Modded Opinels

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  1. Vantramp

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    I recently picked up another Opie for MrsVantramp to use and the lock ring was a bit stiff. I did a quick google search to see how common it was and if there was an easy fix and along with the answer, I stumbled onto a bunch of sites full of modified opies :) They were pretty cool to look at so I thought I would share the links. I can see modding some opies in my future now.

    -Mike

    http://www.customknivesandsticks.co.uk/firesteels.htm

    http://michel.montlahuc.free.fr/modifications.htm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/michel-franck/sets/72157601115128470/

    http://www.couteaux-berthier.com/opinel-collector-knives,us,3,176.cfm
     
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    Wow, a 480 Euro Opinel!!

    http://www.couteaux-berthier.com/mammoth-ivory-n-3-custom-opinel-n-8-by-laurent-gaillard-gaillard,us,4,GAILLARDopinelIVM3.cfm

    How many Opinel could I buy for the price of just that one!

    Some of the custom work I have to say is very inspiring, and makes me want to mod one now. I used to have a big collection of them back in the 80's to 90's while growing up. But ended up getting rid of them slowly while I moved around the country.

    I really think I am going to have to get a few of them again, I really did love them as great practical functional knives, and now I know you can make them gorgeous too!
     
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    Wow some of those mods are really off the charts!

    Here's the only mod I've done: a lanyard for my little #6.

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  5. Vantramp

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    Thanks for posting the mod Roamer, simple but nice! I haven't done anything to our Opies yet, I have been having too much fun messing with my Svord Peasant lately :)

    I saw on Etsy yesterday where someone was selling #8 Opies for $68 each.. They had painted a simple stripe around them, and somehow magically the value rose by $50+ :20:

    -Mike
     
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    Nothing like the mods you posted but I did a little handle work on mine. I will try and get a pic for you.
     
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    Dont think I have ever not modded one. They just beg for it.
     
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    Here are mine. Just a little mod to make them easier to open and hold + some file work on one.
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  9. Vantramp

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    That looks good Lg&m :) They are such simple knives that every/any customization makes them more interesting and "yours".

    I have to order a few more for myself to mess with. I gave my last one away in a giveaway here and then got one for MrsVantramp since she liked them so well. I should have ordered a few more then!

    -Mike
     
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    Could have sworn I was looking at mine. Same firework and finger groove. One thing I did though was when I sanded under the collar I removed a bit too much on my 12 giving some wiggle to the lock. Now I know though.

    Edited to fix whatever my iPhone thought I was trying to say.
     
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    One I did today. Next time the clip will be a bit cleaner looking.
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    Nice work! Been thinking about putting a clip on mine. Where did you get the clip and how is it attached?
     
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    Clip is from just a cheapo knife. Next one will be from a Husky folding box cutter. I carved a recessed flat spot and used JB Weld. Once that was dry I just drilled the holes leaving enough wood to tap in brass nails slightly larger and longer than the holes. Red dye is rit clothing dye applied after sanding original finish off and handle was shaped by wrapping sand paper around a round bar.
     
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    So how did you correct the too-tight ring? That's a problem i'd like to know how to solve. -ycritd
     
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    Open the ring by placing needle nose players or a chain link spreader in the split of the outter ring and stretch it slightly. It's springy so go slow and just do a bit at a time.
     
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    I've tried that, and didn't have any luck making a lasting fix. (Could very well be that I got bored and didn't stay patient enough.) I was thinking powdered graphite (like for the boy scout pine car derby axles) but, again, can't see that lasting past the first time I fall in a creek. And it's spring, which means fishing, which means creek-falling. Thanks, though, I'll give it another shot. -ycritd
     
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    Here's another one I did.
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    Took the clip from a flashlight and used JB Weld

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    This one the clip can be used to move the ring with your thumb one handed.
     
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    Really nice example in those links.
     
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    Great mods Loogaroo! I really like the way the red one came out! I picked up another one yesterday to replace MrsVantramps and now I am going to modify that old one probably this weekend. I will put pics up when it is done.

    They really are great knives to mod, you are not risking much and can get pretty creative! Very cool!

    -Mike
     
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    Damn LoogRoo that 2nd one is awesome. I even have some of those flashlights!
     
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    Those are just crazy sauce, I tried to sand the sides of one flat so I could add wood and do a laminated handle. Looked like hammered crap.
    I would love a plastic handle with a traditional design. Not the newer Opinel outdoor style but a solid plastic, just like the wood handle. Reason being for wet work and handle swelling.
     
