IT ALL BEGAN IN 1890
In 1890, Joseph Opinel turned 18 and worked in the family workshop. With a passion for new machines and innovative technologies, he built his own camera and soon became the photographer for weddings and special events in his area. Led by his passion for machinery and the manufacturing process, he decided to invent an object which he could manufacture using modern technology. Against his father's wishes, he spent most of his free time refining the shape and manufacturing of a small pocket knife: the Opinel No.8 was born!
1890年，约瑟夫·奥皮内尔（Joseph Opinel）十八岁，在家庭作坊工作。 凭借对新机器和创新技术的热情，他制造了自己的相机，并很快成为该地区婚礼和特别活动的摄影师。 由于对机械和制造工艺充满热情，他决定发明一种可以使用现代技术制造的物体。 违背父亲的意愿，他花了大部分时间来细化小口袋刀的形状和制造：Opinel 8号多用刀由此诞生了！
In 1565, King Charles IX of France ordered that every master cutler affix an emblem on their manufactured items to attest for the origin and quality. To follow in this tradition, Joseph Opinel chose the Crowned Hand as his emblem in 1909. The blessing hand is that of Saint John the Baptist, taken from the coat of arms of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, the nearest town in Albiez-le-Vieux, the birthplace of the Opinel family. Joseph Opinel added a crown as a reminder that Savoie was a duchy. All the blades on Opinel knives and tools have been stamped with The Crowned Hand ever since.
1565年，法国国王查理九世下令，每位主刀匠都在其制成品上贴上徽章，以证明产地和质量。 为了遵循这一传统，约瑟夫·奥皮内尔（Joseph Opinel）在1909年选择了加冕手作为他的象征。祝福的手是施洗者圣约翰，这是从阿尔比耶斯最近的小镇圣让德毛里安的徽章上摘下来的。
Originally, the Opinel knife had four components: the blade, the fixed ferrule, the rivet and the haft. The fixed ferrule was needed to firmly rivet the blade to the haft. In 1955, Marcel Opinel, who had been working on improving the safety of the knife, invented the Virobloc® system. He added a rotating ferrule which slid onto the fixed ferrule, closing the groove and thus locking the blade in the open position. The idea was simple enough but hard to achieve. In the 90’s, the Virobloc® system was modified to lock the blade in the closed position. This feature was added to all models in the early 2000's.
最初，Opinel刀具有四个组件：刀片，固定套圈，铆钉和柄。 需要使用固定套圈将刀片牢固地铆钉到柄上。 1955年，一直致力于提高刀具安全性的Marcel Opinel发明了Virobloc®系统。 他添加了一个旋转套圈，该套圈滑到固定套圈上，关闭了凹槽，从而将刀片锁定在打开位置。 这个想法很简单，但是很难实现。 在90年代，对Virobloc®系统进行了修改，将刀片锁定在关闭位置。 在2000年代初期，此功能已添加到所有型号中。
The Opinel knife is a popular everyday item whose aesthetics and functionality have won over generations of users. It has remained unchanged for over a century, with a design that is one of the most successful of all time. For this reason, Opinel was recognized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1985 for the best-designed items in the world alongside the Porsche 911 and the Rolex watch.
Opinel刀是一种流行的日常用品，其美学和功能赢得了几代用户的青睐。 在过去的一个多世纪中，它的设计一直是最成功的设计之一。 因此，Opinel与保时捷911和劳力士腕表一起，于1985年获得维多利亚和阿尔伯特博物馆的全球最佳设计奖。
Opinel is part of French cultural heritage and is cited by name in many publications. In 1989, it received an entry in the Larousse dictionary, alongside the brands Bic, Frigidaire and Solex as a registered trade name with the following current definition: folding knife featuring a wooden haft with a groove in which the blade is inserted when the knife is closed.
Opinel是法国文化遗产的一部分，并在许多出版物中被引用。 1989年，它在Larousse词典中获得了一个条目，与Bic，Frigidaire和Solex等品牌一起作为注册商标，具有以下当前定义：折叠刀，带有带有柄的木柄，插入刀时可在其中插入刀片 关闭。
To facilitate production flow and the growth of the company, the decision was made to gradually coalesce all business activities into one site. In 2003, the head office was moved from Cognin to Revériaz. A new building was constructed alongside the existing workshops.
The Opinel buildings at 508 boulevard Henry Bordeaux in Chambéry now covered a 5,000-m² area.
为了促进生产流程和公司的成长，决定逐步将所有业务活动合并到一个站点。 2003年，总公司从Cognin迁至Revériaz。 在现有车间旁边建造了一座新建筑。
508 boulevard Henry Bordeaux in Chambéry的Opinel建筑物现在占地5,000平方米。
In 1989, with the permission of the Opinel Company, Jacques Opinel turned the workshop of his grandfather Jean (Joseph's brother), who was also a blacksmith/edge-tool maker, into a museum. The Opinel museum is located in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and rapidly became one of the top visitor destinations in Savoie. This free, private museum exploring Opinel's history was successfully renovated and enlarged in 2013 and then again in 2018 by the Opinel company, Jacques Opinel and his son Maxime. There, you will discover the Opinel family's origins and Savoie roots, as well as the changes to the manufacturing processes and the technical and commercial development of the brand.
1989年，在Opinel公司的允许下，雅克·奥派内尔（Jacques Opinel）将他的祖父让·约瑟夫（约瑟夫的兄弟）的车间变成了博物馆，后者也是铁匠/修边工具的制造商。 Opinel博物馆位于圣让德莫里安（Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne），并迅速成为萨瓦省的热门景点之一。 这个免费的私人博物馆，探索Opinel的历史，于2013年成功翻新并扩大，然后在2018年由Opinel公司Jacques Opinel和他的儿子Maxime再次进行了扩建。 在这里，您会发现Opinel家族的起源和萨瓦人的根源，以及该品牌的制造工艺和技术与商业发展的变化。
The Iconic Opinel N°08
Both smart and simple, the Opinel knife is composed of 5 elements: the blade, the haft, the fixed ferrule, the rivet and the rotating ferrule that was added in 1955. The No. 08 features a sharp 8.5cm blade, a comfortable 9cm haft, and weighs in at an efficient 45 grams!
Anatomy of the No.08
1. Sharp traditional Yatagan Blade with a convex profile and a nail nick for opening. It is stamped with the Crowned Hand to ensure authenticity.
2. Fixed ring for robust feel and lifetime durability.
3. Round varnished wooden handle for a secure and comfortable grip.
4. (Not shown) Rivet to hold the blade and handle together.
5. Virobloc safety ring which locks the blade open, or closed for transport.