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March 18, 2019 2 min read

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You’re ready for anything when you head out with an Opinel in your pocket, and you want your knife to be just as prepared as you are for any task that pops up. Here’s how we recommend you maintain your knife to keep your Opinel performing as well as new over years in the woodshop, the backcountry or the kitchen. With just a little attention to cleaning and care, Opinel knives can last for generationsau sommet de sa forme, in tip-top shape.

Keep it Clean

All of our wood handles benefit from being kept as clean and dry as possible. Exposure to soaking or prolonged wet environments may cause the wood to split or warp.

Our stainless steel folding knives, including the Slim Line fillet knives, pruning knives and oyster knife, can be washed in warm running water with mild dishwashing soap. Towel dry or air dry.

The classic carbon steel folding knives want a bit more TLC than stainless blades to keep them free of stains and corrosion. After using your knife in wet conditions or to cut food, clean it with a damp cloth and use a touch of mild dishwashing soap only if necessary. Dry the blade with a soft, absorbent cloth and give it a thin coat of any food-grade oil to protect it from humidity.

After cleaning, all of our folding knives should be dried in the open position until they’re fully free of moisture.

Opinel kitchen knives with polymer handles can be tossed in the dishwasher for super easy cleaning. Our wood-handled knives are best hand washed and dried promptly with an absorbent cloth to keep the wood handles in the best condition.

Keep it Sharp

Taking a few minutes to sharpen your Opinel will reward you with the best and safest cutting experience. Oursharpening stones from Lombardi, Italy, feature an ideal balance of quartz and carbonates to help you keep a flawless edge.

Let Opinel guide you through the process.

To sharpen your knife with a stone, your blade should be dry and the stone should be damp. Place the stone on a flat surface or grasp it firmly in one hand. Holding the blade at a 20° angle to the stone, run the blade along the stone from the base to the tip in a smooth sweep using firm pressure, alternating sides of the blade. Remove the burrs this process creates by a making a final pass of the edge across the stone with light pressure.

Test the sharpness of your blade by slicing into the edge of a sheet of paper - the blade should easily slice the sheet with no catching or tearing.

Keep the edge

Always cut on wood, bamboo, composite or food-grade plastic surfaces: avoid the hard glass, marble, and ceramic that will quickly dull your blade. A few swipes on a steel before use will remove any burrs that have formed on the blade and give you a quick, zingy edge for excellent cutting in just a few seconds.


8 Responses

Craig Lewis
Craig Lewis

March 27, 2020

In the early 1970’s I purchased a small 4" Opinel I disliked the rotating lock that could not be trusted until I ground a very small bevel off the opposing cam face. Unfortunately I have misplaced my favorite pocket knife. Yes I did clean a deer with the knife!
I want to replace my old favorite as well as purchase the No. 8 Mushroom Knife. Please send me the appropriate addresses.I am curious to see how you have changed the design of the collar !

Mike
Mike

February 12, 2020

Really struggling with oxidisation on my new carbon knives …. help please.

Jesse Phoenix
Jesse Phoenix

February 12, 2020

Hello, I’ve been a fan of Opinel knives for around 10 years and I have owned a No.9 & No.7 during that time. They had the original Virobloc locking ring and they would lock up super tight and would not come loose. I recently gave away my two beloved knives as gifts and ordered new ones that came in with a new ring type that does not say virobloc and has a little tab in it. The locking rings do not lock up as tight as my old ones and simply wiggle loose with any use of the knife at all. Is this now considered normal? I can shake the knife and you hear the ring just rattling around. I never experienced this ever before with my older Opinel Knives. Thanks for any advice you may have.

Paul Price
Paul Price

December 13, 2019

I just received the 2017 France edition by artist Rylsee, it is a masterpiecmasterpiece. Now I have 5 #2,#7,#8,#9 diy, and #12 saw they are great knives

Peter O'Crotty
Peter O'Crotty

February 12, 2020

Hi, I need a new rotating collar from my #6 Opinel. I messed it up trying to file it so it would lock up better. Now it rotates too far. My error should have left it alone!. What do I have to do to order this new part Thanks Pete

ALBERT BENSUSEN
ALBERT BENSUSEN

November 18, 2019

I BOUGHT A BOX OF YOUR SMALLEST FOLDERS AND OCCASIONALLY GIVE ONE AS A GIFT TO A FRIEND. BUT, I ALWAYS KEEP MINE IN MY POCKET OF MY JEANS AND ALWAYS FIND A USE FOR IT EVERY DAY. JUST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE KNOWING THAT. I GUESS YOU MIGHT SAY THAT I LOVE THE LITTLE KNIVES.

JOHN BIRKENHEIER
JOHN BIRKENHEIER

November 18, 2019

LOVE YOUR KNIVES. I THOUGHT I TOOK GOOD CARE OF KNIVES BUT AFTER YOUR TUTORIAL I’LL TRY HARDER. LOVE THE CARBON STEEL BLADES….THEY GET SPECIAL ATTENTION. THANX JOHN BIRKENHEIER

James J. O'Connell
James J. O'Connell

November 18, 2019

Good blog. Where can I buy one of those stones?

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