Meet the "N°08 Carbon Steel Pocket Knife" Collection

The flagship size of the collection!

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Blade length

8.5 cm - 3.35 in

Carbon steel

Our carbon steel is extremely hard, thereby guaranteeing excellent cutting quality, good wear resistance and easy regrinding. Carbon can corrode easily. We advise you to avoid damp locations and to wipe and grease the blade after use.

Handle

Beech is the most commonly used wood for the manufacture of Opinel handles. From France, our beech is hard, durable and easy to work. With a homogeneous appearance, its light color varies from yellow to pink. It is characterized by the presence of numerous small, -dark dashes.

Safety ring

Invented by Marcel Opinel in 1955, the Virobloc safety ring is fitted to all folding knives as of the N° 06. Cut out of stainless steel, the Virobloc has two sections, one fixed and one sliding. In addition to locking the blade open (safety in use), it is now possible to lock the blade closed (safety in transport)

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I've owned one for 30+ years. It is my 2nd favorite knife. My favorite is a cheap no name knife my father owned as a boy in rural Michigan. My opinel #8 keeps a sharp edge, and the beech handle is still in good condition. Thanks for the guality.
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Carl "wildman" Hayes
Compared to most 'edc' knives available, the opinel is non-assuming, non-threatening, and totally practical. The thin blade, sharpened to a low angle, is superior to most pocket knives for cutting food. It's also far easier to sharpen. The No. 8 is just long enough to cut through fruit comfortabl...
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Dylan

Opinel #8

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I've owned one for 30+ years. It is my 2nd favorite knife. My favorite is a cheap no name knife my father owned as a boy in rural Michigan. My opinel #8 keeps a sharp edge, and the beech handle is still in good condition. Thanks for the guality.

Life saver

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I was given one by my uncle several years ago, and have since bought another. These knives are light, sharp, and just awesome. I hunt and harvested a moose and 2 deer last year. My "hunting" knife, an expensive custom knife, went dull so quick working on the moose that I ended up not using it. I always cary my Opinels with me in the woods, these 2 knives is what I used on the moose. I also got 2 deer, and almost didn't need to be sharpened. I love these knives and will carry them every time I'm in the woods.

Great value for the money!

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I recently discovered Opinel knives and I love them! Great value for the money. The carbon steel blade takes a super sharp edge. I've started using Opinels for tasks I used to use utility type knives with the replaceable or snap-off blades. The Opinels are just much more satisfying to use for everyday utility tasks. It doesn't take much to return to a razor sharp edge when the blade begins to dull.

Nothing compares for the price.

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Have used a number 8 for more than thirty years. Bought it for camping but now use it for gardening. It is a great knife but it will rust if not oiled so be sure to oil it. Mine now has a dark patina all over the blade but it still works fine. Opinel has always used a high carbon steel that is great for knives in that it holds and edge but is easy to sharpen. Few high-carbon steels compare and there is no knife near the price that holds an edge as.well. Over the years I have amassed a fair collection of knives including those from Ontario knives, American Buck and American Shrade and none of them hold an edge better than my Opinel. That says a lot for a $13 knife [closer to $3 when I bought mine].

Awesome budget knife!

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I have had my opinel for about six months and have used it for everything from work in the kitchen to battoning kindling. I love the simple design and wood handle, and the shape of the no.8 fits my hand perfectly. I am a knife professional knife sharpener, so I have all the tools to keep mine razor sharp and oxidation free. The high carbon steel takes a fantastic edge, though doesn't hold it quite as long as my brother's benchmade. Just a word of caution; don't sharpen it too often or you won't have any blade left. The only complaint I have (and the reason it only got four stars) is that while the hinge is smooth as silk even when it gets a little wet, if it truly gets soaked, it binds up pretty bad. On one salmon fishing trip last fall, we forgot the fillet knife and so my opinel was used for everything from plug cutting herring to gutting salmon. It held up pretty well, but it took about a week of use to get all the fish oil and scales out of the hinge and locking mechanism. I would recommend this knife to anyone willing to take the time to oil it and otherwise give it the tlc that will allow it to become your favorite knife yet.

Best knive for the money

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Your rating: 5

I own 5 Opinel knives and use everyone of them. They are the best knife for the cost. The knife is great for cutting fruit and cheese. Remember the Opinel is a tool and you should use it as a tool. And once you have used the knife clean the knife and take carte of it.

Simply Amazing!

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It's difficult to put into words just how amazing this robust knife is. It excels at every task I've ever put it to. It works great with a firesteel, holds a great edge, and can be re-sharpened to razor-sharp in just a few runs on a whetstone. It's a great knife for food preparation, and, though the blade may look skinny, it can hold up to a good amount of work. And all this for such a low price! All in all, the Opinel No8 is simply THE best folding knife out there, at least in my opinion.

Fabulous knife, tough as nails, gorgeous simplicity.

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Dollar for value, there is not a better knife, of any sort, made on this planet. The carbon is reasonably sharp out of the box, but a few minutes with a simple sharpening stone and this knife can easily become sharp enough to shave with. the size is perfect, the locking mechanism is rugged and the knife is legal in every way (cannot be flicked open, becoming a "gravity" knife). The No8 is the most day to day size out there. if you've got smaller hands, a number 7 would be better. the size difference isn't much, but the diameter of the handle does become noticeable for those with smaller hands. The edge retention is marvelous, and the simple beauty of the wood and steel make it stand out far more than any overdesigned and elaborate pocket knife. I've had hundreds of people recognize my opinel over the few years I've had it, my mother still has one, you cannot truly be a knife aficionado without owning an opinel.

looks good

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just bought this knife and it came quite sharp. for the price seems like its going to be a good edc

best folding knife on the planet

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I've had Opinel knives for nearly forty years. They're unbeatable. I was once the guest at a party, and knowing of my NW seafood cred, the host expected me to filet a 30 lb king salmon, Problem was that the salmon was still partially frozen, and every knife in his kitchen was as dull as a butter knife. The only Opinel I had on me was a No 8, and that did the trick. I've not yet experienced peril in which my life has depended on the Opinel, but I'm sure that if that day comes, it won't let me down. Buy the knife. Better yet, buy two -- you should always have a spare.

Basic, Simple Superb!

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I was given my first Opinel No.8 many years ago by an old friend who was a world traveler. He told me that any Frenchman worth his salt owned an Opinel. I have relied on this simple and basic implement ever since. Reliable and sharp it has been in service for many years. After a recent move, I was unable to find my No.8 and have now decided to obtain another. My friend, who provided the first one, always kept a supply of them in his tool box, both for use and as gifts, ordaining others into the world of the greatest knife ever. In a world of high priced stainless steel blades, it is nice to still have a basic, affordable easy to sharpen, carbon blade.

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