3/32" thick brass bolster band with steel ring lock. BARRY The Antonini Knives Old Bear is a traditional clasp knife like the Opinel knives, but with a more ergonomic wooden handle and a more intricate locking mechanism. Another similar knife is the MAM which is Portuguese Learned a bit along the way. True. I might have to get it Friday. Include description. © Copyright 2006-2017 EDCFORUMS.COM All Rights Reserved. ...in some respects! As the active partner for this project, Todesco (Maniago/Italy) had already patented this mechanism in 1985 as a lock for pocket knives. Atlantic Trading Estate Potentially it looks like is would be less subject to get dirt in (I once dropped my Opinel in sand and it took me forever to get rid of the sand grain stuck in the Viroblock). It is hard to put a good edge on the Antonini. The Old Bear knife comes without a return spring, instead the blade locking system features a solid safety ring that fixes the handle in open and closed position. I like it more than the Opinels but I don't any of them. Great for camping and outdoor activity. On the occasion of Antonini's 90th birthday, the Antonini Old Bear Walnut series was created. Verified Purchase. Its razor sharp blade made it a performer much like the Opinel. i have a opinel nr.8 but i agree the antonini old bear looks better, the opinel is still a good knife but i bet the antonini is just as good as the opinel. Yea I'm also thinking to get one...I have to stop coming here, Please visit following page for more information, (You must log in or sign up to post here. Collectibles. So the Old Bear will sit a little bigger in your pocket. It marks and celebrates the 90 th anniversary of our company (1925-2015), and intentionally involves a production process engaging high levels of manual production, skilled and experienced manufacture. I touched up the edge and I must say that it is now very sharp for 420 steel. Yeah, I don't think I will be batonning any wood with it. The Opinel is invisible in my pocket, so I'm not sure this matters much. Antonini Knives Old Bear Large folder 930121. That part of the knife is actually better built than the blade! Related: antonini knife old bear knife opinel knife. It is essentially a Viroblock that is inside the handle rather than outside like on the Opi. It does work. Out of the box, the Antoninis carry a bit better than Opinels, because the pommel lacks the Opinels’ signature flared profile that makes them a bit of a lump in the pocket. Like the Opinel, it has a thin stock blade (actually a little bit thinner than the Opinel) so it makes for a good slicer. Sat / Sun / Mon CLOSED Walnut wood handle. The Old Bear's ferrule (the metal part that surrounds the hinge) is about 1 millimeter bigger, and, more importantly, the Old Bear's handle is about a half-inch (1 centimeter) longer. Plus there is this kind of choil near the ring, which allows for a very secure choking grip. i have a opinel nr.8 but i agree the antonini old bear looks better, the opinel is still a good knife but i bet the antonini is just as good as the opinel. The locking slide bar is too thick to enter the slot on the opposing side of the handle. Made in Italy. Advantage to Old Bear. So, the first thing was a coat of oil and then wax, which brought it up nicely. Finally, the locking mechanism. Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019. I would not recommend this knife based on my experience. So the Old Bear will sit a little bigger in your pocket. U.S. Orders by PayPal only. Are you a current member with account or password issues? The Bear has a better blade lock, and the Opinel has a better blade. I did extensive research before purchasing the Antonini Old Bear. Never heard of Old Bear (Italian) until the other day, so thought I'd give one a go. The Old Bear's ferrule (the metal part that surrounds the hinge) is about 1 millimeter bigger, and, more importantly, the Old Bear's handle is about a half-inch (1 centimeter) longer. The straight forward handling and exceedingly classic look of this traditional pocket knife with walnut scales in combination with the affordable price make the Old Bear a more than attractive purchase. join our mailing list for a chance to win £150 Sign Up, Get the latest updates on new products and upcoming sales. The blade shape is almost exactly the same as well (the main visual difference is the nail nick and the obvious Old Bear markings). Then, there is the price; talking about the standard knives, they are supposed to be users and I think Opinels are better value for money in that regard. This series represents a compelling interpretation of the classic utility pocketknife. Been using it around the house and it does perfom very well. so that we can arrange for your item This has been a good three read. Categories. Please phone before your visit, Aesthetically it is nice looking, but the blade bites like crazy. Collectible Modern Factory Manufactured Folding Knives; ... Antonini Old Bear 9301/19LN Messer M 19 cm Taschenmesser Walnussholz arretierbar See more like this. I had one Opinel with a poor edge I had to touch up prior to use before, but I also had many more Opis and they all came with better finished blades. This series represents a compelling interpretation of the classic utility pocketknife. Collection Point Hours This is due to the knife sitting too high when extended so it does not allow enough clearance for the lock to move over the knife and enter the slot on the opposing side of the handle. Then last Christmas an interesting peasant’s knife caught my eyes going by the name Old Bear. A rotating ring inserted into the brass collar secures the blade in the deployed as well as closed position. The blade is stainless steel and is stone sharpened by skilled and qualified craftsman. Walnut handle, subtly more ergonomic than the Opinel with a nicer finish IMNSHO! The Antonini Old Bear series could best be described as what you would get if you bulked up the lock on an Opinel and then steeped it in rugged charm. Official website of Opinel USA. This traditional clasp knife features a 4 5/8″ sculpted walnut handle. The best feature of the knives are the wooden handles, which carry the traditional locking mechanism. The Bear also has some cool etching on the blade. The classical Old Bear knife by Antonini Knives is available in either oil-treated walnut or olive wood. Top Band. The OB has a walnut handle, which is untreated / dry. Antonini Knives & Old Bear "The legendary Antonini logo along with the area trademark guarantee the quality of the raw materials used and the quality of workmanship that, under the “Made in Italy” banner, mean the highest possible resistance, durability and cutting performance parameters. Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:30, Office Hours I have curious to see for myself how this rather obvious competitor of the Opinel perfoms. Old Bear at work "It is possible that mean creatures will not always be so or behave badly forever. Similar but I like it a little better. The best feature of the knives are the wooden handles, which carry the traditional locking mechanism. to be picked from the warehouse. The handle: here the Old Bear does better. However, in terms of functionality, it does not bring much more since it is possible to lock or unlock an Opi one-handed (and opening or closing the blade is still a two-hand job). The blade: overall built quality on my knife was close to Opinel but a notch below. Sat-Sun Office Closed. Our retail store will close 5.00pm Thursday 24th December and re-open 8.00am Monday 4th January 2021. From his workshop at the foot of the French Alps, Opinel forged a cult classic. Thanks, Adahn. 3.0 out of 5 stars Antonini Old Bear versus Opinel. However, the Old Bear is a good knife for the price range, and they make interesting options (coloured handles, all-black models, various woods, etc.). If you like Opinel, then check out the Antonini Old Bear. 3 5/8" 420 stainless steel blade. | Joseph Opinel designed his first folding knife in 1890, creating a tool that is as robust and functional as it is simple and beautiful. ANTONINI OLD BEAR Classical Walnut Small - Carbon Knife Shop Australia Festive Season Trading: Orders placed after 12.00 noon Thursday 24th December will ship on or after Mon 4th January. #29 GearGuy69 , Nov 19, 2015 Cobra 6 Actual and Nick4305 like this. On the occasion of Antonini's 90th birthday, the Antonini Old Bear Walnut series was created. Classical "OLD BEAR ®" knife Line "Old Bear ® " is Antonini's new and exclusive folding knife line featuring simple and ergonomic lines. I bought the Old Bear XL, which is the same size as the Opinel #10. I purchased the XL model in stainless, which is almost exactly the same size as the Opinel #10. Opi system is so simple and tested that I would give novelty kudos to Old Bear but the win to Opinel. The knife locks in the closed position but requires a lot of force due to poor quality and it does not lock fully when the knife is open because nothing seems to line up correctly. On the occasion of Antonini's 90th birthday, the Antonini Old Bear Olive series was created. It is easy to use and the tab is unobtrusive in the pocket. Just received the small version the other day at a cost of £14.95. CF63 3RF. "Old Bear®" is our exclusive folding knife line created to celebrate the 90 th anniversary of our company (1925-2015), characterized by simple and ergonomic shapes and created by engaging traditional production techniques with a high level of manual skills. The best feature of the knives are the wooden handles, which carry the traditional locking mechanism. Please visit following page for more information. Well worth $25! Tony, you owe it to yourself to try a similar size Antonini 'Old Bear'; I think the 'medium' size is close to an Opinel #6. I will say a big advantage to Opinel. Long ago on a cold rainy day, early humans arrived in the forest to find a new home. COVID-19 Update: We are open for business and are taking orders and shipping as normal. Oct 22, 2016 - 9307/21_ln - old bear - antonini knives - maniago, italy Old Bear ® did not like this disturbance of the peaceful forest, so to protect his family he began to destroy all that the humans had brought with them. YOUBOOB is full of Opinel projects from pickling the blade to embellishing the handles. I cannot comment on sharpness because the Old Bear is not sharp out of the box and I have not touched up the edge yet. Selected category All. Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30 Made by Antonini, this lovely folder has nice oil treated handle and a mix of copper and steel made it appealing to the eye. The Opinel is invisible in my pocket, so I'm not sure this matters much. I also purchased an Opinel no 8 stainless, Opinel no 9 Carbon and a Martin’s Eco GB. I like the walnut handle too. Nice alternative to an Opinel, very similar construction and locking mechanism, handle came up nice after a few coats of tru oil (was a bit dry out of the box). It seems that Fantonini listed the main gripes people have against Opi handles: sides are flat so it does not roll all the time, the butt is rounded so it does not dig in your palm if you have bigger hands. ). Always liked Opinel, so was interested to see how they compare. Plus the lock mechanism is a distinct step above. Most people settle on the 8 as the most popular or go big for tasks you might use IE an Old Hickory for. The small Old Bear is about the same size as the Opinel 7. This series represents a compelling interpretation of the classic utility pocketknife. The Antonini Old Bear series could best be described as what you would get if you bulked up the lock on an Opinel and then steeped it in rugged charm. I added one star as a result. Your Product of the Year and Best of 2020. Antonini Old Bear Medium Pocket Knife is a handmade Italian folding knife with a wood handle and a no-return safety ring. The Antonini Old Bear series could best be described as what you would get if you bulked up the lock on an Opinel and then steeped it in rugged charm. My preference for pocket carry is the 6. The edge had burr, asymetrical grind, and is ever so slightly bent (or maybe it is the grind). ! 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