Practical guide to preserving your Opinel knives

Essential maintenance steps for your Opinel pocket knives


If you are a camping, hiking or fishing enthusiast or simply a fan of pocket knives, you undoubtedly know the Opinel brand. For over 130 years, Opinel has been producing quality pocket knives in France, known for their iconic design and reliability. In order to preserve their quality and prolong their life, it is essential to take care of them by using a maintenance kit and following the appropriate maintenance steps.


Cleaning the blade and handle

After each use, carefully clean the blade and handle with hot water. Use a sponge or soft brush to remove any traces of dirt or food. Be sure to dry the knife thoroughly before storing it. Avoid using abrasive products or harsh detergents that could damage the handle and blade.

Sharpening the blade

Regular sharpening of the blade is crucial to maintaining the cutting quality of your Opinel knife. Use a natural stone or a manual knife sharpener to sharpen the blade. You can also use a steel for large kitchen knives. Use a wet honing steel to sharpen your blades. It is important to maintain the original sharpening angle of the blade for best results (approximately 20°).



Using maintenance oil

The use of maintenance oil is important to protect the blade, ferrule and handle of your Opinel knife. Maintenance oil helps to prevent rust and corrosion and also helps to protect the wood of the handle. Apply a small amount of maintenance oil to the blade and handle and spread it evenly with a soft cloth. Be sure not to leave any excess oil on the knife, as this may attract dirt and dust.



Preserving the knife

To preserve your Opinel pocket knife in the best possible condition, it is important to store it correctly. Avoid leaving your knife in direct sunlight or in damp places. Store it in a safe, dry place, away from children.


By following these simple steps, you can care for your Opinel pocket knife and extend its life.

Use the maintenance kit and keep your knife in the best possible condition so that it remains in perfect working order for years to come.

Opinel is a durable, high-quality pocket knife made in France, and it is important to give it the care and attention it deserves.


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