It all began in 1890


Joseph Opinel designed his first pocket knife in 1890, creating a tool that is as robust and functional as it is simple and beautiful. From his workshop at the foot of the French Alps, Opinel forged a cult classic. Generations of artists, explorers, and farmers have carried the instantly recognizable, imminently useful 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. Each year, our team of 180 employees in France manufactures 6.5 million knives, ranging from outdoor tools to kitchen knives, all to honor Joseph Opinel’s focus on quality and simplicity.

Opinel Alps Factory

Since 2016, Opinel USA Inc. has been serving the US market with local distribution and its dedicated team. Our office is located in Chicago, Illinois.

We look forward to working with you,

The Opinel Team.

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