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Opinel Slimline Bubinga

18+
£18.95 - £25.95
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These stainless Opinel locking knives are an ideally sized pocket knife, perfect for all purposes - a true all rounder!

The blades lock using the Virobloc safety ring, which in addition to locking the blade in the open position for safety of use, now enables locking of the blade in the closed position for safety during carrying.

Opinel knife blades are made using steels with a high carbon content, which is what makes it possible to achieve the excellent hardness after heat treatment, guaranteeing the good strength of the cutting edge, resistance to wear and easy sharpening. Carbon has a low resistance to corrosion caused by moisture, which means that certain precautionary measures are necessary when using and storing the knives: we recommend that you avoid damp environments and that you dry and grease the blade after use.

Available in the floowing blade lengths:

  • 8cm
  • 10cm
  • 12cm
  • 15cm
SKU
WIT-100SL-$$
Brand:
Opinel
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Material:
Stainless Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.12
Sheath:
No
Warranty:
1 Year
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Bubinga
Lock Type:
Ring Lock
Newest:
2014-01-28 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD

Description


These stainless Opinel locking knives are an ideally sized pocket knife, perfect for all purposes - a true all rounder!

The blades lock using the Virobloc safety ring, which in addition to locking the blade in the open position for safety of use, now enables locking of the blade in the closed position for safety during carrying.

Opinel knife blades are made using steels with a high carbon content, which is what makes it possible to achieve the excellent hardness after heat treatment, guaranteeing the good strength of the cutting edge, resistance to wear and easy sharpening. Carbon has a low resistance to corrosion caused by moisture, which means that certain precautionary measures are necessary when using and storing the knives: we recommend that you avoid damp environments and that you dry and grease the blade after use.

Available in the floowing blade lengths:

  • 8cm
  • 10cm
  • 12cm
  • 15cm

Specification


SKU
WIT-100SL-$$
Brand:
Opinel
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Material:
Stainless Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.12
Sheath:
No
Warranty:
1 Year
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Bubinga
Lock Type:
Ring Lock
Newest:
2014-01-28 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD

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  • 5
    My new gardening knife

    Posted by Debs on 31st Aug 2021

    Lovley classic knife made posh by the fancy wood and polished blade, other half chose well when gifted this too me, thank you HH for sorting the order for him as hes terrible on computers

  • 1
    Opinel slim line bubinga 12

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Aug 2021

    Slimline Bubinga-Opinel no.12. Overall the length of this is enough to enable a fair "bend" effort to be placed on the very narrow neck of wood inside the steel collar of the hinge ass'y. This coupled with the sudden reduction in diameter of the hilt wood inside the collar can result in a stress point that's more subject to stress failure than with standard models of this length. Also. The lock collar's wedge taper for closure-lock terminates inexplicably in a sudden shoulder that blocks tight blade locking in the closed position. This means that it's quite possible - and even moreso as the knife ages and gets slacker in nature- for that 12cm blade's needle-point to emerge a good cm or so outside the safety of its storage slot with the locking ring still in its fully "locked" position. Inevitably, what can happen eventually WILL occur, to the possible in-pocket injury of the hand sent to fetch it out. I have an old Opinel no.8 from the days long before closure lock was incorporated into the design. (Bought in the Pyrenees in the mid 90s) Its joint is now more than slack enough to make pocket carrying inadvisable as it is for this very reason. All my knives are kept "sticky-sharp" as I believe the term is, and if this blade semi opened in my pocket it could result in a hospital casualty/ER visit for stitches... for that reason I keep the blade captive in pocket by a couple of stout rubber bands snagged around it. Not convenient, but effective. With the number of knives Opinel produces annually it seems to me beyond understanding why such an excellent safety feature should be semi crippled in this way. The blade stock. Seems of uniform minimum thickness, lacking the distal taper of the standard blades. It's thin, very. Means that it's quite floppy in nature. Is the longer (15cm?) one also made of the same stuff? If so that's going to be overly flexible. But that's a diversion. The grind. Mine came with a considerable "rag" (or "wire" as Americans call it), over the whole cut length. Like the blade-grinder gave it a quick pass on each face then passed to the next one without any edge check. Five minutes on a superfine India stone followed by the same on a polish-impregnated hard strop changed it to how Opinel should have finished it off. As a filleting blade - for filleting a few trout, I think this may in a short time change into a malodorous thing you might not necessarily want to have in your pocket - unless still fishing... Having said that, it seems likely to prove an effective blade for this duty, being narrow, pointy and thin. And sharp, now Ive corrected the factory grind error. What I don't yet know is how well the edge will survive fishbone-contact. But have no doubt it should perform well enough as Opinel hasn't thus far disappointed me with its selected blade alloys. Abou the smell thing with fish processing... Even if water-flushed thoroughly after each fillet session. Fish slime in these operations gets - EVERYWHERE. So will get into the joint, into the wood most like. I know, I'm projecting here past actual experience with this particular knife. But as a fisherman of almost 65 years experience I've filleted a fair few fish of many sorts. So - when fish filleting is needed I'll continue to use my excellent-but-ancient Normark fillet knife rather than this one. Summary. If I were an H.Haynes director I'd recommend to my colleagues that we stop selling these slimline models until that locking collar issue is addressed effectively. It can only be a matter of time till a customer receives a nasty wound when his hand gets effectively "unzipped" by a blade tip that's escaped captivity in-pocket as above outlined. And in these times of a litigation-minded public that could bode ill for the company if HH sold the offending knife.

