Svord Peasant

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  1. batmanacw

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    I ordered this last week and got it today.

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    First impressions are not nice to the Peasant. It's a good $5 knife. I had to give $15 on Amazon to get one to my door.

    The bevel grind is nothing short of ridiculous. The secondary edge bevel is close to even but the tip is fired. Burnt.

    The materials and design are okay but worthy of a $5 price tag.

    I'll sharpen up the edge with sandpaper on a soft pad and convex it nice and thin.
     
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    Don't say I didn't warn you ;)

    I need to do something with my mini. Seems like if it's not a Victorinox or a Mora it just sits.
     
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    The Opinel is a marvel compared to the Svord. Beautiful grinding and clean lines for the same price.
     
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    My Svord that I've had for several years now is a very good knife. I have the variant with the aluminum scales. Good grind and edge bevel when purchased. Sorry to hear you had bad luck with your purchase.
     
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    I have a white one and the plastic seems quite soft, so I've considered keeping the blade and making a handle from osage... but that's a project for another time. Maybe after the re-handle it'll get some use..
     
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    I put a thin convex on it but not too thin. I don't want it to roll. I took out the bevel transition without increasing the edge angle. It took an easy dry shaving edge. The steel didn't seem too soft, but it's hard to tell.

    It's raining but I might run out to find a stick to whittle on to try it out.
     
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    I got one a few years ago. Not impressed. The steel is very soft.
     
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    I tried it out on a piece of apple tree that was broken off partially from the tornado in November. I parted it off with scooping cuts and a bit of bend.

    You guys might remember these cuts from my other thread on Scandi grind knives.

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    It passed these cuts with flying colors with the thin convex. There was a tiny roll in one spot but so small I could barely pick it up by eye. That might have been from the heavy cuts to free the branch. I sharpened our the slight roll with white ceramic in a few strokes and restopped. Not enough to see by eye but enough to fix it and a stronger angle to help avoid issues.

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    It makes nice, easy, smooth cuts. It cleans out corners well. No real surprise. It lacks a fine point for the square notch. I could grind one in if I feel like it.

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    The cutting forces are low enough that it left a very fine tip on the point.

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    This picture shows how shallow the convex is. It's not a hard curve.

    I do not believe the steel will hold an edge super well but it did feel pretty sharp after several dozen cuts.
     
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    It cuts nicely. Its growing on me like a fungus....lol!
     
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    I really like mine. It was a gift from a forum member. Came with a good grind and for me is super easy to keep sharp.
     
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    I hope to a bit more carving this afternoon to see how the edge retention really is. Seems pretty Opinel like so far.
     
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    even with the mixed reviews, it's something i'd love to try. the simplicity of a friction folder, and the rumored scandi edge just makes me want to play with one! and you guys are making me want it more!
     
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    I have one with a white handle somewhere. It was suppose to be my first try at making some wooden handle scales but after playing around with it a bit I decided it wasn't worth the time, effort nor wood.

    Some people really seem to love them though. I wonder if they used to be better, or that those folks just don't know any better...
     
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    Mine arrived yesterday. It is shaving sharp. I have never owned a friction folder before and for some reason I REALLY like this thing. It feels like it could be my "Old Man Knife" or something.

    :)

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    They are not expensive, you get what you pay for. I like mine.
     
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    My Svord knife blade is far from soft. I've trimmed sticks for walking staffs and utilized the Svord in rotation with other blades, mainly Mors, Ahti, Lapin, SAK, and others to do trimmimg and shaping. The handle on mine is thin, being aluminum scales and not very comfy with bare handed use. But, the blade did the do on hickory, maple, birch, pine, locust and other species. Yeah, it's different in a cool kind of way and yeah, there's better choices out there. I still like mine pretty well but it will not be my first choice for woods walking. I have a whip- spiffy Buck 119 that will get the nod for travels in the bush. THAT'S a knife!!
     
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    I'm ordering one or two on Monday lol....been not very patiently waiting.
     
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    I bought one in 2012. The grind looked like it was done on the sidewalk. It was horrible! I contemplated sending it back for a refund......but I kept it and reground it from a poorly executed scandi grind to a full convexed grind.

    Today it is a sharp, usable knife that I keep as a back-up knife in a backpack. The blade is forged from the original L-6 steel. L-6 is an oil hardening steel for use in applications requiring a good combination of hardness, toughness, and wear resistance.

    I don't know what they use today but L-6 steel is used mostly for saw blades in the lumber industries......
    Dominick........
     
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    15n20 steel is what they use now. I have a minipeasant and a chip whittler. I like them.
     
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    @batmanacw I had the same experince. The edge on mine look like a 14 year old kid tried to sharpen a knife for the first time and used his dad's belt sander. It didn't seem worth what I paid until I convexed it. Now I really like that knife. The Opinel is a better deal, but the Svord shines if you want to be able to baton with a folder.
     
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    I had an older one, I assume in the L6 era. Wooden handles.

    I never warmed up to it, but a fairly short spell on a soft Arkansas stone took care of the edge hideousness, of which there was a fair bit. My biggest gripe is that the rat-tail opening lever/"locking device" pretty much made it a belt carry knife.

    Edgeholding was not an issue. This was late in Bush II's second term, and into Obama's 1st.
     
