Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Handle Feel
Big, BIG Folder!!
I picked up this Opinel #13 mainly for the novelty. I like Opinel knives, and have also been intrigued by the concept of a folding bowie knife. The Opinel 13 fits the category of folding bowie very well - it's a large knife with a clip-style blade, and it folds. It is not, however, a "heavy-duty" or "hard use" knife, in my opinion. The lock, while quite secure, is not made for heavy prying or chopping or batonning. The blade is tapered towards the tip, so it isn't a good choice to use for prying. If, however, you want a large blade which can be used for slicing things such as fruit or meat or vegetables, then this knife would be a good choice. The thin blade cuts very well, and the full flat grind is perfect for kitchen type duties. It would be a great knife for the camp cook. One thing which I do not like about the knife is the size (thickness) of the handle. The handle up at the joint is very thick and perfectly round. It has to be round to allow the ring lock to function, but it isn't ergonomic by any means. This knife begs for modification or personalization, however There is plenty of "meat" in the handle for some to be removed to make the handle more user friendly. I ground the handle of my knife down until it had more of an oval shape rather than being perfectly round. I like this knife, and plan to put it to good use on my next camping trip. The knife doesn't come with a sheath, but it can be slipped into the utility pocket of some work pants, or stowed in a pack. I made a horizontal sheath for mine. For its size it is very light weight as well.