Opinel No. 6

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  1. jswi2374

    jswi2374 Woods Bum Bushclass I

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    I recently bought an Opinel No. 6 to replace my missing No. 8. (Of course, my missing 8 will now turn up to taunt me.)
    After holding it for a while and making a few test cuts, I sanded off the factory coating and reshaped the fishtail butt end a bit.
    I tried staining the wood with tea but that was too light in color. Next I stuck the blade into a potato for patina and safety and held the handle over a lit candle to darken. I lightly sanded the handle and back into the flame. This worked very well, after several charring / sanding cycles the original beech wood looked more like walnut. The handle was lightly oiled with BLO several times and ended up looking pretty good.
    The blade was darkened with a cold bluing solution.
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    I know the 8s and 10s are more popular but I really like this little #6!
     
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    Very nice. I think the 6 is the smallest "still usable" Opi size. And it locks.
     
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    I've been meaning to get a 6.
     
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    jswi2374 Woods Bum Bushclass I

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    I agree, much smaller would be unusable for most tasks. With a blade under 3 inches and weight of 0.3 oz, it is going to live in my PSK or coat pocket for the most part. Too easy to loose it in a pants pocket or tossed in a bag. I may add a lanyard of orange 550 cord just so it is more visible.
     
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    Really thinking about darkening my handle using fire. Can you give more details on this process?
     
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    jswi2374 Woods Bum Bushclass I

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    Sure! @ThatGuyCF
    I sanded the handle to remove the label and that varnish? that Opinel come with. Opened the blade and stuck it in a potato both to protect the blade and my hand! Then I held the handle about 2 - 3 inches above the flame, moving and rotating the handle. The wood began to steam lightly and soot up from the candle. I moved the handle closer and began moving / rotating the handle more quickly. I was trying to singe the wood without allowing it to ignite. It did light up once or twice but I pulled it away and blew it out.
    After singeing the wood, I sanded it lightly and tried to singe it some more. Each cycle further flame-hardened and darkened the wood.
    After five or six cycles, it was done cooking. I wiped it down several times with boiled linseed oil to keep the moisture out of the wood and to make it look / feel good in the hand.
    Cold blued the blade just to see how it would look... I may scrape the bluing off and just go with a vinegar patina, who knows? The nice thing about Opinel is that they are so easy to modify.
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    I scrape the wood with a utility blade to take the finish off, then finish up with some sandpaper. It seems like less work.
    A good ninety degree spine would probably work the same way :)
     
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    I love how the 6 disappears (until needed) in a pocket. And then, when out, you can pretty much do everything with it.
     
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    So did you fire darken your handle? How did it turn out?
     
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    I haven’t yet! Life has kept me beyond busy. Soon though! :)
     
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    Turned out great!
     
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    I prefer my #6 to the #8
    Even had the handle of the #8 slimmed as much as possible, but I still don't like it. The #6 is just perfect in my hand. Works like a charm on the little things it needs to do.
    Big things are done with a puukko or an axe.
     
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    A little Shou Sugi Ban handle treatment. Looks good. I was recently gifted a #6 and have added it to my whittling/carving kit. It’s definitelt a really nice little blade.
     
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    I knew what I did had a name, just couldn't remember it! Shou Sugi Ban treatments are great for Opie's.
    Nice to see you joined the Users Group also, @Luchtaine . Try not to put the rest of us to shame with your No. 6 and its creations.
     
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    The beechwood #6 in my original post was given to a BCUSA friend after a campout in October. I hope it serves him well.
    It was replaced with an oak handled #6. Compared to beechwood, the oak seems to burn more than char and fire harden. I blackened the handle and rubbed beeswax into it.
     
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    Here are a couple of facts I’ve discovered about the #6...

    It fits in an Altoids tin perfectly...

    It is actually larger than a Swiss Army knife in both the handle and blade.

    I much prefer the edge geometry of the little Opi than the SAK. Cuts like crazy and holds a great edge.

    The number six is perfect pocket-size and my other favorites being the #8 and the garden knife. I have the slim #10 and #12 that I like a lot too, but the #6 is the perfect size for pocket carry. Light and not clunky.
     
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