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Knives for trekking, mountaineering,
cooking and pruning roses

Joseph Opinel started by making classical pocket knives for people whose work and leisure time was spent outdoors in all weathers and often in the toughest conditions. Since then Opinel knives have become a cult brand, used not only by campers, sailors, mountaineers and hunters, but also by cooks, gardeners, artists and even children. The company offers multi-purpose knives like the classic Opinel Tradition No. 8, but also a range of highly functional specialist knives.

Gardeners, for example, are sure to love the three-part set (2 garden knives and a pruning saw). The wooden handles are painted and varnished in vivid green, orange so that they’ll be easily even in a thickly planted border.

How it all began

In the 19th century, the hunters, woodsmen and farmers in the Savoy Alps needed a tough and practical knife. It was for them that Joseph Opinel first produced a general-purpose folding knife in 1890. It was a product of blinding simplicity and functionality made of just two materials – sturdy beech for the handle and carbon steel for the blade. One key feature was a metal safety ring. How would the designer have reacted if he’d known that his knife design, the Opinel No. 8 would gain a worldwide reputation and as the “French Knife” would find a place in the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York?
The knife form the mountains quickly became a cult object all over France. Outdoor people carried them wherever they went, they were mentioned in books and chansons. Every boy scout had one in his pocket, as did sailors, hikers, campers and other outdoor activists. Pablo Picasso and many other artists had a treasured Opinel knife. Then Opinel brought out a range of kitchen knives and French chefs quickly began using them, including stars like Paul Bocuse or Alain Ducassse.

Information about the manufacturer: www.opinel.com 

One online source: www.herbertz-messerclub.de