The Opinel Picture Thread

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  1. Geoff Randall

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    I never owned a Opinel, but that will soon change. How about posting fotos of your Opinel, and tell us why you think it's the next best thing to a Sodbuster patterned knife...or better. I just ordered a No 8, and I will not use it as an EDC, but primarily for outdoor food prepping and slicing.
     
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    I've been carrying a No 8 every single day for the last 2 years. First thing I do when I wake up is stick it in my pocket. Seems like I use it throughout the day on a daily basis. Of course, I wouldnt try to baton with it, but it handles just about every task I throw at it at work or around the house.
     
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    I keep an Opinel #8 in each of my packs and shoulder bags. I give them to my Grandsons too,,, an Opinel #8 and a Mora 2/0 are about the same size, and both perfect for my kits.
     
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    Pic of my modded #8 from previous Topic on here about Opinel mods. I rounded top back to get rid of uncomfortable point, drilled for epoxy screw eye lanyard, hollowed palm area for better grip, JB welded a BB for easy thumb twist on locking ferrel and sanded with BLO finish. Wife keeps this one in her pocketbook
     
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    Moooooooo......part of the herd as well. No.8 carbon in my pocket for the last three years, no pics but nearly stock except I sanded the stenciling off the wood and greased it so it is dark from that and use. I stole a polishing emory board from my better half to sharpen it, comes out nearly razor edged. Sometimes I trade it out for my Buck 110 and for my birthday my home crew has a Svord Peasant in orange on the way so I will have to see how that works for daily use. I prefer a simple and plain old good traditional knife. Cheap and solid never hurt my feelings.
     
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    My No. 7 that I inherited from my uncle when he passed. I sanded it down, flamed the handle, dremeled a bit to give a spot to grip the blade easier and sealed it with BLO and parafin wax. This thing is easily the best slicing pocket knife I own. Stupid easy to get freakishly sharp with the carbon steel. So far I really like it!!

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    I definitely have to give one of these a try.
     
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    Funny I just got a #7 in the mail today. It seems like a perfect size for edc. The edge came bit funky but it cleaned up real quick and holy **** is this thing sharp. Pretty much a full flat grind with no secondary bevel. I should have picked one of these up sooner.
     
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    I carry a no.8 garden knife, because it has a bit heavier blade, and I like the handle contour. In my town, and in many places I visit (DC & NY) locking blades are illegal, do I took off the lock collar. It isn't a problem, since I rarely cut with the back of the blade. Also, the collar is a rather recent addition anyway. The old Opinel had no lock.
     
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    Just picture it without the locking collar.
     
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    I will post my Opinel style Spanish Joker brand. It's also available in liner lock and friction lock.
    Wanted a smaller brother to my #8. Really like the opinel , fits well in the hand and takes a great edge. The Joker is in stainless steel, came very sharp, the quality of the lock is a bit less.

    https://goo.gl/photos/SrfvZFLBRWma23bj6
     
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    My #10 Carbon with forced and natural patina.

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    As others have said, this is a great slicer and easily / quickly sharpens right up.
     
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    Trusty No. 8 rarely leaves my pocket. Well patina'd now.
     
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    Here's a cool video of the Opinel factory...

    [video=youtube;MUBSuMyl1Xg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUBSuMyl1Xg[/video]
     
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    I call this my French Trapper...one and a half No.8s

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    They were a highly sought after, exotic knife to the kids I ran with as a pre teen. We'd get our parents to buy them at the Army&Navy store. High quality at a surreal value.
     
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    I've had my Opinel No9 since my second son was born back in 1989 a gift from my dad after his return from a trip to France to visit my sis. It has developed a natural patina over the years but wears it well. It has a ton of sentimental value especially since my dad's passing in 2007.
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    I wanted an Olivewood handle with a carbon steel blade...a model that is not a factory option...so I swapped blades and made my own.

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    Wow, I love these!
     
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    Here are the two I've got. Both found at thrift stores. The darker one came pre patina'd and the lighter one is all natural. I had to sand rust off so patina is from my use. Great knives.
    Joe
     
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    Saw and an Inox No.6

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    No.10 and No.12 with a Mora for scale...

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    I really like that idea of JBWeld'ing a BB onto the ferrule. that's git 'er done genius. Good mods all over that knife.
     
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    I'll play. I love opies. A few of mine.
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    Great pics guys.. It's been many years since i've owned an Opinel..This thread is making me want to pick up a #7 and/or #8.. :) I always seem to end up passing them on to non-knife friends.. Most folks love the simplicity of them..
     
