Opinel Stainless Steel Folding Everyday Carry Locking Pocket Knife
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- Simple, sturdy, efficient and easy to use, this essential tool remains unchanged since 1890 but is unmatched in its design. Raw material and colors may vary from one collection to another, but its style remains deeply steeped in history and tradition. This timeless knife is for people who enjoy the outdoors, and is a must-have tool for professional or amateur handymen. It is used everywhere from the garden to the table, a knife that is given as a gift and passed down to loved ones.
- Opinel's stainless steel blades are made of Sandvik 12C27 modified stainless steel. It is anti-corrosive thanks to the addition of chromium and requires no special maintenance. Its carbon content of at least 0.40% provides an excellent cutting edge. Each blade is stamped with the "Crowned Hand" mark. In 1909, Joseph Opinel chose the Crowned Hand emblem for his knives as a symbol to represent the origin and quality of Opinel knives.
- Beech is the most commonly used wood for the manufacture of Opinel handles. Beech is hard, durable and easy to work with. With a homogeneous appearance, its light color varies from yellow to pink. It is characterized by the presence of numerous small, dark dashes. To prevent a negative impact on the environment (pollution from transport, deforestation ...), 95% of the wood for handles comes from sustainably managed French forests.
- Invented by Marcel Opinel in 1955, the Virobloc safety ring is fitted to all folding knives as of the No 06. Cut out of stainless steel, the Virobloc has two sections, one fixed and one sliding. In addition to locking the blade open (safety in use), it is now possible to lock the blade closed (safety in transport)
- Opinel products are guaranteed under normal use and exchanged in case of manufacturing defects. Damage due to normal wear and tear or improper use are not covered by the warranty.
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Our classic folding knife is a design icon. Simple and beautiful, sharp and durable, the No. 8 is an international bestseller. Tuck it into your pocket for a picnic. Keep it in your desk for workday lunches. Carve into charcuterie, cheese, or a crisp apple, or whittle a stick for campfire s’mores. With an easy-to-maintain stainless steel blade, this knife is ready for wherever your adventures might take you. Opinel knives are designed to stand the test of time; some carry Opinel knives handed down from parents and grandparents. Follow a few simple instructions to ensure your knife lasts for years to come.
- Hand-wash after each use
- Wipe the blade dry
- Store in a dry place and keep out of damp conditions
- Expect the wooden handle to swell or contract slightly with use; wood is a living material that can be affected by humidity and atmospheric conditions. If your blade feels stuck, use the “Opinel knock” — rapping the end of the knife on a hard surface — to loosen the blade slightly
- Grease the metal parts, including the Virobloc locking mechanism, on a regular basis
- Use a whetstone or other fine-grain natural stone to sharpen your blade. Make sure the blade is dry and clean, and hold the sharpening stone at an approximately 20-degree angle from the blade while sharpening
You should NOT...
- Put your knife in the dishwasher
- Use bleach or chlorine to clean your knife
- Leave your knife in wet or damp conditions for extended periods of time
- Blade length: Size varies (select size above)
- Materials: Stainless steel blade, handle materials varies (select color above)
Versatile in its use, classic in its design and construction, the Opinel have been carried — and appreciated — by generations. A classic pocket knife designed to stand the test of time.
Stainless Steel Blade
Opinel's stainless steel blades are made of Sandvik 12C27 modified stainless steel. It is anti-corrosive thanks to the addition of chromium and requires no special maintenance. Its carbon content of at least 0.40% provides an excellent cutting edge.
Virobloc Safety Ring
Invented by Marcel Opinel in 1955, the Virobloc safety ring is fitted to all folding knives as of the N° 06. Cut out of stainless steel, the Virobloc has two sections, one fixed and one sliding. In addition to locking the blade open (safety in use), it is now possible to lock the blade closed (safety in transport)
To prevent a negative impact on the environment (pollution from transport, deforestation ...), 95% of the wood for handles comes from sustainably managed French forests.
Made In France
Since its creation in 1890, the company has been manufacturing its knives in the heart of the French Alps.
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One important note, a lot of Opinel owners who are blade-savvy seem to prefer the carbon steel version of these knives because they hold a better edge, and they're even less expensive, but the trade-off is that carbon will rust and thus requires more vigilance and regular maintenance. (A light oiling)
For a knife design that hasn't changed much since the late 1800's, it turns out there are more than a few folks who collect and love Opinels. This is my first Opinel knife, a ubiquitous No. 8 (a roughly 8 centimeter -- meaning three and a quarter inch blade and the most popular size) ... and now that I have this one, it's pretty clear I have to have more. I may become one of those ... ugh ... collectors!
UPDATE NOTES: I've learned a lot about Opinel History, Opinel lovers and Opinel knife modifications in the past few days, thanks to so much information on the Net ... I love my knife even more! The standard beech wood handle is quite light-colored when it arrives, but it will darken with time as the finish wears and it takes in more oil from handling it. I do have a tip or two of my own, though.
