Sunday, September 30, 2012

Types of Knives - The Peanut

The peanut knife is an old fashioned pocket folder. The peanut knife is usually a very small knife which may come with one or two blades that are generally a high quality stainless steel. The main blade will almost always be a clip blade and the secondary blade will generally be a spey or pen blade. The clip blade is normally about 2 1/8 inches long and the secondary blade (if it has one) is generally about 1 1/2 inches long. In either case, the blades usually work off a single spring mechanism. They also come with a wide variety of available handle materials.

Peanut knifes are not large knives but are extremely useful in performing delicate cutting chores. You won’t be chopping any trees down with this one. You will be able to accomplish many tasks that a heavier and more cumbersome knife with a heavy blade would make difficult, if not impossible.

Although it isn’t designed for heavy duty chores, the peanut knife can offer a good choice for EDC. If you don’t want to look like a “Rambo” wannabe, the sudden appearance of the peanut from your pocket will definitely be less threatening and not as intimidating as a large tactical folder. With its extremely light weight (usually less than two ounces), you will barely notice it’s there.

Like most pocket folders, the peanut knife has what is commonly referred to as a half stop. This is quite different from the liner and frame locks found on most tactical folders. When closing the knife, it will catch at about a ninety degree angle. This basically prevents the knife from accidentally closing on your fingers.

If you are looking for a functional, lightweight and easy to carry knife, the peanut will be an excellent choice. They are usually available at a very affordable price. It is also extremely well-suited for use as a backup for your main EDC knife.

Got peanut?

Staying above the water line!



Angela said...

My dad has one of those. I never knew the name of it until now!

Anonymous said...

Great little EDC knife. I carried a Schrade 72OT for quite a few years when I was a junior high student. It had a rounded bolster back end though. I lost it somewhere in my early high school years and graduated to a liner lock single blade trapper. But the vast majority of its work would have been handled by the Peanut with no problems.

Thanks Riverwalker.

riverwalker said...

To: Angela

They are very small but extremely useful little knifes. Many "old timers" carried them...myself included.



riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:20

My grandfather carried a case trapper most of the time but always had a peanut stuck in his pocket that he used for the "detail" work.

Thanks anon.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for showing some "old" style knives. For the record, the knife show in your picture is a "Stockman" style knife. The peanut is an even smaller version of a pocket knife and also very effective at small chores.

Thanks for the site,

Knife Collector

riverwalker said...

To: Knife Collector

I've always considered a "stockman" to have three distinct blades...a sheep's foot, a spey blade and a clip blade. Even a small "stockman" type knife will generally be a larger knife.

I always thought of a "peanut" as being smaller and having one or two blades at the most...unlike the three blade combination of a "stockman".

I intend to discuss some more of the "older style" knives when possible...many of which the style and use is still quite functionable, even by today's standards.



Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

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