‘Sturdy, rustic, practical – the most simple knife in the world’

The firm OPINEL employs today 95 persons, all based in Chambery.

Through this 100% French production, OPINEL S.A manufactures 4 million units per year of which 40% are exported to the 5 continents.
In one century 210,000,000 knives have been sold in the world…

Today, OPINEL offers to the hobbyists and to the professionals, a set of closing tools, made of wood and steel, robust and reliable, ingenious in its creation and easy to use.

A Symbol of Tradition

Many people, since 1890, are fanatics of OPINEL, because of its reliability and simplicity.

Known or unknown, artists and craftsmen, adventurers or just walkers, for every body, to have an OPINEL is not ordinary: it is a way of life and genuineness.

So, Pablo PICASSO used it to carve little stones like women’s profiles and heads of bull…

In 1959 it saves Pierre PAQUET’s life, mountain guide, Roger FRISONROCHE had it always in his pocket, even in Paris …

In 1986 it is again thanks to the OPINEL that Alain COLAS, the famous navigator, could release his leg and save his own life. Eric TABARLY declared to be a supporter of the “crowned hand”…

In 1986 the knife is the faithful companion of Jean-Louis ETIENNE, during his expedition to the pole…

The most famous names of French cooking consider the OPINEL as being an object that never leaves their pocket…

The OPINEL, it is also an object that symbolizes an atmosphere, a way of life which has inspired every kind of literature (novels, adventure stories, detective novels, essays) and so many famous writers…

The first article about OPINEL has been published in 1913 and from this moment, a lot of others have been counted in France and all over the world (Japan , Russia , and United States)…

In 1985, the VICTORIA and ALBERT MUSEUM of London selects the OPINEL to appear in the “The Good Design Guide”, an anthology of the 100 most beautiful objects in the world.

OPINEL has been quoted in the catalogue of the Modern Art Museum of New York. It is known in the United States as the French Country Knife…

In 1989, the OPINEL is listed into LE LAROUSSE among the registered names. it is officially part of the French heritage…


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