Opinel N012 Folding Knife 4.75" X90 Carbon Plain Blade, Beechwood Handle - OP13120


Part #: OP12 | Opinel Knives
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OP12: N012 Folding Knife, Carbon Steel
Quite possibly the greatest camping knife on the market for the last 120 years! The Opinel N012 is incredibly durable and lightweight. The wood handle does not transfer heat or cold to the hand. Stabilized beechwood is ultra resistant and comfortably contoured to fit the hand. The blade is made from X90 Carbon steel, with a high carbon content, which is what makes it possible to achieve the excellent hardness after heat treatment, guaranteeing the strength of the cutting edge, resistance to wear and easy of sharpening. The hardness obtained after heat treatment are theoretically slightly greater in steels that do not contain chrome. The cutting strength is therefore better with a carbon steel knife and sharpening is much easier than a stainless steel blades which contain chrome. However, carbon has a low resistance to corrosion caused by moisture, which means that certain precautionary measures are necessary when using and storing a carbon knives: we recommend that you avoid damp environments and that you dry the blade after each use. This is a very large knife - please review its size before considering it.
  • This knife features the Virobloc Safety ring. The Virobloc safety ring was invented and implemented in 1955. This simple yet effective locking system greatly improved the original knife.The ability to help prevent the blade from opening when closed was added to the Virobloc in 2000.
  • Blade Length: 4.75"
  • Blade Steel: X90 Carbon Steel
  • Overall Length: 11.0625"
  • Handle Material: Beechwood
  • Weight: 3.9 oz.
  • Made in France

UPC Code: 000000016254

Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
4.688 (16 reviews)
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rural northeast
Aug 24, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Best farm and garden knife I've ever used.
I had not been able to find a practical "using" knife without all the prissy frills, serrations, holes in the blade and holes in the handle to collect dirt and irritate your hands, projections to catch on things and rip clothes, too wide to cut anything without lodging, etc. etc. One of the Knife Center employees recommended giving the Opinel a try. This knife is ideal for work in the garden/farm. The sharp carbon blade is narrow enough, thin enough, and strong enough to cut through the toughest pumpkin vines and still slice off baby zucchini as easy as cutting through butter, without damaging the surrounding leaf stems. The cut is clean and smooth. You can cut heavy twine all day effortlessly, then touch up the blade to original sharpness with a quick honing. When working for an hour or more, the smooth round handle won't give you blisters, and unlike a lot of pocket knives it's very lightweight, which reduces fatigue. It also won't tear out your pocket. The knife is very solid with zero play in the blade and locking mechanism. The locking ring is simplicity itself to fix the blade in either the open or closed position, and the ability to lock the blade closed for carrying is a real bonus. Brand new, the blade is tight to open, but that's as it should be, and a little lubricant will ease it. I wouldn't change anything. I immediately got a couple of these in regular size pocket knives as gifts for relatives.
5 out of 5
Donald M
Aug 16, 2016
Pros: Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
thanks for the fast service.
5 out of 5
Will V
Silver Lake, Kansas
Nov 21, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Opinel Number 12 folder
I use it for everything, from cutting outdoors to cutting meat at a restaurant, where it usually gets an admiring reaction. The simple and secure lock mechanism is excellent. The steel and the temper are just exactly right; it stays sharp for a good long time, and is easy and quick to sharpen when it needs it. It's a utility knife raised to the highest standard, and it's ridiculously inexpensive. The definition of a pocket knife. As you can see, I'm a fan of these knives; I own about six or eight of them. I started carrying Opinel knives about forty years ago when I was working as a carpenter. I changed from a Swiss Army Knife. I could cut drywall with it (ouch), hit it with a steel the next morning, and it was ready to go again. I prefer the carbon steel to the stainless, but I prefer carbon steel period. Well cared for, it's a lot prettier.You do need to keep the lock clean and lightly lubricated. I don't particularly like the handle shape, but I usually reshape it.
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