It’s a bit late to include it in my review, but Opinel put together a short video showing highlights from the production cycle of their traditional No.8s (not shown.) It’s a heavily automated process, and this should be no surprise. If you want to sell a knife for the local equivalent of $11, you need to make sure your unionized, highly-paid, 35 hour-a-week French workers have a lot of non-unionized robotic help.
Opinel even saved money by skipping the voice-over and the obligatory English translation. That’s what keeps their knives so affordable, I guess.