Opinel No 8, oh what a knife

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The Opinel no 8 is a great knife, an excellent value for the price. The Opinel design is over 100 years old and has remained true to its original intent. A sturdy, well made, and affordable knife, rugged enough for the field yet elegant enough for any occasion. The only change to the design was the addition of a simple yet highly effective blade lock in 1955.


This blade is excellent for everyday cutting, apples, boxes, string, and so on. Yet the carbon steel is tough enough to handle wood carving and suitable for most small to medium jobs on a campsite or around the yard.


If you’re into knives, this one is a must have. The Opinel no 8 is always in my pocket or pack. Perfect for a picnic, keep it in your desk, cut cheese, an apple or whittle a stick at the camp site. Whatever your need if the no 8 can’t handle it Opinel has a knife that can.

Advise from the company-

You should…

  • 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 slightly 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 slightly
  • Grease the metal parts, including the Virobloc locking mechanism, on a regular basis
  • 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 while 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
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