Opinel N Degree7 Bechwood Handle Carbon Steel Knife, 8 cm Blade
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-So cheap that I wouldn't flinch if something bad happened to it
-Gentleman enough to use to slice an apple or a roll while eating
-Not too large for the pocket, but not too small for the hand
-Carbon blade tarnishes and requires periodical oiling
-Wooden handle can swell with moisture and the hinge will stiffen until it dries.
-OPINEL logo on the handle is already starting to wear off from being in my pocket.
-When I opened the package there were no cookies inside
Opinel knives are super light and easy to carry around. The locking mechanism is slow and takes two hands to operate, but it works very well. I don't know what steel they use on these but it holds and edge well and appears to be heat treated much better than most inexpensive knives.
The best feature of these knives however, is the way the blades are ground. No other factory knives I've seen are ground as thin at the edge as an Opinel. A thin edge makes for more efficient cutting and much easier sharpening.
These make great everyday knives, and great mushroom foraging knives. The carbon steel is extremely easy to sharpen to a razor edge, and just a few draws across a steel will clean it up fast when it needs a touch-up.
It seems that the No8 is the most popular size, but even though I have long fingers and fairly large hands I still prefer the less bulky No7, which fits my definition of the perfect sized pocket knife. The great thing about Opinel is that you can get just about any size that you could ever want.
A tip for those unfamiliar with carbon steel and afraid of rust... don't wait for nature to take its course, force a patina on the blade and it'll never rust after that. My prep process for a new Opinel knife:
1) Lightly sand off the logo on the handle.
2) Using a larger grit, round off the upper edge of the handle so that the profile of the upper side of the handle more closely matches the lower side of the handle... (removing the upward flare at the end of the handle). IMO this makes it feel much more sleek and looks much nicer.
3) Oil the handle with walnut oil, making sure to get it in around the hinge area.
4) Wet a paper towel with vinegar
5) Wrap the blade in the wet paper towel. Let it sit for a few hours. (alternatively, stick the blade into a lemon/tomato for a few hours)
6) Come back to the knife in a few hours... it'll look really disgusting with thick black goo on the blade that smells unpleasant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good knife considering the price.
It comes in very sharp. I did a sharpness test by cutting paper whilst holding it in mid air. Read more
This is a very sharp cutting knife I'm using it for the kitchen and it works great.Published 10 days ago by Ron
For being such a small and simple knife it is pretty awesome. This is my new camping cooking knife. Very lightweight but not for EDCPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my fishing knife. I use it a lot for cutting lines and whatnot. Great little utility knife; fits perfectly in my pocket and I never have an issue cutting something. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jmuhockeyfan
I bought one for myself.
then i bought a few more to distribute.
This is the ultimate' genital knife. Read more
At the price point, you just cannot beat this knife. I like the no.7 better than the no.8, it just fits my hand a little better, its just a hair smaller and i think a little more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer