The Opinel knife was invented by Joseph Opinel in about 1895.
In 1565 King Charles IX of France had ordered every master knife-maker to place an emblem on his products to guarantee their origin and quality. Respecting this tradition, Joseph Opinel chose as his emblem “The Crowned Hand”.
In 1985 Opinel was recognised as one of the hundred best designed objects in the world by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. An Opinel knife is also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as a masterpiece of design.