  • 5
    Opinel Slimline Bubinga

    Posted by John Latta on 8th May 2021

    Very pleased with this knife the quality is excellent considering the price . The blade is well polished and very sharp and the bubinga wood of the handle is beautiful. I bought the 15cm length blade , used it to fillet a fish yesterday and i had no problems with it. Definitely would recommend this product and the company.

  • 5
    Slimline tonic...

    Posted by Stevo on 8th Jan 2017

    Very elegant. This review is for the 8cm model, a cute little baby in Opinel's 'Effile' (Slimline) family, in exotic Bubinga. No doubt its larger relatives are also impressive, yet this diminutive version is most appealing. The slender shape of handle and blade flow smoothly in an artistic sweeping blend of purpose and design. The blade glides easily as it pivots, not at all loose or ill-mannered. Rather, the graceful action emphasises the sumptuous feel of this beautifully made French masterpiece. As to why the manufacturer chose to forgo the usual convex blades to offer polished flat ground blades for this range, one likely explanation is that it agrees with the sumptuous and tactile presentation. It certainly looks sleek. The steel is excellent Sandvic, with fine edge characteristics and superb abilities. An occasional strop ensures constant peak performance. Far from the earthy utilitarian world of the more usual beech and carbon steel Opinel, this one seems refined by comparison. Yes, the blade is thin, but unless one is new to Opinel, this should not come as a complete shock. As far as actual use, I genuinely would prefer to not relegate it to any rigorous task that would mar its charming appearance. Especially after putting time and effort into bringing out the best in it. The original finish was initially removed with very fine wire wool and light sanding. Then followed several evenings of thoroughly applying thin coats of tung oil, carefully clearing excess from the blade slot with cardboard with a feathered edge. The beauty of the tropical hardwood was immediately enhanced, the rich colours and grain acquiring wonderful depth and sensuous complexity. Without the printed logo the lovely West African Bubinga looks so much better. A little time is needed for tung oil to completely dry. Be patient and you will be rewarded with a gleaming pretty folder to grace your kitchen or fruit bowl display. As the blade is just over 3" from handle to tip, and due to the famed Opinel Virobloc locking collar, this graceful knife is not for EDC. Although modification for every day carry is of course feasible, it would be a shame to shorten and reprofile the blade that tiny bit to bring it under 3", and the locking ring really suits the overall appearance. So mine is pampered and sheltered at home. Others may happily use theirs in the great outdoors for camping or fishing excursions. Opinels definitely have a long history of global acceptance and enviable performance in real life working situations. Although opinions are personal and valid in equal measure, this Effile is too nice to use. Well, no hard use, at least. Rather, it delights to assist with food preparation in the kitchen, dotingly apportions succulent tidbits of fruit in leisurely moments, and enjoys making making mealtimes just that bit more civilised. In case you hadn't noticed - yes, I really like this one. Merci beaucoup to Heinnie's for offering the Bubinga Effile!

  • 5
    Exquisite looking knife

    Posted by John on 3rd Nov 2016

    Beautiful looking slim knife, the mix of the wood and mirror bright stainless steel blade works really well. The 10 sized model fits my hand perfectly (have a beech 15.0 and found it a little awkward). The slim blade might make it unsuitable for heavy work but given it's looks I doubt I'd be using it like that anyway.

  • 5
    Brilliant at any price point

    Posted by Oli on 31st Aug 2016

    To start with the service was brilliant with the package arriving the very next day by Royal Mail. This slim knife is extremely well made from the handle wood and finish to the quality of the mirror polished blade. Sure the blade is thin and flexible but as I am making a cheese knife set with 3 different Opinel Effile (Ebony, Bubinga and Olive) and a self made wild Ivy display this is just perfect for the task. For anything else Requiring a tougher blade I have my standard No.08. Fantastic looking, great handle and razor sharp...another winner for Opinel but this one is for my kitchen! While the bubinga is beautiful (my example is stunning with hues of red, gold and darker streaks) it really benefits from a coat of mineral oil and a quick polish. It really makes the wood grain pop out and gives a beautiful gloss.

  • 5
    LEGEND wait-for-it DARY

    Posted by bubbly on 6th May 2015

    AWESOME!!!

  • 4
    Good value, but is the blade thin or what!

    Posted by Martin Atton on 19th Sep 2014

    Beautifully made and finished. I was taken aback by just how thin and flexible the blade is. I have the 12cm model. I will just have to get used to the totally different handling and cutting characteristics of this knife compared to my other 100 or so knives. Yes I do really own that many, most of which I made myself from 3mm thick circular saw blades. Properly hardened and tempered at home I might add.

  • 5
    Great knife a little thin blade

    Posted by Stefano on 18th Sep 2014

    Great knife a little thin blade. I was expecting a little more in thickness. This blade however is razor sharp and can be used with a lot of success for filleting. Great service by Heinnie! Thanks

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