In 1890, French ironsmith Joseph Opinel thought to expand his family's trade—which consisted of fabricating trusty axes, hoes, and sickles, to the manufacture of knives. Using clean cuts of wood and high-quality steel, Opinel fashioned a fold-out knife so elegant that it has undergone no changes in over a century. Over the years, the Opinel knife has become a symbol of French culture and has a storied history as the chosen tool of explorers and artists; in fact, Picasso purportedly kept this iconic knife on hand at all times and used it to carve many of his sculptures. This version, which is the most common, features a beech wood handle that has been sanded smooth and hardy stainless steel. The double safety ring "VIROBLOC,” created by Marcel Opinel in 1955, locks the blade either in open or closed position. Made in France. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Open: 7.625"l. Blade: 3.25"l.