Stainless steel blade
With your OPINEL open, run warm water on the blade and wipe with a sponge and washing-up liquid.
Rinse the blade with warm water while taking care not to soak the wooden handle. Leave the blade to dry before closing (this is not necessary for plastic handles).
Important: Do not immerse your knife in water as this could warp the wooden handle.
Carbon steel blade
With your OPINEL open, wipe the blade with a damp warm sponge and washing-up liquid. Rinse your sponge in warm water and wipe the blade a second time to remove any residue. Immediately dry the blade with a dry and soft tea towel. Lubricating the blade with cooking oil before closing the knife is recommended (this prevents oxidation).
Important: Do not immerse your knife in water as this could warp the wooden handle and do not wash the blade by running it under water.
Cleaning in the dishwasher
Pocket knives (closing blade): Beware, pocket knives should not be cleaned in the dishwasher to avoid permanent damage to your knives.
Kitchen and table knives (fixed blade): To preserve the quality of your OPINELs, hand washing is recommended. However, if you prefer to wash them in the dishwasher, dishwasher powder rather than all-in-one tablets is recommended. Furthermore, remove the knives from the dishwasher as soon as the cycle is finished.