Chris Reeve Knives: Large Inkosi
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This, in my opinion, is the best CRK yet. Yes, better than the 21. Why? Larger beefier pivot with larger washers create greater lateral stability. Larger cutouts in the washers hold more grease and cause less contact of the washers with the blade creating a much smoother action right out of the box without any material removal from the washers as is needed with the 21 to achieve the same level of smoothness. Doing away with the bushing pivot allows for micro adjustment of the pivot by simply turning it instead of being locked into one setting. Large hollow ground blade offers greater strength and more consistent sharpening while still being very thin behind the edge. Ceramic ball interface creates a lock that will not wear over time due to the hardness of the ceramic ball. The only slight advantage of the 21 is marginally better ergos of the handle but given the other advantages listed above, the easy win goes to the Inkosi. I should also add that the angled pocket clip and more mild jimping from the 25 have eliminated the major complaints of the 25. Buy this knife with confidence. It's a stronger version of the 21 that performs even better.
This is an amazing knife and, in my opinion, may just be the best knife CRK has made to date. Each improvement they have made with this knife has put it ahead of the rest - the shallow hollow grind, the ceramic ball interface, the slanted clip and the large bronze washers with large cutouts make this knife superior. This knife is much smoother than the 21 out of the box due to these cutouts - a smoothness that can only be achieved with the 21 by material removal from the washers. Also, doing away with the bushing pivot allows for small adjusts to be made in action by adjusting the pivot tightness instead of being restricted to one setting. Unless you don't like the feel of the handle cutouts, this knife is head and shoulders above the 21 and that's saying a lot...and as always the folks at KSF did a great job with my order. Tyler was well informed on the product, accurately answered my question, and got my order out the same day. One thing to note. The lockup appears to be late on all of the large Inkosis, however, this is normal as I confirmed with CRK. The ceramic ball should leave a mark on the tang of the blade to 60-65% so do not fret - use this as your reference, not how far over the lockbar appears to go. This gives an extremely solid lockup and will not change over time due to the hardness of the ceramic ball. If you're on the fence, take the plunge. You'll be happy you did.