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I think I'm Starting To Get It

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by buffalo01, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. buffalo01

    buffalo01

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    Oct 13, 2016
    I do not own a Chris Reeve Knife, I have looked and looked but never seriously considered buying one. I was not sure they were worth the money for what you get.
    I recently watched a factory tour of his shop and I think I'm starting to understand why these knives cost as much as they do. I see that Mr. Reeve sets out to make the best pocket knife that he can, no matter what the cost. As someone that appreciates mechanical devices and machining, seeing the huge amount of care and close tolerances he takes really makes me want one even more.
    The fact that he aims to have within .0003 of an inch or so of tolerance is mind boggling, and truly shows the skill and engineering that he must put into his work. I'm not sure that I will ever spend over $250 for a knife, but if I do I for sure think it will be a CRK. I hope to one day find a god deal on a left handed model or a model with double thumb studs for a good deal used when funds allow, until then I guess I will appreciate his work from afar.
     
  2. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    The Inkosis come stock with double ambidextrous thumb studs. They are great knives though
     
  3. Buckfan22

    Buckfan22 Gold Member Gold Member

    240
    Sep 11, 2014
    it was quite the same for me , i’m mostly collecting buck knives and have more than hundred of them and so said to myself i had to thinning the herd to my favorites ones, make some money to purchase others ... i’ve had some good feedback on crk knives but never had one in hands( i’m french and they are not popular there...) so thought they were a bit pricey... as you i’m sensible with good engineering and craftsmanship, good materials, and i myself using to machining stuff in my job so i know how hard it is to work on VERY close tolerances! and again as you i’ve seen the 2 parts crk shop tour with the (cute ) asiatique woman and straight away went mad about the crk work ! i purchased the dvd of it to watch in better quality and then purchased my first crk , small pj inkosi , 2 smalls sebenza pj , small 21 patriotic cgg and waiting for a blade hq’s carbon fiber mnandi.
    i’ve sold about 30 buck knives to afford these crk but i’ve no remorse at all as they are awesome ! once you got one the sickness starting and never leave you i think. so if you can buy one you’ll never regret the money spent in it as that knife will be almost eternal !
    sam .
    ps : sorry if i did some mistake in my text , my first language is french .
     
  4. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    It is a big jump at 1st and they aren't for everyone, but they are certainly worth trying. Look for good deals on the exchange and you should be able to re-coop all or close to all your money if you decide it isn't for you or isn't worth the money to you. It was hard for me to take that 1st jump, but afterward I can't go back.
    Very satisfied customer
     
  5. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    About a year and a half ago I said I would never spend that kind of money on a knife. Then, I was able to get my hands on one and play with it for a few minutes. I have 7 today. Probably another 1 or 3 at some point.
     
  6. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jul 5, 2016
    If you decide to take the plunge, I can almost guarantee you won't regret it. Just recently made the decision to pick up my first CRK (Small Sebenza 21) myself and while it was certainly an adjustment spending all that money in one place on one knife, I can say with the utmost certainty that it is the most well built knife I own as well as one of the nicest. As others have already mentioned, they are worth the price of admission to most and if not, they hold their value well for resale.
     
  7. buffalo01

    buffalo01

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    Oct 13, 2016
    I have for sure been keeping an eye out on the exchange! If the right one popped up i might just buy one sometime this year. Im not sure yet what exact model I would want though...
     
  8. lex2006

    lex2006 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 20, 2014
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    Welcome to the club
     
  9. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    A lefty double thumb stud will take a bit longer to find used just because it's more rare. If you can find one, jump on it if the deal if right. If just going to that rabbit hole pictured above, I would probably start out with a Plain Jane Sebenza 21 Drop Point or maybe a Sebenza 21 Micarta Drop Point. The Small Sebenza Micarta Drop Point is the perfect knife for me.
     
  10. buffalo01

    buffalo01

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    Oct 13, 2016
    I would really rather have one with micarta, Im always working on guns and have oil or something on my hands and would rather have extra traction. But GOSH he charges a lot more just for those inlays. I have seen some that have sold on a certain website that sells a bunch of used knives go for under 300 in well carried condition, even large double studs and umnamzans. and I could always send it back for a spa treatment right? But either way its going to be carried and used a bunch anyway, I want to see if I get the extra performance for all that money! haha.
     
  11. buffalo01

    buffalo01

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    Oct 13, 2016
    Im not sure it will be a rabit hole... Haha I cant picture owning multiple CRKs because they are all so similar, I only do that with traditional knives but those are all mostly under $50 haha. Even with guns I am narrowing down my collection where each gun has its own purpose, this happened after I noticed I had like 6 9mm pistols and that philosophy is carrying over to knives. Although I do trade around a lot with guns ;) (I have bought and traded over 15 guns in the last year) bahahaha
     
  12. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Famous last words.........
     
  13. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I took awhile to step into a CRK but have to admit as folders go ... it grabbed ahold of me and somehow it multiplied all on its own until I have at least one of all but a Mnandi and I know that's just a matter of finding the right one ...

    again I was on the fence with buying an Umnumzaan ... and took the plunge and now there are two and they secretly plot at night and whisper in my ear that they need brothers and sisters ... you will buy more ... you will buy more ... my preciousssssss ...

    sorry it's time for my CRK support group meeting ...
     
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  14. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Someone show him his future...... ;)
     
  15. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    You would think I'd learn to not set myself up like that soon ... wouldn't ya? lol
     
  16. buffalo01

    buffalo01

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    Oct 13, 2016
    Question! How is the traction on the standard blasted scales? Also is it comftorble to use right handed double stud or umnonzan left handed?
     
  17. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I have double lugs on all my CRKs all are right handed ... they are very comfortable for me to use ... the design makes them that way ... the standard plain jane slabs have a good texture and the combo of a great design and the feel I have never had any issues feeling that they would ever slip in my hand.
     
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  18. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    ??? Was that for me?
     
  19. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I remember all the Mnandi pictures in a thread I posted before I bought my first Umnumzaan ... bhyde threw out a picture full of Umnumzaans ... and I said his picture did me in and I got my first Umnumzaan ... and I said I figured next I'd hear the whisper that I need a Mnandi ...

    and presto you posted some great looking Mnandis ... and now I keep an eye out for just one that calls to me ... after your post here I expected to see a big line of those again lol
     
  20. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Oh, no. I just wanted someone to post a nice family pic. You know, to show the OP his future. ;)
     
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