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Opinel's, What's not to love!?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by gotboostvr, Jan 5, 2014.

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  1. plmitch

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    Looks like nice knives just never seen one.
     
  2. Shanghai McCoy

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    I have one that lives in one of my muzzleloader hunting pouches. Good knife and it has that "old timey" look that I like .
    I think I'd like one of those folding saws too now that I've seen it. Looks like it would be handy for tidying up branches in the deer blind..?
     
  3. Deltaboy1984

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    I got a number 10. It is great.
     
  4. Zeeemu

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    Not to rain on anyone's parade but any blade is better than no blade. :eek:
     
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  5. Speedo66

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    I've never found the handle shape to be comfortable in a pocket, and I prefer a knife that locks open automatically.

    Scandinavian steel is good, too bad Mora doesn't make folding knives.
     
  6. JohnKSa

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    I've spent enough time with knives that lock automatically that I've found myself a few times using my Opinel and assuming it's locked open when it's not.

    The other thing that worries me (and occasionally costs me some precious blood) is that the blade is sharp all the way to the hilt and there's nothing to keep your fingers wandering far enough forward to rub against that razor sharp corner at the back of the blade.

    I keep a stainless Opinel on my workbench.
     
  7. GLOOB

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    I am usually carrying a Svord Peasant over my Opi #8. The blade is a little thicker, and the handle a little more ergonomic. And there's no messing with the lock ring.

    If you like chromium-free carbon steel in a folding knife, there don't seem to be many other options in this price range. The Svord comes with a ridiculously thick edge, so it's not the slicer that an Opi is, without some serious work. But the steel is good, and they come apart really easily - a good feature for a folder with a carbon steel blade.
     
  8. Sam Cade

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    This is a #10 (we use them as steak knives that can live in the silverware drawer) wrapped in a paper towel and left soaking in a cup of white vinegar for a couple hours then scrubbed with a worn out piece of 2000 grit sandpaper.

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    After scrubbing.
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    They grind these with a fairly coarse belt.
     

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  9. GLOOB

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    Most of my carbon Opi's came warped. They needed a little work on the belt sander, anyways.
     
  10. olderguns

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    I really like that patina Sam,
    Mine didn't go so good with the mustard so going to retry with vinegar.
     
  11. Mp7

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    Only downside:

    Not opening when the wood swells due to moisture.


    Just had that happen with a brand new No12
    after first cleaning.


    I`d still recommend them for all of the above reasons.

    Would buy a ColdSteel Twister instantly.
     
  12. OH_Spartan

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    Olderguns, wipe the blade with the thinnest film of oil you can, then vinegar till dry. Comes up with a nice polka dot patina.

    Im getting kind of tired of it. I think I might polish it off and try embedding it in a potato next.

    Behold....another great thing about opinels....a new patina every week.
     

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    The "regulars" on this forum know my feelings on Opinels.
    I presented #6's this past Christmas to Sons -in-laws and Grandsons much to their delight.
    Yellow Mustard for Patina and WD-40 as a "hinge" lube !
     
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    I like Opinels as well. About to order me a #8.
     
  15. Sam Cade

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    The trick is to be patient.

    An overnight soak wrapped in a paper towel will get you something like this:

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    It's a good idea to tape off the handle on the Opinels with impermeable tape.
    Unless you like your knives to smell like pickles of course.
     
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  16. GLOOB

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    This thread got me tweaking my Opi's. Inspired by the chili pepper handle of my Peasant. The perspective is skewing things... that's an 8, 10, and 12. The Peasant has the shortest blade of them all. :)

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  17. Carl Levitian

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    If Opinel would do nothing else, I wish they would phase out the wood handle and make it an injection moulded polymer like the new outdoor Opinels or the old Cold Steel twist masters. The injection moulding would not only cut the cost for the company, but you'd get a truly weather proof knife, that would be stronger as well. I've had Opinel's get sticky onme from moisture, and I've had two of them crack in the wood opposite from the blade goove and just in back of the bolster.

    Synthetic handle would be such a great step up from the wood.
     
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    opening a 'sticky' Opinel

    When your Opinel gets 'sticky', have you guys tried rapping it sharply on a table top, tree trunk, boot heel?

    Here's how:
    Grasp the ferrule area in a pinch grip and knock the butt end (knobby part of handle) sharply on something resilient. This dislodges the blade such that you can now grasp it easily and fold the knife open.
     
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    And for folks wishing for a polymer handle instead of wood.

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    Looks like they're stepping up the designs and materials.
     
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    Damascus and ebony!
     
  23. GLOOB

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    That ebony handle is so tempting. I was pretty close to pulling the trigger, at one time, to add some bling to my EDC. But I can't bring myself to pay the limited edition markup for a knife that "needs" some value-destroying modifications.
     
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    I've been intrigued by knives ever since I was a kid, but I still don't get the Opinel's. I guess that means I have to own one for a while to really figure out why, right?
     
  25. hso

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    That's as good an excuse as any. :D
     
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