Anyone like opinel,

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Anyone like opinel,

Post by zed6309 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:42 am

Ive been thinking about trying one for some time now, well a mate from up north sent me a #8 the other week and ive been trying it out, i actualy like them, there very basic working knives and this is why i like them, plus a long history, i ordered 2 more last week a #6 and #3 the 6 is a good pocket size but locks so i might remove the collar or buy a #5, the #3 is very small and wouls make a nice key chain knife with a ring added, so does anyone else like these basic but elegant knives,
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Re: Anyone like opinel,

Post by woseyjales » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:43 am

From the replies in the Opinel Set thread I'd say at least 7-10 anyones like 'em.
Probably a few dozen lurkers like 'em they just don't want to talk about it.
No.6 my favorite size, have a carboney No.6 as EDC#2.
Only reason it's #2 is when I carry it inevitably before the
day is thru I find myself needing one of the SAK Cadet's
non cutting implements.
So unless it's cardboard box breakdown day which a tuned up Opie
loves to do, or next meal requires some prep time, cadet gets first call.
As for the lock, no need to remove it just don't turn it on.
I have seen no tendency for it to try to open in the pocket.
Slicing keeps it open of course but once you start poking stuff
helps to lock it so no chance of blade closing on your fingers.
Ring turns easily with thumb tip but if that's gumming up the
works the ring is easy to pop off.
Just force blade open with ring in locked closed position.
Leverage from opening the blade will pop that baby right off.
You will hear it pop off just before you hear yourself say:
"where'd it go?"
If you find it lemme know, got a few friends that already
lost theirs same way.
Imho every knifeologist should have at least one Opie.
If they don't like it after a few weeks of trials & testing
it will be well worth the money next time they want to
spike mother-in-laws airport luggage.
Here's a pic with what I call "pocket wore" handles on
No.6 (L) and No.7 (C) and factory finish on No.6 (R)
Surprising how much difference that little extra size makes
in a No.7 Might just be the ticket if a #6 feels too small
and a #8 too big. The #7 just doesn't have the variety of
handles like 6 & 8.
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Post by zed6309 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:25 pm

woseyjales wrote:From the replies in the Opinel Set thread I'd say at least 7-10 anyones like 'em.
Probably a few dozen lurkers like 'em they just don't want to talk about it.
No.6 my favorite size, have a carboney No.6 as EDC#2.
Only reason it's #2 is when I carry it inevitably before the
day is thru I find myself needing one of the SAK Cadet's
non cutting implements.
So unless it's cardboard box breakdown day which a tuned up Opie
loves to do, or next meal requires some prep time, cadet gets first call.
As for the lock, no need to remove it just don't turn it on.
I have seen no tendency for it to try to open in the pocket.
Slicing keeps it open of course but once you start poking stuff
helps to lock it so no chance of blade closing on your fingers.
Ring turns easily with thumb tip but if that's gumming up the
works the ring is easy to pop off.
Just force blade open with ring in locked closed position.
Leverage from opening the blade will pop that baby right off.
You will hear it pop off just before you hear yourself say:
"where'd it go?"
If you find it lemme know, got a few friends that already
lost theirs same way.
Imho every knifeologist should have at least one Opie.
If they don't like it after a few weeks of trials & testing
it will be well worth the money next time they want to
spike mother-in-laws airport luggage.
Here's a pic with what I call "pocket wore" handles on
No.6 (L) and No.7 (C) and factory finish on No.6 (R)
Surprising how much difference that little extra size makes
in a No.7 Might just be the ticket if a #6 feels too small
and a #8 too big. The #7 just doesn't have the variety of
handles like 6 & 8.
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Thanks mate for all that info, i saw a youtube vid on collar removal but yours sounds easyer, the fact its there makes it illegal in the uk as locks the blade, i might buy a #5 with no collar, i really like the feel of these knives, the #3 is a bit too small for pocket carry as scared ill lose it, still a handy little knife, i think one more as said the #5 and thats enough i think, its s a shame the lettering on the handle comes off as it is on the old #8 i have, but i like the blade stamp, its s scratch i had to itch with some help, but now i like them, ::tu::
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Re: Anyone like opinel,

