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CRK Slipjoint.....!!!

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by nyefmaker, May 31, 2018.

  1. NCHunter78

    NCHunter78 Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I opened mine and put the box up so fast that I cannot remember if it came with a tool or not to be honest. Tim stated that it could be taken apart but I have also seen where Bill Harsey highly suggested for most people to not attempt this due to the pressure/tightness of the spring? So, the short answer is yes, it can be disassembled, but be careful and do not expect it to be as easy as the other folders.
  2. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    It's fascinating that the website said 3.123" and was then changed to 3.00" and now changed back to 3.123" but Tim is stating it's 2.95"

    In any other knife, it wouldn't be a big deal. Who cares about 1/8" ? But since this a slip joint and the 99.99% reason to own a slip joint in the year 2018 is to conform with legal silliness, that 1/8" is a huge deal. And it's still unclear to me what size the blade is because the website currently says 3.123"
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  3. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I have been looking for information about this, where did you see it? Most slipjoints are not just put together like a regular locking folder, you have to compress the backspring using a jig or vice to get the pins in place. This is done so that as the spring and tang wears you don’t get lazy closing or blade play.
  4. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    According to Tim, UK knife laws relate directly to the edge length and not from tip to scale.
    I am not sure why the number is changing and it should be clarified on the website in respect to edge length and blade length so people can make an informed decision. It's altogether possible, that US and UK laws have differing points to measure from. Being a US based company, I can see why it would be 3.125, but like I previously stated,..I would have both measurements on the site. I will ask about that come Monday.
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  5. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    It was on facebook
  6. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I don’t have Facebook, can you post it here please?
  7. bonzodog

    bonzodog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    I’m in the uk,to err on the side of caution I don’t carry a blade over three inches tip to bolster.If I get one of these it’s off to the grinder .
  8. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    So who’s been using their Impinda? Look forward to some real world use feedback!!
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  9. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    By the campfire...

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  10. hiptinite


    Jul 9, 2018
    I contacted CR Knives over the weekend about the Impinda asking if they could grind the tip off, so it would be UK legal and this morning I received a very informative and well written email from a gentleman named Matt .

    I will paste full email below :

    It's tough to design a knife that will fit the restrictions of every law in the EU, but we did try to appease as many as possible. Where this will come to play is how the measurement is done, the cutting edge of an Impinda(from choil to tip) is 2.94", but the length if measured from bolster to tip comes in at just under 3.1", we round up to 3.1" for the specs. We won't grind one of these down to under 3.1", although we did entertain the idea of trying to do this but ultimately getting the blade length under 3" makes the geometry of the knife not work within what Bill Harsey wanted for the knife. Most of the laws we referenced did specifically call out the cutting edge, hopefully that's the case in your country. Let me know if I can do anything else for you.

    Thank You Matt.

    So what can we take from Matt’s email ?

    Firstly and lucky for me CR Knives WONT remove the tip from the blade ( well it was a stupid request ) and spoil a very aesthetically pleasing knife which in all fairness would have been an insult to CRK and Bill Harsey

    Secondly and the most interesting from the U.K. Perspective is below -
    Paragraph two :
    ( taken from the gov.uk )

    Basic laws on knives
    It’s illegal to:

    • sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less
    • carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less
    • carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
    • use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife)

    So Impinda UK Legal ..I would say Yes !
    Impinda (from choil to tip) is 2.94 that’s under 3” in my Book

    Thanks Matt :)
    for clearing this mess up
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  11. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    That sounds very clear to me. Enjoy your Impinda!
  12. tdkfm


    Oct 9, 2014
    This is the first I've seen of these (no tapatalk killed this place for me). I have to agree with the guy you replied to though, that's overpriced. I love my CRK knives and carry one of several daily, but it's going to be hard to compete with the lion steel slip joints collector knives is doing at around 30% of that price.

    As to your point about people judging knives and their price off looks, I personally don't think this knife looks very good. However, the price of the knife will ultimately have to be set somewhat based on people looking at pictures online or it won't sell. Most people nowadays are buying purely off that and never handle the knife first. you can talk as much as you want about what it costs to make, but that is fairly irrelevant to buyers in the end.
  13. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    That's why there are a number of choices to choose from- Different manufacturers, makers etc. The fact of the matter is, I don't like every product that CRK puts out. Mnandi being one that I have mentioned in the past. Not for me.
    I can talk about what it costs to make because I have the manufacturing knowledge to do so- My point with the quote was to educate, but you are right- It's up to the end consumer to decide what the widgets they buy are ultimately worth..ignorance in manufacturing notwithstanding. if that's the case, it's simpler to just move on to what you do like.. I did the same with the roundhead I had..not even sure how that was even a comparison that came to mind. You don't want my critique of that particular knife.
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  14. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    Tapatalk is aweful. It ruined so many forums for me because I didn't want to install their app, and anytime I went to a forum that used tapatalk on my iPad, it was a series of popup notifications asking me if I wanted to install the tapatalk app. I literally stopped going to several forums because of it.
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  15. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    They won't grind the knife down 1/8", but if you broke 1/8 off the tip, perhaps by rubbing it against a coarse diamond stone for a minute or two, and send the knife in for sharpening service, they would reprofile it for you.

    What are they going to do when you send it in for spa service? "No sorry, we can't sharpen your knife because of the 1/8" tip damage, any sharpening would not meet the stringent demands Bill Harsey has for this knife, and therefore we also cannot return it."

    If I lived in England, that's what I would do.
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  16. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I am pretty sure if you damaged the tip they would do what they could to help, but in this case you get what you get. If they grind a tip off a new and perfectly good knife, you could then say, I don't like it take it back. Or you screwed it up take it back.
    Different obligations on their part. Much less they don't want to start getting into modification-where would it stop.
    They feel they have designed the knife the way it should be, and are not looking for someone to redesign it
    That's how I see it
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
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  17. tdkfm


    Oct 9, 2014
    Funny that this is pretty much the only major forum I've been on that doesn't use tapatalk. I'm not sure I understand how tapatalk is terrible if you didn't install it? Why not just use it?
  18. tdkfm


    Oct 9, 2014
    Round head is a production slipjoint with premium steel. I actually am curious to hear what got don't like about it. You can move it to PM if you don't think that fits here. I have two and they both seem really nice.
  19. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    The Impinda is also a production slipjoint so that really isn't the point. First run was pretty small, but the numbers will increase.
    My issues with the roundhead are not really a fair comparison because they are not even in the same realm of comparability. It's a ~$130.00 knife aimed at the traditional base whereas the Impinda is more transitional to those that want an updated slipjoint that crosses over between two folder worlds.

    As far as my issues with the Lionsteel roundhead; this isn't the place and I am not really about to get into a debate on what I found wrong with the roundhead I owned.

    At the end of the day, my thoughts on the justification really aren't all that pertinent..I'm not the owner of the design, the knife or the company that made it, so that would be up to CRK to go forward with that or they could just continue on and let the economics work it out. If it doesn't pay for it's place on the lineup, it will change in price or it will be short lived.
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  20. tdkfm


    Oct 9, 2014
    That's exactly the point. You asked why I would compare the two. Because they are both production slip joints with high end steel (more so with the lionsteel). I understand that they are different knives, but I really cant imagine what you found wrong with the lionsteel. I could see maybe not liking the screws on the bolsters, but beyond that I'd imagine it stacks up pretty well against this CRK slippy, especially considering the price. That was all I was trying to say.

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