Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! My wife wants new kitchen knives for Christmas but with that being said she is a non-knife nut and will abuse them so I don't want to get anything nice just something better than the garbage Chinese Wal-mart knives she's using currently. From the research I've done I know the Victorinox Fibrox line are well liked but I have one of the pairing knives and I really dislike the handle on it. I'm strongly considering the Opinel kitchen knives because of a couple reasons but mostly because I've always loved Opinel steel and how easy it is to get razor sharp. I also like the handle design better. I guess my main questions are have any of you guys used the Opinel kitchen knives at all and if so do you like them? Opinel also has 2 different version with one being half the price of the other. The wood handle cheaper version has X50CRMOV15 blade steel and the more expensive has a full tang with a more refined rounded fiberglass handle with 12C27MOD blade steel. Is the 12c27 blade steel worth twice the price of the X50CRMOV15 blade steel?