Chris Reeve Knives (CRK) is a maker of high end cutlery based out of Boise Idaho. Chris Reeve and his team of craftsmen have been perfecting the art of the knife for over 20 years and are widely regarded as makers of some of the best pocket and survival knives available on the market. CRK uses only the finest materials and builds blades to incredible tolerances following designs that have been tweaked for years and years.
Chris Reeve Knife Reviews:
- Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza 25 Review
How do you improve on perfection? That may have been a question asked by the engineers at Chris Reeve when they approached the Sebenza 25. I wasn't in the room, so I really have no idea. The Sebenza has received incre ... continue reading
- Chris Reeve Mnandi Review
When I think Chris Reeve Knives, I first think of the Sebenza, their flagship blade. Then my mind wanders to the Umnunzaan, their amped up tacticalicious offering. Only after sampling both of those knives did I ever t ... continue reading
- Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21 Review
For many the Sebenza 21 is a knife obtained on the steep ascent to the upper echelons of production knife collecting. It's not a starter knife. It is something to be gradually aspired to, pined over, and then climatic ... continue reading
- Chris Reeve Knives Umnumzaan Review
The ink had barely dried on my Sebenza review. I was sitting peaceably at my desk and distinctly remember saying how it would be a good while before I got my hands on another Chris Reeve knife. Shockingly enough it wa ... continue reading
- Chris Reeve Knives Small Sebenza 21 Review
I don't think many people get into the hobby of collecting knives with the idea that one day they will buy a pocket knife that costs hundreds of dollars. Well, at least I didn't start out my little edged adventure ... continue reading
Chris Reeve Knives
Chris Reeve formed CRK in 1984 out of his garage in South Africa where he made his legendary one piece knives. It wasn’t until 1991 that he began production of his first folding knife, the Sebenza. A self proclaimed “one man brand,” things were not easy at first for Chris and his fledgling company. CRK made the move from south Africa to the United States in 1989 and have been building knives out of their Boise Idaho shop ever since.
Today CRK is legendary among the knife community. No other brand is so synonymous with precision engineering. It’s no surprise that the company won the “Manufacturing Quality Award” many times at Blade Show International in Atlanta Georgia. These awards of course are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. CRK has been recognized countless times and has many award wining designs under his belt. Perhaps his most popular knives are his folders, which include items such as the Sebenza, the Umnumzaan and the Mnandi. These knives are popular for collectors not only because they are so well built, but because they come with such a wide variety of custom inlays (featuring carbon fiber, exotic hardwoods, micarta and anything else you can imagine). You can also get a number of intricate designs and patterns machined into the handles and anodized. Finally CRK offers many of his knives in a number of patterns of high end damascus.
Really, I could focus just on collecting Chris Reeve Knives and have enough to talk about to fill a book. This article isn’t designed to be a complete history of the company, but just offer you a small overview and general taste of what to expect from the brand. My personal experiences with CRK have been nothing short of stellar. In my opinion, these are the absolute finest production knives made in the world.
For more information and the best place to purchase a new CRK, I recommend checking out all of the Chris Reeve Knives available at BladeHQ.com.