Opinel make some pretty unique knives. I guess I came to the party a bit late on this one, but I have two of them in my hand right now and they are magnificent! First I bought the Opinel No 6: because a reader (Tim) recommended it (in this post), as follows: ‘Opinel #6 has a lock blade of about 72mm at 27g. Easy to sharpen, very nice to use with its full flat grind to zero. My favourite folding knife when weight matters.: https://www.opinel.com/en/tradition/stainless-steel/n6-stainless-steel‘ He suggested the stainless model but I found the carbon steel one cheap so I bought it: https://www.opinel.com/en/tradition/carbon-steel/n6-carbon It cost me only A$16.99 (delivered) on eBay. A very good buy.
Then a friend (Jock) happened to give me a No #8 stainless for my recent birthday, so I have two to compare. Riches indeed. The No 6 is 27 grams and the No 8 has an 8.5 cm (3 1/3″) blade and weighs 59 grams.
The first thing I discovered was the unique blade lock. I had seen them in the shop and passed them over as I thought they didn’t have one. Instead they have what might be a superior one. At least there is no way this blade lock is going to fail and leave you with severed fingers – as can happen. You can see in the photos I took below how the ring-type lock they have works. They call it the ‘Virobloc safety ring’. You just need to rotate it to make the bade stay in the open or closed position. Just hook it around with your thumbnail (as shown) though as it wears a bit it will become easier to rotate.
You can see how it moves into place completely blocking the movement of the blade in either the open or closed position.
Now completely blocked.
This is the No 6 Carbon). It has a 7 cm (2 3/4″) blade.
My hands are still pretty scratched up from nearly a week of bush-bashing I see.
It is a very attractive little knife with its distinctive and comfortable beech handle. A rounded handle like this is great on the hand if you have big job to do (such as lots of whittling, pruning or butchering perhaps. For lots of butchering the larger no 8 might be better but this little fellow would get the job done.
As you can see (below) the No 8 fills the hand much better.