04 January 2014

Opinel No 8 Carbone, Sometimes Simple is All You Need

Opinel No 8 Carbone by Bikewright
Opinel No 8 Carbone, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

Opinel knives have been making their way in French farmers pockets since 1890. The Opinel No8 caught my eye a few months ago with its classic and timeless look simple design and cheap price. I was able to purchase the knife online and with shipping ran me $13.00.

No 8 Made in France by Bikewright
No 8 Made in France, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

Simple in design. A knife is a tool with a job to do, cutting that is. Looking for a knife to take on a bikepacking, touring or backpacking trip this might be your knife.

Opinel Carbone by Bikewright
Opinel Carbone, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

My Opinel No8 has a beech wood handle and a carbon blade. The No8 comes either in carbon or stainless steel. You ask what's the difference in the to different types of steel. The carbon blade is easy to sharpen. As you can see I had a couple of nicks in the blade. With a DMT sharpener and about 5 minutes I was able to get the nicks out of the blade and get shaving sharp. The blade will also rust or patina with use. The stainless steel is harder to sharpen but will not rust.

Is it a knife to take on a weekend bikepacking, touring or backpacking trip? Time will tell, but right now I would say it would be a great knife to take on that outing to cut cheese and summer sausage with and wash it off with a beer. Since I like to use it on food items and it has a carbon blade that will rust I use Ballistol to oil the knife with. So far this has worked on keeping the knife like you see in the first picture of this post.

I will do a follow-up post later in the year to see how well the knife is doing.

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