The Opinel Tradition Pocket Knife a legendary French classic. Made in the Savoy area from sustainable French beech wood since 1890, and still made by the first Monsieur Opinel’s descendents. Most importantly, they cut beautifully and feel wonderful in your palm.
The Opinel Pocket Knife is used by the French for everything from cutting fruit to whittling. Pablo Picasso famously used one for carving. Opinels are unique because of their safety locking device – an ingenious circular safety collar rotates to lock the knife open. In 2000 it was improved to lock the knife closed as well.
The blade is in stainless steel, and features a convex grind – more expensive to produce, and sharper than lesser imposters.
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Two sizes : #6 which has a 7cm blade (the smallest to have the double safety ring)
#8 which has an 8.5cm blade for larger hands