The Opinel company was founded in 1890 in Chambery in the Savoie region of France by Joseph Opinel, and his descendants still own the company. Opinel employs around 100 people, produces 4 million knives per year and sells to 70 countries across the world. The easily-recognisable Opinel folding knife is acknowledged as one of the best knives in the world and has won design prizes.