Opinel No 8 Stainless Steel Folding Knife
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- Handle: Beechwood
- Blade: Stainless Steel
- Size open: 7 5/8" - Blade: 3 1/4"
- Packaging: Bulk
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|Item Display Weight||100 grams|
|Package Height||1 x 1 x 4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
Safety Features: Double safety ring "VIROBLOC", created by Marcel Opinel in 1955, locks the blade either in open or closed position.
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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!
And as many reviewers mention the locking mechanism works well, gives the user options to lock open, lock closed, or not lock at all.
Style is perfect for me. Also I should mention as a larger guy, 6'4" and large hands, the No 8 seems to fit well with out feeling small or awkward to handle.
Cons: Handle seems to be unfinished (not a big deal to me, but means it could stain easily), locking mechanism looks a little inelegant (if you look down the blade, you can see that the locking mechanism is just an almost complete ring of ~0.25cm metal that's been bent. The shape isn't quite flush with the rest of the knife on the edges so the price shows).
Overall great for the price and would highly recommend!