FIRST OF ALL, THE EXTREMELY RARE HANDLE IS AS OLD, OR EVEN OLDER, AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The Opinel Knife, or simply Opinel, is a simple, wooden-handled Pocket Knife manufactured since 1890 in the town of Saint-Jean-de Maurienne in the Savoie region of France. The Opinel knife was invented by Joseph Opinel in 1890 in Savoie as a simple working man's or Peasant's knife.
It became very popular with the local farmers, herdsmen, and paysan vignerons (peasant winemakers) of the area. In 1897, a series of twelve sizes, numbered 1 to 12, was developed.The Opinel Virobloc or safety twistlock mechanism was invented by Marcel Opinel in 1955, greatly increasing the safety and versatility of the knife by allowing the blade to be locked in the open position. In 2000, the Virobloc locking mechanism was improved to allow locking the blade in either the open or closed position. The traditional Opinel knife has a beechwood handle and a high carbon XC90 steel (acier au carbon) blade.
Opinel also offers most of its models with a Sandvik 12C27M stainless steel (acier inox) blade. Custom Opinel models are available using luxurious or exotic handle woods such as oak, walnut, olive, rosewood and stained hornbeam, as well as other materials such as cowhorn. The construction of the current production Opinel knife is very simple, consisting of only five components: a blade, wooden handle, stainless steel metal clamping band, stainless pivot pin (axle), and (except in the case of the smaller models) a stainless steel Virobloc locking collar, which locks the blade open or closed. EVERY FRENCH HOUSEHOLD OWNS SEVERAL OF THOSE OPINEL KNIFES. THIS IS A RARE UNIQUE CUSTOM ONE!!!YOU KNOW THAT NOBODY WILL HAVE THE SAME KNIFE. THE HANDLE IS IN AN AMAZING CONDITION CONSIDERING THE AGE! IT IS AN AMAZING KNIFE , A REAL BEAUTY. THE BLADE IS NEW AND VERY SHARP, IT IS THE PERFECT CARRY SIZE, THE TOUCH IS A DREAM. OPEN THE KNIFE IS 7 1/4. / 18.5 CM, CLOSED 4.5. "/ 11.5CM , THE BLADE IS 3" / 7.5CM. THE KNIFE IS IN A GREAT CONDITION. PLEASE REVIEW MY OTHER ITEMS. The item "FRENCH OPINEL KNIFE, UNIQUE CUSTOM, NUMBER 6, 18TH CENTURY HANDLE" is in sale since Monday, May 07, 2012.
This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Knives & Tools\Folding Blade". The seller is "beytout" and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.