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The magic of the Insingo.

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by kidcongo, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. kidcongo


    Jan 12, 2013
    I never cease to be amazed at the design genius of the Insingo blade shape. Not everything is immediately obvious about this blade shape, and one really needs time with this knife as their 'user' for the design to be fully appreciated. I have the Large size, but I can assume most of the same attributes apply to the small, which is arguably the more popular size. I just wanted to share some ideas and images for folks considering this great blade.

    For starters, some design elements that are so cool

    The swedge on the blade allows the illusion of a graceful, pointy knife. You often see pictures of the Insingo taken with the swedge blocked by the camera angle like this:


    When if fact the blade is a little more squarish when you really look at it:


    Also very cool is the fact the intersection of the swedge, and the upper edge of the hollow grind-line forms an "X". Notice how the swedge becomes the curve of the spine, and the curve of the grind becomes the nose of the knife (if you get what I mean). This is a very nice design detail:


    Now on to business. Why is the Insingo so good a piercing? I can guarantee you it is. Firstly, the point of the blade, is directly in line with the handle. You wouldn't guess so, but it is. The belly of the Insingo shape curves the blade upward, and the swedge curves the spine downward, so they meet exactly in the middle of the knife. If you hold a straight-edge across the center of the pivot screw, and the middle of the 'machining hole', the tip of the blade is directly in line, which makes the knife great for stabbing into things.


    Also the tip of the blade, because of the swedge, is nice and thin. Compare the Insingo (design genius), with the Spyderco Southard. I know the Southard has thicker stock to begin with, but note how the flat-top spine of the Southard, makes for a much thicker tip, than the swedge design of the Insigno. I would argue the swedge, if you can call it a swedge, is what sets the Insingo apart from other sheeps-foot / Wharcliffe style blades. (Note: neither my insingo, nor my Southard has bent tip. My camera distorts things in macro-mode if you get too close)



    Finally. if you think about it, the Insingo is really as pointy as many spear-point blades. If you ignore the fact the edge is on the top in this photo, and pretend you are looking at a normal blade, you can see it is really not all that blunt:


    Anyways..........the knife sells itself, so doesn't need any promotion, but if you are on the fence about an Insingo, i would say go for it if you are looking for a great user.

    Check out this video of the Insingo doing heavy tire-cut testing! Cool to see the blade jammed into that tire:


    Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
  2. MostMenAreRuthless


    Sep 27, 2011
    Mr. Congo... Thanks for the write-up! I can attest that all the same attributes apply to the small Insingo--my single most favorite CRK!
  3. squareFaced

    squareFaced Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 2, 2014
    Awesome write up! The design of the Insingo blew me away when I received mine. By far one of the most well thought out blade designs.

    For everyday use, this is the blade to get.
  4. Mad_Maxx


    Nov 29, 2007
    I had 2, 1 left
    the first is much pointier, the second I sold was like yours, more stubby

    it is definitely a great design, in the PS even more!
  5. dr_fosg8


    Mar 17, 2013
    Nice write up! Could just be the pic but from the top it looks like the tip is slightly bent.
  6. FordFan


    Dec 11, 2012
    Large Insingo was my first CRK but has been replaced by my 25 for EDC duty lately. After reading this and remembering how useful the Insingo is I am going back to the large Insingo for a while starting today.

    Thanks for the write up Cody!
  7. lemmuhj

    lemmuhj Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2010
    Great write up! The Insingo is the way to go!
  8. atony

    atony Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2008
    Love that blade!
  9. kidcongo


    Jan 12, 2013
    Its not bent (though it certainly looks bent :eek:) Its just the lens distortion caused by using my camera so close-up.
  10. cigarrodog

    cigarrodog Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 18, 2014
    A beautiful Ode to the Insingo. Thank you.
  11. DBH


    Aug 3, 2001
    One of my favorite knife designs ever. I guess that is why I own 3!
  12. gull wing

    gull wing

    May 4, 2002
    I'm with you with the Insingo, I have one and want another.
    Going to sell my standard blade to purchase another Insingo.
  13. tactical45


    Oct 18, 2010
    This knife has always interested me. I do not have one, but you guys are pretty convincing, making me think I should have one. If I were to get one it would be the CF version for sure. Anyways very nice write up, thank you.
  14. Scott Dog

    Scott Dog

    Mar 15, 2000

    Nice write up! I've had my large Insingo for about 3-4 years and it's a fine blade indeed, Thanks for putting into words what I've felt for a long time. :cool:
  15. kidcongo


    Jan 12, 2013
    Of course, the Insingo is really great at food prep! Not always necessary, but fun.





  16. OneWay


    May 7, 2013
    Cody, I always enjoy your prospective and write-ups. I've owned both the traditional CRK blade and the insingo. Insingo is my favorite. If only we could get Wilson Combat to produce a small insingo. :thumbup:
  17. CookieRawwr

    CookieRawwr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2014
    Thanks, was quite informative. I'm in the market for my second sebenza now. I will give the insingo some consideration.
  18. bart1

    bart1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2009
    Great slant on a very popular style, thanks for the perspective!
  19. lumpy grits

    lumpy grits

    May 16, 2006
    Wonder what it would have been like if CRK had used the Insingo blade shape, at the start of the Sebenza production??
  20. lockster30


    Mar 5, 2012
    Thanks for sharing. I am infatuated with the Insingo blade shape as well.
    As for a little food prep it is fun and handy to use our knives.
    I cut my (4 yr old) son's burger in half with my Sebenza the other day. He was amazed that you could do that with a pocket knife.
    I chuckled and reminded myself to use my knives for the "fun" things more. Not just the mail and toy boxes :D

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