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    I bought one years ago with L6. The heat treat on it is great. Grinds are even enough for me. The tang has the slightest of bend in it.

    I’ve read alot of them have a singe spot on the tip. Mine has one. Doesnt seem to affect anything.
     
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    You could always make a small fixed blade out of it.
    Was always intrigued by the Peasant and the Opinel Knives but I’ve never pulled the trigger on either. Both are intended to be a “working man’s knife.”
    Kinda like our Sodbusters.
     
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    I took mine and polished the edge up today using a permanent marker and a translucent Arkansas and a strop. It is scary sharp now.

    -Stan
     
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    Next need to get some beefed wood scales for it.
    Kevin
     
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    The edge has been holding up pretty well. Better than my SAKs.
     
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    I have 2 orange svörd knives the normal and the mini and I frickin love those guys. The simplicity makes them super nice in my opinion. They take a mean edge and hold it well. Heck the way they open I think feels cool. I have considered putting some custom scales on one of mine. New Zealand done good!
     
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    I have three Svord knives...the Peasant, the Trapper and their machete and all in the orange poly handle. They don't claim to be anything more than a utility type blade made to be used and not for stylin or fancy display. Their Peasant is simple and a bit dowdy but for the $15 I paid I don't feel like I got less than I was expecting. I carried it for years working as a Grounds Manager at a small college and I never regretted having it in my pocket. I now carry my Opinel 8 in carbon steel and aside from it being stiff in the summer humidity it is about the same but better finished. Small investments in good user knives make sense and you get a better knife than the bargain pile at Walled Mart. I keep good knives and some of them are cheap and some not as cheap but they will all outlast me if I don't use them for carving rocks.
     
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    I have found that the Svord lost its ability to shave hair quickly with the sandpaper / strop edge I put on it, but it still felt and cut sharp. It was still cutting extremely well with zero tiny roll marks in the cuts.

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    I very lightly dressed the edge with ceramic as to avoid a microbevel but to get rid of the tiny teeth. It took a higher polish on the edge and it cuts beautiful.

    I'm guessing I'm about to find out if toothy or polished is better for this steel.
     
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    Dont make the same mistake I did... looked dull, it wasnt, mistakes were made and a bandaid was needed lol.
     
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    I'm enjoying using this knife. I want to get some carving time in with it tomorrow if I can. It's a better handful than my Opinels. Steel still seems pretty good. I'm considering the mini peasant and carving knife too.
     
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    thanks to @Rockgod1619 i am now the proud owner of svord peasant. definitely a different type of tool than anything else i own.

    so i took it to task on some seasoned cherry. i've been watching youtube, and saw dougoutdoors doing these quick little faces, so i tried one with the peasant.
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    took one in the heat of the moment (and the day) it really worked quite well! definitely like a folding mora!

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    so i did one more. seems like the way i hold a knife, a friction folder works well for me! i was careful to make sure i didn't even come close to closing on myself, but most of my prefered grips seemed quite secure with it! i'm sold, and quite happy with it!!
     
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    My orange Svord mini is my most carried and most used knife! Love it!!
     
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    I am thinking about ordering a mini this evening.
     
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    I took my mini apart and use it like a psk lately.
     
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    These are fairly simple to rehandle. Makes a fun project if you want to put in the time. You can do the whole project with hand tools.

    Here's two I did with stag handles, a regular and a mini, with brass tubing for the pivot.

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    I just ordered a red handle mini.
     
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    definitely on my radar! i did notice they are just screwed together, and i've thought about classing it up like this once i get some more antler....has anyone done one of these with an antler tine?
     
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    I ordered a svord peasant with wood handles when they became available.

    I sharpened it myself to my particulars.

    It's a nice enough knife to my way of thinking. I don't much carry folders except my Winger SAK, but I would carry / did / do carry the svord sometimes.

    Once I sharpened it the edge holds well.

    I have been thinking about getting one of their fixed blades.

    Also been thinking about getting my son to make me a copy of that style blade out of some good stainless tool steel and making a sheath for pocket carry.

    Hum.. Wonder about a pocket saw blade like that opinel has sort of?
     
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    I convexed the edge with sandpaper.
     
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    It took a wicked edge. The steel seems plenty hard but doesn't easily take a bright polish.
     
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    A number of years ago, I won one here in a GAW and gifted it to my daughter, who was seven or eight at the time for her to use under my supervision.

    I found it to be an excellent first knife for a kid, and although the grinds were uneven, it worked just fine.

    She is 12 now, and has moved up to a SAK Fieldmaster.
     
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    I did some notch carving with it for the first time this evening in my hotel room on some poplar I bought at Walmart a few weeks ago.

    I realized pretty quickly that my convex radius was not thin enough. The cutting forces were too high to be comfortable with such a small handle. I used my coarse diamond stone to thin the edge.

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    Then the diamond side of my double folder to clean up the scratch.

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    Then the white ceramic side.

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    Then my strop.

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    Much better now!
     
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    I like using the Peasant more than the Mini for carving. Much more comfortable.

    Anyone know if the whittler has a handle closer to the full size or mini?
     
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    The Peasant doesn't take much of a shine but with a newly loaded strop it looks pretty nice with that thin convex.

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    It is very sharp.....
     
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    @batmanacw what is the folding hone with the diamond plate on one side and ceramic on the other?
     
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    It has the handle size of the mini.
     

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