Opinel’s folding pocket knives are known for being simple, yet functional. They’re inexpensive knives that are versatile without frills or special features. Opinel knives are nothing special, and that’s what people love about them.
Opinel knives are available in a wide range of sizes, with each size designated with a number. The original No. 9 knife, which is priced at $15 shipped via Amazon, is a good size for everyday carry.
Opinel has come out with the DIY knife, a new No. 9 variation that features a built-in magnetic bit holder that works with standard 1/4″ hex screwdriver bits, wire cutting and stripping notches in the blade, and bit storage recesses. It weighs just a measly 2.80 ounces.
The Opinel No. 9 DIY knife is about 8″ long when open and has a 3-1/4″ blade. The blade is made from Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, while the handle is made from tough and durable polyamide. Like other Opinel knives, the DIY knife comes with a blade locking ring for safety.
Made in France
There are two handle color options – bluish grey and yellow.
I have two Opinels, and hardly use them. One is keychain-sized, and the other is pocket-sized. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate their simplicity and inexpensiveness, but they’re a little bland for my EDC tastes.
The new No. 9 DIY knife, on the other hand, has a little extra utility, which is enough to renew my appeal for the brand. For under $30, you get a decent stainless steel knife blade, a tough handle material, a built-in screwdriver bit holder, and separate wire cutting and stripping notches. Despite the DIY knife’s added functionality, it’s not at all ostentatious, at least in my opinion.