Post by tjmurphy » Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:31 pm

I really like the simplicity of the Oppies but have never held one. Seems like they would be a littly bulky in the pocket. Seem perfect for tackle box or camp cooking.
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Post by FRJ » Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:51 pm

I carried an Opinel for what seems now like several years. They're a great knife.
I put that screw in the top one because I could.
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Post by gino » Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:42 pm

I am with Tom, I have never held one either. I am interested in them though.
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Re: Anyone like opinel,

Post by zed6309 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:48 pm

the #6 is a pretty good edc size knife, p;us there lightweight, of course the lockring makes this a lock knife so not really uk legal, i still carried it as the chance of me getting stopped is pretty slim, i did pop the ring off but dont like the look with it removed plus loses a great function as locks it open and closed and with no backspring i feel it needs the ring, these are pretty thin blades so i guess good for camping and dealing with food, im not sure where the little #3 will end up but i suppose in my kit pouch as a extra small blade, the #8 is the best in the hand though as really comfy, plus one of there most popular sizes, ::tu::
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Post by trutemper » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:36 pm

I`ve always been curious about the Opinel line. They look like a good user knife. How is the steel quality? Do they hold an edge well? Stand up to rough use? Does anyone know the rockwell hardness of their blades? Thanks for your replies. Bob

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Post by zed6309 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:46 pm

trutemper wrote:I`ve always been curious about the Opinel line. They look like a good user knife. How is the steel quality? Do they hold an edge well? Stand up to rough use? Does anyone know the rockwell hardness of their blades? Thanks for your replies. Bob
From what ive read bob all those things are good, mine are the carbon steel version but the is inox SS, they come sharp but i sharpened the old #8 up really sharp so time will tell how it holds up, they are popular as a wroking knife and among bushcraft folk, plus easy to mod and cheap if you lose one, i never go them before but now like them a lot ::tu::
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Post by zed6309 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:58 pm

im now looking on ebay/france at some old opinels :D
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Post by zed6309 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:10 am

took a nice group pic outside ::tu::
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Post by cb51 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:26 pm

I've been in love with Opinels since my first one in 1982. I carried a number 9 for a long time, then gave it to someone who admired it. I'd sanded and restained it and it looked pretty good. But that's the nice thing about an Opy, it's so low cost to replace, you can give it away and get another for the price of a few beers at the bar.

I like to sand them down when I get them, and restain with minwax of choice and seal with Helmsman Spar urathane. This makes them pretty water resistant to swelling. Not to mention it improves the looks a lot.

I'm currently carrying a stainless oak number 6, and I love the slicing ability of them. A number 8 is in my daypack as a back up knife, along with an Opinel saw. The folding saw is a great emergency tool for the woods. My old number 12 is in the kitchen drawer, and gets a lot of use in the kitchen. Great slicer and dicer!

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Post by zed6309 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:40 am

cb51 wrote:I've been in love with Opinels since my first one in 1982. I carried a number 9 for a long time, then gave it to someone who admired it. I'd sanded and restained it and it looked pretty good. But that's the nice thing about an Opy, it's so low cost to replace, you can give it away and get another for the price of a few beers at the bar.

I like to sand them down when I get them, and restain with minwax of choice and seal with Helmsman Spar urathane. This makes them pretty water resistant to swelling. Not to mention it improves the looks a lot.

I'm currently carrying a stainless oak number 6, and I love the slicing ability of them. A number 8 is in my daypack as a back up knife, along with an Opinel saw. The folding saw is a great emergency tool for the woods. My old number 12 is in the kitchen drawer, and gets a lot of use in the kitchen. Great slicer and dicer!
cool advice on the handles, i have heard they can swell and course issues getting the blade out, i heard lots of good things on opinels but was unsure of there look, but once i held one i liked them, ive just ordered a #5 non locking one for legal edc ::tu::
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Post by zed6309 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:15 am

the thin blades are great in the kitchen ::tu::

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Post by Cooter Brown » Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:53 pm

I like 'em. The are so inexpensive that everyone (this means you, Gino) should get one just to see if they like them or not. If you don't they make a great gift.

I have a number 8 and a paring knife for the kitchen. This is not a great pic as I took it to show my patination experiment. I added a lanyard to the 8. Don't know why, just bored one day. I want to get a couple more for toolbox and truck glove box.

Practical, light, inexpensive, and great slicers. What's not to like?
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