The Drop: Morakniv Rombo BlackBlade Cleaver

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It’s a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Cleaver-style folding and fixed-blade knives have recently attracted substantial attention in the EDC community. These knives feature a convenient, sharp blade shape, making otherwise rough cutting and chopping tasks easy. And as their name implies, they can also be used to accomplish food prep and culinary tasks, but some are better than others. The new Morakniv Rombo BlackBlade cleaver is designed to excel at both. Morakniv has years of experience making quality everyday carry bushcraft, camping, and survival knives. They created the Rombo as an all-in-one utility knife that can cut wood just as well as prep veggies on a wooden block.

Each Rombo BlackBlade cleaver is handmade in Sweden with a full-tang construction that makes it more sturdy than folding cleaver-style knives. The BlackBlade description comes from the PC coating on the 4.6” recycled Swedish stainless steel chopping blade. The ash wood scales augment the excellent handle geometry, making this a very ergonomic and comfortable knife to use whether you’re prepping food or accomplishing other outdoor tasks. And when you’re done with your work, the knife comes with a beautiful vegetable-tanned leather sheath designed to protect the knife in transit.

What we like: There are a lot of cleaver-style blades out there, but the Morakniv Rombo BlackBlade is designed to excel when you plan to use your knife to help prep food in the great outdoors.

What to watch out for: The fixed blade design can make it hard to EDC due to its size. Because it has a more traditional cleaver shape, it lacks a well-defined point. It will not pierce through material like more hybrid cleaver-style EDC designs.

Final verdict: Whether you dress game, chop vegetables, or need to cut a colossal burrito in half, the Morakniv Rombo BlackBlade cleaver is your tool of choice. Its heavy-duty and practical design make it a great outdoor knife as well.

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