Our classic folding knife is a design icon. Simple and beautiful, sharp and durable, the No. 8 is an international bestseller. Tuck it into your pocket for a picnic. Keep it in your desk for workday lunches. Carve into charcuterie, cheese, or a crisp apple, or whittle a stick for campfire s’mores. With an easy-to-maintain stainless steel blade, this knife is ready for wherever your adventures might take you.
Opinel knives are designed to stand the test of time; some carry Opinel knives handed down from parents and grandparents. Follow a few simple instructions to ensure your knife lasts for years yet to come.
• Hand-wash after each use
• Wipe the blade dry
• Store in a dry place and keep out of damp conditions
• Expect the wooden handle to swell or contract moderately with use; wood is a living material that can be affected by humidity and atmospheric conditions. If your blade feels stuck, use the “Opinel knock” – rapping the end of the knife on a hard surface – to loosen the blade moderately
• Grease the metal parts, including the Virobloc locking mechanism, frequently
• Use a whetstone or other fine-grain natural stone to sharpen your blade. Make sure the blade is dry and clean, and hold the sharpening stone at an approximately 20-degree angle from the blade even as sharpening
You should NOT…
• Put your knife in the dishwasher
• Use bleach or chlorine to clean your knife
• Leave your knife in wet or damp conditions for extended periods of time
• Blade length: 8.5 cm/3.35 inches
• Materials: Stainless steel blade, varnished beechwood handle
Versatile in its use, classic in its design and construction, the Opinel No. 8 has been carried – and appreciated – by generations. A classic pocket knife designed to stand the test of time.
Simple, sturdy, efficient and easy to use, this essential tool remains unchanged since 1890 but is unmatched in its design. Raw material and colors may vary from one collection to another, but its style remains deeply steeped in history and tradition. This timeless knife is for people who enjoy the outdoors, and is a must-have tool for professional or amateur handymen. It is used far and wide from the garden to the table, a knife that is given as a gift and passed down to loved ones.
Opinel’s stainless steel blades are made of Sandvik 12C27 modified stainless steel. It is anti-corrosive thanks to the addition of chromium and requires no special maintenance. Its carbon content of at least 0.40% provides an excellent cutting edge. Each blade is stamped with the “Crowned Hand” mark. In 1909, Joseph Opinel chose the Crowned Hand emblem for his knives as a symbol to represent the origin and quality of Opinel knives.
Beech is the most commonly used wood for the manufacture of Opinel handles. Beech is hard, durable and easy to work with. With a homogeneous appearance, its light color varies from yellow to pink. It is characterized by the presence of a large number of small, dark dashes. To prevent a negative affect on the environment (pollution from transport, deforestation …), 95% of the wood for handles comes from sustainably managed French forests.
Invented by Marcel Opinel in 1955, the Virobloc safety ring is fitted to all folding knives as of the No 06. Cut out of stainless steel, the Virobloc has two sections, one fixed and one sliding. In addition to locking the blade open (safety in use), it is now imaginable to lock the blade closed (safety in transport)
Opinel products are guaranteed under normal use and exchanged in case of manufacturing defects. Damage as a result of normal wear and tear or improper use aren’t covered by the warranty.