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Chris Reeve Knives History Timeline To Date & Blade Steel Timeline

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by nyefmaker, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Here is the Chris Reeve History Timeline I promised I would post. Anne Reeve sent this to me about year ago as I was inquiring about the many models of One-Piece Knives. This Timeline gives you the KNIFE DESCRIPTION; YEAR INTRODUCED; YEAR DISCONTINUED. This List has been invaluable to me in acquiring my Chris Reeve Knife Collection. You have the Many One-Piece Knives, Sebenzas, etc. I ask that this be made a Sticky as the Info will be Very Helpful To All for Years To Come.:thumbup::thumbup:

    Knife Description Year Introduced Year Discontinued

    MK IV 7" Clip point sawback: 1984 - 1994
    MK V 7" Clip point: 1986 - 1994
    Aviator 4" Clip point sawback: 1984 - 2008
    Aviator 5" Clip point sawback ( 50 Knives Made )
    Moutaineer I 4" Single guard clip point: 1985 - Dec. 2009
    Moutaineer II 5.5" Single guard clip point: 1990 - Dec. 2009
    Jereboam MK I 9" Clip point sawback: 1985 - 1994
    Jereboam MK II 9" Clip point: 1986 - 2008
    Shadow I 9" Spearpoint: 1987 - 2008
    Shadow II 7" Spearpoint: 1987 - 1994
    Shadow III 4 " Spearpoint: 1987 - Dec. 2009
    Shadow IV 5.5" Spearpoint: 1990 - Dec. 2009
    Sable I 9" Sabre: 1986 - 2008
    Sable II 7" Sabre: 1985 - 1994
    Sable III 4" Sabre: 1986 - 2006
    Sable IV 5.5" Sabre: 1990 - 2008
    Tanto I 9" Chisel point: 1987 - 2008
    Tanto II 7" Chisel point: 1987 - 1994
    Tanto III 4" Chisel point: 1987 - 1994
    Tanto IV 5.5" Chisel point: 1990 - 1994
    Ubejane Skinner 4.5" Broadblade clip point: 1990 - Dec. 2009
    Pachmayr 7.5" Spearpoint: 1988 - 1990
    Project I 7.5" Spearpoint: 1991 - Dec. 2009
    Project II 7.5" Clip point: 1991 - Dec. 2009
    Kathathu 9" Double Edge ( 50 Knives Made ): 2000 - 2001
    Kathathu 7.5" Double Edge ( 100 Knives Made ): 2000 - 2001
    Kathathu 5.5" Double Edge ( 66 Knives Made ): 2000 - 2001
    Kathathu 4" Double Edge ( 100 Knives Made ): 2000 - 2001
    Nkonka 7 13/16" Sabre Blade: June 2002 - Dec. 2009
    Nkonka 7 13/16" SpearPoint: September 2003 - Dec. 2009
    Nkonka 5.5" SpearPoint USN ( 10 Knives Made ): 2009
    Nkonka 5.5" ClipPoint USN ( 10 Knives Made ): 2009
    MK VI 5.5" Clip Point: 1990 - Dec. 2009
    CRK 28 Year Special Edition Mark IV 7" Sawback ( 250 knives made ): 2009

    "When Chris first started making the One Piece knives, they were all from D2. It was in February of 1987 that he changed to A2. Since then, we have made a very few out of D2 but that was because we could not get A2. Regrettably no records of how many, which or when!"

    H Sebenza: 1989
    P Sebenza Large: 1991 - 1995
    P Sebenza Small: 1993 - 1995
    Original Sebenza Large: 1991 - 1996
    Original Sebenza Small: 1993 - 1996
    Regular Sebenza Large: 1996 - 2008
    Regular Sebenza Small: 1996 - 2008
    Umfaan: 1997 - 2002
    Classic Sebenza Large and Small: 2000 - 2008
    Mnandi: 2001
    Sebenza 21 Large and Small: 2008 - June 7, 2019
    Sebenza 31 Large and Small: Announced June 3, 2019
    Umnumzaan: 2008
    Ti-Lock: 2011 - 2017
    Sebenza 25: Announced Mid 2012 - Discontinued Mid 2016 ( replaced by Large Inkosi )
    Inkosi Small: 2015
    Inkosi Large: June 2016
    Impinda Slipjoint: June 2018

