Let's get one thing straight, pocket knives are cool. Ok, now that that's out of the way, we'll admit we own quite a few and rarely use them for anything other than opening mail, pruning houseplants, playing with when bored, and best case scenario, whittling sticks by the campfire. Really, a sturdy folding knife is really one of those things you didn't know you needed until you have one on hand day to day, whether at home or on the trail. While there are infinite options out there, one old standby is the Peasant Knife from Svord.
Made in New Zealand of Swedish high carbon steel, the peasant knife is based on the 16th century design carried by peasants in Bavaria. Svord originally introduced the knife decades ago with a polypropylene handle to make the final product incredibly durable, lightweight, and easy to clean. Though recently we’ve seen the introduction of hardwood handles as well, transforming the deckhand style knife into something a bit more sophisticated. Either way, the distinctive tang remains the same, allowing the holder to flip it open with ease.
Laying 8.25” when open with a 3” blade, the economical peasant knife sells for just $22 from Hand-Eye Supply—though the hardwood handle version will set you back $38.