The Iconic Opinel N°08

 

Discover everything about the Opinel No.08 knife and how it came to be.

Both smart and simple, the Opinel knife is composed of 5 elements: the blade, the haft, the fixed ferrule, the rivet and the rotating ferrule that was added in 1955. The No. 08 features a sharp 8.5cm blade, a comfortable 9cm haft, and weighs in at an efficient 45 grams!

Anatomy of the No.08

1. Sharp traditional Yatagan Blade with a convex profile and a nail nick for opening. It is stamped with the Crowned Hand to ensure authenticity.

2. Fixed ring for robust feel and lifetime durability.

3. Round varnished wooden handle for a secure and comfortable grip.

4. (Not shown) Rivet to hold the blade and handle together.

5. Virobloc safety ring which locks the blade open, or closed for transport.

In 1890 Joseph Opinel was 18 years old and worked in the workshop of his father, a blacksmith/edge-tool maker in Albiez le Vieux in Savoie. He drew and designed a small pocket knife aimed at the farmers and villagers in the region. Following the success of his knife, Joseph developed a series of twelve different sizes in 1897.

The knives were then numbered from the smallest to the largest, from No. 01 to No. 12. Due to its compact size and ability to fit well into the hand, as well as its 8.5cm blade and varnished wood haft, the No. 08 became very popular. As it is so versatile, it is used both at the table and in the field, to cut up dried sausage, for dinner times and for doing DIY as well as sculpting and gardening.

"Everyone chooses their own

Opinel No.08. It adapts with the times and to new uses. This little pocket knife has been handed down from generation to generation and the shape that hasn't changed since 1890 has made it famous over the years."

"As an item that is now part of French cultural heritage, it is now recognized worldwide as a design icon, being exhibited at the MoMa in New York as a classic among classics."

A popular item, the Opinel No. 08 remains a must-have to keep on you at all times, simple, loyal and effective. More than a knife, a key to a trunk full of memories, a call to adventure...