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how old was your CRK when you got it?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by goflwls, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I had one with the greenish hue to it, you could really tell the difference along side of another. But, I sold it so I could have a left handed model. I think I’ve got 8 Micarta inlays and they vary in looks.
  2. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Micarta looks ok to me. Once you use it will start changing anyway
  3. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    All the one I got were born within the year I placed the order.
    It may be biased as I mostly ordered new versions of the knives.
    The oldest I got was a small 21 insingo micart which was born 6 month before the order.
  4. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    Thanks for the pixs.
    I like the looks, it looks perfectly normal to me.
    From what I understand Micarta is made of two components:
    a fabric and resin.
    This looks like the relation is a "tiny bit" towards the fabric.
    Makes it more interesting imho and possibly a "little" more grippy when wet.
  5. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    The drop point was the last one in a series of three I added to my collection. They are dual silver thumb lugs, black micarta inlay, and ACU lanyards with the CRK spacer bead. Even though the Tanto and Insingo have different weave patterns, their white & gray color matches. The drop point is clearly a different block of micarta and that's why I was not thrilled with getting the odd match.

  6. dropback

    dropback Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    The CR Logo on the new one seems to be deeper/more contoured as well compared to the other 2.
  7. sn0wman72

    sn0wman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2017
    Most of the CRK's I have purchased new from dealers have a birth card within a couple of months of when I bought the knife

    I do have one that was purchased in Jan of 2018 that has a birth card form July of 2016
  8. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Same deal as many of the others. Purchased new with the birthcard confirming the age as no older than the year of purchase. Bought one made sometime summer last year 2017 in January 2018. But that's still less than a year old.
  9. TYPE-R

    TYPE-R Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    The exotic models tend to have older birthdays as opposed to the normal models. My damascus was 2 years old and my woodie was 3 years when I got them. The Inkosi I had and my insingo were both born within 6 months purchase.
  10. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    You are correct- thanks for pointing that out! I pulled them out and the photos truly represent the CR logo, so it was not reflection or focus making them look different. Even the Ti slab from the top one has that darker color like the photo. The "Idaho Made" on the back is the same on all three.
  11. photoman12001

    photoman12001 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2008
    One of my small Classic micartas has that green tint. I’ve always liked it.

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  12. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    My 1st CRK was the Shadow III which I bought new. The OPK were still being made at that time.
  13. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    Nice- those are some tricked-out Sebebza's! No lanyards?
  14. photoman12001

    photoman12001 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2008
    Not currently but I will usually add one to those I carry. I’m just not carrying any of those right now.
  15. clockman

    clockman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    I have about 20 CRK's, every one of them is different.

    A bit off topic...I bought a Ruger 41 mag single action in 1997. The grip frame is different than my other Ruger sa's.
    I called Ruger to ask when my gun was made. It was test fired in April of 1980. The gun sat a on a dealer's shelf for
    17 years before it was sold.
  16. rangerover_95

    rangerover_95 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    I just picked up a LG numbered P Sebenza from a pawn shop (best score ever by far) and would love to nail down a time frame of when it was made.

    It's #203, and from what I could gather it'd put it around 92-93 (would make it 25-26yrs old when I got it). If anyone else has numbered examples that have birthday cards, I'd love to hear from you.

    Back on topic, I have a LG Regular Sebenza dated 3/10/06 that I got as a present from my wife on our first Xmas together in 07.
  17. lex137

    lex137 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Got my first CRK lrg Inkosi black micarta inlay insingo blade today 2-9-18 knife was born 12-26-17. I love this knife it has lived up to my expectations for sure!
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  18. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications. Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 27, 2014
    It's not that they have different weave patterns, but @red mag nailed it.

    How fabric is woven is two directions of thread that are interlocked and "woven". What you have on your Insingo and Tanto are representations of each individual layer.

    You have the coiled layer that is woven into the neighboring coils on the Tanto.

    And you have the straight threads that the coils are threaded around to stop the fabric from stretching. That is present on your Insingo.

    The yellow coloration is just from a slightly different cloth or resin being used. I wouldn't fret about the stability of the Micarta. There is Antique micarta that is still stable after 40+ years after manufacture, on top of that, some still sees reworking and is made into knife handles and such. Furthermore, I don't think CRK would use a material that wasn't up to their standard.

    I would be ecstatic to have such a diverse collection of the same handle material.
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  19. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    My CRK was old enough to take it drinking. ;)

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  20. uofaengr


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bought a small PJ 21 in a local shop in spring 2014, and it had a birthdate of June 2012. Didn't bother me a bit since I got to handpick from a few.

    On another note, I wouldn't mind at all having a greenish micarta knife like that. I prefer it along with the lighter gray. The small micarta insingo I was gifted a couple years ago was very much on the darker side of what I would choose if I was handpicking, but it doesn't make me like the knife any less.

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