Large Inkosi advice please

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Ogri, Feb 5, 2021.

  1. Ogri

    Ogri Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2016
    Hi, I am thinking about buying a large Inkosi Insingo. There is nowhere where I live where I can look and handle one in person. My question is should I go for the PJ version or natural Micarta. I want the knife to be a user so am not worried about scratches or snail trails . Any advice would be greatly appreciated .
  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Not that there's anything wrong with the micarta version, but I personally prefer the slimness of the plain one.
  3. farfromovin

    farfromovin Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2020
    I just got a Large Inkosi Insingo in black micarta as my first CRK. The micarta gives a comfy grip, and I like it, but I do find myself wishing I had a plain one as well. I'll probably pick up a few CRK's lol.
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  4. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    If I had to pick only one CRK, the large Inkosi micarta would definitely be a top contender. The little bit of added width the inlays give makes for a more comfortable grip for me. If I’m doing a lot of cutting/stripping/skinning, and really bearing down on the knife, it makes a big difference. I wouldn’t say the plain Inkosi is too thin, but it’s right at it and I do prefer the plain 21. Micarta makes for a warmer knife during the winter as well
  5. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Can’t go wrong either way. Get which ever one looks best to you.
  6. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Micarta helps with grip in wet conditions and when wearing gloves.

  7. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    With the plain jane version, I would have 1 less thing to worry about, which is the scales. Having said that, one needs to try both version and get the one that fits your hand. As for me the plain jane being slimmer fits well in the CRK leather slip and also fits my hands better. If the plain jane versions have patterns on the slab, it would be grippier like the Wilson Combat versions.
  8. Have had both...

    Prefer the micarta by a large margin.

  9. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    I’ve owned both. I definitely prefer the micarta inlay version as it feels more secure and hand filling for work.
    Still have my micarta, my PJ went to a new home long ago. :)
  10. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Micarta for me, as well
  11. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I have a plain jane in route. I like the look better, plus I’m thinking of having the scale laser engraved...
  12. tomsch

    tomsch Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    I'm more in the Micarta camp as it does provide the width that makes the knife more comfortable.
  13. Eliteone2383

    Eliteone2383 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    I myself will not own a plain scale crk folder. Micarta fills the hand out better and when in wet conditions it helps with grip and control a ton.
  14. Eliteone2383

    Eliteone2383 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    And on cold days the micarta makes the knife warmer to hold.
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  15. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Anyone have a side by side comparison of the two? I’ve always wondered how much thicker the micarta version is In relation to the plain Jane variant
  16. krazichinaman

    krazichinaman Moderator Moderator

    Jul 8, 2001
    I prefer the micarta as well, it "fills" the grip just slightly better and helps when your hands are wet.
  17. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    I got one in micarta yesterday...
    With its siblings...
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