The Opinel company was founded in 1890 in Chambery in the Savoie region of France by Joseph Opinel, and his descendants still own the company. Opinel employs around 100 people, produces 4 million knives per year and sells to 70 countries across the world. The easily recognisable Opinel folding knife is acknowledged as one of the best knives in the world and has won design prizes. All handles are beechwood.
All knives from size 6 upwards have a Virobloc safety system on the ‘collar’ which locks the blade into position – open or shut.
Opinel Carbon Steel
The main features of Opinel carbon steel are its exceptional sharpening & hence cutting quality.. To protect the blade, it should be wiped clean of fingerprints, washed and dried after use. Henry Eckert Camellia Oil wiped over the blade will keep it pristine.
(Please note, the Opinel No. 2 Key Ring has a stainless steel blade.)