Question: "Are Chris Reeve Knives worth the Money?"
As a daily carrier of a Chris Reeve Mnandi, I may be slightly biased, so bear with me. Now, depending on your budget, Chris Reeve Knives are absolutely worth the price.
Here's why I feel Chris Reeve Knives are worthy of their high price tag:
- Each knife is produced to incredibly high tolerances. In fact, I feel safe in saying that their knives are produced with tolerances unnecessary for a simple tool like a knife. It must take incredible amounts of dedication to fine tune your product with the tolerances in Chris Reeve's knives. The end result is a knife that [every time] opens as smooth glass and closes like a vault door.
- The design is straightforward and genius. Two slabs of metal, a blade that turns around a pivot, some washers, a few bushings, toss in a couple of screws and that's it! This simple design means that most Chris Reeve products can be disassembled and re-assembled within a few minutes, and generally require only a single Allen key. The genius is that you don't have to be a master knife assembler to put the knife back together as it was before you took it apart. The confidence this creates is amazing; you get the feeling like you actually own the tool, not that you're just renting it.
- Quality materials. Titanium goodness, machined perfectly, ground and polished beautifully, and finished with the best stainless cutlery steel available. What more can you ask for?
- When you spend your money on a Chris Reeve knife you're buying one tool that will last a lifetime. If you're the guy who wants a knife that can be used as a prybar or stabbed through the hood of a car, Chris Reeve Knives probably aren't your cup of tea. But, if you want a knife to use for cutting and slicing, it doesn't get better than a Chris Reeve knife.
In the end, by using premium materials, incredibly high tolerances, and a simple design, Chris Reeve offers the knife industry a Ferrari in a world of pick-up trucks.