In 1890, French ironsmith Joseph Opinel thought to expand his family's trade—which consisted of fabricating trusty axes, hoes, and sickles, to the manufacture of knives. Using clean cuts of wood and high-quality steel, Opinel fashioned a fold-out knife so elegant that it has undergone no changes in over a century. Over the years, the Opinel knife has become a symbol of French culture and has a storied history as the chosen tool of explorers and artists; in fact, Picasso purportedly kept this iconic knife on hand at all times and used it to carve many of his sculptures. This version, which is the most common, features a beech wood handle that has been sanded smooth and hardy stainless steel. The double safety ring "VIROBLOC,â€ created by Marcel Opinel in 1955, locks the blade either in open or closed position. Made in France. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Open: 7.625"l. Blade: 3.25"l.