Beech is the most commonly used wood for the manufacture of Opinel handles. Coming from French farms, it is hard, resistant and easy to work with. It has a homogenous appearance and its light colour varies from yellow to pink. It is recognizable by the presence of many small dark lines. The handle is varnished to be better protected against humidity and dirt.
Invented in 1955 by Marcel Opinel, the Virobloc safety ring equips all closing knives from N°06 onwards. Cut from stainless steel, the Virobloc is made up of two parts: a fixed part and a sliding part. In addition to locking the blade in the open position (operating safety), it is now possible to lock the blade in the closed position (transport safety).