The traditional French knife manufacturer Opinel offer two models of folding saws; No.18 and No.12. The smaller saw (No.12) is a light and handy tool that fits nicely in most pockets. This saw was the smallest (folded length) test object in my latest field test on saws. To see more about the saw test covering 12 test objects; click HERE.
I appreciate Opinel's basic design and functionality. The saws follows the same principles as the classical Opinel folding knives; a cylindrical wooden handle with a spring-less folding mechanism holding a thin Sandvik steel blade. See also my review on the Opinel No.08 knife by clicking HERE.
This saw's 12 centimeter long blade locks tight both in unfolded and folded position by the Opinel patterned blade lock called Virobloc. The wooden handle is available in color or natural finish and a lanyard can be applied if one so wishes. The Opinel No.12 is available both as a stand-alone product or as a part of the 3-piece Garden Kit; also including two folding knives.
I like the Opinel No.12 folding saw. This tool has also become a favorite of my 3 year old daughter Sonia when we practice wood carving together. As I said; this saw fits nicely in my pocket cos of it's neat size, and the quality is of he well known Opinel standard. But for more serious cutting I choose a bigger saw instead. Also check out my review on the bigger Opinel No.18 folding saw.
Manufacturer: Opinel, French company based in the Savoie area
Model: No.12 Saw
Blade material: Stainless 12C27 Sandvik steel with a 0,40% mix of carbon
Blade length: 122 mm
Blade thickness: 0,8 mm
Blade width: 24,8 mm
Unfolded length: 288 mm
Folded length: 165 mm
Handle material: Beech wood
Handle thickness: 26,15 mm
Weight: 109 g
Price: 300 SEK (Sweden 2015)