First off, I hate you all. I started on a hunt for a new backpack two months ago. After 4 attempts I found a bag I am happy with... but... suddenly needed a new knife... and flashlight... and why have one knife when you can have two... which leads me to... Which Opinel? Since the mini grip has me covered on EDC needs for now, I'm looking at an Opi for basic food prep, fruits mainly. It will predominantly see kitchen use but will also find it's into picnic baskets from time to time. With that in mind, I can't decide between the #7, #8, or #9. (I have average hands, medium size gloves, if that matters/helps.) Then the age old question, carbon or stainless? The low maintenance, picnic using side of me says stainless, but the nostalgic side of me says carbon. So, since you all got me in this mess, help me decide.