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4.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily big, 10 Dec. 2013
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This is based on the frame of the No10 Opinel, which means that it has a 10cm, locking, Stainless Steel blade. (it is not available with a non SS blade)
Being an Opinel the blade is sharp, nicely finished and the steel used, Sandvik 12c27, is highly regarded, easy to sharpen and keeps an edge for a long time.

The lock works well, keeping the blade locked in both the open and the closed positions.
The wood is nice and the whole tool has a very pleasant look and feel.

The corkscrew opens with some difficulty and is secured in both the open and the closed position by a strong spring mechanism.

It works ok but it is huge.

The main issue with the whole design is the size. Usually Opinel uses the No8 (8cm blade) for its unusual/quirky models. The No10 used here is too big for easy pocket carry and even assuming the larger blade gives you more versatility at a picnic the corkscrew is unnecessarily thick, large and long. It is larger than most dedicated kitchen corkscrews.
This means that it is difficult to insert fully into the cork and at some point it may even start turning the cork as you twist it, instead of going further in the cork, as you would have liked it to.

A corkscrew of the size used in e.g. Swiss Army knives would have sufficed and would have made the whole cork extracting process easier, additionally allowing the use of a smaller overall body.
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