Picture history of early CRK's

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by nickpp, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Acadian

    Acadian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2015
    Amazing thread - thanks for sharing Nick!

    Man this Helix right here :love_heart::love_heart:
  2. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    What a seriously amazing thread!!! WOW, just wow!! THANK YOU for taking the time to do this for us.
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  3. kidcongo


    Jan 12, 2013
    Thank you for this. Great thread. Awesome knives.
  4. nickpp

    nickpp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    IMG_1988.JPG IMG_1989.JPG

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    Another knife that should be in this thread. A one of a kind show knife which became the inspiration for the limited OPK Freyja knife. As of June 2017 for sale at an eye watering $12500.00

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  5. nickpp

    nickpp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    Post 22
    It was my pleasure!

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  6. bart1

    bart1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2009
    Lock 45 re-issue.... NOW!!!!! Most of those knives are crazy cool, and would stand the test of time if offered today!
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  7. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    Some MOST AWESOME history here in this thread...
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  8. RyanRaben

    RyanRaben Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    IMG_0470.JPG The third Sebenza Predecessor. Made in 1987. Anne says the finish is original. The thumb stud is very small. there are some marks on the inside where Chris was still prototyping and making changes. Pretty neat.
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  9. DGI

    DGI Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 14, 2015
    wow thats crazy!!!
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  10. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Great thread.
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  11. tlandini

    tlandini KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 11, 2016
    So cool! I think I've changed my "Grail Knife" from the River of Fire Sebenza to a Helix Lock because of this thread. Thanks for the glimpse into CRK history!
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  12. VolGrad

    VolGrad Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Love this thread. So many I have never seen and never knew existed.

    Those Helix Locks are amazing as are the Garter Knives. Outstanding.
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  13. robert.o

    robert.o Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    wow, this is a great thread.
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  14. nickpp

    nickpp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2005

    Lovely "Garter knife" courtesy of Brian Robinson. Brian I hope you'll get chance to add other knives from your fantastic collection.
    This was a bit of a test for me.... the first direct photo image straight off the iPad..... so easy, Yah! Photo bucket can go take a running jump!
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  15. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Wow! :eek:
  16. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Nick this was the same knife that Chris made for me in the mid 80's. We called it the BEE and they were coated with the same color Kal-Guard as the OPK's. This was a hand finished custom version that he must have made around the same time for a show.
    I struggled to sell them at 30 quid. Lol:D
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  17. nickpp

    nickpp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    £30..... Strewth.
    Bee, must keep a look out for one of them.

    Ok that makes sense. It looks like an un-handled Garter knife.

    Can't believe that £30 :( :( lol
  18. nickpp

    nickpp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    Couple more pictures of some early models.... obviously the top one is a model called "Bee" ;)

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  19. Fooj


    Apr 6, 2004
    Nickpp -- GREAT job compiling all of these photos! I can give a little more information on these knives. I'm the photographer, but not the owner.

    The top one is in Chris and Anne's collection, and is called the Mise’ricorde – means in French, putting a person out of misery. Some specs:
    13” blade, 17” overall
    classic dagger blade with reinforced point. Was designed to pierce chain mail and put a fallen soldier out of his misery on the battlefield.
    Elephant ivory and ebony on handle fittings of blued mild steel w/ high lead content fittings and sterling silver.
    440B steel
    sheath is african blackwood lined with velvet, mild steel & ivory fittings
    Chris made this knife in 1986

    The next one is one of Chris's customs that has not been named. It's a 3 flute dagger, with a combination flat/hollow grind out of CPM154CM, with Ti and 22 karat gold fittings w/ braided rayon handle wrap. Blade length = 10”, overall length is 17”. Chris originally sold this fine piece to Neil Ostroff.

    Feel free to update the original post with this information, and delete this reply.

    Best regards, Fooj
  20. --SG--

    --SG-- Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 7, 2016
    All hail Fooj! Dave, you are an incredible encyclopedia of all things CRK.

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