    Green Beret/Yarborough: 2002
    5.5" Green Beret: 2003
    Neil Roberts Warrior: 2004
    Inyoni: 2007
    Pacifc/1SFG(A): 2007
    Professional Soldier: 2008 - 2018
    Sikayo 6.5" : 2009 - 2020
    Sikayo 9" :2009 - 2020
    Nyala : 2010 - 2020
    Impofu: 2014 (500 Made)
    Umkhombe: 2014


    My CRK Professional Soldier Review With Pics, Enjoy !!! http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=664883&highlight=professional+soldier+review
    Chris Reeve Knives Umfaan: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/s...-The-Chris-Reeve-Knives-Umfaan-A-Small-Review

    Sebenza Blade Steel Timeline

    First knives were ATS-34

    Switched to BG-42 October 1996

    Switched to S30V January 2002

    Switched to S35VN January ( aprox. ) 2011

    A slabs made from January, February, March
    B slabs made from April, May, June
    C slabs made from July, August, September
    D Slabs made from October, November December

    So A99 would be made in say February of 1999; B03 would be made say June 2003; C05 would be made say July 2005; D09 would be made say November 2009............It goes like that, just examples !

    I believe these began being marked in the 1997 time frame. I have had 1997 sebenzas with no marking though, so "When" it was made in 97 is the difference. I have had 1998 and 1999 with markings, so by this time, they were pretty consistent.

    ** CRK changed to the "New" Boxes on June 17, 2013. These included the lube and ( loctite for the models that require it, ie sebenza 25 & umnumzaan ). The packaging is completely different from before.
    Here is the thread from Heather with the info: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1079520-New-Boxes
    Thanks Heather....!!!

    One Piece Knife Blade Steel Info

    Nearly ALL CRK One Piece Knives were made from A2 Tool Steel, Both in South Africa & USA. There were special runs though with D2 ( when A2 was scarce) & CPM 3V.

    Additional info regarding "P" Sebenzas
    Unfortunately, we have no good records of Sebenza numbers – we never thought for a moment any one would be interested so many years later!! Only the Original Sebenzas were marked with P – Larges introduced in 1991 and Smalls introduced in 1993. We honestly have no record of how many Large “P” Sebenzas we made – we think we did them for about 2 and a half years. We numbered up to 121 for the Small “P” Sebenzas and I am not sure we did any marked with just “P” and no serial number. I think we stopped marking the “P” around mid 1994!..... "P" Stands for Production Sebenza, Not Prototype Sebenza ...On Behalf of CRK....Thanks Anne !

    Time-Line Info:
    *Those with a Single Year ( Other than the H sebenza ) signify that they are still in production
    *Those with a Single Year: Example ( 50 Knives made ) Were Only Made for that One Year and were a Limited Run during that year
    *Those with Two Years ( the first year is year introduced; the second year is year discontinued )
    *CRK has done many limited edition knives that are not mentioned here, like the tanto sebenzas, camo finish one piece knives, Al Mar/CRK OPR,etc. This list is intended for regular production knives.
    *ALL the info in this CRK Time Line has been given to me by CRK ( Anne Reeve, Heather ), Without their kindness, I would never have been able to do this. I wanted this info as I am a Huge CRK Fan and Supporter, and I have passed it on to you, my BladeForums Friends to Enjoy !

    *** I am going to have to MOVE "The HISTORY OF CHRIS REEVE KNIVES" to another post contained within this Sticky due to a max character limit. Otherwise, I am unable to update as the History is quite large. Look for it in POST # 42 ***

    *** ALSO - Due To Space Limitations, Additional CRK Timeline INFO Is Included In Additional POSTS.......I Have Tried To Keep The Most Basic Info In This FIRST Page, But There Is TONS Of Additional Information Throughout.......Examples: CRK OPR Steel Info, Certain CRK Knives Like The PACHMAYR, Mammoth Ivory Info, ETC. So Be Sure To Browse The WHOLE Sticky Thread. ***

    *** Again, Thanks To Bladeforums.com For Allowing This To Be A Sticky For ALL CRK Fans To See. This Information Is Invaluable To One Of Bladeforums Biggest Supporter Fan Base ***
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2020
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  2. 440hard


    Feb 19, 2008
    Very helpful. Agreed this should be made a sticky.
    Thanks, -Ron
  3. knife hunter

    knife hunter "Die Hard Hog" Moderator & Dealer Moderator

    Dec 5, 2007
    great post!

    tHank you

    Get the glue:)
  4. C Ben Susrool

    C Ben Susrool

    Nov 20, 2000
    It would be very helpful if blade steel usage was tacked on to this.


