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Opinel 10 Stainless Steel Knives

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The shape of the traditional Opinel knife has remained unchanged since its design by Joseph OPINEL in 1890.
The knife’s wooden handle has a deep groove. Only highly resistant wood is suitable for shaping and producing hard-wearing handles. For this reason, beech wood, locally called “fayard”, is mostly used. Its grain is fine and homogeneous, providing excellent mechanical strength.




Carbon steel
When it was first designed, the OPINEL blade was made from carbon steel. We still use a similar grade today, with an approximate carbon content of 0.90% which is still better than stainless steel. Our carbon steel is first produced in Germany and finalised in France before being worked by OPINEL.
The grade can be sharpened very easily, so with regular maintenance, its cutting power is always perfect. When cutting a soft abrasive material such as wood, paper or cardboard, the cutting edge gets worn and tends to resharpen when in contact with the soft material. On the other hand, the cutting edge easily deteriorates when in contact with hard surfaces such as ceramic plates. This grade is also cheaper than stainless steel.
A carbon steel blade is more sensitive to corrosion and requires more maintenance than a stainless steel blade. It should not be used in a damp or acidic environment.

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Review for Opinel 10 Stainless Steel Knives by SPC electrical and property maintenance
28th October 2020

My son got me a set for Christmas last year and I use them for wood carving and find that they are great i much prefer the ones with the lock on them for carving as the smaller ones dont have a lock on them so you need to remember that and not cut your fingers off when they close in you

My son got me a set for Christmas last year and I use them for wood carving and find that they are great i much prefer the ones with the lock on them for carving as the smaller ones dont have a lock on them so you need to remember that and not cut your fingers off when they close in you


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Review for Opinel 10 Stainless Steel Knives by M.L.P Heating & plumbing
24th January 2019

I used these knives as a gamekeeper for all sorts of daily jobs these things are as tough as nails will stay sharp through just about anything comes in all different sizes for easy storage easy to clean and will float if dropped in water would recommend to any body as a hunting/fishing knife or anybody that uses a knife on a daily basis

I used these knives as a gamekeeper for all sorts of daily jobs these things are as tough as nails will stay sharp through just about anything comes in all different sizes for easy storage easy to clean and will float if dropped in water would recommend to any body as a hunting/fishing knife or anybody that uses a knife on a daily basis


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Review for Opinel 10 Stainless Steel Knives by Brite Spark Electrical
30th September 2018

I’ve had a fair few strange looks and laughs when I’ve pulled the opinel out of my pocket. But it’s handy for SWA cable as the blade is so thin. And not being a CK lambfoot nobody wants to steal it lol

I’ve had a fair few strange looks and laughs when I’ve pulled the opinel out of my pocket.

But it’s handy for SWA cable as the blade is so thin. And not being a CK lambfoot nobody wants to steal it lol


6th June 2018

Hi guys, Mike here for Expert Trades.

I'm just doing a small review on these Opinel knives. Now, if you've ever heard of Opinel, you'll know they're made in France. They've been pretty much making the same design for over 100 years. And they're a cracking little knife, and you can buy this knife for £6: an all-wooden handle, stainless steel or a carbon steel blade, depending on what you pick.

And I'm not great at sharpening knives. You can see, I'll hold up this one, how long I've had it. Everything's worn off and it's battered. I'll touch it up every so often on a bit of a diamond stone. This is the stainless steel version. And, listen, I'm not great at sharpening knives but I can get a good edge on it. It'll go clean through paper, no problem. And for cable, day to day jobs, it's brilliant. It does have a little locking collar on it here that you just spin around, if you're not familiar with this type of knife. And it drops back in. You can also re-lock it again.

But what I like with these is the odd day, I'm like anybody else, I forget to take my knife out my pocket. And any time I have had one of these other knives that people class as a "tactical knife", with the serrations and everything in, you know, if you get pulled over with it or somebody asks, "You got a knife on you?" This does look a lot less threatening, especially on a job site if you pull it out, if you need something a bit bigger than a Stanley knife. And this is nice and light as well.

Like I said, it doesn't look threatening at all. And particularly for me, stripping cable: great with SWA and that, because it is a nice, thin blade as well. You won't find anything better than slicing. The only thing I would say is this is the stainless steel one. If you do buy the carbon steel, I have a tendency to take the blade out and leave it in white vinegar for a while, because it gives it this greyish colour and stops it rusting up. Because, unlike the stainless steel, carbon steel will rust.

But these are a brilliant knives. They haven't been making them the same for 100 years because they're rubbish. You can get them in various sizes and colours; you can also get a very fetching pink. But, depending on the number depends on the size. That's a 7. That's an 8. That's a 9. And then you can get this ridiculously big 12, which makes you feel like a child, which I've found no actual use for. I've just bought it because I thought it looked funny, but it's too big for anything I've ever used so it's never really been used.

Thanks guys, anyway. I'd definitely recommend if you're looking for a new cable knife. I think these are brilliant for a job site and everything. And, at £6, if you lose it it's not the end of the world, as opposed to some Gerbers I've paid for; been gutted when I lost it, and I've always ended up coming back to this, which you can see how long I've had it. Bye, guys.