Opinel knives are renowned for being very affordable knives. In fact, let's be honest, they are dirt cheap, so surely they will perform badly? In this review I will cover the Opinel No.7, but I have tried and tested just about every one on the market. There are lots, Click here.
As always the review will be jargon free so anyone reading will hopefully gain from it.
I first remember obtaining an Opinel knife from a market when I was about 14. It was pretty tarnished and quite rough around the edges, but even in this state I saw potential. I cleaned the blade, sharpened it up and still have it to this day. Several years later when I was about 20 I bought one for my Granddad. He kept this little knife on his kitchen table and took it out in the garden when he was caring for his veg patch and even had it in his pocket when he went for country walks. He was one of those old fashioned country men that always had a pocket knife with them, for sharpening pencils to cutting potatoes. He kept this knife until he died, and now I have it. The knife in question is the Opinel No.7.
Opinel knives are classic French knives which offer good old fashioned quality at a very affordable price. Created in 1890, this type of product was the origin of OPINEL. Most of them have twist locks and carbon steel blades which sharpen up to a razors edge. In fact the one my granddad had still has an edge that you could quite literally shave with, mind you to be fair all of his knives were like that, even butter knives!
HANDLE - the No.7 has a varnished beech wood handle which feels comfortable to use, and although not really important, it looks good and much better than horrible synthetic materials often used today.
BLADE - as already stated the blade is made of high-carbon steel which is exceptionally easy to sharpen, and looks dull which im my opinion is what you want from a working tool. A shiny blade will scare off wildlife if out in the countryside, so I prefer this. The blades are strong enough for most jobs, but if you intend on using these knives for heavy tasks I may look elsewhere as they have quite thin blades. I have never had one break, but if I wanted strength over anything else, then look at the BUCK Ranger.
CONCLUSION - I honestly don't have a bad word to say about Opinel knives. Not even the price. This is a rare thing, there's often at least one point that any tools scores lower on, but for the majority of tasks an Opinel knife will see you good.
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