(オピネル) OPINEL ステンレススチール ナイフ ♯9
I was on the fence between No. 8 and No. 9. Being a tall guy with large hands, I'm glad I got the 9. It might be a bit too big if you want a pocket knife, but I wouldn't want anything smaller for a utility knife. It might even be a slight bit small, but it's a decent balance between handling and portability.
The blade came and stayed sharp. It's light but sturdy. Pleased with the purchase.
Mine is lovely and exactly what I wanted. Mine came sharp enough for my needs and it's able to be opened, even though the movement is a bit stiff. It easily fits in your pocket or you can use a holster-case like this one: UltraFire® Nylon Flashlight Holster Case Cover Skin With Belt Clip - Black
I bought this to have as a piece of history but I use it for its functionality and simplicity. Give it a shot.
The No. 8 knife is a very useful size, but the ones I've had have been hard to open, and the locking rings are hard to turn. It takes strong fingers and fingernails, it takes time, and it leaves my fingertips feeling raw. In short, it's a pain.
For whatever reason, the No. 9's I've had have been MUCH easier to open, close, lock, and unlock. They are only slightly larger than the No. 8, and they are still a very useful size-- not too big.
Like all the Opinels, they lock solidly in the open or closed position. They are lightweight. They take a fierce edge and they cut beautifully. The handles are comfortable and I find the knives good-looking too. For the price, they are one of the best bargains in the world.
I have found that all my Opinels have needed some sharpening when new. No big deal. I draw them across a diamond hone. In a few minutes, I have an excellent edge. These knives have a convex blade profile, and for best performance really should be drawn across the hone, rather than having the edge pushed across it. No doubt, it is the convex grind that helps give the Opinels their great cutting ability.
For use in the great outdoors, or indeed anywhere else, a lanyard is extremely useful. Most modern folders have pocket clips that keep the knife secured but accessible. The Opinel has none. I have found that the wooden handle is easy enough to drill through, and once you have a hole, a short length of nylon cord makes a dandy lanyard loop. Tying the knife to your person keeps it from getting lost when you are in the woods, on a boat, on the farm, or wherever, and attaching a cheap carabiner from your local dollar store (or Amazon) lets you clip the knife to a belt loop to keep it secured but accessible, just like with a modern tactical folder.
One-handed opening is easy, despite the lack of a thumb stud or thumb hole. Unlock the blade by turning the locking ring, get your fingertips on either side of the blade, and lever the end of the handle against your body (say, the side of your leg). Pull on the blade and the whole thing will hinge open. Once it is about half open, you can shift your grip to get more fingertips on the blade, and get a better angle to lever it completely open. When it is open, shift your grip to hold the handle, and then turn the ring to lock the blade.
Closing it one-handed is even quicker and simpler, as you only need unlock, press the back of the blade against your body to close it, and then lock again (optional).
Obviously, this procedure is not as convenient (or safe!) as using a modern tactical folder, but it does work, and with the No. 9, it works quite well. Using two hands to open the knife is recommended, but if you only have one hand free and you need your knife NOW, it will work.
For those who've read my other reviews, you know that I will generally withhold one star in my rating if the product is not made in the USA. I am making a rare exception. This knife performs so well, and is such a wonderful value, that I am giving it my highest recommendation, in spite of the fact that it is made in France. I hope the French are proud of this knife. Despite their reputation for wonderful cheese, wine, literature, etc., this knife may be the best product they have ever exported.
Like I said, this is the first Opinel I've ever purchased. This is NOT going to be the last!! It's not a fancy tactical knife (not what I was looking for ATM) -- just a REALLY GOOD general purpose knife for frequent/daily use.
The 6's blade was a little too short to be a good all-round knife, the 8 was a decent size but the carbon steel would not open easily (I've read several similar complaints about the carbon-8) and the blade's edge began to deteriorate after several sharpenings. Not so the stainless versions. The knife opens and closes smoothly, and holds a good clean edge, not to mention the fact that Opinels look fantastic.
I keep this knife in my picnic/winery basket, and it always feels and looks great to bring it out (along with my Chateau Laguiole corkscrew) at the picnic table.
It's built great, and the almost raw format of the handle makes it easy to customize, which you can see in the pictures I uploaded.
The blade is strong, sharp, and super wicked.
Quit thinking about it; buy an Opinel ASAP.