Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Opinel Number 12 folder
I use it for everything, from cutting outdoors to cutting meat at a restaurant, where it usually gets an admiring reaction.The simple and secure lock mechanism is excellent. The steel and the temper are just exactly right; it stays sharp for a good long time, and is easy and quick to sharpen when it needs it. It's a utility knife raised to the highest standard, and it's ridiculously inexpensive. The definition of a pocket knife.As you can see, I'm a fan of these knives; I own about six or eight of them. I started carrying Opinel knives about forty years ago when I was working as a carpenter. I changed from a Swiss Army Knife. I could cut drywall with it (ouch), hit it with a steel the next morning, and it was ready to go again. I prefer the carbon steel to the stainless, but I prefer carbon steel period. Well cared for, it's a lot prettier.You do need to keep the lock clean and lightly lubricated. I don't particularly like the handle shape, but I usually reshape it.