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Front scales on the 25 vs the large inkosi

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by clockman, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. clockman

    clockman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    I had a 25. I sold it bc I didn't like the finger cutouts on the scale. I have big hands. I didn't like the cutouts....they forced me
    to grip the scale in a position that wasn't comfortable for me.

    Guys that have big hands, are the cutouts, for lack of a better word, on the large Inkosi much different or any more comfortable than
    the 25.

    I just want replies from guys with big hands, Thanks.
  2. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    I have XL-XXL hands and the Large Inkosi feels like it was made for my hands.
  3. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    It appears the contour on the back is different, but I see no difference in the finger grooves from pictures. Anybody have them side by side?
  4. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013

    I don't have big hands, but here's a side by side pic of a 25 and Inksoi. You be the judge.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017
  5. clockman

    clockman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Thanks for the pics Ajack60. I won't be getting a large Inkosi. The scales are the same as the 25.
  6. lemmuhj

    lemmuhj Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2010
    Not only the cutouts but to me what has changed the most and has been the spine of the handles/scales. The Inkosi is more concaved which(to me) makes the overall grip "skinnier". Would love to see some comparison spine pics?
  7. ChazzyP

    ChazzyP Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2014
    The cut-outs don't really seem any different to me, but indeed the handle spine on the Inkoski is more concave than the 25. My hands are oddly large with oversized palms and short thick fingers, the last two of which are damaged to the extent that I can't close my grip with them. The cut-outs on both knives help lock my first two fingers in and there seems no substantial difference in grip to me between the two knives .

  8. kgajewsky

    kgajewsky Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    What's the chance that you could take the "floating" stop pin from an Inkosi to replace the stop pin on a 25? Would it work? They appear to be the same diameter when just looking with the naked eye.
  9. aengina


    Jul 25, 2010
    Wouldn't work. The hole in the front scale of the 25 isn't wide enough for the floating pin to pass through. Also I believe the stop pin on the 25 is notched to allow for blade clearance.

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  10. lemmuhj

    lemmuhj Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2010
    Nice comparison pic. Its very obvious on the spine.
  11. Thin-Slice

    Thin-Slice Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    I have handled both very recently and the changes on the handle i could def feel. The stop pin on 25 actually made the opening much stiffer regardless of the pivot screw. At least in my exp

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  12. D-der

    D-der Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2014
    Would it be safe to say the grip of a 25 is a little slimmer than a large 21 and a large Inkosi May be a bit slimmer than the 25?
    I picked up a large 21 a while ago, use it daily...perfect edc. Considering a large Inkosi, don't think I'd care for a slimmer grip though.
  13. MessOnAMission

    MessOnAMission Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    I'm pretty sure the spine on the Inkosi and the 25 are the same. It just looks like the chamfering on the Inkosi is steeper.
  14. Heirphoto

    Heirphoto Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    I had both the 25 and Inkosi with me at work today so measured the depth of the scales with calipers. I get the same measurements from finger grooves to spine on both knives and either finger groove, first or second, .746 and.827 respectively within a thou or two. Spine curvature looks identical too so I think any visual difference is just effect from the variable vs. uniform edge chamfer onbthe two models.

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    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017

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