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    I spent a week in Germany and happened to walk in a hiking store much like a tiny REI, boots, goretex, hiking sticks, that sort of thing. Then right there on top of the register display case there was an Opinel display. Not a fancy knife rack behind a glass case like in the states but a wire display "tree" with about 30 different colors of #7 and #8 knives. They looked like those aluminum bottle openers. Really cool seeing them that way. Like, Hey, have a knife as an impulse buy. Don't mind if I do.
     
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    This is the most special of many of these I have owned over the years.

    I typically give them away, like I do with my Moras. This was my oldest Son David's No.8 carbon I gave him and that he modded himself. The only thing I have done is coat it in Ballistol from time to time, and add the Orange cord. This won't go anywhere. I no longer carry it for fear of losing it. It typically hangs in my shop where I can see it as a reminder of my boy.

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    My three. All Inox
     
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    Saw them in a magazine in the late 70's, finally got mine about 6 months ago. I first bought a #8 cause that seems to be the popular one. I decided it was too big in my pocket, so got an Inox #6. The 8 rides in my EDC pack, #6 in my pocket. Love 'em!!!
    No mods on mine, I like 'em just the way they are.
     
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    I like this post...I too keep things all over the house as a reminder of what I believe were better times when my children were just kids.:dblthumb:
     
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    My middle one Matt is 20 and home for a little while prior to joining the Navy it seems. My "Baby" is 18, 6'4" and 230# now and is a Freshman at the University of Mobile. David would have been 22 now.

    We're still at the stage where I am the village idiot, but perhaps we are soon to turn that corner too.

    Like Mark Twain said, "When I was 17 my old man was so dumb I could barely stand to have him around, when I was 21 I was amazed how much he had learned in 4 years."
     
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    I don't have a pic, but I keep a No.8 that I bought about 30 years ago in my black powder shooting box. I used it as a patch knife.
     
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    Opinel saw nº 12

    Lightweight and small but effective. With the number 8 always go with me.

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    Here's the first of a couple of or two or three Opi's I ordered...the Opinel No8 1890 Reproduction of the first Opinel knife....

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    This is going to be a habit...thankfully, and with rare exception, it will be a very inexpensive collection....

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    A coworker sold this one to me. I modified the handle shape, removed some wood to make thumb access to the nail nick, added a lanyard tube, forced a patina & flattened the clip point.
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    What's the point of having food if there isn't an Opinel willing and able nearby; besides, I'm starting to think they're the cat's pajamas now that I've started collecting them.:4:

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    Sweet!!!

    I don't own one. I see them at stores, but they are marked way up.
     
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    I have several. Truly wonderful little knife. I use a 7, 8 and a 12 usually. I want to get a leather holster for the 12 and the saw.
     
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    I have a #9 owned it for years but never carried it until recently, like the light weight, sharp blade, fits my pocket without eating a hole thru it. great value now its the knife I carry daily.
     
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    Opinel #8...

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    I was delighted to see this display at a cheese shop in town. It's hard to beat an Opinel when it comes to slicing up some cheese.
     
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    I love Opinels...I have a No. 8 Inox, a No. 8 Inox in olivewood, and two No. 6 Carbons.

    The Olivewood - unfortunately I bought it in new York City at a cool kitchen store and didn't notice the checking/cracking until I got home. Oh well...it gives it a little character and doesn't seem to affect it at all. This one, unlike my others, is unmodified currently. That will probably change.
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    Modified No 6 Carbon...this one I countoured too much and removed too much wood from the handle so that it now feels too small in hand. Ah well, lesson learned and great little utility knife still.
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    My other No 6 is modified, but less than the pictured No 6. It's handle is thcker and in the general shape of the No 8.
     
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    The only mod I felt like doing. Love that opinel!
     
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    Yes, it can put a tug on that plastic in one's pants, but a large web dealer from Spain, who ships to the USA, and anywhere else in the world, has examples of Opinels that you won't find on the USA site. I'm going to call them in the AM to find out how much to ship to me this gorgeous gray birch No 8...

    http://www.filofiel.com/tiendaonline/opinel-inox-nº-8-abedul-gris-1835-p-10142.html?language=en

    I have most of the Sodbuster's I want for my collection, and have probably 90+% of the SAK alox that I want, and just when I thought I was done collecting, Opinel pulls me back in.
     
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    Here's a novel idea for XMAS gifts, an Opinel, a dried sausage, and a cutting board...

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