Chris Reeve Large Inkosi Insingo - S45VN Steel
Chris Reeve Large Inkosi Insingo - S45VN Steel
-Large 3.625" Insingo Blade Shape
-CPM S45VN Stainless Steel Stonewashed Blade
-Blasted Grey Titanium Framelock with ceramic lock bar interface
-High-Quality American-made full-size folding knife
-Field, Outdoors and Tactical Uses
The next step in the evolution of Chris Reeve knives, the Inkosi Insingo carries on the legacy of the Chris Reeve name while improving upon what has been considered by many to be the perfect knife, namely the legendary Sebenza series of knives. The Inkosi comes from the Zulu word for "Chief" and the Insigno blade design comes from the Zulu for "razor." Both are big names to live up to, not to mention the reputation considered by many in the knife collector community as being the best of the best.
Chris Reeve has been making knives since 1984, and after moving his operations to Boise, ID, his knives have proudly been made in the USA for nearly 30 years. Any knife bearing the Chris Reeve brand is representative of the maker's dedication to design and precision. Originally a tool maker and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris's attention to detail and near obsession with precise machining means that any knife that carries his name has been designed, treated, ground, and assembled to tolerances within 1/10th of 1000th of an inch.
So how do you improve upon perfection?
The Sebenza 21 was made to commemorate 21 years of experience in knife making. The 25 came a few years later, doing the impossible by improving the design of the 21 with better ergonomics in the handle, as well as a canted titanium belt clip. The bushing pivot was replaced with a washer and detent bearing, which was a bold move considering the love affair a lot of Chris Reeve enthusiasts had with the original design. The Chris Reeve Inkosi Insingo combines all the best elements from the Sebenzas and incorporates them into a masterpiece.
At 3.625" long, the stonewash finish CPM S45VN stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant, yet strong enough (Rockwell hardness of 60-62) to hold up to all sorts of punishment and supple enough to hold a razor-sharp edge for a long time. The large inkosi Insingo features an ambidextrous thumb stud, whereas the Sebenzas were right or left side only. The hand-cut thumb grip chamfer on the back of the blade makes aids in precision and control. At .14", the blade is made of thicker stock than its predecessors and is hollow ground sharpened to a microscopic edge that will remain true through countless sharpenings.
The 4.75" blasted titanium handle is fitted for right or left use, with all-titanium or a variety of other choices such as carbon fiber or micarta inlay to choose from. The titanium lockbar has also been improved with the ceramic detent ball not only aiding in smooth blade deployment and locking, but also due to the softer nature of titanium when it meets a harder metal such as steel, thus providing a longer life for the lockbar. The ceramic detent provides even more protection against premature wear as it is harder than the steel blade. The handle is scalloped for ergonomics and fits nicely in the hand. The titanium belt clip can be removed, yet provides added protection in overtravel for the locking mechanism. The Inkosi Insingo inherited the washer pivot and detent bearing from the 25 and has shown that feature to be the pinnacle of design. With a little pressure on the lockbar from your finger and the swing of your thumb, the knife is open to its 8.665" length and ready for action. The lockbar isn't going to let that knife go anywhere until you want it closed again.
What can I expect to get?
The knife comes assembled, with the clip attached, as well as allen wrenches to adjust or disassemble the knife are included, along with lock-tite and grease. Care and cleaning instructions, a warranty registration card, and a printed timeline of the history of Chris Reeve knives and the awa
I had been waiting a long time to get one of these in the UK.. Too long! I was worried about ordering from overseas, but KnifeArt were amazing. From ordering to my door took just seven days, with Christmas in between too. This is a beautiful knife and I'm so glad I pulled the trigger!
I have this as a replacement. This knife is incredible. Quality is unmatched.
I got my first small inlay sebenza last year, but the factory edge was non existent. It was smoothly rounded throughout the blade, and was extremely frustrated to spend this much on a knife with an edge worse than a gas station knife. But I decided to give CRK a second chance with this Inkosi, and I can see that they tightened up their tolerances again. Very sharp out of the box, enough to cut receipt paper well. Centered, wonderful stonewashing throughout the knife, and a little bigger than I expected (which I dont mind). Overall this inkosi felt like a $450 investment while the small sebenza did not. If I had to Knick pick anything, it'd be that I wish it came with a leather sheath like the small sebenza did.
First of all I would like to add to the comments mentioned here, there is nothing bad to say about the knife, it is enough just to mention the name Chris Reeve to understand what product it is. Must mention favorably my favorite store knifeart, as one who lives on the other side of the world always the shipment is shipped quickly and arrives packed as required. Glad from the service given in total this is the third knife I ordered and the fourth is already on its way ?
What more can be said about a CRK that hasn?t already been said, so I?ll keep it short and sweet, the inkosi it?s just awesome, was on the fence as I own a few sebenza?s, but pulled the trigger and very pleased with my decision.
Now for Knife Art, the service here is sublime, great communication, fast dispatch, and product was packaged perfect, I?m on the other side of the world and usually stress about the packing process, but these guys are top notch. Thanks again team, will definitely shop here again!
Thank you Larry for taking care of my purchase. Your attention to secure and neat packaging gave me a really good customer experience. My items arrived without delay and in perfect condition.
Out of the box the knife had a smooth glass on glass action. The lockup gives a satisfying clunk with zero bladeplay and zero lockrock. Flawless fit and finish. The knife feels light because of its perfect balance. The grip sits perfectly in my hand. Truly a mechanical masterpiece.
I am a very happy with my purchase and I am looking forward to my next CRK from KnifeArt.com. Cheers!
My first Chris Reeve knife and I am very happy with both the Inkosi and Knife Art! Professional in both respects. Very prompt shipping, and what a knife! Thank you KA and CRK.
I love it! The blade is different enough from a Sebenza Insingo that it has its own presence. I?ve used it and carried it (I?m not much of a collector) and I don?t see it going anywhere.
I was not sure that I would like this blade shape but I have been very pleasantly surprised. It?s a great slicer and also has plenty of penetration capability. The knife also had a flawless fit and finish as you?d expect from Chris Reeve. Knife Arts customer service was also excellent. Very happy with this purchase.
Great service! I purchased a new CRK From Knifeart and knife arrived 3 days sooner than the tracking delivery date. It came securely packaged, and the knife was perfect in every way. I?m very happy and highly recommend KnifeArt. I wont hesitate to purchase from them again.
I switched from buying all of my knives from a large online retailer to Knife art because of the shipping speed, customer service and rewards program. I'll be going to knifeart from here on!
Great transaction. Love the inkosi
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Awesome knife with a badass blade. Exceptional materials and workmanship, worth the price for sure!
KnifeArt provided World Class servive, a pleasure to do business with!!
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My first CRK was the original Sebenza many years ago. Sold it and purchased the new version recently.
Well once you have a CRK knife you will want more. So, with advice from knifeArt I purchased this Inkosi with the Insingo blade. All I can say is it well worth the price! It opens smoothly and locks up like a bank vault door. If you want a Holy Grail knife get a CRK from the nice folks at KnifeArt!
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