Opinel knives have been made the same way in France since 1890. The handle design has never changed, the only change in Opinel knives in 130 years is the locking system has had slight tweaks 3 times over this period. This is a testament to the quality, every knife is assembled by hand in there factory. We was honoured to have the Opinel team visit our store in 2016. Preppers Shop UK is a leading stockist of Opinel knives.