The Olfa Knife

This is just about the greatest knife ever! I’m just a little late to the party concerning this knife which has been around nearly as long as I have – at any rate since 1956. As you can see it has a 55 mm blade. That’s just under 2 ¼”. (55mm = 2.16”) You could easily skin and butcher a sambar deer with one of them, and they only cost a few bucks (with spare blades – and of course you can have as many spare blades as you want supposing you get very lucky on your hunting trip!

It is also very light. The (heavier) Grey one pictured weighs 50 grams, for example. The Black is 42 grams and its blade is about 1 1/4″. Costs from A$11.50 including delivery! Just what the serious ultralight deer hunter would need.

Available here:

Mine arrived today (in about four days). I bought the whole set for about A$30 delivered. They will have many uses. The grey one is definitely suitable for butchery. It is an excellent cross between a folder and a fixed blade knife. The blade is quite thick and rigid – and comes razor sharp. It is sharpened on both sides and could easily be re-sharpened.

You can easily carry a couple of spare blades – you can see the weights on my scales. If you want to go ultralight you could definitely get by with the black one at 42 grams whose blade has two ends so you have two sharp edges right there. They both have a hole in the end of the handle so you can carry them around your neck on a piece of string. Yes, I think you should get one to try out.

You can buy a fancier more expensive one from Titaner too, eg:

Nitecore have one too:

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2 thoughts on “The Olfa Knife”

    1. Thanks Tim. I have seen them for sale but had not paid them any attention. I will get one to check out and form the basis of a future post. They are also suprprisingly cheap – not much more than A$10! You do usually have to be careful when using folders for butchery as the lock can fail when you are putting a lot of pressure on it especially with quick work – why many people carry a fixed blade for the purpose. (I see the Opinel has a different type of lock I need to look at). The Olfa gets around this with its telescopic mechanism and also obviates the need to re-sharpen the knife as you can just switch blades. I suspect it is also strong enough to split small wood without the danger of the hinge breaking (normally a problem with folders) and you really do need sometimes to be able to split wood or freeze! It is not nearly as light as the Opinel though.

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