The No 12 is HUGE!

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  1. batmanacw

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    My hands are massive.....The no 12 is ridiculous. It makes my hands seem small. The barrel part of the handle has to be around 1".

    This is next to a no 8.

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    I have no idea what I'll do with it. It is the longest bushcrafty knife I now own.

    I wear a 2xl glove when I can find a 2xl large enough to fit.

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    Crazy.

    Only 3.9 oz.
     
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    My favorites are the 10 and 12.

    I own some smaller ones, but they just feel too small in my hands. The 10 gets the most use
     
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    This is a modified no 9 for me.

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    It's just peeking and I've got a good grip. The 10 fits me pretty well but there is more sticking out the bottom, which means I'm further away from the hook at the base of the handle.
     
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    This thing just makes me laugh. It should be fun to pull out at parties..... my pocket knife is bigger than your pocket knife!
     
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    lol
     
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    I've only ever seen one in use once. Once a vegetable farm... to harvest and clean vegetables. All have a place I suppose.

    Have fun with it! One knife challenge contender just for the poops and giggles?
     
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    They make a Huge Opi. The 13. I don’t have one or plan to get one, but that would be something at a party :11:

    The description makes me chuckle-

    “ At almost 2 feet when open, the Opinel N013 is a huge knife and is commonly used as a machete. Many people also use this knife to barbecue, you can easily cut and or flip meat on the grill and the handle does not transfer heat . . . “

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/OP...fe-sandvik-12c27-plain-blade-beechwood-handle
     
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    I have a number 12 slim line in beech that I use for kitchen duty. It’s a mean tomato slicer.
     
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    There is a no 12 saw also.
     
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    The 12 saw is perfect. Slips right in the jeans pocket with very little weight. The no 12 knife, more of a novelty. Nobody's hands are that big.

    I have thought about getting another 12 and cutting it down. The stout blade at about 4" length would be cool.
     
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    I've had the no 12 saw for over a year. Cuts beautifully.
     
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    Good to know.
    Any comparison? I have a Corona 7 & 10 inch.
     
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    I have a Laplander and the Opinel cuts nicer.
     
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    Thanks.
    There is a NO 18 saw, too.
     
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    The Opinel No.12 saw is more of a finishing saw. Very clean cuts but it takes a while. For just tearing through firewood, the Corona 12" is better (IMHO) with its more aggressive teeth pattern. I carry both in my daypack! The Opinel for fine work and the Corona to clear blocked trails.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I was about to say the No 13 would be a fun knife to have! ;)
    “...my knife is bigger then yours” “...maybe not!!” :D
     
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    My 12 mainly sees duty in the picnic basket for cutting food. It’s big, but I don’t consider it Huge. I have plenty of fixed blades with comparable feeling sized handles. That round Opi handle shape is real comfortable IMO. And it’s blade isn’t exceptionally long really.
    That 13 is in a whole different league.
     
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    I carried a No. 12 for years while working my spaniel on pheasant shoots in the UK - a carbone in the dry, or an inox in the wet. It's a great knife, and folded it made an effective priest for dispatching any wounded birds the mutt brought to hand
     
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    I cannot find this one.
     
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    Ooops… 10" Corona. The Opinel was a 12!
     
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    "The No 12 is HUGE!"
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    @jswi2374 Yes, I have the 10" saw. Even better than the 7".
     
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    The No. 12 reminds me of my Cold Steel Extra Large TwistMaster and was probably the inspiration for the huge TwistMaster. Now I need one. And a No. 10.
     
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    All right, you co-dependent enablers. Even though I couldn't afford it, I bought an Opinel No. 12 last week.

    I won't say I love it, but I will say that I love it! It's clearly the pattern from which the old Cold Steel TwistMaster XL was copied, including the size. It's not as rugged, but that thin blade is going to be a bada** slicing tool. It also fits an old Nitecore flashlight pouch that I never used perfectly!

    Now I need a No. 10 even more.
     
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    Yep that No. 12 is big and presents a very macho vision if you carry it in a front pocket.
     
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    So . . . I rationalized a carbon No. 10 by the fact that I had a really good phone interview (over two hours) and might finally be employed again soon. It was a pre-celebration.

    Upon first touch-up of the edge, it remained really rough, regardless of the abrasive I used. After a couple days of use and a little more attention, I'm through the first bit of steel that may have been overheated when they did the factory sharpening on a belt grinder. It's now . . . sharp as heck. It makes a fantastic food slicer!
     
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    I like the 12.
    I use it as a tool.... usually for stripping bark off of longer branches (for example, walking sticks).
    The large size means it does the job easily, quickly and well.
    If you like the Opinel 12, you will probably also like the Mora Classic 3, which I use for the same purpose. 20190914_095805.jpg 20190914_095821.jpg
     
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    Moras are the fixed blade world's version of the Opinel! Or, is the Opinel the folder world's version of a Mora?
     
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    Opinel 12 saw in a 10 blade frame...slightly ground down saw to fit. The 12 looks like a monster, the 10 seems big to me! 20180315_204334.jpg
     
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    find a way to pair an awl with that, and you might have something better than a SAK farmer! nice job!!
     
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    I saw that thread about the awl....the idea did plant a seed! Trouble is....I've misplaced this knife, hope to find it today and get cracking on it.
     
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    $110 for an Opinel!
     
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    Apparently theres a #13?
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    Just saw somebody mentioned it. :)
     
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    Oh man. #13. I thought the 12 was a big Opinel.
     
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    The only reason I don't have a No. 13 is $$$. I have no use for it, but naturally I've wanted one for years.
     
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    Its like a folding machete?
     

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