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CRK Perforated Washer Question

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by linuxology, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. linuxology

    linuxology Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Has CRK always used perforated washers on their knives? Also, does anyone know if they sell extra pairs? If so, how much are they?
  2. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I believe on some of the very first ones they did not.
  3. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    They were solid at one time, and there are a couple different styles of perforated that have been used.
    You have to send the knife in to get washers. I don't have the newest price sheet, but the price I have is $1.50. If yours has the solid washers, the pivot and maybe the stop sleeve will have to be changed $13.50
    +return shipping
  4. RyanRaben

    RyanRaben Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    Originally they used Nylon washers on the Original models. Then they switched to solid phosphor bronze washers because they could control the consistency of the PB much more than from the supplier of the Nylon... then around 2010 they started added holes in the washers, then a little later they started doing the more rectangularish holes.

    The holes are designed to hold in more grease.
  5. Josh K

    Josh K Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    If you do ask them to swap the washers ask them to keep the original solid ones as well.
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  6. bvo85


    Apr 27, 2017
    CRK will not send you washers. You have to send your knife into them, and they'll install and fit the new washers for you. There's a small amount of fitting involved, that I imagine means taking an abrasive to the washers to remove a few microns of materials to get it to fit exactly into your knife. That is why CRK won't sell you the washers directly, because they want it to fit properly.
  7. kniferbro


    Jan 22, 2011
    Edit: wrong info!
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
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  8. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I’ve read that on BF before, but a few weeks ago I was told over the phone that they needed to be sent in too.
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  9. kniferbro


    Jan 22, 2011
    Oh wow really. Interesting, I thought I had heard that from Tim on the CRK Facebook page.. I must have confused it in my head.
  10. Richard in LA

    Richard in LA Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2015
    Nylon washer on a P sebenza From 93. Ridiculously smooth action, and no telling how many years worth of crud that is in the pic

    Attached Files:

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  11. RyanRaben

    RyanRaben Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2014

    Looks fake. I better take that off your hands. ROFL
  12. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    They have definitely sent out washers for the Inkosi without having to fit them so either the policy has only recently changed, is inconsistently applied, or the person was mixed their models up.
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  13. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I have some 21’s in the shop. When they call to arrange return shipping I’ll ask if they can throw in some small Inkosi or Umnumzaan washers.
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  14. Josh K

    Josh K Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    They wouldn't send me a pivot for the Inkosi, which I doubt is a piece that's fitted. I'm curious if they send you washers.
  15. Richard in LA

    Richard in LA Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2015
    Most definitely fake! Guess I’ll toss em in the rubbish receptacle.....
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  16. Thin-Slice


    Jul 4, 2016
    In addition it has less surface contact (blade with washer) which translates to less friction and smoother opening.
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  17. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I just got off the phone; my 21’s are inbound. I asked if they would include a set of Umnumzaan and small Inkosi washers. They said yes. I asked once before and was told no. Perhaps I spoke with someone new on a previous call.

    BTW, Kayla is so sweet and patient on the phone! She’s definitely great for the job. Just speaking with her makes me want to run out and buy another CRK!
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  18. aji1

    aji1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    She is also great and responsive by e-mail! I recently had some questions that were stupid enough that I was embarassed to post them here. She was quick to answer and in a way that didn't make me feel dumb.

    She basically sold me an Impinda when they are more broadly available.
  19. Thin-Slice


    Jul 4, 2016

    Zaan and inkosi they can ship no problem but for 21 because of bushing they measure them based on knife so they do not ship them by themselves as far as I was told.

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