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Opinel No 6 Stainless Steel Folding Knife

by Opinel

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  • Handle: Beechwood
  • Blade: Stainless Steel
  • Size: 3" 5/8 closed
  • Packaging: Bulk
  • Opinel Part #: 123060
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Product Description

Safety Features: Double safety ring "VIROBLOC", created by Marcel Opinel in 1955, locks the blade either in open or closed position.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B000UH0RVU
  • Item model number: No 6 SS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,898 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Looks better anyways.
Christian
Cool style mixed with simple mechanics make this a great addition to any knife enthusiast.
Christian McGregor
Great steel for the blade -- very sharp.
David S. Murdock

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt Turner on December 5, 2012
I've found that cheap pocketknives actually end up being slightly more useful that my nice ones, if only because I'm not afraid to really use them however I need to in order to get the job done. This one is cheap without being cheaply made. And is that not the essence of a good product?

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tentai on January 10, 2012
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This knife is very handy to have for picnics or tailgateing. It can be carried without worry that it will cut through something since it folds away. I have used these knives for years and love the convinience of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. on April 23, 2013
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This thing takes a very good edge and keeps it fairly well, and doesn't weigh hardly anything. I started with an Opinel #8 Carbone, which is better in terms of edge retention, but was too big for my front pocket and I was constantly worried about rust.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David S. Murdock on February 16, 2014
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I ordered this knife for its curiosity value, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's a wonderful knife.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moonshine Bob on December 24, 2013
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This is one of those enduring classic items that was so well thought out at the beginning, it's a staple. It has a good positive locking latch, and is very light and sharp. Learn the "coup du savoyard" opening technique to make the most of this knife. The blade is just under 3", which makes it legal in most jurisdictions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on August 22, 2014
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I recently bought this knife to replace an Opinel no. 8 that went missing a couple months back. That knife I gave 4 stars because it wasn't the sharpest out of the box so I had to touch up the edge to get it well-honed. This No. 6 was useably sharp out of the box so I give it 5 stars. The stainless steel Opinel uses holds a good edge for a long time. I spend lots of time in and around water so although I'm sure the carbon steel version gets even sharper and is even easier to sharpen, I opted for the stainless version so I wouldn't have to worry about rust. This knife gets very sharp - I've used it to cut thick rope and nylon straps with ease, and I can cut paper cleanly enough that it looks like a scissor cut.

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.
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