    Nov 24, 2008
    H Sebenza,whatz H
  6. westllen


    Feb 17, 2006
    H is for handmade.


    Nov 24, 2008
    Thanx throwed me.......;)
  8. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I contacted CRK and will post an update with blade steels. The H Sebenza was the first sebenza and was handmade like Westllen stated. I believe they only made a few and I also think they show them on the CRK 2 DVD set that I highly recommend. I am glad they made this a sticky as the info will be helpful to all. I will post updates as they become available. Thanks to ALL, my CRK friends.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  9. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I updated the info with a Blade Steel Timeline from CRK, Thanks Heather, Your The Best !!!
  10. LaBella

    LaBella ←JerzeeDevil→ Moderator

    Jan 12, 2003
    no mention of "P" Sebenzas?

    Ron LaBella
  11. Raj


    Jan 22, 2003
    Appreciate the listing.I did not see the Nkonka mentioned.Some info on that would be nice,thank you.
  12. roswald


    Jul 14, 2009
    Would also like info on the Nkonka and the "P" series. There was one on E-bay and I did not bid. THinking it might have been a mistake to let it go by.
  13. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I updated the timeline with additional info. I realized I forgot the MKVI, so when I get that, I will post it. Enjoy !!

    Updated with MK VI Info.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2009
  14. GSW


    Dec 16, 2004
    I was fortunate to find a brand new P Large Sebenza made in early 1993 (according to the handwritten info card inside the box) in a small mall knife shop several years ago. I don't think it had ever been opened prior to me doing it. The store found it the day before I bought it on a shelf in their stockroom. It had been there since 1993... It doesn't have a clip & I've therefore never carried it. It's been in the safe since.
  15. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I want to get a P Sebenza one of these days. I have seen a couple floating around , but funds have been low lately. Plus there is so many other CRK I wanna get. Congratulations on your P Sebenza purchase. Its definately a keeper.
  16. caine


    Nov 9, 2003
    Group Pic would be awesome.
  17. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Here is a pic of my collection to date. Its my best effort so far.
    I am especially proud of my One-Piece Collection. They were my First CRK and Continue To Be My Favorite. Enjoy !



  18. NickZac


    Mar 26, 2006
    Does anyone know when Reeve switched from D2 to A2? I know many of the earlier SA knives were D2 in the mid to late 1980s and used the Kalgard coating instead of the KG. I believe the D2 fixed blades were being made without saying South Africa on them and they predate most of the South African knives many people still have and use. I know he also did a bunch of bright orange 4 inch fixed blades using both clip, spear and tanto points. Was there ever overlap between the A2 and D2 steel production? A friend of mine has some really cool stuff which I never even knew existed including a Jeroboam with a 12 inch blade!!!!, hand made by Chris and number 001. That particular knife also has a very unusual history. Some of the other things are Jeroboams with a sharpened spine done by CRK and not custom work. To my understanding they are the only of its kind as it was purchased from the first American buyer of CRK products who happens to live a few miles from my house.
  19. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    There were many Special Limited Runs and One Of A Kind CRK made over the years. This timeline is meant for regular production and I do have some limited edition ones listed as well. We could go on forever trying to list every single knife they ever made in what color and what pattern. From what I understand, the one piece knives made in D2 were limited runs. I think they always used A2, but I have seen limited runs in D2. So I dont think its anything they switched to, just something they made on a limited run. Like the Knonka made out of 3V steel..........I like the orange one piece knives, would be great for hunting, but Chris said they did not sell too well. I for one, would like them to offer orange end caps, to screw on in hunting season to help prevent loss if layed down..............I have seen pics of a extra long jereboam, but it is of the one of a kind.......................I have also seen a jereboam I with sharpened spine and no saw teeth. I bid on it when it was on ebay, but did not like it enough to bid more for the win. It did not go for alot................As for the one of a kind one piece knives, they will fetch a good $$$, but that depends on the individual and what they are willing to spend. "Anything is only worth what someone is willing to spend".
  20. NickZac


    Mar 26, 2006
    I agree completely that for custom stuff with no value guidelines, it depends on what the end consumer is willing to pay. Custom CRKs and even Unique Sebenza sales have dropped in both frequency and dollar amount due to the recession. If I had the money, I would probably have hundreds of his custom stuff and enough to open a CRK museum. Maybe one day...until them, I enjoy pictures from all of the good people here :)

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