French folder knives

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Project by Sonofabeech posted 10-20-2016 05:46 PM 1544 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys, like to share with u this folder knives i make for friends and family, i started making them a couple of years ago i make like five a year. Its based on the opinel and the nontron french folder knifes, i made the closing mechanism more simply and made a knife bigger the overall length is 250mm and the blade is 120 mm long 22mm wide.
Here are pictures of these knives being made


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#1 posted 10-20-2016 06:53 PM

Very nice knives!!

cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 08:02 PM

Very nice and well done. I have been using Opinel and Laguiole since I am a kid. Those were the knives at my grand parents, parents and my home. I can appreciate the pleasure of using one of those knives. Similar to a No. 12. If you want it tested, you can send one to me :)

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 11:19 PM

Yeah its a very old design, very simple with few parts, it can take a beating, i used one of this knives to split fire wood, i was out camping and had no axe, no damage was done to the knife, i make the blades out of stainless or tool steel, make the handle out of oak or beech, want to try out different hardwoods.
Sending out one for testing is a good idea but i live in eastern europe the postal cost is very high.
Thanx cheers.

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 02:20 AM

looks like there is no locking mechanism,

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#5 posted 10-21-2016 11:26 AM


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#6 posted 10-21-2016 12:43 PM

Beautiful job! Love the Opinel style knives. Hey bushmaster, the collar spins around to lock the blade on Opinels then turns back to a slotted opening to let blade go closed. Check out for some great info on them. Because of the plain beech handle they lend themselves to adornment such as carving.

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 01:59 PM

Thanks Dennis, its fun turnning the beech handles, i have considered carving the handles but lack the skil and tools to carv but maybe in the future i will try.

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