Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Watched both parts on the Blade HQ youtube as a poster in another thread suggested to me to do ... My takeaway as new to the brand: You certainly get what you pay for with a CRK! I was surprised as how small his plant is and how they pay so much attention to every knife they produce. Chris Reeve is the embodiment of how successful small business’s make up the fabric of our economy. I’m glad his iplant is in Idaho instead of South Africa. He is certainly a no nonsense guy who drives his employees towards perfection as they produce his knives by hand in many of the assembly stages. Interesting that a few of the posted reviewers on youtube videos on tips on caring for a CRK were basically stolen from the factory tour... like how their last step is to wipe the handles with WD40 for a better customer presention when the buyer opens the box for the first time (I just wiped mine down with WD) Or how the tech lightly swirls the two washers on a sheet of sandpaper to get just the right custom fit. I can see better now how the washers on their own will seat and wear in shortly to loosen the blade. Even Chris commented there can be small variances with those washers so some knives are not going to have the exact same action initially. My blade is already swinging freely when I hold the lockbar off the blade after only a week (true, I’ve been walking around the house moving the blade to almost open and near closed a lot which sped up the seating process). One thing I thought was odd though near the end around the last two minutes last min. or two of part II, Chris is talking on the background and a knife with inlays and its turning on the screen. It is showing the lockup at like 90%. Is this normal for certain CRK models? Also, cool the way BladeHQ has other youtubes posted for us to meet the designers/owners like Ken Onion, Spyderco etc. And thx to the poster who pointed me to that CRK factory tour.