Posted June 27, 2012 by Nick
New one of a kind knives from Chris Reeve! When it comes to production knives, Chris Reeve stands alone atop the mountain. He has made many innovations and collaborated on designs that have forever changed our industry. He is the father of the one-piece knife concept, with his original model MK IV, the chief innovator of the Reeve Integral Lock, commonly referred to as a Frame lock, and was even crucial to the development of S30V stainless steel. He worked alongside the Crucible Materials Company to develop the first steel specifically designed for the cutlery industry. The various inlays, CNC machined graphics on the handle scales or beautiful Devin Thomas Damascus steels can make your production knife one of a kind. If you don’t love Chris Reeve Knives, then you probably haven’t handled one – they’re that awesome. Check out all the Chris Reeve fixed and folding offerings and the new one of a kind models while they last at www.knifecenter.com.
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The nearly 20 years that Chris Reeve Knives has been in existence have been remarkable ones! As a young man, I dreamed of owning a comfortable sized workshop where I could make good knives, have some decent machines and earn a reasonable living. Never in my wildest dreams, could I have thought that my ‘one man band’ knife making endeavor would take me half way around the world, honor me with such a large and loyal group of customers, and take me on a financial and emotional roller coaster ride!
I have always “pushed the envelope.” During the late 1970′s/early 1980′s, I raced grand prix style motorcycles. My outfit was funded far more by enthusiasm and passion than it was by hard currency. My dream was to become World Champion – we worked hard to produce every scrap of speed possible, using the best (albeit rather limited!) resources available. I did not win any World Motorcycle Championship but my passion to be the best in the world never left me.
I channeled my enthusiasm into knife making – looking at every feature from a different angle, taking different approaches, using different techniques and different materials. The early years of Chris Reeve Knives were also funded more by enthusiasm and passion than by cash, but I have always striven to produce the best possible knives with the resources available to me. When Anne and I emigrated from South Africa to the USA in 1989, we embarked on an adventure to which we were totally committed. We offered ourselves no option of going back or of failure. As we built our business, we worked hard to put as much as possible into every one of our knives. By that, I mean that I have designed every model with deliberation, taking into account how the knife works and the intended purpose of the knife. I have chosen the materials with care, we have paid exceptional attention to the execution of every knife, and have backed our product with the best customer service we can offer.
It is a privilege to have reached a point where we have a vibrant business, a great staff of 17 employees, and a company that has a world wide reputation for raising the standards bar – “pushing the envelope” – for the industry.
My commitment to the product family of Chris Reeve Knives is as passionate and enthusiastic today as it was 20 years ago. We will continue to make the best knives we possibly can, optimizing design, function and materials.