French Opinel pocket knives, inexpensive, lightweight, and made from superb steel, are the standard knife of French farmers, hikers, foragers and cyclo-tourists. In fact, almost everyone who spends time in the countryside seems to have one. They've been made since 1890 in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the Rhône-Alpes.
We love the simple rotating ring that locks the blade either open or closed - no need for a spring. The handle is beech, a light but tough wood. This makes Opinel knives great for cyclists and hikers.
This is the #10 knife (10cm blade) with corkscrew. The larger size is required to house the corkscrew. Now, the French do know a thing or two about opening wine, and the corkscrew is the same French model as used in many far more expensive knives. The blade is stainless and perfect for spreading cheese and pate, as well as for more workman-like tasks.
The #10 knife size is best for a picnic basket or pack, rather than pocket.
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OK, the No. 8 Opinel knife is about all of the utility knife one needs, a truly efficient knife.
Yet while this No. 10 Opinel knife is a bit larger, it also includes an ever-so-handy corkscrew.
After all, how could a fish get properly cooked without first opening a bottle of dry, white pinot gris wine, eh?
Your fingernails are not about to get that precious bottle of dry white wine open.
And so get one of these, the No. 10 Opinel knife with a corkscrew.