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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a French picnic knife, 14 Jun 2012
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I came to this via a newspaper article which described it as a "French folding picnic knife", the reviewer was fooled, perhaps by the fact that the box has a picture of a French chef wielding one and that it is called a Batard Folding Picnic knife. It is designed in the US and manufactured in China. That said, it seems to be good quality.

It is HEAVY, 350g, partly because, unlike the image, there are fairly hefty steel ends to the handle, to reduce the amount of walnut. It is unwieldy, the very sharp serrated blade is strongly sprung and there is no notch to get your thumbnail in when unfolding it. It closes quite fiercely and you need to watch your fingers. It does have a corkscrew but, given the weight of the handle it is not easy to use and I suspect that a lot of broken corks will result. This may not be important in these days of screw tops but I'd not use it on a good bottle and would probably take a back-up if I were drinking wine with a cork.

The lid of the (very classy) box suggests using it "while tailgating (picnicking from the back of your truck/SUV - not breathing down the neck of some other driver on the motorway), on your boat or RV, stashed in your glove compartment, packed in your suitcase for travel or tossed in your kitchen drawer". Certainly you would not want it in your rucksac if you were walking far. If your butler is carrying your picnic basket, stick it in to make him earn his salary; otherwise take a folding screwpull (or screw top wine) and a bread knife.

The packaging also suggests using it to slice crusty bread, cheese, salami, roast chicken - just about everything. I do not doubt thet you could do all of these things. However .... We are talking a folding knife and I doubt the you could clean it properly if you had used it to cut anything other than bread. There is nothing in the "instructions" to suggest that you can't put it in a dishwasher but you clearly cannot because of the wood in the handle, so how could you clean it after cutting meat?

Not a purchase I will repeat but It will make classy-looking present for someone else
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