Opinel No 8 Carbon Knife Review

There are a million different knives on the market today. Manufactured in France, the Opinel No 8 Carbon stands alone as a timeless classic that has served generations of men and women well. As the most versatile and bestselling size in the huge line of Opinel folding knives, the Opinel No 8 Carbon is guaranteed to serve you well for years to come.


Joseph Opinel began manufacturing knives in Savoie, France in 1890. Developed in various sizes, the knives first became popular with railway workers through France. As word got out of their beautiful simplicity and ability to get the job done, the knives popularity soared and Opinel created a factory to meet the demand.


The success of Opinel knives, including the Opinel No 8 Carbon, is based on their beautiful simplicity and ability to perform well.

In 1985, the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum selected the Opinel as part of an exhibit of the “100 Most Beautiful Products in the World.” Other products represented were the Porsche 911 and the Rolex watch, solidifying Opinel’s status as an elite knife by design standards.

The Opinel No 8 Carbon has only five parts, designed to work in perfect harmony:

  • The flared handle – Traditionally made of beech wood, the handle contains a slot for the blade when it’s not in use. The shape of the handle provide superior comfort while the fishtail flare protects the point of the knife and exposes the spine of the blade for easy opening.
  • The safety ring – Known as the Virobloc©, the lock ring serves a dual purpose. First, a simple twist locks the blade in the closed position, ensuring safe handling and preventing accidents. The locking also twists into place when the blade is open, ensuring that the knife will not unexpectedly fold and allowing the knife to function as if it were a standard non-folding knife.
  • The blade – Opinel blades come in two metals: Stainless steel or carbon steel. While the stainless steel knives stay shiny and don’t rust, the carbon blades can take a sharper edge and provide an improved cutting performance.

The other two parts (pivot pin and clamping band), are both internal parts that allow the knife to unfold and hold together.


The most important question with any knife is, “Will it do its job?” A knife that can’t cut is useless. Fortunately, the Opinel No 8 Carbon provides an exceptional cutting ability.

The No. 8 is the perfect size blade for everyday use. It doesn’t matter whether you are working on a DIY projects, cooking in the kitchen, pitching a campsite or stranded in the wilderness; the Opinel No 8 Carbon is sure to see you through.

It’s fair to say that this knife is unrivaled among knives. Between its incredible legacy, its perfect simplicity and its exceptional performance, nothing should deter you from purchasing one right away. There is simply no better knife for the price.

The Opinel No 8 Carbon knife will see you through decades of daily use. Buy one for yourself, buy one for your father and keep a small supply for easy and classy gifts for people you care about.