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Even though the OPINEL knife looks simple, its manufacture requires several techniques which are complex when scaled up to an industrial production. This includes woodwork and steel work as well as work on new materials such as top-of-the-range synthetic polymers.

The handle

The shape of the traditional Opinel knife has remained unchanged since its design by Joseph OPINEL in 1890. The knife’s wooden handle has a deep groove. Only highly resistant wood is suitable for shaping and producing hard-wearing handles. Fo...

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The blade

There is no ideal steel for knifes, but a wide range of grades which are more or less well suited to the knife’s purpose. By definition, steel is an alloy combining iron and carbon. When no other element is added, it is commonly called carbon...

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