The Svord Peasant Mini: One year of EDC

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  1. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
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    Note: if you've read my recent post in the traditional forum, there probably isn't much new here. I just wanted to mark one year of carrying this knife.

    I've been carrying the Svord mini peasant knife for a year now, exclusively, except for a few formal occasions when I have carried other knives. It just went into my pocket and I never wanted another knife from then on. Every morning I reach for the familiar curved orange handle, and I'm on my way. Why do I like it so much? Because it cuts well and is no fuss.

    Here are my thoughts after 1 year:

    STEEL: I thought it was L6 carbon steel, but Svord now lists 15N20, which is very similar to L6. I put the edge retention on par with Opinels, SAKs, Buck's 420HC ,which is perfectly adequate for me. It's not very hard, but it's easy to sharpen with basic tools. I use a ceramic rod and strop on cardboard. I use it to shave some facial hairs. There's a nice patina from cutting fruits and vegetables.

    BLADE GEOMETRY: The blade is 2.5" long and 1.5mm thick. It's plenty strong for its size, and large enough to prepare a meal without undue discomfort. You can see the funky "Svord grind," which is fully ground at the tip, and then recedes toward the tang. There is a secondary bevel. Bottom line, it cuts well due to its slim stock. I find the drop point with generous belly a versatile layout. This knife is a competent wood carver (see the butter knife below).

    HANDLE: It's polypropylene with a nice, non-slip texture. The scales are thick enough to provide comfort when bearing down hard on the blade, and for hours of carving. The protruding tang does not cause any discomfort. When pushing hard on the blade, the handle flexes somewhat, though one's confidence stays intact. I've cut away the pointy tip to shorten the knife and avoid premature wear on my pockets. The scales show no signs of wear after a year.

    CARRY-ABILITY: It's all about the tang with the Peasant knife. It is a big turn-off to the casual observer, who cites two issues: 1) The tang makes the knife longer. I can't deny that, but in my front pocket, I really only feel the handle, not the tang. If anything, the extended tang helps keep the knife vertical, which is a plus. 2) The exposed tang can cause accidental opening in your pocket. I adjust the rear screw to pinch the blade closed. I bike to work daily, lift heavy equipment, and the blade has always stayed secure. Accidental opening is a non-issue for me. Maybe if you practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a peasant knife in your pocket, who knows? As a pocket knife, I have no reservations about recommending the Mini Peasant for EDC. It weighs 1.5 ounces, which makes it easy to stash in any pocket. I wear Dickies, which are on the loose side. If tight jeans are your thing, maybe this isn't the knife for EDC.

    EASE OF USE, MAINTENANCE: It's easy to operate the Svord Mini Peasant with one hand. The knife is already returning to the pocket in the time it takes to open a two handed knife. There is no lock as this is a friction folder. That means, my hand gripping the handle and tang keeps the blade from closing. This system has never failed. When I sweat in the summer, condensation does start small rust spots if I don't wipe off the blade. I don't oil the blade, just tighten the screws every month or two. If I cut food, I wash the blade, blow out the pivot with my lungs, and wipe dry. The knife is so simple, not much can go wrong. When I first got the knife, I did install a thicker stop pin to keep the blade from touching the rear screw when closed. This fix is still working.

    CONCLUSION: I did not know this knife would work so well for me when I got it. I still want to get other knives, like a Buck 501, which is so handsome. However, the 501 weighs twice as much, so I doubt it will displace the easy-going Mini Peasant. The unassuming Peasant knife isn't going to impress people with good looks or exotic materials. Luckily, I prize utility above all else. For the foreseeable future, this knife will still be my top choice for EDC.

    My original impressions on Youtube:
     
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  2. mooshisho

    mooshisho

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    Mar 13, 2012
    Very nice! Thanks for sharing :)
     
  3. G. Scott H.

    G. Scott H.

    Jan 9, 2006
    Great update. Thanks.:thumbup: I just got my first Peasant the other day, a slim model with zinc coated steel scales. Unfortunately they are riveting the metal handled ones now. :grumpy: I'm sold on the basic design, however, so I now have a blue mini and an orange full size (both with plastic handles) on the way as I type. :cool:
     
  4. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thank you, mooshisho. It looks like you don't post much, so I appreciate the shout out.

    GSH, I hope you enjoy your peasants. You'll have to tell me about the slim model, as I have heard mixed reviews on them. Welcome to the Peasant revolt!
     
  5. G. Scott H.

    G. Scott H.

    Jan 9, 2006
    I've been called a revolting peasant a number of times, so I should fit right in... :D
     
  6. G. Scott H.

    G. Scott H.

    Jan 9, 2006
    Got my Svords today, and I like the plastic ones waaaaayyyyy more than the metal ones. The metal ones may have been better when they were screwed together, but the new riveted example I have is loose and rattly. I'm gonna take out the rivets and re-handle the blade. The plastic ones feel much better in the hand and feel snug and smooth (and are still adjustable, woot!). Awesome knives! :thumbup::cool:
     
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  7. LG&M

    LG&M

    Dec 19, 2005
    I recently got the same orange peasant & did the same handle mod. As you know a very good simple pocket knife. Thanks for the update.
     
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  8. G. Scott H.

    G. Scott H.

    Jan 9, 2006
    Does anyone edc a Giant Peasant? :D

    [video=youtube;Zd_mbBb1o4A]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd_mbBb1o4A[/video]
     
  9. fishiker

    fishiker

    Nov 5, 2006
    Thanks for posting. I've carried a Peasant in my pack for camp chores and always been impressed by the performance to cost ratio. I'll have to give the mini a try.
     
  10. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
    I think you'll like it!

    GSH, that is a peasant machete!
     
  11. Rappy

    Rappy

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    Aug 2, 2014
    Always think about replacing my Esse zancudo with one of these maybe I will this christmas!
     
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  12. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
    That would be an interesting comparison. Very different knives, similar applications.
     
  13. j4nator

    j4nator

    72
    Jan 31, 2008
    I've been carrying mine for close to a year now and it's the only knife I have not switched for some reason or another. I usually carry a larger more tacti-cool folder but my mini peasant ends up seeing the most work. I love the patina and the pocket wear the plastic handles have taken on as well.
     
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  14. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
    Right on, funny how the mini is enough knife for the job :thumbup:
     
  15. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
    Yesterday, I modded this knife to give it more of an utility profile, getting rid of excess belly. I still love this little knife!
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  16. jstrange

    jstrange

    Mar 31, 2012
    Really like your mod. I used to have the same Svord, even rounded the handle just like you. Unfortunately, I’ve misplaced it :(
     
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  17. dogstar

    dogstar

    Jan 23, 2011
    Luckily these little guys are easy to replace! I find this design to be timelessly functional. Thanks for your reply.
     

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