Opinel No8 Hermione (Oak wood from the Hermione Project)
The Opinel Hermione is made from wood salvaged from the construction of
La Fayette's Frigate " L' Hermione ". See "Details above" to learn about this historic piece. Certificate of authenticty is included with each piece.
This knife can be engraved on the locations below.
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Handle: Scrap Oak wood salvage from the Hermione project (the woods)
Blade: Stainless Steel (the steels)
Size open: 7 5/8" - Blade: 3 1/4"
Available sheath: Yes, here.
Opinel Part #: 1468
The handle of this "Opinel Hermione" folding knife is fabricated from scrap wood (oak) from the current building of the frigate Hermione in the old maritime arsena at Rochefort, France
The Hermione was the ship that La Fayette obtained from the French government, after his successful mission to persuade the French to help the struggling American revolutionaries. In today's port town of Rochefort, where the French Royal Navy once built its ships, there is once again a shipbuilding project. The Hermione-La Fayette Association is crafting a replica of the ship which will re-enact the voyage of Lafayette in 1780, this time crossing the Atlantic to Boston in 2009.
Building commenced on the sailing frigate Hermione at the Rochefort Arsenal in 1778, based on the drawings produced by the engineer Henri Chevillard. The 44 m light frigate, fast and easy to handle, carried 3000 m2 of sail and was armed with 32 cannons. It had a crew of 300. Hermione is linked to the adventures and courage of one man- Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.
As a young man in love with freedom, 19-year-old Lafayette set off to fight at the side of American rebels for the independence of the United States of America. On his return to France to seek official support for the rebel cause, he managed to convince Louis XVI to send reinforcements. On March 21st 1780, the Marquis de Lafayette boarded Hermione, reaching Boston after a crossing of 38 days. He advised General Washington on the imminent arrival of French reinforcements. On September 20th 1793, after fourteen year of service in the French Royal Navy, in particular in conflicts with the British, Hermione ran aground and was shipwrecked on the rocks off Le Croisic in France.
The Hermione-La Fayette Association has been reconstructing the frigate since 1997. The boatyard is open to visitors, at Rochefort. www.hermione.com
More info about this incredible symbol of Franco-American Alliance can be found below.
Safety Features: Double safety ring "VIROBLOC", created by Marcel Opinel
in 1955, locks the blade either in open or closed position.