In 1890, in a small village in the Savoie Mountains, Joseph Opinel invented the pocket knife that bears his name.
Today, the Opinel company is run by Joseph Opinel’s descendants and manufactures quality knives and tools in Chambery, Savoie. They offer an extended range of pocket knives for crafts, sports and outdoor activities as well as kitchen and table knives, garden tools and more.
OPINEL SAS is a family-owned company, Denis Opinel is the chief executive and the great-son of the founder.
Two deputy directors are in charge of the operational management with 4 directors (Industry director, Purchasing & Development director, Marketing & Communication director, Export director).
- Turnover 2016: 22 million €, 45% from exports
- Staff: 110 people, including 70 people in production.
- Number of knives manufactured each year = 4 500 000
The Chambéry factory employs 110 people, whom 70 work directly in production.Additional 1000 sq meters were built in 2015, to support our activity development.
All our products (pocket knives, blade steel carbon and blade stainless steel, pocket knives specialists, gardening tools) are made in our factory of Chambéry in France. Excepted kitchen knives and table knives : injection molds and cutting tools are developped by Opinel, wooden handles are made in Chambéry, but these items are made and assembled by our partner in Portugal.