Chris Reeve Knives

Chris Reeve Knives
Industry Manufacturing
Founded Boise, ID (1993)
Headquarters Boise, ID
Key people
Chris Reeve, Anne Reeve
Products Knives
Number of employees

Chris Reeve Knives (CRK) is a U.S. corporation with international sales and distribution based in Boise, ID. CRK manufactures folding pocket knives, fixed blade knives, and custom walking sticks. He is known best for his folding knife the Sebenza. Their motto is "Think Twice, Cut Once."


Chris Reeve Knives was founded as a sole proprietorship in January 1984, with Chris Reeve making custom knives in the single garage attached to the house in which Reeve was living in Durban, South Africa.[1] In March 1989, Reeve and his wife/partner Anne Reeve immigrated to the United States, and CRK commenced manufacturing in Boise, ID.[2] In July 1993, Chris Reeve Knives, sole proprietorship, became Reeve Incorporated, doing business as Chris Reeve Knives.[3] Reeve collaborated with Dick Barber of Crucible Materials Corporation to develop CPM S30V steel as a knifemaking steel in 2003.[4][5] Chris Reeve Knives has collaborated with William Harsey, Jr. on several fixed blade knife projects, and serves as the manufacturer of these knives.[6][7]


CRK Model Mark IV, the 1st production knife of the One Piece range of knives, circa 1983
An example of a small Classic Sebenza with Mammoth Ivory inlays. Knife is resting on a CRK leather slip case.
Three Sebenzas: Large Regular with ATS-34 Steel blade and a Large and Small Regulars featuring Damascus steel blades with computer engraved and anodized handles

In 2012, the Sebenza 25 was released with a blade length of 3.625". The Sebenza 25 is named for the 25th year of the Sebenza and has technological improvements of a ceramic ball lockbar interface, larger pivot and what they call the 'large hollow grind'. Additionally the Sebenza 25 has a thicker blade stock of .14 compared to .125 of the Large Sebenza 21.[3]

Industry awards

Chris Reeve Knives in popular culture

See also


  1. Dyer, Keith (2003). "Blade-Maker Extraordinary, Man". Magnum. 18 (5): 28–31.
  2. Covert, Patrick (September–October 1999). "Points Of Perfection". American Handgunner Magazine. 24 (5): 130.
  3. 1 2 3 Connelley, Larry (2015-08-01). "History of Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza". Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  4. "CPM S30V" (pdf). Crucible Service Centers. 2003-11-01. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  5. 1 2 Gardner, James (June 2005). "Duel of the Titans: two exceptional folders exemplify state-of-the-art". Guns Magazine. 27 (6): 145–151.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Shackleford, Steve (2007-09-01). "2007 Blade Magazine Knife of the Year Awards". Blade Magazine. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications.
  7. 1 2 Karwan, Chuck (2003-03-01). "Special Forces Combat Knife!". Tactical Knives. 10 (3): 60–63.
  8. Lang, Bud (1992). "Chris Reeve Knives We Put Two Of His One-Piece Knives To The Test With Unexpected Results". Knives Illustrated: 64–66.
  9. Dick, Steven (1993-09-01). "The Chris Reeve Sebenza Folding Hunter". National Knife Magazine: 16–18.
  10. Delavigne, Kenneth (2004). Spyderco Story: The New Shape of Sharp (Hardcover). Colorado: Paladin Press. p. 312. ISBN 1-58160-060-7.
  11. Shackleford, Steve (2001-11-01). "Just Call Them Sharp". Blade Magazine. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications: 13.
  12. Ayres, James (2003). Gentlemen's Folders. Sporting Knives 2003. Krause Publications. pp. 138–143. ISBN 0-87349-430-X.
  13. Shackleford, Steve (June 1, 2005). "Leading Edge: Reeve Knife honors First SEAL Killed in Afghanistan". Blade Magazine. 30 (6): 100.
  14. 1 2 3 Shackleford, Steve, Blade Magazine, The Blade Magazine 2008 Knives of the Year, October 2008, p. 12
  15. 1 2 3 "2010 Blade Show Largest Ever". Krause Publications. 2010-06-14. Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  16. Shackleford, Steve, Blade Magazine, Cool-Cuttin’ Customers, November 2000, p. 16
  17. Shackleford, Steve, Blade Magazine, Just Call Them Sharp, November 2001, p. 13
  18. 1 2 Shackleford, Steve, Blade Magazine, They Don’t Get Much Sharper Than These, November 2003, p. 12-18
  19. Shackleford, Steve, Blade Magazine, The Rich Just Got Richer, November 2006, p. 18
  20. "Blade Show and International Cutlery Fair". Krause Publications. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  21. Petzal, David E., Field and Stream, “11th Annual Best of the Best Awards”, September 2008, pages 84-102.
  22. Smith, L. Neil, The American Zone, Tom Dorerty Associates LLC, New York, NY 2001, ISBN 0-312-87526-6
  23. Cornwell, Patricia Daniels. Point of Origin, G. P. Putman's Sons, New York, NY 1998, ISBN 0-399-14412-9

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