In order to celebrate the 130 years of Opinel, Camille Regnaudin, founder of the Art By Friends collective, answered our questions.
Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
I am Camille Regnaudin, I am 36, I was born in Ajaccio and I live in Annecy. My passions are skateboarding, traveling and developing my
Art By Friends artistic activities.
What is your first Opinel memory?
My first Opinel memory was seeing Marcel, my farmer grandfather from the Auvergne, use his Opinel when I was a kid. It was a Nº08 that he carried with him everywhere, from work to the dining table. I think he probably gave me my first Opinel.
Many think Opinel is synonymous with expertise and something to be passed on. What values does Opinel convey to you?
For me, it is a mix that comes from its history. Family values, local manufacturing still based in Chambéry, the
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne museum, the longevity of the product ranges, and the artistic factor, as one can see with the new series and the Opinel Series exhibition. These values make the Opinel knife a transgenerational object that one enjoys using, gifting, decorating and wearing out.
If you could only choose one Opinel, which would it be?
The Nº08, definitely, and in particular its recent Amour edition.
Opinel in three words?
Noble, immortal, classic.