Opinel No.8 Carbone Knife
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, eliminating the need for a spring. The handle is beech, a light but tough wood. This makes Opinel knives great for cyclists and hikers.
They are available with either carbon steel or stainless steel blades and in a number of sizes. The #8 (8.5cm blade) is considered the standard and most versatile size. Like most traditionalists, I prefer the #8 carbon blade version. The carbon blade can rust if not wiped after use, but it develops a beautiful patina. The carbon blade is also easier to sharpen and takes a better edge - experts compare it to blades costing 10-times more.
For a few reasons, all of my best kitchen knives have blades made of high carbon steel, just as this one has.
Give it a light wipe down with a sharpening steel and within moments it becomes razor sharp, as expected.
But while stainless steel blades can suffer endless neglect, carbon steel blades need its owner's attention.
Wipe it clean and dry after each and every use while maybe spreading a drop of vegetable oil on its blade.
In return for your maintenance efforts, you get a carbon steel blade no stainless steel blade can match.
Great knife for camping just ordered a second knife to give as a gift