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Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:20 am
by riadat
I don't see any posts in this forum so I wanted to talk about the knife I carry in my pocket. It is a number 8 carbon Opinel knife.

If you want a sharp knife that is pretty rugged, holds an edge, and is very light and very cheap you can't go wrong with an Opinel.

They also make a stainless version with sandvik steel which holds an edge well.

I prefer the carbon blade because it is super easy to sharpen. I have some crock sticks in one of those little 10 dollar lansky boxes. I put the sticks on 20 degrees and run the opinel up and down a few times and the knife becomes like surgically sharp. If you ever lose the edge and it won't come back you can use sandpaper and a mousepad to get it back if you screw up the geometry and then go back to the 20 degree crock sticks.

I carved on my knife a bit to make it easier to grab the blade and oiled the wood to darken it. Then you can put a patina on the blade using vinegar or something to help out with rust.

I have had quite a few of these and sometimes from the factory you need to adjust them a bit. You can pop the lock ring off with a pair of needle nose pliers or a small screw driver. You may have to tweak the ring by spreading it. You can loosen the knife or tighten it by adjusting the ring and by use and. I oil my blade with olive oil because I use it in food prep.

I have carried the number 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 before and overall my preference would be for the number 8.

Regardless, these aren't combat or tactical but they are light, the steel is very good, and they are cheap.


Re: Opinel.

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:17 am
by hkguy
this has been my EDC knife for the past year

Benchmade 950 Rift


Re: Opinel.

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:37 am
by robalo23

Benchmade Mel Pardue Design

Re: Opinel.

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:52 pm
by riadat
Those are awesome knives and I would gladly carry either of them. If you want a super sharp knife that only costs 12 bucks, don't ignore the opinel.

I lost mine the other day and grabbed another one and carried it around. Then my daughter was digging around in the cushions throwing them on the floor. There was my missing knife in the couch.

I wasn't too worried about the opinel being lost but would have panicked if I lost a benchmade.

Re: Opinel.

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:37 pm
by samuelrp
I think carbon is easier for the average joe to sharpen.

Re: Opinel.

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:40 am
by medic68
The Opinel is a great knife. I literally know dozens of people who have one. While it may be relegated to garden work or bush crafting it is definitely a cost effective, quality piece of gear.

Another knife to consider might be the ubiquitous Douk Douk. They come in several sizes and can be found just about everywhere.
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Not a pock knife by any means but the Mora is also a great choice for a utility knife. Super sharp but the Scandi grind can be a bitch to sharpen if you jack it up.
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Re: Opinel.

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:10 pm
by riadat
There is also the Svord and that okapi/kudu knife. Mora is a great knife.

Re: Opinel.

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:29 am
by nachodaddy
Can't go wrong with either choice that Charlie mentioned! Don't have a Douk Douk but I hear great things about them. I love my Moras!

Re: Opinel.

Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:08 pm
by the925life
I'm a complete knife geek and Opinel, Mora, and Condor are probably the best value you will find in the cutlery world. Condor for a full tang workhorse, Mora for comfort and versatility, and Opinel for your pocket.

Re: Opinel.

Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 6:31 am
by Eric_in_FL
I've got one of those green Moraknivs. I pulled that thing out of the box years ago when I first got it, held an empty 2 liter bottle by the lid, stuck the knife straight through the middle of it and rotated the top around 360 and cut that 2 liter in half. Just twisting from the top with non-knife hand.

Love that thing. For 14 bucks? Love it even more.