General Dimensions and Blade Details The Opinel No. I opted for the carbon steel over the stainless because I have trouble keeping and edge on stainless and I'm happy I did because the carbon steel knives really hold their edge. With a tough wood like hickory, the folding mechanism on the knife continuously failed when the blade had to be forced a significant distance into the wood. Currently a no 8 and a no 12 the 12 is almost comically large, I use it in the garden. Simple and effective mechanical blade lock, and beautifully simple wooden handle.
Ben Schwartz is a writer and gear geek; here are his barely-maintained and. As such, the 4 inch blade might be unnecessary. In 1955, the Virobloc safety ring was added to make the Opinel lock open securely. Carbides are like microscopic chunks of very hard material. It captured many of my feelings on the No.
It does not hold up to such tasks nearly as well as a fixed blade knife, even one with a small tang such as a Mora. Dollar for dollar one of the best folder to ever own. Looking forward to more content on bladereviews; this was a great review of a classic. Not just a skilled craftsman, he was a savvy businessmen and by the turn of the century began marketing his knives heavily to the rail workers of Chambery. I know they are just a cheap utility knife, but I never ended up buying one because of the way it locks, looks like something that is fine for cutting up lunch or gardening with, but wouldn't be terribly safe for medium duty work like gutting and skinning.
Wife keeps this one in her pocketbook Moooooooo. There are a few small things you can do to them to make them nicer than they come out of the box. The Opinel pocket knife has been the preferred knife of working Frenchman for over 126 years. Then it is on to the sander to remove the material from the sides. Almost picked it up to try out, but I've handled a friends a few times and its just not the knife for me. I will leave my handles as they are.
I typically lose them before I need to sharpen them, but when I hang onto one long enough where it goes dull, the Worksharp belt sharpener with an aftermarket leather strop belt touches up that convex edge easy as pie. This latest mod was done for an exceptionally nice guy and forum member. It'll get one when my will is decoded and translated. It did not break, but kept twisting as a result of the impacts to a point where the blade would become unlocked. It's pictured next to my Mercator K55, another one of my favorite old-fashioned knives.
Then went back and bought the remainder of their stock the next day. I think they are more of a picnic knife than a good utility knife. Regular pliers can be used to crunch it back down a tad if you get out of control there. I use it to keep the blade both closed and open. The safety ring was again modified in 2000 to lock the blade closed. As this is the first folding knife I have tested here, I was very interested to put it through some actual use.
Whether that is right or wrong, I will leave out of the discussion. Right away, I purchased an for fifteen dollars to bring home in my checked luggage. The knife performed well as a cutter. I did find the little ring stiff but put a drop of 3-in-1 and worked the ring around a bit and it works great. It typically hangs in my shop where I can see it as a reminder of my boy. Price Disclaimer If you are thinking of buying an Opinel knife, I please consider purchasing it at. Sorry, I failed to photograph this process.
They often need just a little tweak so they spin easily but not too easily. The only thing I have done is coat it in Ballistol from time to time, and add the Orange cord. My patch knife is a Mora. First thing I do when I wake up is stick it in my pocket. It's cheap but that doesn't mean it's shitty. It looked like you had a 2nd Dick. It's all about the right tool for the job.
My dad nearly lost his thumb when a poorly made liner lock failed on him granted he should not have been cutting towards himself so this ring lock frightens me. Of course, I wouldnt try to baton with it, but it handles just about every task I throw at it at work or around the house. Drop point mod on a belt grinder. It costs like 10-15 euros so it's not such a great loss. Twist the ring until the open slot portion is aligned with the pin. I stole a polishing emory board from my better half to sharpen it, comes out nearly razor edged.