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SPA Treatment Question??

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Luger1952, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Luger1952

    Luger1952 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2012
    Is there a WAY to tell if a CRK knife has received the SPA treatment? Are there "tell tale" markers or evidence/signs to distinguish it from just a NEW out of the box one? So in the final analysis, how does one know or determine if a CRK knife (folder) that is sold second hand has had this treatment performed but has not been revealed by a seller? Just curious for NO particular reason.

  2. hondahirny


    Apr 2, 2012
    I'd say the lock bar face. Mine was perfect when new. After a couple hundred openings, it broke in nicely. There's a small shiny area on the lock bar face now. Might take a flashlight to see it.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012
  3. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I have not bought a spa treatment sebenza, but I have noticed differences from a pre to post spa treatment. One things I look for right away is for some reason, the blasting on a spa treatment sebenza feels rougher. Its has always been this way on any ones I had done. But what I look for the most is at the CRK logo on the scale. On a pre spa, its nice and crisp. On a post spa, its lightened or slightly shallower, its edges rounded. This is what I notice right off the bat. You almost need a pre spa and a post spa sebenza side by side to notice the difference.

    I am sure there are other differences that people will chime in with, but for me, this is what I notice first and it doesn't require taking the knife apart to tell.
  4. RiverRat84

    RiverRat84 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Atleast I hope that's what you meant, totally different meaning with just one word :D

    Although they do reheat treat the lock face I'd say that's a good way to spot it. Even so they make a spa treated knife look brand new so if the seller doesn't believe in full disclosure, honesty, or selling an expensive item with all info then it could be hard to tell.
  5. JNewell

    JNewell Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Perfectly agree.
  6. Haze


    Aug 2, 2004
    If the knife has been refinished then there will usually still be some of the original covered up "damage" there. Deep scratches and the like can be blasted out but the area can still be identified with good light and magnification. The look of the blasted finish is not something I would go by as I have seen totally out the box new knives with different blasted finishes. The logo is something to look at though and so is the clip as that will nearly always show signs of wear even after a spa.
  7. hondahirny


    Apr 2, 2012
    Thank you iPhone once again :D Yes, that's what I meant. I found that when the lock bar was new, it did stick, but just a little. Now, it's absolutely perfect.
  8. Luger1952

    Luger1952 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2012
    Thanks Gentlemen! Appreciate the insights.

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