This Versatile Pocket Knife Belongs in Every Single Kitchen

published May 19, 2020
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I wouldn’t call myself a pocket knife aficionado, but I do have one — and I never leave the house without it. I’ve toted it around in picnic baskets, bike baskets, hiking backpacks, and even in a car cup holder on a 5,000-mile road trip with my family. I’ve used it on apple-picking expeditions, with the occasional cheese board at home, and during practically every meal I’ve eaten outside in recent history. What is it? It’s a Folding Pocket Knife from Opinel.

I’m a big fan of Opinel in general — we own their kids’ knife and finger guard set as well as two sets of their table knives — but the brand’s folding pocket knife is really their bread and butter. (Makes sense, considering the fact that the company started back in the 1890s with a single pocket knife — featuring a design that remains relatively unchanged today.) In fact, I’m going to make a bold statement here and tell you that every home cook needs one.

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Why Everyone Needs This Opinel Pocket Knife

I do consider this pocket knife more of a picnic knife because that gives everyone a better idea of how I use it. (Although my husband recently referred to it as my “car knife,” considering it’s been living in our van for — socially distanced — weekend picnics.) It slices through cheese, fruit, cured meat, packing on pre-wrapped food, and more. Perhaps what I like about it the most is that it has a safety ring that slides into place once you’ve opened the blade, so that it can’t close back up on you while you’re using it. Plus, it’s durable, inexpensive, and super-stylish (the wood handles come in all sorts of different colors!). It’s no wonder why these pocket knives are considered essential throughout France where they’re made.

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Opinel sells pocket knives in multiple sizes (from teeny-tiny key-chain size to a larger-than-a-steak-knife size) with carbon steel or stainless steel blades. I have the No. 8 in red, which set me back just $19, and I really do find it perfect for all sorts of picnic- and cheese board-related tasks. But I also just bought a No. 10 with a corkscrew, so that I can upgrade my picnic game.

Do you have a favorite picnic knife? Tell us in the comments below!