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.
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.
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Nate (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.
- Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Bill Podfigurny (Auburn, New York)
Seems well made and the high carbon steel blade
should hold an edge.
- Thursday, March 07, 2013
Buy One Now.
J.James C. (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.
- Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Untested but impressed none the less.
J.J. Caruso (Providence, RI)
- Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Mort (South Fork, Colorado)
The knife is made of good steel and game to a good edge, It is also holding up to wood carving. Strong.
- Friday, February 17, 2012
Excellent blade for price
Bernhard (Portland, OR)
Of the several folding knives that I own, this is my favorite. The steel in the blade takes and holds an very keen edge. The simplicity of construction makes it suitable for work from fine carving to rugged construction site use.
- Friday, February 03, 2012
Dave (Winder, Ga)
As a knife collector owning several hundred folders, I carry this one exclusively. Opens and closes one handed (even with gloves on) and high carbon steel easily takes and holds a sharp edge. No springs to break. It doesn't get any simpler than this. Great tool at great price. I wish Garrett Wade would add the (same knife) offered with a wooden handle to their catalog. This is a super buy in high quality cutlery!
- Saturday, June 18, 2011
George Richards (Jamesport, NY)
Haven't used it yet. Looks sturdy. Will the tang hurt my hand with hard use ? and will the brass arrest hold up with hard use ? Should be a useful knife-tool.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
This is a working manís field knife. The extended tang is designed to assist with one-hand opening.
With one hand occupied, this can be a difficult if not† impossible task with most knives, but with the Peasant Knife simply strike the tang against a surface or even your thigh to make the blade pivot into position.
When the blade is opened, the curved end of the tang protrudes slightly above the handle scales. Testing several basic grips with my ďaverageĒ size hand, the tang never interfered with or bothered me. The curved end rests in the fleshy center of my palm with most grips, and aligns with the thumb on others. The brass pins do not affect my grip at all.