Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
A versatile tool, great steel!
I heard about Svord recently, don't know how I missed them all these years, and they make some top-review knives, but I wanted to try out the "peasant" folder. This is not a keep-it-in-your-cabinet and admire-it-but-do-not-use-it kind of knife. This is a simple real everyday knife for field, camp, hunt, garden, crafts and cooking, even desk or warehouse I suppose, and it will not let you down. The heart of a knife is steel, and this is the VERY best. It takes an incredibly fine edge, and HOLDS it through lengthy tough work. At the end of the day, I am still smiling when I clean it up and give it a light touch-up with oil. The handle is a bit oversize for a good grip. The extended lever is GREAT for pocket-edge open, one hand. Did I not say "character"? I like a refined and polished knife as well as the next user, but pull this one out, and your friends will not go "ho hum" - the handmade look gets attention. I will probably get a couple more, for three reasons: the wood handle is easy to sand or carve or customise for individual preference, and because the blade with extension has two holes, it will easily convert to a fixed blade - I'm thinking about a really nice stag or hardwood handle ... and my ladyfriend covets mine. The service from Knife Center is as good as can be: very fair price, packed well, shipped without delay. This will become a time-proven classic, like the Opinel or Laguiole or Okapi or Higonokami or Douk. (The blade does not lock, one must be aware of the task in hand, and hold it firmly - but you know that!)