You can tell a lot about a person by the knife they carry. See someone with the smart and stylish Chris Reeve Mnandi Thuya Wood Folding Knife, for example, and you'll know they have an appreciation for finer things that look as great as they work, not to mention feel good in the hand. It shows they have taste.
The same holds true for all Chris Reeve knives, which have been prime examples of superior fit and finish since 1984. Mnandi is a Zulu word meaning “very nice”, and the Mnandi Thuya certainly lives up to its name; it is the ideal gentlemen's carry.
The flats of this American-made folding knife's frame have been satin-finished by hand and bead-blasted for an upscale two-tone finish. An enlarged finger groove on the 2.75" blade makes opening it a breeze (one- or two-handed), and the substantial Integral Lock mechanism—a signature feature of Chris Reeve knives—keeps the blade fixed in place while open. The blade is crafted from S35VN stainless steel with an average Rockwell hardness rating of 59-60, so you can rely on it even in extreme conditions.
What really sets the Mnandi Thuya apart though is its strong-yet-light, aerospace-grade titanium handle, which is inlaid on both sides with premium Thuya, a gorgeous Morocan wood that displays vibrant red-brown-and-orange hues when first cut and later deepens to a rich brown color. Thuya is known for being very durable even with repeated use and/or water exposure, making it ideal for constructing knife handles.
The Mnandi Thuya also sports a versatile, solid titanium pocket clip that can be placed on either side of the knife or removed completely. This makes the knife great for pants- or shirt-pocket carry.
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MAKER: Chris Reeve Knives
BLADE SIZE: 2 3/4"
TOTAL SIZE: 6 1/4"
CLOSED SIZE: 3 1/2"
BLADE MATERIAL: Stainless S35VN Steel
HANDLE: Premium Thuya Wood
FRAME: Titanium - satin finished flats and blasted contours.
WEIGHT: 1.5 oz.
(Photo is representative of the natural handle material.)