The finish on the stainless steel version is a lot lighter than the Carbone one. I bought an opinel Carbone no. The carbon percentage is 0.8%. The handles are made from beechwood – a material that will be familiar to owners of other Opinel knives. OpiKnife said: ↑ Hello to you all! Each model is made with a single piece of X50CrMoV15 steel comprising the blade itself, the guard, and the (full) tang. The hardness obtained after heat treatment are theoretically slightly greater in steels that do not contain chrome. Mar 31, 2017 #28. bryan123. The Opinel company has manufactured and marketed a line of eponymous wooden-handled knives since 1890 from its headquarters in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, France — where the family-run company also operates a museum dedicated to its knives.The company sells approximately 15 million knives annually. Their state-of-the-art polymer handles ensure high resistance to extreme temperatures and humidity. Rober Herder uses carbon steel hardened to the level of 60 Rockwell C. Hence the name HRC 60. Invented by Joseph Opinel in 1890 high in the French Alps, our iconic pocket knives have adorned the pockets and tool chests of some of … But the finish on the handle is very different. The AG Russell online catalog lists the stainless steel Opinel as 56 rc. Does anybody know how I could achieve the … Hope this will help. Carbon steel HRC 60 - (not stainless) carbon steel. Multipurpose knives are dedicated to specific uses while conserving the legendary ergonomic properties of traditional Opinel models: Explore n°12, Outdoor n°08, Bricolage n°09 and Outdoor Junior n°07. This steel is hard at 60 Rockwell C hard, but not extremely hard. I noticed that the beechwood handle of the Opinel Carbon and Stainless steel models look different, is it the same wood? X50CrMoV15 is a stainless steel produced in Germany that often appears in kitchen cutlery specifically for its capacity for stain resistance. 198. Opinel carbon knife blades are made using steels with a high carbon content, which is what makes it possible to achieve the excellent hardness after heat treatment, guaranteeing the strength of the cutting edge, resistance to wear and easy of sharpening. Like Jacknife says, they're so inexpensive you can buy a couple of each and see which you prefer. Yes, Opinel use the same wood, the difference is that the carbon models have a varnished handle and the Stainless steel models are left untreated / natural. Available knives in this steel: Robert Herder knives with the exception of the stainless steel knives. The carbon steel might not be as hard as the stainless, but in my experience it sharpens to a finer edge. Here are three of my favorite small games knives, From top: Opinel, a vintage Imperial fish knife, and the Puma stockman. Feb 7, 2017. Opinel Folding Knives. 8 about a year ago and recently bought the regular stainless version. He doesn't list the hardness of the carbon steel models, but I would guess in the 54-56 range.