In the world of knives, Opinel is a name that has transcended generations, capturing the essence of heritage and authenticity in every fold of steel. Synonymous with craftsmanship, Opinel knives have been cherished, passed down through the years, and often serve as more than just tools; they represent memories, skills, and a connection to the simpler things in life. For Opinel, tradition meets innovation in their limited edition collections, two of which we are about to embark on a journey: the Escapade and Tour de France series.
Azimut: Mapping the Mountains
The Azimut knife explores the graphic potential of mountain mapping. Its handle features the curves of elevation that adorn the Aiguilles d'Arves in Savoie, a region in the French Maurienne massif where Opinel's journey began. The handle's charming wood is wrapped with a map of the region's relief, and the black blade gives it a modern touch. This knife encapsulates Opinel's heritage and the love for the great outdoors.
Bivouac: A Mix of Tattoo and Outdoor Codes
Bivouac, in its traditional patchwork design, blends elements of outdoor equipment and the iconic plants of the mountains. Each element is a nod to outdoor activities, symbolizing hiking, fishing, and camping. It encourages individual imagination and allows for the association of unforgettable memories with family and friends during excursions. Bivouac is a graphic masterpiece that resonates with the adventurer in us.
Élévation: A Minimalist Tribute to Sacred Landscapes
Élévation draws inspiration from Japanese prints that pay homage to sacred landscapes and places. The knife beautifully captures the vision of serene summits and the surrounding forests, all in a minimalist style. The play of colours highlights the relief and the forest at the mountain's base. The Élévation knife elevates Opinel's connection to nature and simple living.
Les Maillots: Honouring the Jersey Leaders
The "Les Maillots" edition pays tribute to the iconic jerseys worn by leaders in different categories during the Tour de France. The yellow jersey signifies the leader, the green jersey the best sprinter, and the red polka dot jersey the best climber. These jerseys are sublimated on the No.08 folding knife, creating a striking visual. The knives are delivered in a blue gift box with an official Tour de France sticker, making them a coveted collector's item.
Landmarks: Capturing the Tour de France Essence
The "Landmarks" edition narrates the story of the Tour de France through iconic landmarks and symbols. The Arc de Triomphe and Mont Ventoux, along with symbols representing water, rain, and mist, are masterfully imprinted on the knife. A yellow leather lanyard pays tribute to the primary colour of the Tour de France. These knives come in a kraft paper sleeve with an official Tour de France sticker.
In a world filled with mass-produced objects, Opinel's limited edition knives stand as unique pieces of art that pay homage to adventure, authenticity, and the beauty of the great outdoors. The Escapade series captures the essence of exploration, while the Tour de France series showcases the brand's adaptability to diverse cultural contexts. For those who appreciate the legacy of Opinel, these limited edition knives are more than just tools; they are cherished companions on journeys, be it through the natural landscapes of Escapade or the exhilarating routes of the Tour de France. Opinel continues to capture the imagination and the hearts of those who seek the extraordinary in everyday objects.