In a small town in the French Alps, blacksmith Joseph Opinel crafted a simple, wooden folding knife. Over 125 years later and the tool is still being produced in the Savoie region by members of the Opinel family. Although the collection has grown, the spirit of the original design still lives on through the company's dedication to quality and simplicity — traits that have made the brand a cultural icon not in just France, but throughout the world.
The Opinel No. 8 has been a utilitarian legend for more than a century. This updated version of the iconic folding pocket knife adds a black matte finish to the Viroblock locking ring and the Sandvik steel blade that makes it more resistant than a classic blade. Each knife is made at the Opinel plant in Savoie, France and is finished with a French oak handle that pairs perfectly with the dark matte steel.
Length: 3.35" (closed), 7.5" (open) / Blade Length: 3.25" / Weight: 1.6 oz.
One of Opinel's most versatile designs, the No. 9 Oyster sees this pocket blade become a portable kitchen tool. The blade measures well over two inches long but only the final 0.59" — including the centered tip — is sharpened, making it ideal for opening its namesake mollusk and other shellfish. Its finished with a moisture-resistant Bubinga African wood handle, signature Virobloc locking safety ring, and an instruction booklet.
Blade Length: 2.56" / Overall Length: 7.25" / Weight: 2.11 oz.
It doesn't look like a traditional multi-tool, but the Opinel No. 9 DIY Knife does do more than just slice. Its Sandvik stainless steel blade has both a wire cutter and wire stripper built-in, as well as a bit of chrome added to fight off corrosion. Hidden inside the fiberglass-reinforced polyamide handle are slotted and Phillips bits that fit into a slot at the end opposite the folding mechanism, letting this versatile piece function as a screwdriver, knife, and wire tool without sacrificing the company's signature silhouette.
Open Length: 8.0" / Closed Length: 4.75" / Blade Length: 3.25" / Blade Thickness: 0.69" / Weight: 2.8 oz.
Built to withstand the worst conditions, the Opinel No. 8 Outdoor Survival Pocket Knife is the rare blade that offers life-saving potential. There's a shackle key built into the Sandvik stainless steel blade, that also has rope-cutting teeth and locks into place with a Virobloc safety ring. The handle is made from fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, can withstand bumps, drops, and extreme temperatures, and has an integrated 110-decibel pealess survival whistle to attract help in a worst-case scenario. Made in France.