Anderw Marcell: I have taken a No6 fitted a thumb stud and made the handle notched for the stud and a bit thinner. I learned in France to open up the slot near the hinge a bit. Also heavy oil finish to fight swelling and binding of the blade. These are excellent knives and have seen over a century of reliable service. Also look at the big hook bill garden knife, it can be flicked open with a bit of work and it is a tool not a weapon. All the best.
MrFlaujac: made in france!
guywiseman: Hello Nick, great vid. I recommend fitting an extra brass ferrule (from copper piping) below the existing SS for extra strength during torque action. Great knots.
n1ck3o7: @CChallinor i can see why you wouldn't, but i have a few now, and i do still keep one clean one, however the other one i modified now fits my hand a lot better, especially for more delicate carving work, plus i prefer not to have the hooked up tip on the opinel. but anyway, its just personal preference!
C Challinor: Now why in gods name would you want to 'pimp' your Opinel? Its a clasic design, I get the lanyard hole.....but the rest WTF ? Not necessary
n1ck3o7: @jemremyc i left the blade still attached to the handle, but folded out and i wrapped a load of card and duck tape around it to save my fingers! mine didn't ever build and gunk in the hinge, but if it did, its not hard to scrape away as its such a simple design! and they aren't all that expensive either so if it breaks then you can just buy new one
Jeremy Conrad: How did you to about painting and varnishing the handle? Did you leave the blade in, or did you remove it? I imagine you'd have some problems with gunk building up in the pivot if you had left the blade in...