Opinel Pocket Clip

The Zieg

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Clipinel. My search on BladeForums turned up blank. How did we miss this? Looks like he never hit his Kickstarter goal. Then there's the problem of the newer locking ring.


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The Zieg

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Does the clip replace the lock ring or go over it?
Not sure. One vid says it replaces it. That means having to remove the ring, which on the newer versions is more difficult. Too bad he didn't buy a membership here. He'd have exposed the product sufficiently to hit his goal, despite design issues. It does look good, though.

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afishhunter

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I'll be first in line to not buy this.

-- Mark
You might be second, behind me.
My first thought on seeing this was "WHY?!?" quickly followed by "Eww."
I agree with J jackknife 's assessment: A solution looking for a "problem" that doesn't exist.

Why try to make an Opinel into a "tactical" knife? My Opinel Number 8 carries just fine without a daRn blasted hot spot creating clip :thumb down:
 

LastRodeo

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I think if I were working in the garden and had dirty hands, I would prefer to not have to put my hand into my pocket to retrieve my knife. It seems practical, not tactical to me. YMMV.
 

powernoodle

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Opinels don't feel safe unless they are in the bottom of your pocket. Its a French thing.

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jbmonkey

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I like pocket clips. even on a thick bulky knife such as a Buck 110. I carry and use one this way.

this one though, naw......
 

BladeScout

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From' the vid: 'A clip is absolutely necessary on a modern pocket knife.' All well and good but the Opinel isnt modern. Its an old design still made, because it works. Being practical, cheap and clip-less is part of the Opinel charm.
 

LastRodeo

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I remove the clips from some of my modern knives and add them to other knives, so that I have the option to carry tip up, tip down, LP or RP.
 

RoyalHolic

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I have a sheath for my Opinel that I never use, nor would I probably use a pocket clip BUT why not? If someone wanted one and this guy provided them I see no problem with that.

Just because it isn't necessary for some well it might be necessary for others.
 
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From' the vid: 'A clip is absolutely necessary on a modern pocket knife.' All well and good but the Opinel isnt modern. Its an old design still made, because it works. Being practical, cheap and clip-less is part of the Opinel charm.

I always find it very strange that so many people have bought into this load of propaganda. So, for the hundreds of years that people were carrying folding/pocket knives with no clips, how on earth did they get by???

They even had simple folding knifes like friction folders back in the Roman era. Folders were around in the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, sailors on old sailing ships, cowboys pushing a heard of beef up the trails from Texas to Kansas rail heads, farmers settling the west, men going off to wars in the trenches, all had those old clipless pocket knives. Heck, Opinels have been around since 1890, and somehow have remained popular.

A clip is definitely not an absolute necessity on a pocket knife. Definitely not on an Opinel. Its kind of like putting a tactical light on a Colt Single Action Army, or a laser light on a Winchester '73.
 
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