Many people claim that the knife is very stiff and hard to open at first, which was true of mine as well. I realized that it's very humid this time of year, and the wood handle was swollen from the moisture. So, I rubbed it down (the wood) with a good coat of olive oil (any natural, non-petroleum oil will do) and put it in the oven for ninety at 350 degrees. WOW ... after cool enough to manage, that totally made the action of it smooth and easy to open/close, and the oil really baked in/on and left the wood with a wonderful luster, while also darkening it some. There would be no problem with repeating this process to continue "aging" the wood. (See the customer photos I uploaded.)
Obviously, the wood contracted from the dry heat, which made it easier to open. This strategy should work whenever your knife becomes swollen with moisture, the wood expanding, making it difficult to open and close.
Well, maybe more to come as I discover more about how much I love my No. 8. Best wishes!
It should be noted that carbon steel will take a higher temperature in the oven than stainless steel will with regard to taking the temper out of the blade. I'd advise baking stainless at a slightly lower temperature, say ... 275-300 degrees rather than my original setting of 350 to be safe ... although it DID NOT change the temper in the steel of my #8 stainless. Lately though, I've been baking at lower temps (175) for longer periods ... loosens a stiff knife no nobody's business.
I have, in fact, purchased more Opinels since this original review. (Big surprise.) My #10 carbon was really stiff and baking did not help, so I disassembled it and took a needle file and some sandpaper to the handle. Disassembly was easy. You can Youtube it!
I'm a woman and the size of the No 6 is very good. I would actually prefer a little smaller, but the smaller sizes don't come with a locking ring. The knife is light but sturdy and well-made, and if the stiffness of the opening mechanism isn't to your satisfaction, a little sandpaper to the wood of the folding hinge area can fix it. The blade is a good shape to be sharpened easily on a stone and is a little under 3 inches, so the right size to be carried legally in most places.
When I first received it, the locking ring made a tiny grating noise when opening or closing because it uses the friction of the steel outer ring on the rivet that holds the knife together, but after a while the rivet smooths out and now the locking motion is soundless. The lock feels safe and it's easy to use.
I use it for making sandwiches on the go sometimes, so I put down one coat of polyurethane on the handle and rubbed it down with petroleum jelly, which makes it water-resistant enough to rinse off in the sink.
The one thing I do not love about this is the roundness of the handle. It's a little fat for carrying in a pocket, especially if you don't have large pockets. But there's a long tradition of "customizing" Opinels because their simple, classic build is so easy to work with, so I just used some sandpaper and elbow grease and sanded down the handle into a shorter, flatter shape I like better, and I couldn't be happier with it.
I usually EDC a paramilitary 2 or a S.E. Case lock-back. The Case is typically carried with suits or casual office-wear. While travelling I neglected to pack my Case and needed a "classier" knife to carry around the office and in meetings. I dislike knife clips visible in slacks or trousers. I wanted to try out an Opinel for a while but was turned off by the price-point; I have had very bad experiences with sub $50 folders, usually when I need them the most. I liked the Bubinga wood offering and for the price, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Here is what I found out.
Fit and Finish:
The wood is not perfectly tooled, but smooth and very well designed. The Classic offers a wider grip than the slim and a contoured handle that fits in the hand like it was custom made. Opinel clearly selects the cut based on how the grain will look at the end of the process. The blade is centered and opens and closes easily, which is fascinating to me given the complete lack of sophisticated parts you would find in 21st century offerings. The rotating locking mechanism is a truly remarkable design. A polished stainless steel collar turns either left or right around two parallel lugs that allows the blade to be opened/closed and locked in place. This works by the corners of the collar being tapered off so that they can slide under the choil until it creates a wedge. This mechanism not only locks the blade in place, which I tested thoroughly because I found it hard to believe it could stand up to serious work, but it doubles as a very comfortable thumb grip. The blade itself is a thin drop point and ever so slightly tilted downwards. When closed enough of the blade back protrudes to open two-handed without using the groove for your thumb nail.
The steel is 12c27-MOD Stainless Steel and sharpens easily enough. It comes with the advertised mirror polishing and looks more like art than a folder at first glance. This steel is lauded by many to be one of the best Stainless Steels around for knife-making at this price point as it has just enough chromium in it to be called stainless but is still good enough for Opinels and Moras. To be fair, the factory sharpening did leave something to be desired. A few quick passes on my Sharpmaker brought the knife up to speed and I ran a few quick tests to see how it performs.
I used this to cut some meat and cheese in the hotel room and it did well enough. The shape and size of the blade made it difficult to apply the same kind of pressure that would be expected from a bulkier EDC knife or a fixed blade. I had to open some boxes in the hotel room with it as well and it made short work of them. The overall design meant that I needed to use a bit more elbow grease to do the same work as a knife with more surface area, but I just wanted to see what its limitations were. I understand this is not the intended purpose of a knife like this. Make sure not to use this for cooking reguarly as well. As there is no way to clean the mechanism and the bubinga will not appreciate the washing.
This knife looks like art, feels amazing in your hand, and is unlikely to scare people when you pull it out of your suit like a Spyderco or CRKT could. It does have limitations, though, as it is more of a "gentleman's" folder than a work knife. You can clearly tell you are using a product that started as a remarkable design, and has evolved over the years to be nearly perfect for its price point and purpose. At $30-50 for the rare woods, and sub $20 for the generic hardwoods, this knife is a must have for any collection.
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