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Best "flipping action"?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by TRfromMT, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    I just received my CRK Large 21 insingo - and it is immediately in my pocket, and will fast become a favorite. It's competition is a pair of Spyderco Gayle Bradleys (an original and a GB2). So far these are my favorite folders, but the CRK is clearly a contender.

    My question - which model in the CRK lineup has the best flipping action. I am not looking for some kind of rocket, but my GB's both snap open with a little thumb (or middle finger) flick. The CRK is very smooth but I either have to thumb assist it all the way open or give it an exaggerated wrist flip.

    Does another model behave more like a flipper? Will this insingo develop a faster action, or is this a limitation of the knife's geometry?

    Clearly I'm already thinking about my next CRK...

  2. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your viewpoint) CRK does not make knives that flip open in that way. They are designed to be thumbed the whole way open rather than flicked. It is just the style of knife CRK prefers to make for whatever reason. That being said the Inkosi is probably the smoothest CRK I have personally tried. The Umnumzaan can be quite smooth as well.

    While my 21s are very smooth it is a hydraulic kind of smoothness like found on my Emerson Cqc7s rather than the kind of smoothness where you overcome the detent and the blade just flies the rest of the way open.

    If that style of flipping action is crucial for you a CRK might not be the knife you are looking for.
  3. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    Thanks, Lapedog. I suspected as much.

    Oh - this CRK is definitely my kind of thing! In fact, I am sure an Inkosi with micarta inlays will also be my kind of thing someday :cool:
  4. dwdickey


    Feb 14, 2014
    Might wanna try an umnumzaan, my first gen is extremely smooth and is very flickable.
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  5. craniotes

    craniotes Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    My CF small Sebenza and small micarta Insingo both "flip" open quite easily, but my small Inkosi takes the cake with a degree of smoothness that has to be experienced to be believed.

    On the other hand, my inlaid Classic won't play that game unless I toss in a good wrist flick, but it still has that hydraulic feeling that Lapedog referred to in his post above.

  6. rabbivj

    rabbivj Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    My Inkosi flicks open like right out of the box...that might be something to look into.
  7. socom1970


    Feb 24, 2015
    Umnumzaan for sure. I am not a flicker fan, but both my Zaans can be flicked open effortlessly. Plus, the o-rings absorb the shock. Good stuff if you like to do that. :)
  8. sutherland

    sutherland Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2015
  9. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    Inkosi/Sebenza 25 has action like the Zaan. The heavier blade gives it more flicking authority.

    I've also gotten my Sebenzas to flick more freely by carefully polishing the washers. 2000 grit sandpaper followed by 3000 and 5000 grit trizac pads does really well.
  10. Steel_Addiction

    Steel_Addiction Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Inkosi, 25, Zaan like everyone else has suggested.

    Reason being the pivot tension is adjustable.

    If you want the fluid hydraulic feeling that a sebenza is known for you set the pivot like it came from the factory, zero blade play, smooth-consistent action.

    If you want to thumb flick it open, loosen it up a squeak, you might get very very slight side to side play to achieve this, but that is the nature of the beast, same principle behind people polishing up the washers, it opens up the tolerance between the bushing, washers and handle slabs, more space=easier opening.
  11. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    ^^^ Thanks S_A. I had been contemplating 'tweaking' the pivot screw to gauge the effect.
  12. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    TiLock will easily flip open on its bearings. Its designed to be opened a variety of ways.
  13. cbking

    cbking Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 10, 2014
    My CF 25 flys out with the correct technique. Don't own one but the zaan i handled was the same as my 25.
  14. marthinus

    marthinus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 10, 2006
    After 7 years of using my insingo, barely taking it apart, the blade falls free at this point. Just use it and it will get smoother.

    Ps. Congrats on the new knife.
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  15. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    I picked up an umnumzaan, and I have to say that the right technique for flipping it eludes me. I tried with my left thumb and it snapped open, leading me to think even the slightest pressure on the lockbar will give me trouble.

    It may also need some breaking in? My thumb needs a break, that's for sure. Any other pointers?
  16. jfowler1


    Apr 18, 2017
    Here is my pointer for flicking open your CRK. They flick like you are flipping a quarter with your thumb. No wrist, just load up your thumb and snap it open.

    My small sebenza took a week of work before it flicked out for the first time. I also noticed the Sebenza requires more of a 5 to 11 direction (for righties). Tightened down completely, it still flicks open quite easily.

    The small Inkosi flicked open after 2 or three openings. It is much more forgiving, and can even be flicked 6 to 12, which I find more natural. The Inkosi gets tightened down all the way, then back off about 1/8 of a turn. I can even use the inkosi like a front flipper with an 80% success rate. That thing just wants to open.

    I imagine the Zaan would be similar to the Inkosi. Grease it up a bit, load up your thumb like you are flipping a quarter against the thumbstud, and let it rip 6 to 12.
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  17. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    Well, I have finally landed on the CRK with the best flipping action. Based on responses to this thread, I got an Umnumzaan, and 3 days later passed it along because I simply could not get the hang of it and it was starting to irritate me. So, the search continued, and I picked up a very nice Inkosi. After a bit, and several more reviews that praised the 'zaan, I decided to try again with another one. Boy am I glad I did!

    The Umnumzaan is fantastic, and I finally figured out how to get this knife to open like I'd expect. I don't use my thumbnail like some have suggested. I use the pad of my thumb (same on my L21 and Inkosi, but with a different grip). Anyway, I love this knife! The Inkosi has been relegated to 3rd place in my CRK lineup, behind the L21. This 'zaan is just the Cadillac of my collection.
  18. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Congrats on your second acquisition of Umnumzaan. It is also one of my favorites and the knife which I will never part with.
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  19. Signalprick

    Signalprick Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Wierd! None of my CRK's have a flipper tab? Mine are all great flickers though. :p
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  20. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    ^^^Yep. That's what I meant. Can you tell I'm relatively new here :D

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