He doesn’t have any experience of anything, he just thinks he knows something about them because he saw one in a photo, and talked to other teenagers on a basket weaving forum, and wants to appear knowledgeable.
I have a no.6 Opinel, had it for 20 years. Was my edc for a while, but now use it for spoon & bowl carving. You’d be hard pressed to break the locking ring just using it - they’ve been making them that way for 100s of years, if they were shit or unsafe, no one would still make them. If you use any knife incorrectly, you can break it, or you.
I will say this, though, be careful using it with wet or sweaty hand as the cylindrical wooden handle can get slippy. People carve grooves in them to improve this though.