Somehow I forgot to post this here. So, for those of you who missed it, the first time around–here it is! And just what is this gem? It is a short–very short–clip on how to open an Opinel.¬† As many of you know, my favorite “pocket” knife is an Opinel No. 8. I carry one with me all the time, but when I am traveling or dressed up somewhere you may see me reaching for my Opinel for something and then patting all my pockets thinking I’ve lost it instead of left it behind.
I have several Opinels, but the current No. 8 is the one I use the most, and have had in my pocket for the past 8 years at least. It takes a while to get into the condition necessary for opening as shown in the video, but as something you should have by your side every waking minute, it will soon become worn enough to perform this trick. The Opinel is an heirloom tool. I have lost my No.8 on several occasions, and each time it is like loosing a friend. An all out search is launched and the hunt continues with me in a cloudy, dark mood until it is found. Two of my daughters earned their first pocket knives–Opinels of course–for finding my No.8. Once on a vast sandy beach, and another time in the Rhubarb patch where I had been cutting leaves from stems.
So for cutting bailing twine, scraping battery terminals, gutting that deer which just bounced off your fender, checking apple seeds to see if the fruit is ripe in the orchard, or cutting¬† piece of cheese to take with you to the orchard to test the apples–I give you “How to Open an Opinel.”