Blade length – 4.25 inches
Open length – 8 inches
Stainless steel, beechwood
Classic French folding knives
Joseph Opinel designed his first pocket knife in 1890, featuring a wooden haft with a groove in which the blade was inserted when the knife was closed.
Originally, the Opinel knife had four components: the blade, the fixed ferrule, the rivet and the haft. The fixed ferrule was needed to firmly rivet the blade to the haft. In 1955, Marcel Opinel, who had been working on improving the safety of the knife, invented the Virobloc® system. He added a rotating ferrule which slid onto the fixed ferrule, closing the groove and thus locking the blade in the open position. The idea was simple enough but hard to achieve. In the 1990’s, the Virobloc® system was modified to lock the blade in the closed position. This feature was added to all models in the early 2000’s.
In 1985 the Victoria and Albert Museum added the Opinel knife to their list of the best-designed items in the world.