Simplicity, Design, Performance. Made in France. Since 1890.
My outdoors-enthusiast brother turned me onto these knives. He always carries one in his pocket The design is simple and effective. They look great. They work great. They're sharp and easy to maintain. They fold easily and smoothly, and they feature a simple and yet very effective rotating locking mechanism, locking the blade closed or open. They're affordable. In short, they almost the perfect tool for outdoor use, and over the years they've become a favourite pocket knife and tool for people from all walks of life: They're used in the home, office/business, and outdoors, for everything from hunting and fishing to mountain climbing, gardening, cooking, and as an everyday working tool. And since even the most affordable models look great and work just as well as the fancier models, they make fantastic gifts, with options from the simple and functional to the sleek and sexy with high-end woods, finishes, and gift sets available.
Try one, you'll be an Opinel user and fan for life!
The original design. Rugged and unique looking, it's a real work-horse. It's THE defining Opinel. The blade is straighter and wider than the Effilé series, which means it's stronger overall and has more surface area. It makes a great all-around pocket knife.
Effilés "Slim Line" Series
If the Tradition series are the rugged outdoorsmen of the family, these are the elegant city dwellers. At home in the office or fishing kit, they make fantastic fillet knives for the fishing enthusiast in your life, and the elegant and slim shape make them a comfortable and good-looking all-around pocket knife.
Both styles are really great knives -- the choice of style simply comes down to personal preference and intended use. For fishing, get an Effilé, for mountain climbing, get a Tradition, otherwise, simply pick the one you think looks best... Or get one of each -- they're affordable! For size, none are huge, and most all the models I carry will fit fine in a pocket or toolkit, so again, it comes down to personal preference. The smaller models can be a bit more comfortable in a pocket for everyday use, but for outdoors use fishing, a slightly larger can be more handy and rugged.
Great Gifts! A good quality and beautiful pocket knife is a friend for life. The most basic and oldest tool known to humans the world over, it gives your recipient a daily reminder of your thoughtfulness.