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Opinel No 6 Stainless Steel Folding Knife
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- Handle: Beechwood
- Blade: Stainless Steel
- Size: 3" 5/8 closed
- Packaging: Bulk
- Opinel Part #: 123060
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|Item Display Weight||34 grams|
|Package Height||0.3 x 4.1 x 7.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I grew up on a navy base in western Europe, and one of the lingering vestiges of that childhood is the Opinel folding knife. My father gave one to each of my brothers and I when were were lads, and I must have abused and carved a thousand trinkets and such in the Scottish woods with mine.
As an adult, I now appreciate what high quality Opinel steel is for the price. It's stiffer than comparably priced knives, and holds an edge about as long as my Benchmade carry knives, longer than my CRKTs - for 10% of the price.
The non-serrated, drop-point blade is a classic, proven shape that is useful for many tasks. And this smaller size is perfect - I prefer the size 6 above the several other options. The blade is stiff enough for light prying without breaking, and you don't need to be afraid to use the tool as you need to because of its price. I give it four stars instead of five because it requires a little more effort than is preferable to open with one hand, and the opening is stiff for some time when you first get it. I love the locking mechanism for this knife, though. So simple, so functional!
Finally, this is a less "scary" looking knife - and has even been construed as "classy" in some men's magazines I've read. It is French, after all.
I liked the no. 8 but I got this one this time around for two reasons: 1) the larger model was a little bulky in my jeans pocket, and 2) the larger model's blade was long enough that it qualifies as a concealed weapon in DC where I live and work. The no. 6 fits into a pocket much easier and is the smallest version they make with the blade locking mechanism. The blade is still big enough that it's useful for many tasks. In addition, the thing is a minimalist work of art - it looks really cool. You won't find a better knife at this price and you could spend 2 or three times what these sell for and get inferior steel, no locking mechanism, and a knife that's not as comfortable in the hand.
Pros are the great classic looks, the excellent blade steel for this price point (12C27 Sandvik), the full flat grind (great for slicing and push cutting), the simple operation, the ridiculously light weight, and the low cost of replacement if lost/stolen/broken.
Cons would be mostly ergonomics. It doesn't have one-handed operation, it isn't very fast into action, and the lock is sort of clumsy by modern knife standards. The blade is also somewhat delicate and thin, which could be considered a con, depending on what you need. I would also say it is not a very blade/handle efficient size; the handle is pretty fat for a 7cm knife.
All in all it's probably the best sub $20 folding knife I've ever had.
Advantages? Great steel for the blade -- very sharp. Also, the design is quite elegant, and the knife itself is well made.
Disadvantages? The knife is inconvenient to carry and use. If you are used to a modern lockback knife, this throwback design will be clumsy to deploy -- it takes two hands to do it safely, so you have to get the knife out and ready BEFORE you need it. Also, this size is rather large for pocket carry -- the handle is round and takes up lots of space. One of the smaller ones might be acceptable, or you might buy a belt holster.
However, if you collect knives, it's well worth the purchase. There is a big "conversation starter" value to this knife, but there are certainly more practical knives for everyday use.
Comfortable pocket knife. Side-by-side is noticeably more compact than the No 8, but the blade is only about 1/4" shorter (and legal to carry in many more places in the USA)
No 6 is the smallest Opinel with a lock ring, and the smaller ones don't even have springs to prevent them from opening in your pocket and cutting you and your clothing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Product is sturdy, sharp, and great quality. The man I ordered this for loves it and uses it daily.Published 16 days ago by Lindsey Partlow
Simple, reliable classic. Nice pocket knife if you don't want to look like a rambo survivalist.Published 1 month ago by greg
I bought the no. 8. (Two Ruth different handles) and, although I prefer the size of the no. 6, the quality of the turning lock was not on par.Published 1 month ago by Bill Tierney
Great little knife for the price. Was looking for a basic non-tacticool EDC folder that I could bring anywhere without raising any eyebrows (parks, work, etc). Read morePublished 3 months ago by SDM
Quite possibly the perfect knife. I have not carried a pocket knife in years until I discovered the Opinel No. 6. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jbrianb
Every time I use this knife, I struggle to open & close it. I keep using WD-40 to lubricate, which helps a little. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KLPNYC