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Opinel Slimline Bubinga

Opinel Slimline Bubinga

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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.

Specification

Code WIT-100SL-$$
Limited Edition: No
Brand: Opinel
Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Blade Thickness (cm): 0.12
Handle Material: Bubinga
Lock Type: Ring Lock
UK Friendly Carry:
Sheath: No
Pocket Clip: No

Reviews

  1. Slimline tonic...Review by
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    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!
    (Posted on )
  2. Exquisite looking knifeReview by
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    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. (Posted on )
  3. Brilliant at any price pointReview by
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    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.
    (Posted on )
  4. LEGEND wait-for-it DARYReview by
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    AWESOME!!! (Posted on )
  5. Good value, but is the blade thin or what!Review by
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    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.
    (Posted on )
  6. Great knife a little thin bladeReview by
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    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
    (Posted on )
  7. Great knife!!Review by
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    I got the 15cm blade model of the knife and it looks amazing! The handle feels great to hold and the locking mechanism is very strong. The blade has a mirror finish, is completely flawless and is razor sharp! I don't think you'll find a better blade for 20 odd quid. Amazing service from HH, the knife arrived the day after I ordered it even with standard delivery.
    Definitely a knife worth getting!
    (Posted on )

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