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Mnandis Through the Years - A History in Pics

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Lone_Wolfe, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. Falco57

    Falco57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Thank you LW


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  2. Curl of the Burl

    Curl of the Burl Gold Member Gold Member

    264
    Jul 27, 2013
    The powerful LW with a great post!

    Just curious about the inlays. Are there specific time periods that CRK offers the inlays?


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  3. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    I'm going to go into a little more detail about the transition from the old nick style to the current. It took a bit of time to get all the variants, but here they are. First up, all 5 design variants of the production Mnandi. As you can see 4 have the old nail nick, the last one has the new. But only the oldest has the older, larger pivot.

    5Variants-Front.jpg

    5Variants-Back.jpg



    Now, the 4 steps of the transition in more detail.....

    As I said before, the first thing to change was the pivot. The newer is smaller, and sits slightly below flush with the surface of the inlay....

    5Variants-Pivots.jpg


    The next change was the most subtle. While still using the old style clips, CRK allowed themselves to run out of the solid head body screws in anticipation of changing the clip..

    5Variants-Screws.jpg


    Next the clip itself was changed...

    5Variants-Clips.jpg


    And lastly, the nail nick was changed. At the same time, the bladesteel changed from SV30 to S35VN, and CRK changed the finish on the blades, got away from the polished flats.

    5Variants-NailNicks.jpg



    The transition began in mid 2011. I have one from early 2011 that entirely the old style, but the next 2 shown are all late 2011 to early 2012. Here's the line-up that volunteered for todays pic session

    African Blackwood/gold/diamonds, entirely old design, Mid 2000's
    Desert Ironwood, Old nail nick & clip with solid head screw/new pivot
    Macassar Ebony , Old nail nick & clip with allen (open) head screw/new pivot
    Box Elder, Old nail nick/new clip/new pivot.
    Honduran Rosewood, entirely new design.


    Both transitionals, Bocote and Macassar Ebony.

    BocoteMacassarTrans.jpg

    Old style with Black Palm, transitional Mammoth Bark.

    2Mnandis.jpg

    And just because. 3 are the new style, the rest are older versions. No transitionals.

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    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017
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  4. greg c

    greg c Gold Member Gold Member

    466
    Oct 9, 1998
    Excellent update, I've noticed one more change.. the detente indent in the old nick blades went from a divot to a hole drilled completely through.
     
  5. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Yep. All part of a pretty big change overall to the blades.
     
  6. greg c

    greg c Gold Member Gold Member

    466
    Oct 9, 1998
    For clarity, I meant that the drilled through detente was also a transitional feature on some of the old nick blades.

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  7. Torrid

    Torrid Gold Member Gold Member

    156
    Dec 30, 2016
    Wow. What an amazing post. Great info and pics. Super interesting. Thanks for sharing LW.
     
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  8. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Photobucket trashed this thread, but I still have the pics. I'm going to upload them elsewhere, and replace the links in this thread, It won't happen right away, but I'll fix this thread.
     
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  9. kidcongo

    kidcongo

    Jan 12, 2013
    We all found out what the bucket at Photobucket was full of, and it ain't cherries.
     
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  10. peterbright

    peterbright Serial Monogamist Platinum Member

    Jul 29, 2016
    Amen...I hope everyone leaves them!
     
  11. lemmuhj

    lemmuhj Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2010
    Photobucket is where all my pics are! Ugh, I'm held hostage!
     
  12. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    733
    Nov 1, 2016
    I moved toward making the size of my pics smaller and just uploading them directly. If you have Android get the QuickPic app then edit photos and reduce the size.
     
  13. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Pics are fixed! Also, Pale Moon Ebony was added for 2017. :)
     
  14. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    733
    Nov 1, 2016
    Wow thanks for doing that. I thought that'd take a lot longer.
     
  15. Grizz484

    Grizz484 Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Jan 7, 2018
    WOW, Wow, wow! Thank you so very much for sharing your superb Mnandi knowledge & all the great pictures. I've Never seen anything this good & comprehensive on any knife before. My hat is off to you Sir.
     
  16. SomeGuyInTaipei

    SomeGuyInTaipei

    134
    Sep 22, 2017
    Wow! What an amazing collection and wealth of knowledge. Many thanks, LW.
     
  17. Markous

    Markous Gold Member Gold Member

    251
    Sep 9, 2008
    Does anyone own a Mnandi or does Lone_Wolf own them all? ;)

    Thank you for sharing the history of these beauties!

    The 2nd run proto i owned for a short time was one of my biggest sellers remorse items, right behind the decorated Umn.
     
  18. Grizz484

    Grizz484 Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Jan 7, 2018
    I think LW has most of them, LOL.
     
  19. Gb335xi

    Gb335xi Gold Member Gold Member

    17
    Apr 18, 2018
    If you don't mind, I'd like to contribute to the history just a bit with my #176 of 200 production with the Ziricote inlay. Sorry, but I don't have the camera skills of LW. It occurs to me that since LW owns most of Mnandis ever created, that makes my #176 worth even more, right?!?!

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  20. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Nice one! My #163 shares a birthday with yours!

    2001Ziricote_163-Balcony1.jpg

    2001Ziricote_163-Arrival2.jpg

    2001Ziricote_163-Inbound6.jpg

    2001Ziricote_163-Balcony2.jpg
     

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