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Green Beret vs. Pacific

Purchasing a knife is a commitment. Ideally, you want a beautiful, sturdy and sharp knife that looks as good as it performs. Preferably, it will be a knife that will last you a lifetime and always be at your side to help you accomplish a multitude of tasks.

Investing in quality can get you closer to the knife of your dreams and can repay you many times over in utility, durability and reliability. KnifeArt will help make your buying decision easier when evaluating the Chris Reeve Green Beret and the Chris Reeve Pacific knife models. This Chris Reeve Pacific review and Green Beret review will give you all the information you need to compare the Chris Reeve Green Beret knife with the Chris Reeve Pacific knife so you can choose wisely and select the one that's best for your needs. When you are ready to make a purchase, we hope will be at the top of your list.

Both knives are made in the United States and have a strong military heritage. These two tools are both outstanding options. The true challenge comes when trying to differentiate and decide between them for your needs. Reading our Chris Reeve Pacific vs. Green Beret article will give you all the basic knowledge you will need to know the specifications, features and uses of these quality knives.

About Chris Reeve Knives

Chris Reeve Knives has been operating since the 1980s. The company's namesake and founder had pursued tool-and-die making as a career but had become passionate about making knives as a hobby. He slowly grew this hobby into his career making custom knives from his garage in South Africa.

Now operating from a facility in Boise, Idaho, Chris Reeve Knives has blossomed into a highly regarded knife manufacturer of world-class quality. Reeve was inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 2015, a tribute to his lifetime of accomplishments. CRK has received other awards like Overall Knife of the Year, Kitchen Knife of the Year, and Field & Stream Best of the Best. Because of the accolades the company has received and the reputation it has built, Chris Reeve Knives has been able to partner with other masters in the industry such as Crucible Steel and William Harsey Jr.

Knife Histories

Green Beret

The Green Beret Chris Reeve knife has been in production since 2002. It is the product of a collaboration between Reeve and knife maker and designer William Harsey Jr. Soon after its introduction to the market, it won Collaboration Knife of the Year. A special version of the knife is given to each United States Army Special Forces Q Course graduate.

This knife began as a fixed-blade knife that featured a spear-point blade with single-row serrations. Since its inception, it hasn't been radically altered - only improved. Upgrades include dorsal tapering for advanced performance and enhanced moisture resistance. It has full tang construction with a full 3D machined ergonomic handle and a Rockwell hardness of 55-57 for maximum toughness in the S35VN particle stainless steel.


The Pacific Chris Reeve Knife is a bit newer. It has only been in production since 2007. This knife has also received accolades including the 2007 American Made Knife of the Year and the 2008 Field & Stream Best of the Best.

The Pacific is a civilian version of a military-grade knife, the 1st Group Knife. The military-grade version is only available for purchase by retired and active 1st Group soldiers and was requested to be designed and manufactured to commemorate 50 years of operations by the United States Army Special Forces 1st Group.

Like the Green Beret, it was designed in collaboration with William Harsey Jr. It is a clip-point blade with stainless steel, double-row serrations. Also like the Green Beret, it has full tang construction to enhance its strength with a full 3D machined, ergonomic handle.

Blade Shape

Green Beret

The Chris Reeve Green Beret Knife has a spear-point blade with a hollow grind and serrated edge. The knife has only partial serrations at the base of the blade.


The Chris Reeve Pacific Knife has a clip-point blade with a hollow grind and a serrated edge. There is a double row of serrations on both sides of the blade's base.


Green Beret

The Green Beret's main use is tactical because it was originally designed for military purposes. But at its core, it is a hardworking, tough and efficient tool. It is perfect for the survivalist and outdoorsman as well as those in the military. Its spear-point blade has varied uses. The serrations on the edge allow users to cut through tougher, more fibrous materials.

The spear point of this knife is ideal for piercing purposes, but because it has a shorter point with a slight "belly," it can also be a good slicing tool when necessary. The knife also really excels when using the tip for heavy chopping or other similar uses where an extremely durable tip is needed.

The hollow grind of the knife makes it more durable, allowing for sustained use on tougher materials. The 7-inch model is an especially good survival tool, while the 5.5-inch version reduces the weight, making it a great all-purpose utility tool.


The Pacific's main purpose is also tactical, making it a great addition to a field gear bag. Its high number of serrations makes it ideal for cutting through highly fibrous and tough material.

In addition, the handle of this knife has a glass breaker, making it a necessity for emergency situations. The handle itself is designed for a thumb-on-spine grip. The Pacific has significantly more handle jimping for traction on the spine of the handle and 3D machined surface grooves on the handle. That ensures users a firm grip on this tool in all kinds of conditions.

The clip-point blade's shape lets users make quick, deep punctures, but they also will enjoy increased control during cutting. That makes the Pacific a great knife for carving needs. The clip point, or Bowie style, also lends itself to piercing and finer work toward the tip. The fact that the blade of the Pacific is 6 inches, sitting nicely between the 7-inch and 5.5-inch options of the Green Beret, allows it to be more of a mid-sized fixed blade, even with a light weight closer to that of the 5.5-inch Green Beret.

Variations of both the Pacific and the Green Beret were introduced at Shot Show 2017. Plain and serrated models were offered with a blade coating of Black PVD or Flat Dark Earth PVD, or physical vapor deposition. This is a wear-, scratch- and corrosion-resistant coating that helps make these tough knives even more durable. Additionally, along with the standard nylon sheath with Kydex liner, a high-quality black leather sheath is available for purchase.


We hope this and other KnifeArt reviews will help you choose the right knife. A huge selection of quality knives is now available on the market, and it sometimes can be difficult to decide which one is best. Our philosophy is that an informed customer will purchase the correct tool for their needs and become a satisfied repeat customer.

Whether you are comparing a Chris Reeve Green Beret 5.5-inch vs. Pacific or a Chris Reeve Green Beret 7-inch vs. Pacific, this review should give you all the basic information about specifications, features and uses you need to know to make a wise choice for your own situation. If you still have questions, however, we are here to help. Call us toll-free or fill out and submit our online question form. We are dedicated to providing the best customer service around, and our expert staff will help you make the right choice.

Chris Reeve Green Beret Knife - 7" Blade - CPM MagnaCut Steel (One Per Household)
Chris Reeve Pacific - MagnaCut Fixed Blade Knife (One Per Household)
Chris Reeve Green Beret 7" - Non Serrated - Black Cerakote - MagnaCut (ONE PER HOUSEHOLD)

About the author: In early 1998, Larry started a with the goal of featuring high quality knives and knifemakers. After graduating from the historic Little Rock Central High, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, entrepreneurship and laughing with my friends and family over a great meal.