Mar 29, 1999
Well, just like the title says, What do you think about a Chris Reeve knife. I know I will get a lot of responses to this question, but I was thinking about buying a Shadow IV. It costs $175, I do understand paying this amount for his knives but I don't have a very big collection and don't know if it is worth it.
I own, and use, a Project 1. It's a great knife. I use it for, among other things, killing game. It's proven to be very strong and be a good penetrator, which is important if you're trying to get through a boar's thick shield of scartissue/calous. It provides a sure and comfortable grip that allows me to really drive the point home.

I have also used it for chopping through fairly substantial logs(around ten inches). It chops well, and the checlered handle has never caused me any discomfort.

I also use it for skinning(I should say I only have the one knife at present. I had two, but recently broke my folder), it slices and bones quite well too.

Most importantly, it'sone piece construction makes it easy to disinfect, important because a harmful bacteria that I cannot pronounce is common in game.

Personaly, I think the $300 price tag was a bit high. But it's proven to be a superb knife and I don't regret the purchase. Besides, a lot of guys are selling knives for a lot more than that that don't really offer any difference in form over a cheaper production knife. You're mostly paying for the maker's name, a little bit for the latest in trendy materials.

At least Reeve's knives actualy offer something different, and useful.

All in all, I'll take a larger knife over a smaller one any day, and this method of construction better lends itself to larger knives, but they are well designed and highly functional knives and I haven't heard many complaints from people who actualy use them.
Reeve makes both one of the best folders, and some of the best fixed blades in the world. Period. Having owned a Sebenza and Project 2, I know where of I speak. Get it, you will love it.
Go for it, Chris Reeve makes great knives...I am hoping to get a Sebendaor a Project II someday in the future so I can have the privilage of saying "I own a Chris Reeve something..."
I don't know of anyone who was not happy with their Chris Reeve Knife!!!!
tobii3 :

I don't know of anyone who was not happy with their Chris Reeve Knife!!!!

Chris John


Chris Reeve's Honnor is in all his knives.
You feel it. It's simple and hard to explain. There is no lies or arrogance in Chris production. He can be proud of his creations which reflect all his honnor.

His knives are honnest, solid, reliable much like their father, a gentleman.
From fixed blade to folders, he's a creator often copyed but never equalled.

Quality is perharps expensive, but Chris is also modest in his price, even if again you pay for what you get.


[This message has been edited by Nemo (edited 03 August 1999).]
"honnor" ?

"All of our knives open with one hand, in case you're busy with the other"
okay, so our language and spelling need improvements. Sheesh.

remember this?
"We are prepared for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur?"

Okay, I feel better.
I can't speak for Nemo, but as for myself, I think I can see a little about what he means.

There is a certain "purity" to the knife, I reckon a virtue of it's simple, solid, non-flamboyant/bragadocious design. It is an aggressive performer with a calm apearence.

In stark contrast to many of this angular, fully serrated, "tactical" knives.

As a recent Reeve purchaser I can say his quality is top notch. I debated quite a while to spend the extra money to get one of his Sebenza.Have not regretted spending that much for one knife.
If his fixed blade is as good as his folders (and I have no reason to believe it is not)then it is worth the investment.
Most of the Reeve line are workers and are designed to be simple,strong tools built to last a life time.
I think I understand Nan's post.The man makes quality using knives and stands behind them.

Those who beat their arms into plowshares will plow for those who do not
Also makes a beautiful walking stick. Saw one at the Oregon Knife show this spring. Had a titanium ball on top. First class all the way.

What? Another knife? Don't you have enough of those things already?
How many does one person need?

Also makes a beautiful walking stick. Saw one at the Oregon Knife show this spring. Had a titanium ball on top. First class all the way.

What? Another knife? Don't you have enough of those things already?
How many does one person need?

I now have 2 large Sebenza, an Aviator and a Mark VI. The design, materials and construction are simply the best available anywhere. Sure they're expensive, but with CRK, one truly does get what he pays for. Even after a thorough thrashing, you can send it back to CRK and for a small fee ($20, I think) they will sharpen and refinish it.
I own a Shadow IV and a Sebenza and carry them as often as I can. Beautiful well made knives! They are definitely worth the money. After you buy the first high end knife like a Chris Reeve piece, there is no turning back
I have used a large Sebenza and the Project 1 on a couple of occasions. I will buy both in the future and consider it money well spent. Good Luck
My experience has always been that the price of a great product is forgotten in a short while but the quality and enjoyment one gets from the product lasts for a long time. On the other hand poor quality seems to leave a bad taste in my mouth for years. I could tell you stories about Cub Cadet lawn tractors and Saturn automobiles that would make your hair crawl (these are the worst purchases I think I ever made.)

You won't be dissatisfied with a Chris Reeve product. They are really impressive. Amazing fit and finish. Brutally hard tool steel and one piece construction. They aren't cheap to make and they aren't cheap to buy. They will satisfy for a long, long time. That's from the heart, not from the perspective of a Reeve dealer. Yes, I have an Aviator in my personal collection.
The man or the knife?

The man...
A true testament to what a knife maker should emulate in the production of high quality semi custom knives. The man behind the knives is a good as the knives themselves. His wife Anne, is a very good example of how customer relations should be handled.

The knives...
Well what can you say. When one thinks of the best folder ever made by a factory, very few names come to mind. Chris is one of those if not the first I think of.

Best Regards,
Mike Turber
BladeForums Site Owner and Administrator
Do it! Do it right! Do it right NOW!

I cannot speak highly enough about the people involved in the making of these products. The products speak for themselves.

I've owned a small Sebenza for about 18 months now and I think it's great.Due to it's higher cost I take a little more care in how I use it.I use my Spyderco worker for the rough and tumble stuff.I just recently aquired a Shadow in the 4" size with a pancake holster. Outstanding!!! I was lucky I called Anne Reeve about 3 days before the Blade show and she let me have One that they had on hand, so I didn't have to wait so long.