Mora is not only known for its idyllic environment and record-breaking knives, but also for a sporting event that extends over several days. I am thinking of the Vasaloppet, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. The cross-country skiing competition, which is 90 km long, with a finish in Mora and which attracts around 100,000 participants and spectators from all over the world.
The competition is reminiscent of the year 1521 when the men from Mora helped to overthrow the then occupying power and liberate Sweden from the Danish empire.
In an old journal film from 1922 and the first Vasaloppet competition, you get to see some of the first runners in the finish and it is worth noting that several carry a Morakniv knife by their side, in other words, an important accessory and perhaps the most important apart from the skis themselves and the staves. However, why was the knife so important? Well, apart from the obvious when you would cut a piece of the food bag you brought with you, it says perhaps most about the substandard ski waxing products of that time. If the weather was trickled with temperature changes, the icing under the skis could be noticeable and the obvious tool to get rid of ice and snow was to scrape the ski clean with the back of the knife.
Frosts patented Ski Knife.
This is how it is in the spring, it is common with minus degrees at the start and plus degrees long before the finish line, but also varying temperature after the track because the altitude varies greatly from start to finish. This need resulted in Frosts Knivfabrik about 10 years later, in 1933, taking out a patent for a ski knife, which, in addition to the sharp back, also had finger guards designed to be able to scrape the track clean under the ski. Even today, I want to say that a Morakniv is an obvious accessory when you go on a ski trip, whether you intend to light a fire during the coffee break, open a package of sausages, or in the old days clean the skis from ice and snow after a less successful hike.