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Opinel No.12 Slim Knife


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French Opinel pocket knives: inexpensive, lightweight, and made from superb steel, they are the standard knife of French farmers, hikers, foragers and cyclo-tourists. In fact almost everyone who spends time in the countryside seems to have one. They've been made since 1890 in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the Rhône-Alpes.

I've used Opinel knives since I was a boy. I love the simple rotating ring that locks the blade either open or closed. There is no need for a spring because of the lock ring. The handle is beech, a light but tough wood. This makes Opinel knives quite light and great for cyclists and hikers.

This is longer and slimmer than the other models we stock, perfect for the several fishermen here. The stainless steel blade is better for filleting or cleaning a trout or other small fish. It's also nice if you just desire a longer blade for camp cooking.

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