Opinel knives

Posted by: Shoot870p

Opinel knives - 04/10/22 08:55 AM

How about these? Do they hold up to use? Just wondering about them and looking for the thoughts here.
Walker
Posted by: Uncle Mike

Re: Opinel knives - 04/10/22 10:03 AM

Hi, I use these mostly for away from home food prep. I think they "hold up to use" as a utility blade. Not made for heavy duty outdoor use and your not going to chop any trees down. They are inexpensive and useful. Try one of the smaller knives for under $20 and tells us what you think, regards, Mike
Posted by: Captain Chris Stanaback

Re: Opinel knives - 04/10/22 11:32 AM

..."&"...some lighter, wooden handled, models "float"!
Best, Capt. Chris
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 04/10/22 12:43 PM

I will try one out. Captain, I like the sound of it floating for sure.
Thanks
Walker
Posted by: Brent

Re: Opinel knives - 04/11/22 03:36 PM

I've got a number 8 in carbon. Sharpest knife I own. I've had it about 6 months, haven't sharpened it yet, just stropp whenever I feel it needs it. Can't go wrong. Don't know if mine floats or not.
Posted by: BladesNBarrels

Re: Opinel knives - 04/11/22 07:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Shoot870p
I will try one out. Captain, I like the sound of it floating for sure.
Thanks
Walker


Got to thinking about a floating knife.
Might be good on the boat.
The Mora Knife from Sweden came up on Amazon
Rounded tip to prevent stabbing fragile things and serrated stainless blade.

Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 07/12/22 04:15 AM

Opinels are pretty popular here in Europe. Superb value for money! A famous French knife maker once said: all you need for your daily tasks is an Opinel 10, the rest is just to please yourself.

I even pimp them up once in a while, to please myself. It's gotten to the stage where I only use the two metal locking rings (The "Virole" as Opinel calls them), and making the blade and the handle myself.
Here's an example. Stainless damascus blade and Stabilized Buckeye burl handle, with some silver pinning

Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 07/12/22 04:17 AM

And two others with carbon damascus sheep foot blades and Sambar stag handles.

Posted by: Captain Chris Stanaback

Re: Opinel knives - 07/12/22 06:13 AM

Gert,
I NEED ONE!! (or 2)
Nice, Capt. Chris
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 07/12/22 06:38 AM

Well Capt.,

here's one with a 4" carbon damascus blade and an Amboina burl handle!

Posted by: Captain Chris Stanaback

Re: Opinel knives - 07/12/22 06:45 AM

We need to talk, you & I. Contact info is below.
Thanks, Capt. Chris
Posted by: JerryG

Re: Opinel knives - 07/12/22 09:43 PM

Those are very cool Opinels!! I'm with Capt, I "need" one!
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 07/13/22 02:30 AM

Gert, those are really nice!
Well done once again.
Walker
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 07/16/22 08:17 AM

Just finished these two. Eye candy, I hope.

Both Opinel 9's, both with ATS34/12C27 stainless damascus, one with a Karelian Birch burl handle, the other with a Brazilian rosewood handle. Both with fine silver pinning.
Blued locking rings on both.





Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 07/17/22 03:00 AM

Sorry, I don't want to hijack Walker's Opinel thread, so I'll post a new Opinel Custom thread in this section. Mods, feel free to move my posts there.
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 07/17/22 09:17 AM

No hijack at all! Please continue as this is interesting for sure. At least to me.
Again. Very nice work.
Walker
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 07/17/22 09:18 AM

Are the rings her just the factory ones or do you craft these and blue them?
Walker
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 07/19/22 03:06 AM

Thanks Walker! The rings are the factory rings. I heat blue the outer one for a more subdued look.

I really would like to make the outer ring from thin damascus sheet, but that is in the future. Not easy to make, but I guess if you have the right machine you can turn them out in millions, like Opinel does.

Here in Europe it is something of a cult to modify Opinels. Opinel even sells a knife with the rings in place, but with a square beech block as a handle, so people can cut their own handles.
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 07/19/22 11:15 AM

That’s a neat idea.
Walker
Posted by: Brent

Re: Opinel knives - 07/19/22 03:03 PM

They are beautiful,so much so I'd be afraid to use them. The carve your own handle sounds like a good winter project.
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 08/06/22 06:17 AM

Another one, just ready, this a Nr. 8 with a O1/A203E twist damascus blade and a Macassar Ebony handle.





Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 08/06/22 10:50 AM

Excellent!
Thanks for posting.
Walker
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 08/19/22 10:25 AM

And another one, fresh out of my workshop.

A Nr.8 with carbon twist damascus blade and a Sambar Stag handle, with an oosik end cap. And some fine silver pinning, as always.







Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 08/19/22 11:22 AM

Very nice indeed! I really like the “dressed up” models.
Thanks
Walker
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 09/01/22 02:26 AM

Just finished this one.
A Nr. 8 with carbon Twist Damascus by my good friend Achim Wirtz from Germany.
Handle of Cocuswood (a rosewood variety).







Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 09/01/22 11:32 AM

Is the Damascus patterned of just a great looking blade?
Very nice work once again!
Thanks
Walker
Posted by: Litch

Re: Opinel knives - 09/11/22 04:30 PM

Gert, these are all beauties - outstanding!
I guess I need to plan a stop next time I come to NL wink
Posted by: Litch

Re: Opinel knives - 09/11/22 04:32 PM

Here is my very standard user No. 9 carbon
Posted by: Litch

Re: Opinel knives - 09/11/22 04:34 PM

…and a factory run rosewood No. 8
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 09/13/22 04:11 AM

Litch
The 8 is the main one due to size I guess? The 9 being a bit bigger?
Walker
Posted by: Gert

Re: Opinel knives - 09/14/22 08:11 AM

Thank you all for your kind comments!
Yes, Walker, the numbers correspond with the blade length. So an 8 has a blade length of 8 cm, a 9 has a blade length of 9 cm, and so on.

Here's the last one I made, a nr. 9 with Sambar stag handle and oasis butt plate.









Posted by: tomthbomb

Re: Opinel knives - 09/25/22 11:28 AM

I have had one of those in my tackle boxes and tool box for years.
Posted by: coachblalock

Re: Opinel knives - 09/25/22 11:55 AM

Very nice!
Posted by: tomthbomb

Re: Opinel knives - 09/25/22 03:41 PM

I've never seen them with the fancy wood and stag. Mine are the standard wood like Litch's.
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 09/25/22 10:04 PM

There are some great examples showing here for sure. The basic knife seems to be a good user
Ike the tackle box and tool box mentioned. Plus cheese and apples when outdoors!
Walker
Posted by: Wayne Dengler

Re: Opinel knives - 09/26/22 06:29 PM

Sometime back I purchased Model 12 Explorer with whistle and tick remover both built into the handle,

It is quite LARGE basically too big for pocket carry,so I had Kris Kravitt of Tree Stump Leather up in Maine make a nice belt sheath for it.

Typical Opinel quality and instead of a beech wood handle it has a composite handle that will not swell up if it gets soaked in water.

Wayne
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 09/26/22 10:03 PM

Sounds like a nice setup for sure.
Walker
Posted by: Wayne Dengler

Re: Opinel knives - 09/27/22 06:12 PM

Walker,
It is ,like I said,quite large but it is more than capable of handling most camp/hunting chores.

Instead of having to pack along a whistle,which is a good survival item,it is built into the knife.

There are two basic models of this knife,one has the tick remover and the other a ferro rod/fire starter.

Wayne
Posted by: Wayne Dengler

Re: Opinel knives - 09/28/22 09:19 AM

Oops,sorry for the double post and..........I don't drink!!!

Wayne
Posted by: Captain Chris Stanaback

Re: Opinel knives - 09/28/22 10:44 AM

I removed it Wayne...(I don't drink either)!
Best, Capt. Chris
Posted by: Shoot870p

Re: Opinel knives - 09/28/22 11:16 AM

Good deal for sure.
Walker
Posted by: Wayne Dengler

Re: Opinel knives - 09/29/22 12:54 PM

Capt,
Thank you. With these new fangled computer gizmos,I am surprised I don't send more stuff into cyberspace more often.

Just came back in from my weekly squirrel safari,did not need to use my Opinel Explorewr as there are more squirrels in my yard than the forest.

Was nice to have along though.

Wayne