Chris Reeves Knives (Crk) is a high-end cutlery manufacturer based in Boise, Idaho. For years, Chris Reeve and his crew of artisans have been mastering the art of the blade, and they are widely known as makers of some of the finest pocket and protection knives available. Only the best materials are used by CRK, and blades are built to exceptional tolerances using designs that have been modified for years.

Project Inspirations For Chris Reeve Knives

Chris Reeves Knives has a few patterns that I’ve identified. Here are a few primary elements that go into making a CRK:

Chris was pleased by Walker liner lock during the development of the Sebenza, however he wanted to build on the design. The frame lock, also known as the Reeve Integral Lock, was born as a result of this. The frame-lock is well-known among knife enthusiasts, but few are aware of where the concept originated. A section of the frame is cut away from the handle length, and a relief machined out at the butt end of the lock bar allows a spring mechanism to be bent into the bar within, allowing for locking. The lock bar moves backward between the two handling scales when the blade is open, keeping the blade open. When closing the knife, push the lock bar out of the blade’s way with your thumb, enabling the knife to lock. This approach was favored by Reeve because it allowed for a larger surface area to serve as a padlock against the knife.

Chris started out making knives out of D2 steel, but eventually moved to A2 tool steel for his late fixed blades. He turned to stainless steel when he began making folding knives. The first was the ATS-34, which is very similar to the present 154CM. In 1996, he went back to BG42. Latrobe’s BG42 is a high-speed austenitic steel that was originally developed for the aerospace industry and moreover works well in cutlery. Buyers (including this author) prize the BG42 Sebenzas, and they demand a heavy cost as a result. CPM S30V was founded in 2002 by Chris Reeve and Dick Barber of Crucible Industries. This metal was one of the very first to be designed specifically for cutlery. In 2009, Chris and Crucible teamed up once more to release an upgrade to S30V, S35VN. The enhancements were made to improve the steel’s hardness and minimize chipping, which would happen in an S30V, resulting in an easier-to-maintain edge.

Final Thoughts On Chris Reeve Knives

To sum up, Chris Reeves Knives can be used as a test case for the cutlery business, demonstrating what can occur when you aim to make the best product possible and don’t compromise for anything less. Chris’ knives are widely regarded as the gold standard by which greater cutlery is judged. They claim to be able to reach tolerances comparable to those in the aerospace sector and to use fabrics that are both strong and high-quality. When the Sebenza was first published, the idea of paying $300 for a pocket knife was ludicrous, but CRK was willing to justify the price not just through quality, but also through their brand philosophy. As a consequence, in the EDC/gear culture, a Chris Reeves Umnumzaan has become a familiar sign of quality and status.