“The Wizard”

The Boxer | Opinel Modification No.7

The Boxer:  A No.7 Carbone.  It went through quite a transformation.  The hammered texture came as I tried to save a bad metallic silver paint job.  I carved the paint off with a Flexcut Mini Pelican knife.  Then I refined the texture with the Dremel.


Ebony wood stain and a coat of semi matt polyurethane.  Black paracord with a diamond knot.  One off Apocalyptic Dog tag copper bead.

Originally the tip wasn’t going to be so square.  I tried a few patina patterns.  The handle shrunk along the way.  I do use it everyday to open boxes. Instagram gave it some love.


I eventually changed the lanyard bead to a smaller, more squared shape.    I also wanted to show the little curve in the back of the handle,  so I went with the single strand instead of the full loop through.


Opinel Modification Holding Platform | 7 Mods on Deck

So I usually don’t have more than 5-7 OpinelMods going at once. Some just seem to hang around a little longer until I fully commit to something. From left to right ( I am going to give them all names).

1. The Persain Dagger: Opinel No. 9 that I put these scales on. I got them at the only knife show I ever went to, about 14 years ago. They were black when I started, and now they are green after sanding. I am not really sure if they are supposed to be black or green. I am pretty sure this was a mediocre save of a botched job.

2. Onion Breath: Opinel No. 10 In my kitchen. It is now black handled and full black- out patina on the blade. My wife is allergic to onions. This is the only blade that I cut onions with when there is an onion emergency.

3. Evolving: Opinel No. 8 Ebauche. It has a mosaic pin and the shape is getting refined with hand sanding.

4. Opi-Opal: Opinel No.10. My sister has this in her kitchen on her yacht in Florida. It has a turquoise inlay that surrounds a real white opal that I ground into a mystical triangle shape.

5. Caroline: Opinel No.8 Olivewood Ebauche. This one has changed a lot. That back cutout gets another piece of exotic hardwood (don’t know what it is). I will probably give this to a mother at my son’s school. She is the only person at the Shabbat service that showed any interest in fine cutting utensils.

6. The Opi-Defender: Opinel No. 10. The defender is the evolution of the Opi-fighter after the back of it broke off. It is a nice size one handed work knife. Fits nice in pocket of my Knife & Flag apron.

7. Untitled for now. Not quite done with it. As of now it needs some minor refinements. Polished up the blade. I have used this around the studio. The size is really comfortable. Not a hard use knife, but very light.

Opinel Modification on a No. 7

This little No. 7 is a useful pocket knife.  It has a nice big hole in the back that you can attach all kinds of cool lanyards to.  It is a great little box cutter.  The blade shape is somewhere between a Wharncliffe and a Sheepfoot.  It feels safer if you leave it open on a desk.



Blade Shapes


Intro to Opinel knife Modification: Part 1

Opinel knives are currently offered in eleven numbered sizes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13. The No. 1 Opinel was discontinued in 1932.

More History

The main sizes that I modify are 9, 10, and 12.

I find there is a little more meat on the blade and the handle to work with.  The No.12 is a beast.  Just the piece of steel is pretty impressive. I have not modified a N0.13 yet.

I have modded a couple of 7’s.

I like both the carbone and stainless blades.

When modding a carbone, there is an extra design element to play with in the blade patina process.

No. 10 “Opi-Fighter” Vinegar and Mustard Patina

The No.8’s that I modify are usually the raw handle Ebauche.

I have enjoyed working on a stock oak and walnut handle No. 8 also.

The oak  handle “Oliver Twist” is about to be the giveaway when I reach 1000 followers on BladeObsessionOne.


If you are buying your first Opinel, the classic No. 8 is always a great start.  It is their most versatile and most sold size. It will give you the appreciation of the design and quality of these knives. It is in the middle of all the sizes and is a perfect picnic or cheese knife. In my opinion, as far as a pocket folders go, this knife is one of the best tools you can buy for around $12.

I use a Lansky sharpener and I get my blades razor sharp.

For a really light blade, my favorite carry is a No. 6  with an olive wood handle.  The No. 6 is the smallest Opinel with the Virobloc locking design.

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Opinel No.6 olivewood.

To be continued.