Opinel has been made in France since 1890. They are one of the most widely recognized knives world-wide.

Relatively unknown in the USA they are excellent knives. Coming in both carbon and stainless steel varieties.

The handles are Beechwood and use a unique locking mechanism. The ring at the base of the blade turns. This means that after opening the knife and turning the ring there is about a 1/2 inch of metal preventing it from closing on your fingers.

This is especially handy when you are using the tools in the garden. I have had other folding saws close on me when the catches were hit by limbs. This has never occurred with the Opinels.

I have found a seller for these knives on eBay wooden-box is the sellers eBay name.

 

They can also be found on [url=http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&tag=mozilla-20&index=blended&link_code=qs&field-keywords=opinel&sourceid=Mozilla-search]Amazon[/url].

There is an Opinel-USA website at [url=http://www.opinel-usa.com]Opinel-USA[/url]