What does the Opinel logo mean?

In 1909 Opinel formally registered the trademark for his knives. Both blade and handle carried the company name and a small logo depicting the emblematic main couronnée, or crowned hand. This was a reference to St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of Saint-Jean-deMaurienne and the apostle who had baptized Jesus.

What is the classic Opinel?

The Opinel pocket knife is an instantly recognizable object, beloved in France and around the world. While the most famous is, without a doubt, the classic No. 08, Opinel has long made the iconic folding knife in a number of sizes, ranging from diminutive key chain knives to enormous collectible items.

Are Opinel knives made in France?

Rooted in history and a commitment to craftsmanship, the Opinel family still makes their knives in the Savoie region of France, nestled at the foot of the French Alps.

How old is the Opinel knife?

History. Joseph Opinel began making knives in 1890 in Savoie, France as a simple working man’s or peasant’s knife. It proved popular with the local farmers, herdsmen, and paysans-vignerons (peasant winemakers) of the area. In 1897, a series of twelve sizes, numbered 1 to 12, was developed.

What knife did Pablo Picasso use?

Opinel knife
And Pablo Picasso himself used an Opinel knife to carve his statues (the No. 5 knife, in case you’re wondering). The knives are so ubiquitous in France that in 1989, the word “opinel” was added into the French dictionary as the generic term for pocket knife (like kleenex or band-aid here in the States).

Are Opinel knives legal in the UK?

The Opinel Carbon Steel Non-Locking knives are have blades under 3 inches and therefore legal to carry in the UK.

Why is Opinel so popular?

Thin is in, and Opinel blades are ground to making cutting a breeze. Although a thick blade like those found on most modern or tactical knives can be useful and handle more rough work, the vast majority of cutting that the vast majority of people do is best done with a thin blade.

Can you carry a knife in your car UK?

Carrying a knife in public must be in connection with the activity for which it is needed; leaving it in your car or going into a shop with a knife in your pocket if you are returning from or going to a place where you use it etc.

What is the sentence for carrying a knife in the UK?

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.

Why are Opinel knives good?

The Opinel No. 8 is a great knife. It has one of the best blade shapes in the world, and a comfortable, attractive handle. The two major issues I have with it-the choice of steel and the bulky carry-can be addressed by getting a stainless steel model in a smaller size.

Are Opinel knives legal in UK?