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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 highest possible levels. Even the best custom makers have trouble matching the engineering, high tolerance manufacturing and precision that comes standard with a Reeve knife. 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 KnifeArt.com, you can find a huge assortment of American-made Chris Reeve kni
ves 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 one-car garage. Recognizing the greater potential for growth in the USA and faced with his home country's political discord, in 1989 Reeves moved the company to Boise, Idaho where they remain today. They have grown to a staff of more than 40 people that ships knives around the world 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. The Sebenza 21 is the flagship model in the Reeve knife line-up. You can find both the large and small Sebenza 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.

Our team worked directly with Chris Reeve to develop the insingo blade - a modified wharncliff blade on the Sebenza - and to bring about our exclusive carbon fiber version 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-build 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. Discontinued in 2017, the ti-lock has a mechanism-lovers dream knife design by Grant and Gavin Hawk.

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" clip point blade and is ready to take into the field. They also 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 wharcliff 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.
The Latest Knife Breakthroughs

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, can comes in a large and small size. This model adapts many of the technology of the Sebenza - the framelock, S35VN steel, and classic Reeve styling and included 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.

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 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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