The Opinel knife is a popular everyday item. Its aesthetics and functionality win over generations of users. It has remained unchanged for over a century, with a design that is one of the most successful of all time. In 1985 Opinel was recognised by the Victoria and Albert Museum as one of the 100 best designed items in the world, alongside the Porsche 911 and the Rolex watch.
Opinel is part of French cultural heritage and is cited by name in many publications. In 1989, it received an entry in the Larousse dictionary, alongside the brands Bic, Frigidaire or Solex. Its registered trade name has the following definition:
– folding knife featuring a wooden haft with a groove in which the blade is inserted when the knife is closed.