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Opinel stock thickness measurements

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by GABaus, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    I am measuring mine at the base of the spine with a Starrett no 215 micrometer I recently purchased used.

    Due to the limits of my collection this is not even the start of a complete list.

    My standard opinel#8 in carbon steel seems to measure .062 inches

    My Inox opinel #2 seems to measure .03 inches

    I am not sure of the accuracy of these measurements because I have not had an object of known dimensions(small enough to fit my micrometer) to double check my measurements with.

    If anyone has their own measurements to add to this list or confirm (or has fortunately been the case correct) my numbers please supply them.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2018
  2. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Something is wrong.
    It should not be that thin (<1 mm).

    My #8 measures about 0.062" (1.57 mm).
  3. steff27


    Feb 8, 2013
    I'm measuring 1.7 mm on my (~ 20yo) stainless #7.
  4. Spikediesel

    Spikediesel Spare time SAK builder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 14, 2018
    My #8 carbone is .068” at the pivot
  5. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    I seems to have been doing something incorrectly, might have incorrectly guessed what units my micrometer is in (I bought it used with no instructions but the device itself does not seem to have any noticeable damage).
  6. brancron

    brancron Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Whatever the exact stock thickness, it is a thing of beauty, something to be emulated by anyone who cares about cutting performance. But apparently most makers and manufacturers either don’t realize that or don’t care, and continue to put out useless steel bricks.
    WValtakis, GABaus, Sid Post and 6 others like this.
  7. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    I was miss reading a scale on my micrometer, I am now getting .062" as well. (I had assumed some lines were .01" apart when they were actually spaced .025" apart)
  8. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    The number 2 is .03" at the thickest part of the spine.
  9. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Number 2 is really thin.
  10. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    Thanks for the help in teaching me how to read my tool.

    the #2 is the smallest one they make, when closed it isn't even as long as the distance between the first and second joints on my pointer finger.
  11. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I will get one.

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