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The folding knife is Opinel's bread and butter, and the flagship No. 8 size has been produced virtually unchanged since 1890. Its 3.25-inch blade is made of high-grade Swedish Sandvik steel that holds an edge well, tunes up easily on any sharpening device and is thin enough to slice beautifully through delicate foods. We especially love the French company's ingenious “virobloc” collar-style lock, which firmly holds the blade in place by twisting sideways—it's far easier to use than most any other locking-blade knife and basically removes any risk of the blade folding onto exposed fingers. And the contoured wood handle nestles perfectly into the palm for firm control, making it a terrific choice for close hand work, like peeling garlic cloves or slicing apples. You'll want to use this knife everywhere, whether it's for breaking down boxes, cutting herb and flower stems or for all of your slicing needs on a camping trip.
Since Joseph Opinel crafted his first pocket knife in 1890, family company Opinel has produced iconic knives out of the French Alps, with clean, cutting-edge designs, sturdy construction and remarkable economy. In fact, their pocket knives are such a classic that the French refer to folding knives as Opinels in the way Americans refer to tissues as Kleenex.Shop All
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