When Joseph Opinel designed hi st pocket knife in 1890, the French blacksmith created a tool that was as robust and functional as it was simple and beautiful. From his workshop at the foot of the French Alps, Opinel forged a cult classic. From Picasso to the peasant workman, generations of artists, explorers, and farmers have carried the instantly recognizable Opinel knife in their pockets.

Little has changed since 1890. Rooted in history and a commitment to craftsmanship, the Opinel family still makes their knives in the Savoie region of France. Today, the company crafts a wide range of outdoor tools and kitchen knives, all designed to stand the test of time with Joseph Opinel’s focus on quality and simplicity.

At Press Forward, we’re proud to introduce that decades-old story to an American audience.

“A two-century old embodiment of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ A more elegant knife for a more civilized age.”
—Popular Mechanics

“Some people have had their Opinel knife for more than 50 years. It’s a family tool that gets passed on from generation to generation.”
—Alex Delecroix, US Brand Manager