Photos Mnandi scale minute gap

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Dullknivescut, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    What stands out the most to me in this pic is that you can see how much resin it takes to stabilize the Spalted Beech, compared to the solid wood. You can see into the Beech, which is a pretty cool effect.
  2. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016

    Well it's a better guess than anything I got, I personally prefer the older look but won't lose sleep over the machined hole difference.

    The shrinking inlay fit on some of these
    Mnandis is another story however. Maybe I'm just a Sebenza guy.
  3. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    Thank You for bringing this up.
    It is always amazing what I don't see.
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  4. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016
    Well It's kind of my curse lol.
  5. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    I definitely prefer the earlier look. What I always love about CRKs are the small details they put in knives that you don't always notice but when you do you say "wow, that's cool they did that." That said I never noticed the style of the hole at all until this post so I don't think it will bother me that they changed it. My guess is that it served no purpose as nothing screws in there so they cut it out to simplify.
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  6. JB in SC

    JB in SC

    May 19, 2001
    IIRC, CRK doesn't makes screws in house (yet).
  7. Bretnuh


    May 1, 2015
    This is too funny, and makes me feel good that I'm not the only one. I found the same thing when i was looking at purchasing one back in early May. Even sent my brother a picture and description that it bothered me. I noticed the gap towards the back and a pivot gap. Like you, I get very picky when deciding on one and look for every detail. When all you have is pictures to look at, you get pretty picky I suppose. I'm sure in hand, these little nit picks would disappear.
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  8. peterbright


    Jul 29, 2016
    Point One: Having many of something does not an expert make. Example: I have many ex-wives, but I am not an expert on marriage or divorce.

    Point Two: I checked each of my 43 Mnandis and found 2 (Both Thuya Burls) that upon cursory examination showed a similar gap.

    Point Three: This is not a problem for me, but I am not you.

    Point Four: If I were to choose another of my Mnandis to be a user, this "gap" could help me choose.

    Point Five: I just spent 26 hours out of a total of 34 hours driving to South Florida and back (1,870 miles) to pick up a new "Master Chef" and set a new personal record for consumption of Monster Energy Drinks in that time frame. I am beyond "wired".
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  9. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016
    It is slightly curious that it's again the Thuya that displays the gap?

    Expert or not at least you have a large enough pool to rule out beginners luck.

    Thanks for your time
  10. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016

    Yeah the way I see it if I had a huge collection or I planned it to be a heavy user I wouldn't mind.

    I'm betting it's limited to the Thuya since I've yet to definitively see another kind of wood similar or hear someone come forward about it but that's just my assumption.

    Personally with my limited funds it does bother me that a 400 dollar knife has such a flaw, and it disturbs me further I missed this in the original images until I received it. You're correct in the sense that it does also become less noticeable once in hand, but I could have put the funds towards a sebenza 21 instead.

    My sebenza 21 collection is growing quite steadily, my Mnandi I'm 0 for 2 so far.

    I was going to purchase a basketweave damascus inlayed sebenza 21 tomorrow anyway, might add another " discontinued "
    Plain blade inlay to the list now. Focusing on sebenzas and not Mnandi would help me manage my funds anyway. I'm no gentleman. :cool:
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  11. James Longstreet

    James Longstreet

    May 1, 2014
    I've had the impression (but could be wrong) that you purchsed your Mnandi just recently. Maybe there is a chance to work something out with KSF? Particularely if you consider buying a Sebenza 21?
  12. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016
    Yeah it's no problem at all just don't like to bother a good company if I don't have to. I'm within the return range still ( haven't used it. )

    The reason I was annoyed with myself was because It was clearly depicted in the image I just missed it when I purchased

    Otherwise I do enjoy the almost clean look of the Thuya ( not a fan of the spotting seen on some. ) I've been a pretty good customer though so I'm sure they will not mind if I do. I'm just thinking on it if I wish to have a Thuya at all it's not a bad specimen, I doubt I would go with this wood again for the Mnandi even though I do love the look.. out of two Mnandis I've purchased that were Thuya they both had this " shrinking " effect.
  13. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I've been wishfully interested in a thuya Large at some point--I really love the look. I wonder if the 21 inlays may have similar potential for this? Any chance it's not shrinking but something in the manufacturing chain?
  14. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016
    Good question, not sure.

    For the record I have no idea if it's shrinking after manufacturing or it's just ill fit from the manufacturing process itself.

    I'll refrain from using the word " shrinking " in the future to avoid confusion over this. I'd definitely get some nice photos before any purchase though.
  15. okbohn


    May 26, 2006
    Hey-- I just became aware of this thread. We contacted Chris Reeve and they said this was totally within spec.

    I recognize (because I have handled a ton of them) that this is unusual. We can totally take it back if you want to send it back to us.

    Thanks for being our customer--we'll always take good care of you.
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  16. Dullknivescut


    Aug 10, 2016
    Thanks for your response, you're the best dealer I've encountered.
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