Opinel No12 EXPLORE

by: Opinel, S.A. - Made in France since 1890

  • Since 1890, Opinel has crafted iconic tools and knives in the heart of the French Alps. These are knives meant to stand the test of time — and the trials of nature. 
Designed for trekking, hunting, fishing, and survival expeditions, the No. 12 Explore brings modern tools and rugged dependability to Opinel’s classic heritage. When the outdoors call, Opinel is ready

    Blade: 12C27 Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade: 10 cm (4’’) length, 2.7 cm (0.8’’) thickness

    Handle: Fiberglass reinforced polyamide to withstand shock, water and extreme temperatures. Comfortable: Soft elastomer grip for a secure hold

    Survival whistle: 110 dB (300 m), pealess Sturdy hook blade: Cut by drawing (gut hook) Fire starter: To be rubbed on the back of the blade Opening for a strap

  • At 10" open this is a big knife. Please consider its size before ordering. Length: open 26 cm (10’’), closed 16 cm (6’’) - Weight ONLY 5 oz (150 g)
  • This knife features the Virobloc Safety ring. The Virobloc safety ring was invented and implemented in 1955. This simple yet effective locking system greatly improved the original knife.The ability to help prevent the blade from opening when closed was added to the Virobloc in 2000.
  •  This knife has a stainless steel blade (12c27 Sandvik Stainless steel to be precise), the blade will not rust. The outdoor model does not require any type of special care.  We strongly suggest that you take a look at our F.A.Q where most common questions about Opinel knives are answered.
    • The EXPLORER can only be engraved ON THE BLADE!  Please do not select handle engraving from the available engraving locations. Our engravers will make sure that your text or artwork is placed and sized in the most tasteful way.  
    • Below are the fonts available. Please keep in mind that most cursive fonts do not look good in "all caps". If you desire all caps engraving please select a block font such as Roman, Century or Garamond. Click on a font's name to see the alphabet.




    • Most personalized orders leave same or next day depending on order time. However, please allow up to 2 business days during the couple of weeks preceding Christmas and Father's day. If you need reassurance please call us at 860-245-2211 between 9am & 5pm EST Monday through Friday and we will be able to provide you with a more accurate turnaround based on your particular needs. Please keep in mind that our engravers do not work Saturdays and Sundays EXCEPT during the 2 weeks preceding Christmas and Father's Day. Please visit our "Shipping Schedule" page if you are planning on using one of our EXPRESS shipping options.

    • Engraved Opinel knives cannot be returned unless we made an obvious mistake such as location, font or spelling. Location areas are "approximate." Our engravers will place engravings in the most "tasteful & appropriate" way. Please let us know if you have special requests regarding the order of words, size etc. by calling us at 1-860-245-2211. We cannot accept returns on items that were not engraved the way you "assumed" they would be unless you provided us with specific & comprehensive instructions that we did not follow. 

       Please review your engraving's spelling before checkout. Although we try to catch errors we cannot be held responsible for spelling mistakes, typos and incorrect location provided by customer. Thank you for your understanding. 

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