Opinel Garden Knife Review

Opinel Garden Knife Review

Functional and affordable. Not my favorite Opinel.

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At a Glance

A modified take on Opinel’s classic #8, the garden knife has a spear point blade and a tapered handle. It is an excellent all-purpose knife.

Where to Buy

Recommended: Amazon
Alternate: Opinel

 
 

 

 

Review Summary

Tool Merchants’ Take

4 out of 5 stars

User Reviews

0 out of 5 stars

Opinel Garden Knife Overview

The Opinel Garden knife is classic, high value pocket knife. It is functional, low-tech and easy to maintain.

At under $20, it’s easy to keep one in your pocket or hanging in your garden shed for harvesting lettuce or cabbage, cutting twine, or suckering tomatoes.

It is large enough to handle most daily tasks but it is not cumbersome in your pocket.

Similar in size to the popular Opinel #8 (my personal favorite), the garden knife differs with its spear point blade and thin, tapered handle.

The locking ring secures the blade when open or closed.

The stainless blade resists rust but is easy enough to sharpen.

  • Simple and functional: Only 5 components go into the knife
  • 3.25″ blade, ~4.25″ closed. A good balance of pocket-ability and size.
  • Weighs only 1.5 oz
  • Beech handle is contoured to fit hand and pocket
  • Sandvik 12C27M steel is rust resistant while maintaining good durability and ease of sharpening
  • Thin blade is well suited to everyday use in the garden or everyday carry.

My Take

This is a sweet knife. I appreciate the simplicity and rustic appeal. It’s wood and steel, that’s it. There is no high tech polymer or fancy assisted-opening blade.

Now, I’ll admit, sometimes the ability to open a knife one handed is a welcome feature, but I still love this knife for general use around the farm and garden.

It holds a decent edge, is easy to sharpen, and at under $20, I don’t feel the need to baby it.

Why Only Four Stars?

Given the choice, I prefer the handle on the original Opinel #8, and I gave that knife five stars. The knives are similar, but the tapered handle on the Garden Knife doesn’t feel as good in my hand.

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