OPINEL. Jack of all knives, master of none if I may say so.

Or just recently Budd’s new toy.

Of course, you have to be a grownup to use it. Preferably anyway.

In any case, you have to know what you are doing.

As the choice of smoking or not I hear you say.

And using it properly and safely is numero uno rule.

We were in Rouen, having a light lunch, when the Man saw someone picking up food with a knife. As the person was sitting in my back, I did not turn but immediately understood he was using an Opinel, French countrymen best friend since the dark ages. Especially popular in Normandy. They use it to eat, to slaughter, to carve, to chop, to cut bread or saucisson, to whatever comes to mind.

“I want one” said the Man. Guess what? He got one!

And holding it properly becomes a moment to be immortalized. Another occasion of showing the strong and beautiful hand that holds it.

After all, isn’t it rare to discover new toys?

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