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Chris Reeve Knives

Chris Reeve Knives, Makers of the Chris Reeve Sebenza


Chris Reeve Knives (CRK) is an award-winning knife company that is known for high-end American manufacturing. Chris Reeve knives are crafted with a fit and finish that is done at the highest possible levels. Even the best custom makers have trouble matching the engineering, high-tolerance manufacturing and precision that comes standard with Chris Reeve's knives. For more than 30 years, they have been fulfilling the needs and desires of outdoorsmen, military personnel, field workers and other high-end users.
At Knife Art, you can find a huge assortment of American-made Chris Reeve knives such as the Inkosi, Large Sebenza and Small Sebenza for sale that are crafted to the highest standards.

Chris Reeve Location & History

Founded by a former tool and die maker, Chris Reeve Knives began production in 1984 in Durban, South Africa out of its founder's 1-car garage. Recognizing the greater potential for growth in the U.S. and faced with his home country's political discord, Reeves moved the company to Boise, Idaho in 1989, where they remain today. They have grown to a staff of more than 40 people that ships knives around the world. Reeve knives are in high demand among users and collectors thanks to constant innovation and a commitment to precision manufacturing. In fact, they have received the "Manufacturing Quality Award" from the Blade Show and International Cutlery Fair an astounding 15 times, a testament to the craftsmanship of each knife.

Chris Reeve Folding Knives

CRK is best known for their folding pocket knives, which offer a variety of design options to meet the needs of every EDC user. Sebenza knives are the flagship model in the Reeve knife line-up. You can find both the large and small Sebenza 21 for sale at KnifeArt. Sebenza is the Zulu word for "work", and these knives are constructed to do just that. These knives utilize CPM steels from Crucible Metals for excellent edge retention and toughness. It is well known for its bank vault frame-lock build and hollow ground blades. The Sebenza 21 also comes with a variety of Damascus blades, graphic CNC machining and wood inlay options.

More than a quarter-century after first developing the Sebenza line of knives, Reeve debuted the Inkosi that took the place of the Sebenza 25. The Inkosi is a companion series to the Sebenza and comes in a large and small size. This model adapts many of the technologies of the Sebenza such as the frame-lock, S35VN steel and classic Reeve styling and includes some new technology such as the ceramic lockbar insert, thicker blade stock, ambidextrous thumb lugs and a new wide hollow grind. The Small Inkosi fits into the range as a perfect size for everyday carry with a blade length of 2.8 inches, while the large model is a robust, field ready full-size folding knife.

Our team worked directly with Chris Reeve to develop the insingo blade - a modified wharncliffe blade on the Sebenza - and to bring about our exclusive carbon fiber versions of the Sebenza and the Inkosi. The carbon fiber provides ample strength while reducing the weight of the knife. The Sebenza also comes in a tanto-style blade shape. The folding knife has a phosphor bronze pivot bushing and jimping on the blade spine.

If you are looking for a large tactical folding knife, the Umnumzaan might be the answer. It comes with a beefy 3.675-inch S35VN steel blade and over-built frame-lock construction. If you are looking for a small, more upscale pocket knife, the Mnandi perfectly fits the bill as a gentleman's knife with a blade of 2.75 inches and upscale wood inlay. The Chris Reeve Knives Ti-Lock was discontinued in 2017, but their regular frame-lock knives are still tougher than an ordinary liner lock.

Chis Reeve Fixed Blades

Chris Reeve makes a full complement of fixed blade knives, from tactical blades to hunting knives. The Chris Reeve Green Beret tactical fixed blade is a civilian version of the U.S. Special Forces issued knife called the Yarborough. The GB comes in both 7-inch and 5.5-inch blades made of S35VN steel. The Pacific fixed blade comes with a 6-inch clip point blade and is ready to take into the field. In addition, they make a neck, vest or secondary carry fixed blade called the Professional Soldier.

We also have the Chris Reeve Nyala for sale, which is a full tang hunting or skinning knife that any outdoorsman would appreciate. The Nyala comes with a 3.75-inch drop point blade made of S35VN steel that is heat-treated for better edge retention. The brown canvas micarta handle of this hunting knife has 3D-machined grooves for improved grip. It is an excellent choice for bushcraft, utility or field work, and is ready to carry in its high-quality leather sheath by Gfeller Casemakers.

Knife Blade Shapes

There are three key blade shapes in the Reeve line:
  • A classic drop point shape. This blade has a convex slope on the spine that goes from the handle to the blade tip, with the point aligned on the center axis.
  • The insingo blade shape. This gentle curving blade has a modified wharncliffe style. The curving edge works well for chopping and slicing and is very strong thanks to the wide tip angle.
  • A tanto shape that provides a reinforced tip with a straighter cutting edge. This Japanese-style blade has a high point and flat grind that is very strong and good at puncturing.

Left-Handed Knives

Southpaws deserve good knives as well. Chris Reeve offers many of their knives in left-handed models. These knives flip the frame-lock around so lefties can get better access to the mechanism easily use them one-handed. All of the other features on a left-handed Reeve knife, from the lefty small Sebenza to the Large Inkosi Carbon Fiber for left-handed people, are exactly as you would find on the right-handed model. So you can expect the same quality and durability no matter what hand you use.

Trust KnifeArt for Chris Reeve Knives

KnifeArt.com is a great place to buy a knife. We are a Chris Reeve Knives authorized dealer and have a large selection for sale. Our entire inventory comes with a full satisfaction guarantee and fast, free U.S. shipping. All of our Chris Reeve Knives for sale ship fast and free anywhere in the U.S. on orders over $150. And better yet, they are guaranteed for life by the maker with full repair or replacement in case of defects.




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