The Spyderco Paysan is a stunning and elegant pocket knife, designed by Peter Rassenti. The Paysan is the successor to Spyderco's most pioneering knife, the Nirvana. It was Spyderco's first knife with a completely integral-construction. Like the Nirvana the Paysan is enhanced with this integral-construction. This means that the handle is milled from one piece of titanium. This makes the production process tricky, but, at the same time, also leaves you with a sleek look and feel. The spine of the handle, for instance, is completely closed, without seams. You also don't need screws to keep the handle together. (with the exception of the pivot of course) The whole looks clean and is incredibly strong! The handle is also enhanced with stunning facets that take care of a comfortable grip. All in all a breath-taking handle only a few knives can match!
At Spyderco they are constantly working on what Eric Glesser calls 'CQI'. Constant quality improvement. This concept is undoubtedly reflected in the Paysan. Spyderco added a steel lockbar insert to the framelock lockings mechanism. This prevents wear and tear of the titanium-lockbar on the blade in the long run. This lockbar insert is difficult to place because of the integral-construction. As such it is very impressive that Spyderco was able to make this work so neatly.
The blade of the Spyderco Paysan is also great. It is made from a 9.8 cm long and 4 mm thick piece of S90V steel. An incredibly hard and premium type of steel that retains its sharpness well. A premium type of steel for a premium pocket knife such as the Paysan. The blade has an elegant sheepsfoot-shape and a stunning glossy stonewashed finish. A great detail is the decorated pivot. It is the cherry on top and finishes the whole.