Mnandi: My latest Obsession

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by dinokay, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    Hello All

    I need an honest assessment as to the durability of carbon fiber on a user Mnandi. I am having an itch that I just can’t control much longer.
    Carbon fiber or bog oak seem to be my only choices at this point ( not a fan of lighter colored wood) so which will make the better user.


    Edit: never mind. I just picked up a nice dark ebony on the exchange. Can’t wait to put a Mnandi back in my pocket on my office days.
     
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  2. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    Well it arrived today and I’m thrilled. I honestly can’t remember why I let my first mnandi go. This knife is an absolute gem in fit and finish and a dream to have in the pocket.
    I’ve carried a Buck 303 for most days of the last 45 years. Every few years I wonder into this pond but always end up back on the porch. This could honestly be the knife to kick the slip joints from my pocket on a daily basis. The only thing I would change about this knife is the scales. As beautiful as this ebony is in both looks and feel I would rather carry a carbon fiber version. I’m just not a natural material guy in guns, gear or knives. Perhaps I’ll go hunt one down...
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  3. biggerjon

    biggerjon Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Nice knife! I love a good Mnandi.
     
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  4. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    Thank you. They are just amazing.
     
  5. pnsxyr

    pnsxyr Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    This is breathtaking! It's a magazine cover level knife and photo. I have to ask as I love backstories...what is this officially called by CRK and what are the various materials? A super special type of mammoth? Was this a one of a kind production and did CRK do all of the engraving and anodizing in-house? Was this also one of the firsts to debut the current style pivot?
     
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  6. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    My only mnandi, I have been eyeballing the carbon fiber variant for some time and haven’t pulled the trigger image.jpg image.jpg
     

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  7. sn0wman72

    sn0wman72 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 13, 2017
    If you are only going to have 1 Mnandi then an amazing Mammoth Bark is the way to go! Beautiful piece @wilard0341
     
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  8. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    Absolutely stunning! I think I can honestly say that that would be the grail knife for me. WOW!
     
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  9. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    Thank you very much. I believe i read where you are after a cf mnandi, i will be watching for you to post pics. Enjoy your weekend
     
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  10. Sigifrith

    Sigifrith Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 18, 2004
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    Top is a Mammoth Ivory with Ladder Damascus from 2015.
    Bottom is Box Elder Burl with Ladder Damascus from 2019 that just arrived.
     
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  11. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    Yes. I sold my ebony and bought a new in box carbon fiber. Should be here tomorrow!
     
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  12. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    If it doesnt grow on you, drop me a line please
     
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  13. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    You sir will be the first to know.
     
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  14. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    To say I am pleased is an understatement. BB951C39-D8B1-411E-952F-1133E4916DF2.jpeg
     
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  15. SharperThanU

    SharperThanU

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    Oct 29, 2019
    Enjoy! That was my first CRK and the start of a very long slippery slope.
     
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  16. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 24, 2019
    I’ve experienced the same thing. My first was a small Insingo Sebenza in 2013 I think. Then a Mnandi...now it’s been 3 mnandis, an Umnumzaan and 6 small 21’s I’ve let them all go until this one. I think this one will stay.
     
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