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The day I gave up lanyards.

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by bradytx, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. bradytx


    Jul 9, 2013
    A week or so ago I ordered my first Chris Reeve knife, the Umnumzaan. On day one, i disliked one thing about the knife, the lanyard, I had never had a knife with a laynard attached. I ordered the second backspacer kit (Norvox mod?) from Chris Reeve the same day I received the knife. I told myself I would give the knife two weeks, and try it like Chris Reeve intended. I didn't make it two weeks.

    I pulled the knife out of my pocket tonight by the lanyard, needless to say it hit carpet, bounced, and hit the metal legs on my desk chair, pot metal I believe. And that moment, I took the knife apart and added the second backspacer.

    Thankful carpet took the initial blow, and thankful for cheap pot metal chair legs. I looked over the knife for 5 minutes, no marks.

    Thankful it didn't land on concrete, and thankful I had the second backspacer kit ready to go. The knife will be a user, edc, hopefully for many years to come, but that first drop made me jump about 3 feet off the ground. Ugh!
  2. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I prefer my knives lanyard-less, but I just remove the lanyard(and pin if there is one)-nothing more. First thing I do on receiving a new Sebenza is remove the lanyard. I won't carry it until I do.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2018
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  3. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Funny... I just got a new Inkosi and the first thing I did was to tie on a lanyard. I like it because it gives me a little something extra to hang on to when taking out of my pocket. To each their own, I guess.

    To the OP, how did the lanyard cause you to drop it? Glad only distress was to your heart for a moment.
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  4. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I'm stuck in the middle. I love having a lanyard for a month or two then I go without one for the same amount of time.

    Next thing you know I'm tying on another.
  5. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    For a little while. IMG_20180412_083516~3.jpg
  6. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    I've tried lanyards/fobs on other knives & quickly removed them because I didn't like them. On my two CRKs, they don't bother me, so they still have them on.
  7. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I mostly only use a lanyard on large fixed blade knives and not always then ...

    I have tried leaving a small fob on a few folders to assist in pulling them out of my pocker but they seem to get in the way more then help for me. So I remove them in short order usually.

    One exception are a few small fixed blades that seat deep in their sheath and it actually is a big help to draw the knife ... but they are very small landyards or fobs.
  8. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    55E17507-8618-4ECF-A8A0-2C764726B186.jpeg I can’t decide, so I have a quick release lanyard.
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  9. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I like fobs on certain small knives. I never understood why it is the small Sebenzas have a stepped lanyard pin that lets you keep your awesome blue pin in place without the lanyard but the large ones don’t and that pin will fall out withoutthe lanyard. I like the way that little blue pin looks.

    Also on a side note I noticed that the tip of my small 21 just barely hits on the lanyard that goes around that pin causing it to fray. I’m talking about the stock lanyard that comes with the knife.
  10. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2014
  11. tuica

    tuica Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    They interfere with any type of grip or manipulation I am attempting. With a possible grip fail, or slip, during an emergency situation. And that could be a real bad thing. I can see using a big looped lanyard on a large fixed blade but find them a nuisance on a folder. Glad some of you like and use them, but I only keep them in the box for resale purposes.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
  12. mongomondo

    mongomondo SUPPRESSING FIRE

    Sep 17, 2006
    The lanyards on the CRK folders are clearly meant for decoration and to add a little flair. I appreciate that they make it easy to add or remove depending on preferences.
  13. bart1

    bart1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2009
    I love the lanyards. I always use it to remove the knife from my pocket. Maybe it's because as a righty I carry my pistol strong side, and knife on left side. Never had an issue with it
  14. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I like the lanyard/fob on one of my Zaan’s for cargo pocket carry, clipped or unclipped. It’s much easier to retrieve. They stay on my small 21’s, mostly as a fashion statement, but they do help with retrieval too.

    I tied a tight 550 cord to my small Inkosi and wound up really liking the way it felt in hand.

  15. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    Lanyard hater here too! It's like an annoying rat-tail hanging out of my pocket, flopping around and snagging on things. Can't stand 'em.
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  16. redwing11


    Feb 14, 2016
    After using the lanyard for a day or two I have removed them off all 4 of my knives. Knives just feel better in my hands.
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  17. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Oh well. Tied it back on. Until it annoys me again. I do like a small one like this. No bigger ,that's foe-sho . It kind of looks cool and I like that is something extra to grab all while being slightly annoying.

  18. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I guess I'm just weird, if a knife I buy has one, I keep it on. If it doesn't, I don't put one on it. So, all my CRK's have the lanyards. Strange, isn't it.
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  19. BITEME

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    In general I like them,i use them to keep my Sak in watchpocket(I carry 2 knives of course)I am a little unsure of using one on my main edc I,I have done it with no problems but I don't want to lose my newly acuired CS ak47 mini, so kind of on the fence about this post,all these years I have never held a CRK in my hands????

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