An Affordable, Functional Friction Folder–Svord Peasant Knife

This friction folder caught my eye! Unlike many of the nostalgic, expensive, hand-made friction folders, this is a very affordable, utilitarian piece of equipment.
Svord Peasant Knife Friction FolderMade in New Zealand, it is modeled after examples of European peasants’ knives from the 1600’s. The blade is carbon steel. It came with a good edge, and a few strokes on a ceramic stick turned it into a razor.
The attraction of the friction folder, is its simplicity. This knife consists of two handle slabs, two bolts, a stop-pin (not visible in the picture), and the blade. There are no springs, unlike practically all other folding knife designs.  (See my article, Principles of Knife Selection, for a discussion of various folding knife mechanisms.)
The action is stiff, so the blade does not swing wildly. Yet, it is easy to open and shut the blade with only one hand.
A knife like this is best carried in a simple pouch, to keep the blade from opening, and to keep the knife accessible. Can be worn on the belt, around the neck, or in a pocket with good results. Just as useful around the house, garden, farm, or ranch as it was 400 years ago. Totally acceptable for hunting, fishing, and general bushcraft also.
And the price–$15.


About christophersknifeblog

I am a knifemaker and dealer, and live a very diversified life in the mountains of central Idaho. I love nature, agriculture, and homesteading. My knifemaking motto and advertising slogan is, "Knives Built for the Bush." I intend them to be efficient, durable, comfortable, functional, graceful equipment for life's challenges and opportunities. My website is Please visit!
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