Opinel French Folding Knife


When going on a picnic or camping outdoors or someone else’s house rented house where I know I’m going to be cooking, I bring a classic folding French picnic knife along to ensure I will have a SHARP,  all-purpose knife to use.

I can do just about anything with it, from filleting fish or boning a leg of lamb to chopping herbs. It keeps its edge for a long time, but is easy to sharpen on a piece of metal or stone. Because the 3 1/2-inch blade folds into its wood handle, you don’t have to worry about packing it up (just don’t bring it in your carry-on bag if you’re flying).

The Opinal also makes a fine gift, perfect for chic picnicers or a farmer who has done you a favor. I like the classic Opinel: carbon steel (easy to sharpen on-the-fly) with a beech or pear wood handle.

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