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Maybe because it's French, I dunno? But I'm loving this little Opinel folder. It was gifted to me at Christmas. It's razor sharp and just so different from my daily carry Benchmade's or Spyderco. I just feel kinda fancy when I'm carrying it, especially in its factory leather sheath.


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Posts: 802 | Location: On the outskirts of Raleigh | Registered: September 10, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I LOVE my Opinels! I have a 6, 8, 10 slim, and now a 12. They are wonderful in the kitchen. Thin, sharp, and just plain useful. I usually carry a Benchmade, Spyderco, or ZT. I was very surprised at how much I love my Opinels.
 
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Opinels are just cool. They sharpen quickly and easily and get razor sharp. The rolling collar makes for a very strong knife too. Light to carry. Inexpensive too. What's not to like??


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I just feel kinda fancy when I'm carrying it, especially in its factory leather sheath.
Treat yourself to one with a figured-wood handle for the times you wear a suit.
 
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Great, inexpensive knives that cut way above their price point. I keep a #8 & #9 in carbon steel handy in the house for a bunch of cutting needs be it a letter, package, an apple or a loose thread. Always handy though I could have easily gone with a smaller model these fit my hand well if and when I slip one beside my wallet on the way out the door.
 
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Based on the thread comments, gonna get an Opinel.
My EDC Spyderco Endura will spend some time in the drawer.
 
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Opinels are good knives, and at the price, are tremendous knives.

They have a solid lock, good steel, great blade geometry (very thin and are great cutters). They sharpen up nicely.




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I had noticed this thread and a few others praising these knives and decided to try one out at some point. Some point came today. We went to the farmer's market in town and wandered in an antique store. Next to the bowl of smashed up pocket knives was a little gift box like so:

They wanted $12 for it. So I looked it over, determined it had never been used or handled, and paid the lady for my first Opinel, an olivewood No 8 Inox. I'd have preferred carbon steel, but hey, $12.

I quite like it so far. It's a nice looking knife, feels great in the hand, impressive cutter, locks up solid, lightweight. The grain on this olive is nice. I need to oil it, though. The blade and lock are quite stiff.

I want to try a No 8 Gardening type next. It's got a spear point instead of a saber point.
 
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That's a beauty for $12.

I need to pickup an Opinel and also a Douk-Douk.


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That's a great price for that package! Some like to pop the locking collar off, warm up the handle so it will soak it up better, then work melted paraffin wax into the pivot area. This will lubricate the action a bit and help to waterproof the open end grains for a bit better use in food prep or wet conditions. Nice grab!
 
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I had noticed this thread and a few others praising these knives and decided to try one out at some point. Some point came today. We went to the farmer's market in town and wandered in an antique store. Next to the bowl of smashed up pocket knives was a little gift box like so:

They wanted $12 for it. So I looked it over, determined it had never been used or handled, and paid the lady for my first Opinel, an olivewood No 8 Inox. I'd have preferred carbon steel, but hey, $12.

I quite like it so far. It's a nice looking knife, feels great in the hand, impressive cutter, locks up solid, lightweight. The grain on this olive is nice. I need to oil it, though. The blade and lock are quite stiff.

I want to try a No 8 Gardening type next. It's got a spear point instead of a saber point.


I've heard that petroleum jelly is the preferred lubricant, mushed in there with a matchstick. My understanding is the wood just sucks up lubricant oil and swells, which messes with the pivot tension. I don't have an Opinel to confirm.
 
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Originally posted by P220 Smudge:
I had noticed this thread and a few others praising these knives and decided to try one out at some point. Some point came today. We went to the farmer's market in town and wandered in an antique store. Next to the bowl of smashed up pocket knives was a little gift box like so:

They wanted $12 for it. So I looked it over, determined it had never been used or handled, and paid the lady for my first Opinel, an olivewood No 8 Inox. I'd have preferred carbon steel, but hey, $12.

I quite like it so far. It's a nice looking knife, feels great in the hand, impressive cutter, locks up solid, lightweight. The grain on this olive is nice. I need to oil it, though. The blade and lock are quite stiff.


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Amazingly I only just noticed this thread.

Got my first Opinel last Christmas in France while I was with my wife's family. The knife was a gift from my brother in law. It's some kind of limited edition. I quite love it.

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That’s cool! Have you used it at all? I find I keep wanting to use mine with food, just because. Damn fine cheese or apple knife. Big Grin

There’s something different about your lock, the indent in the last picture isn’t present on mine.
 
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That’s cool! Have you used it at all? I find I keep wanting to use mine with food, just because. Damn fine cheese or apple knife. Big Grin

There’s something different about your lock, the indent in the last picture isn’t present on mine.


Haha, like you, only food. Mostly cheese when the wife and daughter and I are picnicking, camping, or hiking but fruit too. Yes, it's the perfect little knife for such. And it's so lightweight that it's nothing to carry.

As far as the indent, I can't tell if it has any specific purpose.


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Thank you for spending more of my money, I had put off buying one of these for years but this post pushed me to buy a #8 with the olive wood handle.

Received it yesterday, for the money it's quite nice. I have been looking for a folding steak knife and this will fill the bill nicely.
 
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