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New Zealand Peasant Knife
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New Zealand Peasant Knife

Will do just what a knife is supposed to do - cut all day
A Personal Cutting Tool That's As Simple As They Come
Stock Number Item Description Availability Price Order Qty
04D02.01 Black Peasant Knife
In Stock $19.95  
04D02.02 Yellow Peasant Knife
In Stock $19.95  
04D02.03 Leather Belt Sheath
In Stock $8.95  
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We've discovered a knife maker in New Zealand that, using centuries-old German techniques in heat treating and grinding high-carbon steel, is producing simple knives (he calls them "Peasant Knives") that we think reach 80-90% of the utility of the better Japanese knives at a fraction of the cost.

There is absolutely nothing elegant about these as the handles are simple (essentially indestructible) plastic, but they are a cinch to open one-handed - even wearing gloves in the dead of winter. They have wide sharp blades (3" long & 1" wide) that will cut, and cut, and cut some more. And because of the high carbon steel used (the hardness is Rc57) edge retention is better by far than any stainless steel blade. Keep in your pocket or wear it in the convenient leather pouch attached to your belt. A great value.



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Overall Rating :5 
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5  - 
Simple, Tough & Inexpensive
Reviewed By:   (Denver, Colorado) 
I'm really glad I bought this knife. I think it's a real bargain, too. For twenty bucks, you can't go wrong. I can say that it is a simple, well-made, very sharp knife and it's holding its edge very well. I find I can open it with one hand quite well, too, and It fits in my jeans pocket nicely, making it a useful, solid, quality tool that will last pretty much forever. Recommended for sure!

5  - 
Sturdy and Simple
Reviewed By:   (Londonderry, NH) 
A simple design where your normal grip on the handle provides the resistance to closing. This method works well in most cutting situations. Trying to pierce with the point is a little tricky but doable. For regular cutting it excels. I use it woodworking for everything from scribing to final shaping and the blade holds it's edge well. Usually, all I have to do is touch up the edge, usually with just a leather strop. I did reshape the edge bevel to a shallower angle on an extra fine diamond stone, but that was my preference and not necessary. Overall an excellent knife at a very reasonable price.

5  - 
Wonderful!
Reviewed By:   (Bauxite, AR) 
I would highly recommend this knife to anyone. I work in a very tough environment and this knife has stuck by my side and has helped avert several large disasters. It has proven its worth time and time again. I bought the one with yellow scales because of its visibility and it has become affectionately known as "the banana pepper". I admit it was a little awkward at first to get used to and it did feel a little plasticy. That being said its simplicity is key and will hold a very nice edge for a long time, I have only needed to sharpen it once in over a year of abuse. Also is is extremely easy to use with thick gloves on. It can be opened with one hand fairly easy, once you find a technique. To open mine I just hold the scales and push the tang against my leg and it pops right open. It is a handy multi-tasker anything from prying open paint cans to chopping through 2 inch lock lines, really big ropes, this knife has never once failed me.

4  - 
Yellow Knife
Reviewed By:   (Auburn, New York) 
Seems well made and the high carbon steel blade should hold an edge.

5  - 
Buy One Now.
Reviewed By:   (P., RI) 
I purchased this knife based on the the materials, workmanship and design described. I have had it for about 2 weeks now and I can say I am very satisfied. For the price, it is a no-brainer. The steel seems to be very good quality, well forged and tempered high carbon steel - not stamped. The kind of material good knives should be made out of. The design takes a bit of practice to open one handed, but once you get the hang of it, its very cool. The blade does not lock back, however having a good grip on it makes it near impossible to close accidentally. I tend to lean towards tried and true designs and materials so the odd, but traditional mechanism is a plus for me. I chose the yellow plastic handle so I could find it easily in a dark bag or on the ground in the woods. It does feel a bit...plasticy, but seems like it would last a good while. The extended lever on the blade itself can act as a handle if need be and it would be simple to make your own handle for it if you're into that kind of thing. I also purchased the sheath, which does not appear to be made specifically for this knife - I may be wrong though, but works just fine. I tied a short length of cord to the hole on the end of the lever and attached it to my belt, like a Riggers Knife. This works great for assisting opening and closing and if I am using it a lot, but need both hands, I like to close it and let it hang from my belt rather than taking it in and out of the sheath. Pretty cool knife.


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