Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Excellent farm knife
The first Opinel knife I ordered was a No. 9. I was so impressed with the simplistic design, light weight wood handle, and excellent honing characteristics that I decided to give one as a gift to my father. He was also very impressed with the knife and since he made a living as a butcher for a while I was sure that I was on to something good. After buying a couple piecewise I decided to get one of these "card sets" and I have not been disappointed. The carbon steel is very easy to sharpen with a few laps on the stone and they fit in with the Old Hickory carbon steel knives I keep in my kitchen. I have given away some from the set as gifts and held on to six to keep as steak knives for myself. They have oxidized a little but I like the look and that can be prevented by keeping them oiled or buying the stainless versions. They are very nice pocket knives given their weight and the locking mechanism is fail proof. Since they are not full tang they should be used accordingly. It should be noted that the handle will swell if soaked in water making it difficult to open. I hand wash and rack dry because I have no dish washer.