Opinel Folding Knives - Best Size

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.

.

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.

.

bullet08

Preferred Member
Nov 26, 2018
1,120
4,376
52
RTP, NC. USA
Calumet pipe tools are nice. Have one with briar scales. But, don't really have a use for it. It's a nice toy to look at, and definitely well built. But, $2 pipe nail is all I need. Also, that blade is not sharp. You won't be cutting plugs with it. If you are looking for Opinel, No. 8 in carbon steel is the way to go.
 
  • Like
Reactions: danimalia and BROBS

jttnk

Preferred Member
Dec 22, 2017
629
2,350
Oh great, another cool thing I didn’t know I needed until pursuing through you musings. Now I must have one of these. The look so cool and who doesn’t “need” a cool little pocket knife. Thanks enablers! I think I like the 6 with olive wood. Sorry to be a copy cat Brobs, but you have good taste.
 

B.Fee

Member
Nov 28, 2019
266
2,546
Honolulu
No°8 and No°9 is my preferred size. Both in carbon and stainless. The carbon blade is a No°8 my favorite as it takes a wicked sharp edge. Clean and dry regularly and no more rust issues than the stainless version. It will react with some foods but stains don't hurt the blades sharpness .. knives next to Salty Dogs.20200516_071303.jpg
 

Misanthrope

Member
Apr 26, 2020
135
345
Pacific Moistwest
For that money I’d get an Opinel and a Rogers pipe knife.

And still have $150 🤣

Edit: I see now the one end is a tamper. Though I’ve never liked using something so bulky as a tamper. Even the Rogers knife is too big as a tamper IMO.
I like the looks of the Rodgers gentleman smoker knife, but I’m torn between that and the A.G. Russell pipe knife. They’re in roughly the same pricing ballpark and have the same set of tools, and both look nice.
 

bullet08

Preferred Member
Nov 26, 2018
1,120
4,376
52
RTP, NC. USA
What about sharpening? What should I use and how often should I sharpen it? You can probably tell I have no experience with "real" knives, so you might as well direct me towards a good tutorial on how to sharpen as well :oops: lol
You can get some sharpening systems. Lansky and DMT systems with diamond hones are good. But, free hand sharpening is the way to go. Use less expensive knives and practice.
 

didimauw

Moderator
Staff member
Jul 28, 2013
4,591
3,747
31
WI
For that money I’d get an Opinel and a Rogers pipe knife.

And still have $150 🤣

Edit: I see now the one end is a tamper. Though I’ve never liked using something so bulky as a tamper. Even the Rogers knife is too big as a tamper IMO.
I loved my Rogers pipe knives. I had two. They both walked away from me. I hope they come back someday....

However I looked into buying an opinel knife for a long time. I was fortunate enough to see and hold one in person at a thrift store, and decided not to buy it. They feel too light and flimsy for my liking. But I know they have a cult following, and are great for carving.
 
  • Like
Reactions: marconi and jpmcwjr

NEmery

New member
Dec 31, 2019
35
87
Beaufort, SC
My Opinel is a 7 and works perfect for cutting plug. The Carbon blades are extremely thin and hold a nice edge, so it makes them cut the sticky dense plug easily!
I have been debating buying a larger Opinel as a carry piece, but they are so lightweight that you don't even realize when they aren't there. I dropped mine in my firepit within days of owning it and didn't even notice that it was out of my pocket until I went to use it. Luckily it landed away from the heat.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BROBS and jpmcwjr

marconi

Member
May 17, 2019
100
220
England
Opinel nos 7 with a carbon steel blade made in France, sharp or what! Simplicity itself.
Rodgers smokers knife made in Sheffield England in the original factory.
A classic but it can wander,but usually turns up later.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BROBS

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.

.