Take Care of Your Opinel

by Opinel USA March 18, 2019

Take Care of Your Opinel

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.

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