OPINEL HANDLE MATERIALS
“To avoid a negative impact on the
environment of securing supplies from distant places (pollution due to
transport, deforestation, etc.), 95% of the wooden handles produced by
Opinel come from French forestry operations.”
Although you may have seen "Opinel Pear wood handle" in some well know
retailer's description, this wood as not been used by
Opinel since the 1950s. Pear wood Opinel knives do not exist,
some retailers may be using this wood handle in item descriptions due to ignorance
or to mislead
Supply: Central Africa
Origin: Cameroon and Gabon
Wood: With attractive purplish veining, relatively hard and
Use: Brush-making, tabletterie (ornamental woodenware),
cabinet work for decorative panels
Origin: Southern Europe
Tree: Shrub with persistent leaves planted in parks for its
Wood: It is the hardest of our woods, pinkish yellow, with an
Use: In addition to marquetry and fine sculpture, it is very
sought-after for making musical instruments.
Tree: Large, majestic tree with heavy, angular branches.
Wood: Pale yellow to pale brown wood. Annual hollow vein of
varying tightness, depending on the plantation density.
Use: External woodwork, parquets, doors, paneling, frame
Also used for boat-making, furniture, decorative panels, etc.
Origin: Central and Western Europe but present on all three
continents of the Northern hemisphere.
Tree: One of the most elegant large trees, with a smooth trunk
and dense foliage. Beech wood is very good for carving.
Wood: White or very pale brown, fine, even grain, with
Use: Widely used in furniture, brush-making, toys, parquet,
Tree: Large valley tree.
Wood: Resistant, pearly white with brownish veins.
Use: Tool handles, snooker cues, skis, sledges, cart making or
Origin: Europe and Asia
Tree: Tree with dark brown branches, it is also called the
wild cherry tree.
Wood: Hard and resistant, with a brownish pink to yellowish
pink color, with a fine grain.
Use: Ornamental in parks and gardens. Cabinet work, solid
furniture or veneering. Engraving, toys, rifle butts.
Supply: France or Italy
Origin: Asia, then spread from Greece to Provence .
Tree: Since ancient times it has been a symbol of wisdom and
Wood: Hard, light beige with dark brown veining, even grain.
Use: Excellent for cabinet work and tabletterie (ornamental
woodenware), it is traditionally used to make the pestles,
bowls and spoons that are found in Provence .
Origin: Different origins, depending on the varieties: Central
America, India . The rarest is Brazilian Rosewood, the trade
of which is regulated by the Washington convention.
Wood: Reddish-brown wood with black or purple veins, with a
very fine grain.
Use: Used solid or as a veneer for luxury furniture and
Horn tip (South African cattle horn) is an exceptional
material. Worked whole, horn handles are all unique and very
different from one another.