Chris Reeve has been making knives in Boise, Idaho for more than 30 years, and they know a thing or two about making steel. (They’ve got a catchy motto, too: Think Twice, Cut Once.) They’ve just updated 2015’s popular Inkosi, and this new combination of blade shape and material makes the Chris Reeve Inkosi Carbon Fiber a worthy investment.
At 3.6″ long , the blade on the Inkosi can be described as a slightly modified sheepfoot; it has a more substantial belly and a higher tip, giving it more slicing and more piercing power, and making it more versatile for everyday utility. It’s 8% thicker than the Small Sebenza 21 and uses their Large Hollow Grind Technology for superb sharpness. The locking mechanism and ceramic ball lock bar interface add great stability. The Pocket clip is on the spine as opposed to the lock bar, which avoids adding unnecessary pressure on the lock; everything Chris Reeve does with their knives is done intentionally, and the quality really shows when using this knife.
The handle scales are made of carbon fiber, which cuts down on weight and keeps the whole thing at about 4 oz; that’s 1.2 ounces lighter than the titanium handled edition, giving it a serious weight-to-strength ratio. Not only that, but it looks sleek and classy at the same time. Simple, light and easy-to-wield. To top it off, it’s made entirely at home in the USA: the S35VN Stainless Steel blade is made by Crucible Industries, and complemented scratch resistant, ultra-fine stonewashed blade finish. A fantastic option for EDC; Chris Reeve knives are no doubt a huge investment, with this one at over $400. But the quality and build are evident and completely worth it.
Chris Reeve Inkosi Specs
- Blade Material: American Made CPM S35VN Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 59-60 RC
- Blade Length: 3.64″
- Blade Thickness: 0.14″
- Overall Length: 8.4″
- Handle Length: 4.8″
- Handle Material: Blasted 6Al4V Titanium (Lock Side) Carbon Fiber (Front Side)
- Weight: 4.0 oz.