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    The swelling handle thing is a pain. A plastic or metal body would definitely make that better! I am thinking I will try shaving the sides off carefully and adding some cocobolo pieces... We shall see! All that is assuming I can fix the tight blade issue well enough. I will post pictures even if I too end up with a hammered crap model which is entirely possible :4:

    If I happen to see a source for plain plastic handled ones, I will post a link here too. It really wouldn't surprise me, I keep finding more and more sites that deal with these knives. Seems like they have a pretty dedicated following.

    -Mike
     
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    My EDC

    Well, ONE of my EDCs.

    Opinel #9 - Changed up the "fish tail", replaced the aluminum (?) pivot pin with steel, dropped the point, squared the spine, made a brass lanyard ring, and painted it with Caterpillar Yellow farm machinery paint. Lanyard is royal blue paracord with a single strand button knot as a toggle.

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    This rides in my right hand pocket every day.
     
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    Like the look of that. 9 is what I carry also. I have a 12 and like it loads but it frightens the soccer moms when I whittle in the park. The 12 has a lanyard setup like yours but with a wooden bead I made from a bottlebrush tree branch.
     
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    Simple but good mods that are functional. You shouldn't have any issues with losing that one :) Now I am going to have to look at my pivot pins, I haven't pulled one apart yet but if it's aluminum, that's definitely getting changed.

    -Mike
     
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    definately one of my favourite folders

    this one is my goto in the woods


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    I've since scagled both blades...
     
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    Thanks! I've done about 7 or 8 Opi mods, and still not sure what those pins are made of, since I was removing the blade anyway, I saw no reason to try saving them.
    I use an old set of snap ring pliers to remove the lock ring.

    Sent from somewhere over the rainbow
     
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    I don't doubt it worries the Soccer Moms. LOL... That's like what? A 5 inch blade?

    Sent from Zardoz
     
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    Hah! I was waiting for you to post. I figured it was just a matter of time before your knife showed up. I've been searching threads for it for the past few weeks. Any chance that you could show us how you made it? That is definitely my favorite opinel that I've seen.
     
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    No fancy wood work here. I added a lanyard hole way back.

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    And then, as I noticed the blade opening in my pocket a few times, I cut a notch into the locking ring, thereby allowing me to lock it closed too.

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    It works well enough that I've never had it open by accident again.

    Cheers.
     
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    That one must be a little older eh DC? All the ones I have had the notch there from the factory. Smart to cut it in there though, little boogers are too sharp to have accidentally opening in your pockets! Thanks for sharing your mods :)

    -Mike
     
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    Nice one Corso! Now I will probably sound like an idiot but what do you mean by "scagled" the blades? :6:

    -Mike
     
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    Man, if only I had patented that mod, I'd be rich beyond belief! I could stud my Opinel with opals :p

    Yeah, I've had it for many, many years, and I'm not surprised they've added a notch. I don't even know where I got the idea, but I don't think it was from them. It just seemed a natural and easy mod.

    On a sidenote, I've always been amazed at how easy it is to keep a wickedly sharp edge on this blade.
     
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    It means were you normaly have a groove for your nail to open instead you make a rectangular hole to make them easier to open same as on the scagel brand of knives, you can just see in the pictures
     
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    That is a sweet setup!
     
  37. Vantramp

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    Thanks for that info! I googled it and was noticing the wrong feature on the "scagel" blades. It would have helped a lot if I only looked at the folders...

    -Mike
     
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    sorry should have been clearer

    I had to do the first one as the blades have the nailnick on the same side so they couldn't be opened individually, it worked so well 9fought against the wood swell issue you get with these) I decided to do both.
     
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    No worries man, I am probably the only one who didn't know exactly what ya were talking about :4: Now that I know whats going on(in this situation anyway), it makes a lot of sense and is definitely a smart mod, especially with the 2 blades! Very cool stuff Corso!

    -Mike
     
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    Have been wanting to mod an Opinel for awhile but didn't like the starting shape, not enough to work with. Decided to get a "wide handle raw" and start from scratch. They make the "raw" in several woods. I got a boxwood and a cherry to start with. The boxwood was great to work with - smooth as ivory (not that I've ever worked with ivory). Both are here for comparison. JSM
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    Cherry and boxwood #8 Opinels. One is carbon one is stainless. I'll use these as carving knives. I love these thin blades - scary sharp. I've always had a thing for handles longer than the blades. JSM

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    Bump! I have a #8 in the mail and need some ideas.
     
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    I saw an 8 in a resale shop, was asking 25, lol. I'm going back and offer $8. We'll see
     
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    Rounded off top fish tail so wouldn't dig into palm and hollowed out in front of bottom fish tail a bit for pinky finger fit on my # 8, light sanded wood with BLO finish, small SS eye screw epoxied in with small split ring for lanyard.
     
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