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Opinel knife needed - 11th hour holiday request

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mudpuppy Dec 23, 2008 11:48 PM

Hi Chowhounds - I'm posting for the first time because for once my google efforts have failed me and I thought you might help. I'm trying to find a SF retailer for the French picnic knife made by Opinel. It's an incredible product, beautiful in its simplicity, single-blade, perfect for slicing off a shard of cheese to accompany that tart apple picked up at the local farmer's market. I need to buy one tomorrow - yes, tomorrow - to score major points with a member of my family. There are many available online but alas I need the real thing asap. Does anyone know of a local retailer? I'd love to hear from you and thanks in advance!

  1. hill food Dec 24, 2008 01:25 AM

    Sur la Table?

    http://www.epinions.com/reviews/Sur_L...

    damn I lost that in a move 9 years ago and completely forgot about it until now.

    or call the crank at Cookin' on Divisadero - she'll give you crap for anything you may want, but will probably have it. (fave quote: "oeufs a la neige? who the hell makes that anymore? yeah I got what you need over here.")

    1. little big al Dec 24, 2008 06:42 AM

      Columbus Cutlery on Columbus near Vallejo is chock-full-o-knives. No attitude either.

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        jerry i h Dec 24, 2008 05:18 PM

        Ummm...yes and no.
        There is a good place on the internet where I get my Opinel knives. No, it is not local to SF, but a webstore back East.
        www.smokymountainknifeworks.com

        1. invinoveritas Dec 25, 2008 08:47 AM

          Kaplan's Surplus & Sport Goods
          (415) 863-3486
          1055 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Merry Christmas

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            mudpuppy Dec 26, 2008 11:19 AM

            Thanks for all the good suggestions! I found the knife on Christmas Eve at a little shop in Fisherman's Wharf of all places. It was totally worth braving the crowds to find it in time. The proprietor was very friendly and helpful which allowed me to forgive the unfortunate naming of the store "We Be Knives." No matter, I got what I wanted and to all a good night! Happy New Year!

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            1. re: mudpuppy
              hill food Dec 26, 2008 08:56 PM

              We Be Sushi should sue after the crap they got their first name of McSushi got them into.

              1. re: mudpuppy
                Melanie Wong Dec 26, 2008 11:49 PM

                Great, glad you found one. Fwiw, I saw some by the register at Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry building yesterday afternoon.

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