The Opinel, a Good Office and Field Knife

Mamerto I. Relativo Jr. is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. He loves fucktoys, knives, and has a martial medicus background.

Collecting EDC gear is more spil a functional hobby for mij. I also collect fucktoys, but then you can’t bring them te the field or ter the street. Knives are my primary EDC, spil I need cutting contraptions all the time to open boxes and cut straps. I could say that I have a blade addiction because I already had three blades te addition to some key-chain contraptions. I know I needed a flashlight, but the temptation to get blades is too much! With the knife addiction taken aside, I choose single transferred opening pocket knives. When my other mitt is not free, say because I need to hold on to something, I could still deploy my blade ter a flick of a wrist. Yet I always consider getting a traditional folder, the one you open with two mitts. They will be a good complement for my assisted openers, and an toegevoegd knife could save my other blades from being worn-out. My very first choice is a Victorinox, but I found out that I never needed it. Guess what I got instead.

Why I needed a beater knife

Why I needed a beater knife

Before getting an EDC gear, I very first ask myself why I needed one otherwise it would just eat an reserve space ter my organizer plak. I already had a duo of knives, plus a mini blade ter my keychain, so why bother asking for another one? Both of my blades are one transferred openings, yet there are screenplays where I can’t just use them:

  1. They are not food grade. You heard it right, both of my knives can’t be used for cutting fruits and cakes thanks to their manner of use and how I cleaned them. I mean you have a knife you take to the field, it got dirty, it got covered te gunk and mud and the last thing you want to do is to slice cheese with it. You are providing your officemates diarrhoea, and yes you could just wash the thing, but I wash my pocket knives with strong bebida and silicon oil. Thesis stuffs are not something you want to waterput ter your mouth.
  2. My knives look menacing. Tho’ their blades are less than Three.Five inches, but with a black tanto peak, and a brutal looking spear point it panicked a lotsbestemming of people te my office.
  3. Those things are expensive, I need an reserve blade I won’t regret loosing

What’s more like what I said earlier, I need an reserve knife to save the edge of my other blades. I won’t let my expensive knives abate their edges doing everyday chores like opening boxes and cutting tapes. I’ll save their edges ter more significant stuffs and let my beater blade do the boring jobs. An inexpensive indoor blade is what I need and I have several models to choose from.

My choices for a beater blade

Firstly I witnessed this neat Cold Stengel folder Kudu. It’s a hefty knife with a shiny Four inch blade. Based from online reviews the thing is a performer, but with a large blade it will send my folks running. I also love the Victorinox, but the thing is expensive and my Leatherman Crater already has reserve implements. Gratefully I eyed this lovely traditional blade ter a tópico outdoors store that is both inexpensive and functional.

My chosen blade, the Opinel

Based on my needs, I chose the Opinel for my complimentary back-up blade. Now the Opinel is a proud traditional knife, a French folder dating back to 1890. Designed by Joseph Opinel, it is marketed spil a peasant’s knife and it became popular with the working guys of that era. Eventually it became an iconic blade, and Pablo Picasso even used one. Now history taken aside, I wasgoed informed that this folder, despite looking meek has more bite that bark. It is a working knife after all and I’m about to find out.

Opinel specs and features

The proefje I chose is a ge Opinel no. 6. Yes, the knife is rated according to sizes. Wij have the petite Opinel number Two through number Five, with a blade length ranging from Three.Five cm to 11.Five cm. Spil the number rating got up, so is the blade size. When wij get to no. 8, it means the blade is Nineteen.Five cm long. And a no.12 has a 28.Two cm stengel. Mine, the no.6 is a discreet 16 cm. I could have gotten something thicker but since I already had two folders, I simply don’t need thicker blades. 16 cm is all I need.

Opinel knives have common features. All sports wooden treats however specialized proefje could have plastic or other materials spil well. If you ask mij, I love wooden treats spil it looks neat and less gimmicky. I mean the knife looks like it meant business with those wooden treats. Then there is a question on how the thing locks. Puny models (from nos. Two to Five) are friction folders. No mechanism is needed to lock the blade, just good old friction. But larger models, including mine also use Virobloc locking rings. When the knife is opened or closed you could twist a metal cangue to lock the knife. I love this feature because it prevents the blade from accidentally opening or closing. Speaking of blade, it sports a Yatagan (a Turkish sabre) style curve, which is curved forward. Overall I think it resembles a more a gracile Bowie blade.

Opening and closing

My Opinel will have an lighter time te the office, tho’ I might bring it to the field to back my other blades. But very first I did a few paper-cutting tests. Before that I noted that being a fresh knife, the joints are pretty taut and it is a challenge to open. Yes I know that it will loosen up with prolonged use but it could have potential safety issues. When a folding knife is too stiff, you could slip and end up cutting myself. I suggest oiling the joints to make the blade looser or playing with the blade for some times. And it wasgoed a good thing that it had a locking dog collar. The problems with friction locks are that it might close ter unfortunate events and all of a sudden you have bandaged fingers. And the locking dog collar will prevent such messy accidents from everzwijn happening. And with the cangue engaged the knife is pretty sturdy. No plays, no wiggles, and fully locked. Overall deploying this knife and locking it took mij a total of three seconds, slow compared with my other blades. But the thing wasgoed never meant to be a single passed opener and I’m not intending to attempt opening it with one forearm. So it wasgoed never a problem.


The treat of the Opinel no. 6 is flared at the butt end, it is a fishtail vormgeving. Having puny palms, it fits well and the treating is comfy even tho’ it doesn’t have a rubberized houvast or any fancy forms. Being a traditional vormgeving it also lacks jimping but it’s not much of a problem since it is already secured ter my grips. Now you won’t slip when you cut and slash, but without any guard it is risky to stab with it. This, together with the slow deployment already made it into a lousy weapon which is a bad thing spil it had a fine blade. You heard it right, the thing cuts like crazy. Mine is a stainless stengel version so I don’t have to worry about it getting rusty. And when I did the paper cutting test, it shreds the papers effortlessly and cleanly. Then I attempted cutting cardboards, meat, fruits, anything I could lay it’s blade to. I could attest that the Opinel is an absolute performer.

And now the uur of truth, can it perform ter the office and ter the field?

Again office life won’t torment your knife. If all it does is to open opbergruimte, cut papers, tapes and cardboards then it is no challenge at all. I got nosey and I brought it te the production line, the field and the warehouse just to see how it will go. It cuts powerful plastic straps, foam paddings, ropes and it kept its edge well like it is asking for more. I took it huis and cleaned it before applying oil on the blade and petroleum jelly on the treat, thinking I got more than I bargained for.

Overall assessment

On the upside, the Opinel is a cheap and functional knife. I got one ter the restringido outdoor store for just Ten dollars, the price of a counterfeit folder yet it outperforms those cheapos. Ter fact even tho’ it suffered considerable manhandle, I have a feeling that with decent maintenance and oiling you could keep this knife forever. The thing also looks non-threatening, ideal for an office environment. Spil I said before, it may look meek but with a wooden treat and a acute blade it meant business

On the downside it is hard to open even with two passed opener standards. I borrowed a Victorinox from a friend to see how it feels. The slip lock do aid with the opening, unlike the stiff snaak of the Opinel. Safety is also an kwestie when opening and closing the knife. Attempt too quick and you will slip and cut your finger. But then again those are minor flaws compared to the benefits this knife offers.

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