THE KNIFE OF PABLO PICASSO
The story of the Opinel begins in 1890 when Joseph Opinel ignored his father’s wishes and designed a simple folding pocketknife. In just a few years Opinel was selling them in many sizes, from the tiny .78-inch No. 1 to the 4.7-inch No. 12.
Just as indispensable to everyone from lowly farmworkers to Pablo Picasso - who allegedly used an Opinel to produce some of his sculpture works - these French-made peasant knives have been in production, almost unchanged, since 1890.