Maintaining your knife

Rule No. 1: Use it correctly

To ensure your Opinel No. 12 Explore knife is maintained in a perfect condition over the long-term, it should be used wisely and with great care. In the thick of it, it is easy to forget the basic rules such as not to use of the blade as a lever or force it to close when the security system prevents the blade from folding.

Rule No. 2: Clean the blade

To keep the blade clean and in a good condition, take the time to clean it as follows:

1) Open your hunting knife
2) Lightly run warm water on the blade of your OPINEL
3) Wipe the blade with a sponge and dishwashing liquid
4) Rinse the blade with warm water while taking care not to dampen the handle.
5) Leave the blade of your OPINEL knife to dry before closing

Rule No. 3: Sharpen the blade

There are several tools for sharpening a No. 12 Explore knife:

  • Sharpening steel,
  • Sharpening stone,

Whichever sharpening tool you use, take the time to follow the specific instructions. In certain cases, the sharpening stone can be very convenient as it is available in a small size (10 cm / 4”), which makes it easily transportable in a rucksack for example.

Rule No. 4: Clean the handle

The handle should be cleaned using the same method as for the blade, while avoiding the use of cleaning chemicals and soaking the handle in water.

Rule No. 5: Maintain the opening/closing mechanism

The No. 12 Explore survival knife is equipped with an opening and closing mechanism. As for every mechanism, it wears out over time and needs regular lubrication. This will then prevent the mechanism from wearing prematurely.


1) Use a penetrating oil as a spray or a traditional 3-in-1 whichever you prefer
2) With the blade closed, add a drop of oil to the axis of the blade
3) Open and close the blade to allow the oil to spread correctly over the entire mechanism
4) Wipe off excess oil.


  • Never wash your No. 12 Explore knife in the dishwasher. It could be permanently damaged!
  • Do not use a “green scrub pad” or any other abrasive sponge as it you may scratch the blade.
  • Do not wash with a corrosive chemical. It could damage the blade, the locking mechanism and the handle.
  • Do not keep the blade constantly open. It could be knocked unintendedly. It is best to leave the blade closed when not in use.
  • Do not try to plant the tip of the blade in any type of material. It could break the blade and your knife may drop on the floor.

The hunter’s standard equipment

Before leaving for a hike in the countryside, wearing suitable clothing and taking the right items could be very useful. With the help of experienced hunters, we have prepared an example of a checklist for hunters. This list is by no means exhaustive. We simply want to identify the main essentials.

Pour la tête


A cap that can protect you from the cold, the rain as well as the hot sun.



A simple jacket. This piece of clothing must be protective without hindering your movements.

A pair of trousers to be adapted to the type of hunting done. It is best to avoid trousers with too many pockets as they can hamper your progress in the wild. If you hunt in an area with brambles, choose Kevlar clothing.



The classic “hiking boot” which will protect your feet from the cold, the water and impacts.

“Remember to check the current regulations in the department where you are hunting as certain items (jackets, armbands...) could be mandatory or forbidden.”


  • Ear protection devices (specific earplugs for shooting)
  • A wallet with all your important papers (hunting license + insurance + blood group)
  • A pair of thin gloves to protect your hands with which you can shoot
  • A rope that can be used in various occasions such as carrying the game or as an extra leash for a hunting dog
  • A lighter (if you don’t have a flint)
  • A multipurpose knife used for precision work such as gutting game
  • A saw to cut the game or to cut branches for a fire or to build a shelter
  • A pair of surgical gloves (more hygienic) when gutting the kill.
  • A hunting horn to warn other hunters
  • A bottle or a flask as well as snacks (cereal bars, dried fruit, marzipan...).

Getting the right equipment to enjoy a hike in the wild

When going on a hike, proper equipment is needed. The weather can change quickly (especially in the mountains). You may be faced with the unexpected such as a blocked path, an injury, another walker who needs help... With the help of experienced hiking enthusiasts, we have tried to list the main essentials for a hike in the wild.

Pour la tête


A cap or a hat that will protect you from the weather conditions and, if appropriate, that could be used for drinking from a river.



The three-layer rule should be applied when selecting your clothing:

1) Evacuate your heat and perspiration and keep your body “dry”. Never wear a cotton T-shirt as it traps your perspiration. And as soon as you stop your effort, you may get cold. It is therefore best to wear a T-shirt made from synthetic fibres (such as polyamide, polyester, Lycra...) or merino wool.

2) Ensure your body stays at a comfortable temperature (neither too hot nor too cold). A fleece (synthetic fibres) is a great classic. It is lighter and thinner than a traditional sweater and dries it quickly.

3) Stay protected for the elements. A "hard shell" jacket is often mentioned. It derives its qualities from its membrane which prevents water and wind from seeping in while allowing perspiration to escape. As it is very fragile, the waterproof membrane is generally sandwiched between an inner protective layer and an outer fabric.



Robust and breathable walking shoes that protect your feet without hindering your movements.
Walking socks.

"Your equipment and clothing should be suited to the season and the weather conditions. Take the time to check the weather forecast on the day of your hike"


  • A wallet with your identification and blood group
  • A whistle to raise the alarm if needed
  • A large-scale map, an Ordnance Survey 1:25000 map for example and a compass
  • A flashlight for walking in dark conditions, ideally a more practical headlamp which leaves both your hands free
  • A multipurpose knife
  • A lighter or a flint (a knife may have one)
  • Sunglasses (all year long)
  • Paper handkerchiefs and toilet paper
  • A small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, dressings...)
  • A bottle or a flask as well as snacks (cereal bars, dried fruit, marzipan...).

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