Opinel has been manufacturing quality knives and folding tools in the heart of the French Alps since 1890, the year when Joseph Opinel invented the penknife which today bears his name.
Opinel has been at the side of the craftsman, hiker, fisherman, nature enthusiast and others for 125 years.
Opinel has become a timeless object passed down through the centuries and the generations from pocket to pocket. A simple, noble object made of wood and steel, loved by the greatest artists and adventurers, raised to iconic statues by designers, renowned worldwide.
An essential object, an obvious fact, an extended hand, a strong link between Man and Nature.
All Opinel knives and folding tools share the same roots of simplicity and effectiveness.
It takes over twenty operations to manufacture a folding knife. Opinel’s manufacturing site at Chambery in Savoie has three workshops.
In the Steel Shop, the cut and tempered blade is ground and polished to the unique Opinel domed profile which ensures an unrivalled strength and cutting edge. The
Virobloc fixed and turning rings are shaped out of stainless steel strips.
The dimensions and quality rate of the “timber section” are checked in the Wood Shop. It is cut, formed and sawn to turn it into a handle. This round handle is then sanded and varnished.
The Assembly Shop put the handle, Virobloc and blade together. The final operation is hand sharpening the blade to a meticulous finish, a unique gesture which gives Opinel Knives their legendary cutting edge.
Each knife is inspected at all manufacturing stages.