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Q: I often cut up apples, carrots or fresh herbs at the office. The kitchen has HORRIBLE knives and I am afraid one of these days I'll cut myself badly. Can you suggest an inexpensive knife that I could store in my desk that either wouldn't need lots of care/sharpening or is compact and secure enough to bring back and forth between my kitchen (to hone it) and work?

Sent by Shayna

Editor: Shayna, a good-quality picnic knife would fit the bill; they are compact, travel securely and are often quite inexpensive. (And they won't make your co-workers nervous about the knife you're storing in your desk!) Here's a roundup of some of our favorites:

Readers, do you have any suggestions for inexpensive, easy-care knives to keep at the office?

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