The Paysan is an exquisitely crafted folding knife based on the custom creation of renowned knifemaker Peter Rassenti. French for “peasant” or “farmer,” the Paysan (pronounced pie-zaan) is, paradoxically, an incredibly sophisticated design.
Its uniquely shaped, saber-ground blade is crafted from 4mm-thick (.157-inch) CPM® S90V® particle metallurgy stainless steel and features a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole™ for ambidextrous, one-handed opening. The blade pivots on ball-bearing washers for an ultra-smooth action and is housed in a one-piece handle machined from solid titanium—to include its high-strength Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism.
A stainless steel interface in the lock yields a long service life and also functions as an overtravel stop. To keep the Paysan poised for instant access, it includes an hourglass pocket clip configured for right-side, tip-up carry.
- Blade Length: 3.88"
- Overall Length: 8.74"
- Blade Material: CPM-S90V Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Handle Length: 4.86
- Handle Material: Titanium
- Weight: 4.4 oz.
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I have to be honest, Spyderco was bold when they debuted this and had this at an over $500 price point. They had to earn every bit of that, being up in the brackets with other really extremely talented production companies. This knife does not disappoint in the slightest. The Paysan is a true work of art. The integral construction is so elegantly done. It's quite comfortable in the hand, the detent is great, the action is awesome, the mirror stonewash on the blade is gorgeous, as you can tell, I'm a huge fan of this knife. Yes, it is just a typical spoon clip, but it is 100% functional. They went with function over form and that's just fine with me. I switched out the clip for a Lynch clip, because I like deep carry, but the spoon clip works well. Spyderco has shown that they can hang with the big dogs in this price bracket. This knife is extremely well done and imagine it to be a very close competitor to the $1,500+ Peter Rassenti custom Paysan. Overall, I am over the moon with this knife!