-Large 3.625" Insingo Blade Shape
-S35VN 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 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 S35VN stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant, yet strong enough (Rockwell hardness of 59-60) 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. Pivot washer. improved, cleaner pivot from Sebenza 25.
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 awards he has earned over the years are included. A microsuade cloth pouch and nylon lanyard is also provided, but you can choose from a variety of pouches and sheaths from nylon to leather to purchase extra as a perfect carrying companion for your Inkosi Insingo knife. The Pinch Clip is sold separately. What you are actually getting is the culmination of a lifetime of design, a dedication to precision, and a knife worth of the Chris Reeve name.
Whether you are using the large Inkosi Insingo for a daily carry knife, survival or tactical operations, camping, hunting, fishing, or you are a serious collector, you just might find yourself agreeing with the others when you consider this the perfect folding knife. The Chris Reeve large Inkosi will feel as perfect in your hand as it looks on a shelf. The knife can be carried using the pocket clip or with the pocket clip removed, seated deep in your pocket. The knife also comes with a braided lanyard for easy retrieval and additional in hand security.
Chris Reeve knives are proudly made in the USA and carry a lifetime warranty with protects you from just about anything except loss of the knife. Not many other companies, much less a knife company can stand by their product like that. Whether you are a serious collector or someone who demands a flawless knife when it comes to everyday operations, you have to admit that a knife like the large Inkosi Insingo is a close to perfect as a knife is going to get.
MAKER: Chris Reeve Knives
BLADE SIZE: 3.625"
TOTAL SIZE: 8.335"
CLOSED SIZE: 4.75"
BLADE MATERIAL: Stainless S-35V Steel, RC 59-60. Blade Thickness 0.140"
FRAME: Blasted Titanium
WEIGHT: 4.96 oz.