The hunter's best friend
In the wild, a hunting knife can quickly become vital. Whether in the forest or in the mountains, a hunter needs a knife for several reasons. Generally, a knife will be used for gutting, skinning, deboning and cutting the game. A hunting knife can also be useful for cutting branches, carrying out an emergency repair or during a lunch break.
As a hunter, you use your knife for very specific reasons. The OPINEL No. 12 Explore was designed to best meet these needs. One of the main tasks is generally to remove the guts of an animal to preserve the meat. This task must be carried out safely, ensuring optimal hygiene measures are complied with. The designers of the OPINEL hunting knife were therefore keen to include a gutting hook. The animal can be gutted without piercing the belly or other organs that may spoil the meat.
Instead of going for a large number of features and gimmicks, it is often better to choose a simple and effective hunting knife which will not let you down when needed. The OPINEL No. 12 Explore is manufactured so that the essential tools needed for hunting are available with no added frills. This knife is therefore a combination of efficiency and simplicity that you can keep for many years if carefully maintained.
OPINEL has been manufacturing knives since 1890... Located in the French Alps, Opinel has always taken the time needed to design quality products that always bring more to their users. The No. 12 Explore is fully in line with this craftsmanship tradition. To achieve the currently marketed knife, Opinel has worked with experienced hunters to determine what essential qualities a hunting knife should have and to carry out field tests. You will definitely notice the hundreds of hours of work in the finished product you will be holding in your hand!
Explore the wilderness with the right equipment
Survival knives were originally designed for the military. They were included in a survival kit distributed to every soldier on the ground. This kit would allow them to survive for as long as possible in a “hostile” environment.
Today, a survival knife is mainly used by people exploring the forests or the mountains. Anyone can get stuck or face an unexpected situation when hiking in the wilderness. In these circumstances, a survival knife becomes an essential tool to carry out various tasks, build a shelter, find food or even as a defence against wild animals.
There is no typical survival knife. Depending on the situation and expected uses, their shapes and features may be completely different. In these conditions, choosing your survival knife is a very personal task.
The No. 12 Explore is a survival knife which boasts simplicity and efficiency. A robust design with an excellent grip, it does not have dozens of features. However, everything it does can really be useful when in the wild. On the other hand, every feature works effectively. It has no room for gimmicks or complicated uses (several minutes to use a feature or to open a specific blade). For the No. 12 Explore, efficiency and usefulness prevail!
OPINEL usually takes the time needed to do something correctly. Since 1890, OPINEL,located in the French Alps, manufactures few different models. But each new has been the result of hundreds of hours of research and testing. This work is reflected in each of their products. Their great classics are still marketed for decades after they were first designed. The No. 12 Explore survival knife perfectly follows this century-old tradition!
- 160 GRS
- Length when open
- 26 cm
- Length when closed
- 16 cm
- Blade length
- 10 cm
- Blade thickness
- 2,7 mm
- Blade material
- sandvik 12C27 mod. Stainless steel blade
- Handle material
- Fibreglass-reinforced polyamide to withstand shock, water, extreme temperatures.
- Survival whistle
- 110 dB (300 m), pealess
- Robust hook blade
- cut by drawing (gutting hook)
- Fire starter
- to be rubbed on the back of the blade
Where to buy
No. 12 Explore?
No Opinel store near you?
Do not worry, you can also order your Opinel knife on the museum website OPINELbuy online
Decades of experience...
Since 1890, in Savoie, at the heart of the Alp mountains, Opinel has been manufacturing tools and pocket knives for all those who enjoy the outdoors.
Immersion activities in nature (bivouacs, adventure, survival experiences, hunting, fishing, etc.) require a thorough knowledge of the rhythm, dangers and potentials of the environment.
These activities also require robust, dependable and functional equipment.
The No. 12 Explore knife combines all of these key qualities and capabilities and has become the must-have tool for any type of immersion activity.
The strengths of the knife
The knife designed by OPINEL meets most hunters and hikers’ needs.
Everything it does is done correctly. In the wild, its accuracy and efficiency will be greatly appreciated!
- Can be transported in your pocket or hung by a string
- Retractable blade to avoid injury
- Well-sized blade for excellent accuracy
- Equipped with a gutting hook
- Efficient and convenient fire starter
- Safety whistle
- All available features are easily accessible
- Handle with excellent grip
- Knife designed to last
- Easy cleaning and maintenance
How to use the hook and the fire starter
These two features are very simple to use as shown in the following diagrams.