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I own TWO Zaans!?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by VermontEdge, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    Since getting into CRK I’ve been keeping an edc trio, where I own carry some combo of three Reeve knives at any one time. Typically it’s been a 25/inkosi, 21, large or small, etc. I try to mix it up with different sizes and models.

    I got a Tanto Zaan a few months ago and it quickly became my favorite knife, ever. But I always thought “cool, my Zaan needs are set”. But then yesterday I couldn’t help it and I traded for a drop point Zaan that should be here in a couple days. This marks the first time I’ll own two crks that are so similar at one time. Am I crazy? Any other multiple Zaan owners out there? Talk to me. Post some pics. Tell me how smart I am.

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  2. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    The bug. It bit you. ;)

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  3. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Welcome to your future. Have another drink of CRKoolaid.

    They're addictive like no other.
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  4. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    Life without Zaan is pretty boring. It's the only CRK designed for "hard use" and was the precursor to the 25 with it's new pivot design. I like the quiet opening and the over-travel stop (which actually came about for bad user practice reasons). Some of the really cool ones you'll see have a Scotch Brite treatment and there were a few polished ones made at CRK that would be a huge catch if you can land one.

    Don't leave out the Wilson Tactical Star-Tac. Got to have that one, too.

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  5. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    That’s true! I do need that one!
  6. clearytja


    Oct 17, 2002
    I think the tanto and the drop (harpoon) point are different enough in how they respond that I think it is quite reasonable to have one of each. Bonus points if they have the original pivot!
  7. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I can relate I had 6 or 7 CRKs and always liked the looks of the Zaan but for some reason never pulled the trigger until recently ...

    and I kicked myself for waiting so long it quickly became my favorite CRK and it's in my pocket most days unless I need a different knife for my uses that day ...

    and fair warning these things multiply like gremlins I now have 2 and am looking at a third as of this past weekend ..
  8. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I pale in comparisson to LW, Wavicle, & I’m sure Bhyde will drop in...but since you asked, here’s my duo: ;)


    @VermontEdge , the way I see it, you OWE yourself two ‘Zaans! Post the duo when you’ve got ‘em both in hand. :thumbsup:

    ETA: My first and favorite CRK!

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2018
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  9. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002

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  10. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Darn CRK bug, I need to pick one of these up someday too. What is the difference between the old and new pivot? Obviously the pivot screw is a lot larger, but that’s about all I know/see.
  11. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Do I really need to tell you how smart you really are o_O

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  12. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    :cool:Momma always told me I was smart. So that is the only difference then huh. Was curious if the bushing or anything was different/larger washers, etc.

    Thanks for the clarification!
  13. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I've had two Zaans. Could not easily unlock the first model, so I sold it and bought the model that allows much easier access to the lockbar. Very happy with it...
  14. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Other than the milling on the slab to accommodate the larger pivot(old style) they're the same. I think @bhyde said that the pivots are the same size hole. I haven't noticed any difference besides the pivot. I haven't taken the old style pivot apart to see if there is anything different in the two.
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  15. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Correct- Same size. The difference being the 4 pin pivot and a shallow pocket milled into the scales.
    The newer version doesn't require the pocket in the scales.

    I looked at converting a newer version into an older version for carry not so long ago so looked at the differences quite close. Can be done, but part of the "Idaho Made" would also be slightly covered by the larger diameter old pivot.
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  16. photoman12001

    photoman12001 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2008
    Got to have a backup.
    Two is one, one is none.

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  17. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    So I traded a large raindrop (plus cash) for this Zaan and it came today and...yeah. I love this thing. Someone is going to need to talk me out of getting rid of my large Insingo to find a startac!
  18. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    MAN! I just love the Umnumzaan so, so, so much. Ceramic ball lock, adjustable pivot, over travel stop BUT it also has that nice and deep hollow grind closer to a 21 than the Inkosi. It’s seriously the best of everything that I like in the Sebenza and the Inkosi and nothing that I don’t like. Strong, tough, yet still a great slicer. I feel like I found my soul mate.
  19. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    You are correct in pointing out all of the excellent qualities of the Umnumzaan. Don't forget the glass breaker point! (Google the YouTube videos).

    It's definitely my favorite weekend carry. For me, it fits in my hand like a 1911, which is perfection.
  20. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Got a new to me 'zaan (and it's NIB, as far as I can tell) and it's a damn fine knife. I know CRK are not known as flippers, but I literally cannot keep from having this thing snap open with just the right thumb pressure on the thumb stud. Load up, and.... 'snick'. Perfection! I must be nuts, but I'm already imagining another one.
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