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In the Wood workshop

To avoid negative environmental effects from distant supplies (transport-related pollution, forest clearance, etc.), 95% of wooden handles come from French forestry holdings. The logs are selected for the quality of their wood.
Mostly beech, Opinel are also available in olive, oak, walnut, box, hornbeam, wenge, bubinga and, for limited editions, in ebony, rosewood, zebrawood, cocobola, etc.
The handle is made from timber sections using shaping machines: cutting to length, hooping, shaping, bevelling the ends, sawing the slot, sanding.
The handles are then varnished.