Modified 12C27 Stainless steel blade
Because of its tried usage qualities and its easy maintenance, Stainless steel is offered by default on all Bruno Chaperon knives (except some outstanding knives available with damask blades or brute de forge (rough) blades).
The modified 12C27 stainless steel from Sandvik has been designed by Opinel and is famous for its cutting qualities and easy maintenance. Its high carbon content with a 0.4% minimum leads to excellent cutting and no corrosion properties.
It does not rust, does not blacken, does not give taste to food and is of easy maintenance.
Do not wait for your blade to go blunt though and sharpen your knife regularly. Sharpening advice.
Some knives are offered with a glossy polished blade: it is the same steel with a double polished finishing resulting in a glossy effect. You can sharpen the blade as usual.
Carbon steel blades
You might want to ask for a carbon blade instead of the stainless steel blade on offer (except for the tapered, damask and forged blades and the pruning knives).
Please send us an email with your specific query when ordering.
The Opinel carbon steel is an unalloyed steel with a high carbon content, endowing it with excellent hardness. Therefore this blade is sharp cutting, highly resistant to wear and tear and easy to sharpen. However carbon steel is corrosion sensitive through humidity; so please pay attention to usage precautions. Maintenance advice.
We offer some of our special knives with wrought blades called “brut de forge” or damask blades :
Brut de forge (rough) blades
The “brut de forge” is a wrought blade with a deliberate rough look. The forge has left its visible mark on the blade and therefore gives the knife its genuine character. The wrought steel is hot hammered, hence becoming denser and endowing the blade with exceptional cutting properties. Our “brut de forge” blades are in XC75 carbon steel. Artisans, carefully chosen for their know-how, make each individual blade. Maintenance advice.
The Damask steel is a forging technique to mix different steels when hot. The layers of steel are welded, hammered, folded and stretched many times, revealing beautiful waving patterns. This layered structure allows exceptional mechanical properties, therefore creating a exceptional cutting experience. Artisans, carefully chosen for their know-how, make each individual carbon damask blade. Maintenance advice.