water, because like wood or horn, Morta is a natural material that does not like water.
You can rub a little beeswax over the handle to brighten up its colour subtleties. Place a drop of oil in the mechanism if necessary. But generally speaking, normal use requires nothing in particular in terms of care.
How do i sharpen my Morta knife ?
Ideally you should use a sharpening stone, but you can also use a whetstone or any other technique with which you are familiar. To help you, we recorded a short demonstration video on sharpening.
THE BLADE OF MY KNIFE IS BECOMING OXIDIZED. IS THIS NORMAL?
In all likelihood this is a Morta knife as forged. As stated above in our care instructions, the blade is not in stainless steel. It is actually a carbon steel forged by traditional methods, so the blade will acquire a patina over time. If it is not cleaned after use on food for instance, it will rust on the surface.
To remove the excess oxidization, you can clean the marks with a bit of 000 steel wool and some toothpaste. Your blade will quickly look as new again, with fresh breath too! 😉
However, after further use, the blade will once again take on a brown colour to nicest effect that will develop as you continue using your Morta.