Impinda slipjoint... as I see it (after 2 months of field use)

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by PiterM, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
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  2. DC Kestrel

    DC Kestrel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 3, 2017
    Can someone fortunate enough to own one of these measure the blade, from the end of the scale (I guess using the point that is closest to the tip) to the tip of the blade? I'd be curious how it actually measures, and whether it's clearly over 3 inches if someone was measuring casually. Many thanks.
     
  3. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    It's clearly over 3" if you're casually measuring the front edge of the scale to the tip of the blade.
     
  4. DC Kestrel

    DC Kestrel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 3, 2017
    Darn. I really wish I understood the thinking behind that decision better, as a slightly under 3" slipjoint would be ideal in many circumstances.
     
  5. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    Edge length is suppose to be 3" and honestly I don't see much of a difference here. There's plenty of "perfect length" cutoff points. I think @PiterM could lend more context on the non-US side of things.
     
  6. DC Kestrel

    DC Kestrel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 3, 2017
    As somebody observed earlier, being right at 3" or (ideally) clearly under 3" removes any debate if the law distinguishes between 3" and under versus over 3".
     
  7. DC Kestrel

    DC Kestrel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 3, 2017
    As somebody observed earlier, being right at 3" or (ideally) clearly under 3" removes any debate if the law distinguishes between 3" and under versus over 3".
     
  8. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    1/8" over if you measure from the scales, if you measure from the start of the edge it's just under 3"

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  9. PiterM

    PiterM

    Mar 27, 2000
    Impinda today...

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  10. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 22, 2014
    Here's one fresh off the UPS truck direct from Victory View Way in Boise a few minutes ago-

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  11. rolexkid

    rolexkid

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    Jul 14, 2006
    Beautiful!
     
  12. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Nice!
     
  13. loon#r

    loon#r Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    If length is a concern just get using it, and hard. Enough sharpening should do the trick.
     
  14. steff27

    steff27

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    Feb 8, 2013
    Could anybody of you lucky owners measure thickness behind the edge, please? I‘m curious how it compares to the small sebenza.
     
  15. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 22, 2014
    Measuring a hollow grind is not easy, and especially near the edge. However, using a micrometer and placing the anvil & spindle faces at 50% (i.e. the edge runs through approximately the center of the measurement surfaces), I get this after about a dozen measurements at center blade on each-

    Small Sebenza 21: 0.033 inch
    Impinda: 0.033 inch

    So they compare really close. The Impinda has a slightly thicker spine at 0.121 inch compared to the Small Sebenza at 0.119 (confirmed measurements). At center blade (measured tip-to-frame) the width of the Sebenza measures 0.840 inch and the Impinda 0.788 inch, so the Sebenza has a wider profile.
     
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  16. steff27

    steff27

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    Feb 8, 2013
    Thanks a lot for the details, @Wavicle! That's quite the tough slipjoint!
     
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  17. gmarthur

    gmarthur

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    Mar 5, 2007
    Just put my order in and started my 6 month wait. I figured there would be some shipped to dealers before then but didn’t feel like being bothered to try and scrounge the different dealers trying to get one before they disappeared. This way I’m going to get one eventually and have no worries. I have other knives to use until then.

    - Greg
     
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  18. jumpstat

    jumpstat

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    Mar 9, 2007
    Hi there thanks for sharing your experiences. When you grip the folder, the thumb would be resting on the blade spine. As it is a slip joint, would there be any chance that the blade closing due to the thumb resting on the blade? I am a noob when it comes to slip joints. Does it work same like a SAK by any chance?
     
  19. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 22, 2014
    You can rest your thumb on the spine of the Impinda. However, if you then apply sufficient force, it will close the knife— as a slip joint is designed to do. This is very similar to a Swiss Army Knife.

    The Impinda is a non-locking folding knife.
     
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  20. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    While it doesn’t lock there is substantial resistance to closing. Resting a thumb won’t hurt any, but you should avoid backwards force on the blade (as with any folding knife). Don’t try to dig a hole in a 2x4 with it, you’ll have an unpleasant time.
     
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