Opinel Knives were founded by Joseph Opinel in 1890 as a peasant's (working man's) knife. Originally sold door-to-door, this iconic brand has grown so greatly that it has become a symbol of French culture and lifestyle.
Traditionally made of Beechwood handles and XC90 high carbon steel blades, you can now find an Opinel in new steels such as 12C27 Sandvik as well as with handle materials such as olivewood, hackberry, and even genuine horn. Sizes range from the diminutive #2 all the way to the large #13 (#11 has been discontinued as has #1 all other models currently available.) In addition to the standard line of knives, there are now kitchen, fillet and numerous limited edition models.
One of the most unique features of Opinel Knives is their sheer simplicity. They consist only of a blade, handle, metal clamp band, pivot pin and on larger models a Virobloc locking collar - that's it! There are no springs, liners, rivets, bolts, screws, etc that can all fail or fall out.
Although a true French company through-and-through, Opinel exports to 5 continents and has sold over 200 million knives in its rich history (current production exceeds 4 million units annually). At a price normally reserved for cheaply made Chinese imports, Opinel is producing high-quality, European wooden handle knives. Now that is amazing! Get the custom Opinel knives engraved.