Carbon Blade No6 Folding Knife
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- Handle: Beechwood
- Blade: Carbon steel
- Size: 3 5/8" closed
- Packaging: Bulk
- Opinel Part #: 113060 (No6VRN)
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|Item Dimensions||3.94 x 9.84 x 13.78 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.02 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The quality is improved on the ones I purchased in France nearly twenty years ago, with the virobloc rotating collar lock now being able to secure the blade in the closed position for an extra degree of safety.
One of the nice things about the simple but reliable construction is the low weight. The low weight coupled with the smooth shape of the handles, make the six very comfortable to carry in a hip or front pocket, in contrast to the modern pseudo-tactical folders that rule the market.
The blade is made of high carbon tool steel, as other reviewers and the product description note, this classic steel is not rust proof, and will take a patina or mottled stained appearance in regular use, which most of us believe just adds to the character. I keep mine generally lightly wiped with olive oil as a protectant.
Opinels are easy to sharpen, the steel's composition and the simple edge geometry make resharpening easy. Coupled with the low cost, I believe that Opinels might be the best knife for sharpening beginners to practice their technique on. High carbon steel can take a fierce edge and be suprisingly tough, with benefit of being easy to touch back up.
Lastly, if you're a re-enactor, or one of the new steam-punk types, or just want to enjoy a timeless design that is not weighed down by a liner lock, zytel, pocket clip, thumbstud and half a dozen hex screws, the Opinel is a great choice. And with the affordable price, you can certainly give one a try.
In retrospect, I wish I had gotten one of the smaller Opinels with the understanding that it wouldn't have the locking mechanism.
The Opinel is a simple, inexpensive, blade-only French "peasant's" knife whose design dates back to 1880. It is quite light with a beechwood handle and a unique twist-ring locking mechanism that effectively turns it into a standard paring knife. It feels like a regular knife in the hand when locked open, not like a pocket knife. The twist-lock mechanism (which Opinel added in 1955) works when the knife is open or closed. The materials are inexpensive. The blade is a bit on the thin-side, but the carbon steel one I bought came with a very nice (sharp) factory edge and holds it nicely.Read more ›
While these rust spots might deter some, it's also important to note that the carbon steel blade holds an edge better than the stainless steel one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A knife blade should be made of carbon steel. But then I think a knife should preform a job, not sit and look pretty. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Capper
You have to love this little knife! Probably one of the cheaper EDC knives out there, but so well designed. Makes you want to go out on a picnic so you can cut up an apple. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Michael E. Leonard
It is as described. Very sharp out of the box and a very gentlemanly knife for the office or any event. It won't startle co-workers or guests at an event unlike my machete. Read morePublished 16 days ago by K. Wong
This is my second Opinel I've bought for myself and both were the #6. I'm a 5'11" male with large hands and this feels just right in them. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jacob Frey
Great cheap utility pocket knife. Wish the steel held an edge better.Published 19 days ago by Jonathan
It's a neat little knife, but nothing to get excited about. Very lightweight and interesting old-school design, but if I had seen it in person, I wouldn't have ordered it.Published 1 month ago by AmazonFanMan
Perfect size "gentleman's" pocket knife. Reasonably sharp from the factory and easy to sharpen to arm-hair-shaving sharpness quickly. It is simple and a classic.Published 1 month ago by Gunther
So many people think edc means being prepared to be lost in Siberia. I live in the northeast in the woods on my homestead and asside from skinning deer, this knife does very well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LTbigfoot