Opinel Conversion. One of my sons bought me a number 10 Opinel folding knife for Xmas. I have always wanted one of these because of its close likeness to similar 18th century folding knives. But if I was going to carry it as part of my 18th century equipment, then I needed to change it slightly. This was done by sanding & filing the handle, softening the sharp edges & getting rid of the brand name.
Knife as new.
Altered knife.Handle soaked in neetsfoot oil.
Austrian made "Penny Knife" with the same type of bolster & pin attachment.
English "Penny Knife" with again the same type of bolster & pin attachment.
American revolution period hawk bill knife with the same type of bolster.
An Opinel number 3 clasp knife with exactly the same bolster design.
The bolster on this number 10 Opinel knife is covered by a locking bolster. This can be removed & the bolster pin shortened & peened to match the period style of these other knives, but I have chosen to leave the locking bolster in place as it makes the knife safer to use, & the change would make little aesthetic difference. Keith.