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Opinel No8 Carbon Pocket Knife

by Opinel
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  • Genuine Opinel knife with 3.25-inch blade
  • Carbon steel blade, hardwood handle and stainless steel locking collar
  • Easy to use, foldable blade design; safe to use, locking collar prevents accidental opening or closing
  • Stamped with the famous Opinel crowned hand logo

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Opinel No8 Carbon Pocket Knife + Opinel No 6 Carbon Steel Folding knife + Opinel No 7 Carbon Steel Knife
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Imported (France)
  • ASIN: B002SCUO04
  • Item model number: Silk Gingham Pleated Party Dress
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,103 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Opinel knives are the traditional French picnic knives made in France since 1890. Rich in history and utility these knives are still a part of everyday culture in France. They are easy to use and they have a safe design. Each knife is made of four components, so the user need not worry about breaking parts - more common to overly complex mechanisms. Knife consists of carbon steel blade, hardwood handle, rivet and a stainless steel locking collar that prevents the knife from accidentally opening or closing. These knives are not only effective and practical; they are also beautiful. Opinel knives have been displayed in Museums and, in 1985, they were ranked as one of the "100 most beautiful products in the world", by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Opinel - a simple, beautiful and effective design that has survived and thrived for well over a century. Stamped with the famous Opinel crowned hand logo. 4 1/4 " closed, 3 1/4" inch blade.


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Customer Reviews

The knife is light, very sharp, comfortable in the hand and very well balanced.
W. Taylor
Very simple mechanism locks the blade in place while open, or makes it so it can not open while closed.
Dan Eltringham
I would recommend one of these knives to any one wanting a low cost high quality knife.
Curtis Warren

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jon on May 27, 2011
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*UPDATE*: Since writing this review I have not bought another Opinel knife but I have handled some in a retail store. I immediately noticed that the hinge was not nearly as tight on the ones in the store as on the ones that I bought on Amazon. I don't know what "normal" is for these knives, but I recognize that there is a range of performance and quality experiences. If this is the knife you want, check the return policy and if it's good it'd be worth giving this knife a chance. I forgot to look at the straightness of the blade on the retail store one so I don't know how that compares to mine. */UPDATE*

I was excited about this knife as I had heard much good about them and am personally a fan of traditional tools. Several months later I am somewhat disappointed. I bought two of them for Christmas. One to test out and keep for myself and one to give to my dad if it seemed like a good knife. I did give him one but he didn't really like it and preferred a more modern knife with an auto-locking mechanism. User preference is definitely something to keep in mind when considering this for a gift for somebody. If they like modern and fancy, they probably won't like this knife with it's carbon steel blade and manual locking mechanism.

The Good:
1)The blade is carbon steel. It will sharpen up well and stay sharp a long time if you have the right sharpening tools. It is also strong and relatively flexible (a good thing in a utility knife).
2)The handle feels nice in my hand. It's comfortable enough for use as a carving knife.
3)The locking mechanism is very safe. I don't know about any statistics, but the danger of a failure of the locking mechanism seems significantly reduced by this design. That is something to consider if you want to use a folder for hard work.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joe on December 15, 2011
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Reading all of the reviews, especially the top one many times, I decided to pull the trigger on getting this knife. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted something this size but decided at worst I have a nice cheap knife I can use to hack away with from time to time. I couldn't be more happy with what I got for the price.

To comment on some other users' reviews, my knives (I bought two of these) both came in and were not tight at all. I took them out of the packaging expecting to have to wear them in some but they were very, very smooth opening/closing/locking. I also double checked to make sure the blades weren't warped and they weren't.

As far as the size go I feel it's pretty close to perfect. It fits my average sized hand perfectly and I wouldn't worry about it slipping. Also what helps is that it's about half, if not less, the weight of normal pocket knives. It has a rounded handle that might be noticeable at first when in your pocket but compared to the weight of all other knives you'll forget about it really quickly. Plus the rounded handle makes it an overall better experience.

As far as durability goes I'll have to report back on that later. I can see how the blade could start to discolor and possibly rust, but I'm not going to be using this thing underwater, and in general I would wipe off the blade if any sort of liquid got on it. Honestly, at this price point, if it lasted a couple years it'd be well worth the money but I have a feeling it'll last longer than that.

-----April 18, 2014 Update-----

This knife has been a part of my EDC since I bought this 2.5+ years ago and nothing has changed. I use it most days and I still really like it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil Simcich on May 9, 2013
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The knife arrived new from the shipper in perfect working order. No complaints there.

This is the second Opinel I've ever owned. The TSA has my other one, the one I took with me on my second tour to Iraq (alas!).

That it was the only knife I needed in Iraq ought to say something about its stoutness (despite its light weight) and its quality.

The first thing you should know about the Opinel is that it is not a classic "lockback" knife. The blade locks by virtue of twisting the collar to force it into place. When done, align the gap in the collar and close the knife.

A somewhat smaller version of the No.8 served as my daughter's first utility knife. Being dangerous, parents should use caution when deciding whether and when to teach their children about knife safety and handling. A strong case can be made that a child shouldn't be exposed to knife use before he or she is old enough and strong enough to open, say, a Swiss Army knife or the like. It's a valid argument but not an absolute. This knife opens and closes easily, and locks positively. If you decide your child is mature enough to use a knife safely but not yet strong enough to open a pocket knife, the smaller version of the No.8 is a good starter.

It does not have the strength of a full-tang blade but why would you expect it in a knife like this? It's a utility knife and nothing more, but a good one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Del on December 28, 2011
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These are great utility knives. Mine came very sharp right out of the box and it's very easy to keep sharp. It's a very nice, simple design, and it locks both open and closed. The natural wood handle works well and is easy to customize. I highly recommend these to anyone. A great choice or any picnic basket or backpack. Definitely one of the best things to come out of France!
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