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Old 04-30-2014, 08:58 PM   #5281
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:17 PM   #5282
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There is nothing like a nice Bowie from one of the masters of the ABS. I got to know some of these guys from the days I was attending knife shows promoting my engraving. Having the opportunity to handle some of these knives was a real treat. The only way to fully appreciate one of these forged blades is to handle them. Photos never really do them justice.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:41 PM   #5283
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Shinichi Wantanabe is the knife maker, using Kamaji or Jigane iron, which is traditionally salvaged from highly weathered and repeatedly highly stressed items like bridges and ship anchors.

Shinichi prefers old ship anchors/chain because the iron has a unique texture that can sort of be seen in the photo.
Does not do it justice. Oiled with Camellia Oil it shines like a wet fish skin, with silvers, greens and even some reds from impurities

The blue paper steel is sandwiched in, producing the distinctive "hamon" line where the two metals meet.

I asked for the Togidashi sharpening. 6 grits, the last one on the family's ancestral water stone. No noticeable bevel to the blade.

I did not pay for the "best" knife, I paid for a knife made with the highest craftsmanship, and from a master craftsman from a long line of master craftsman. I can only say the blade has a soul.

I own 4 of his kitchen knives too. While not as pretty as this blade, they are supremely functional and sharp as razors.
Bio from his site:
In other words, this site has been producing knives, swords and tools dating back to the Japanse deveopment of the distinctive 2 metal hardened Japanese sword.

BTW, I do take this knife camping and fishing (it is a fish knife after all) and it is still so sharp after 2 years of use it will still scrape the ridges from your fingerprints if you run the blade over your thumb.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:17 PM   #5284
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Shinichi Wantanabe is the knife maker, using Kamaji or Jigane iron, which is traditionally salvaged from highly weathered and repeatedly highly stressed items like bridges and ship anchors.

Shinichi prefers old ship anchors/chain because the iron has a unique texture that can sort of be seen in the photo.
Does not do it justice. Oiled with Camellia Oil it shines like a wet fish skin, with silvers, greens and even some reds from impurities

The blue paper steel is sandwiched in, producing the distinctive "hamon" line where the two metals meet.

I asked for the Togidashi sharpening. 6 grits, the last one on the family's ancestral water stone. No noticeable bevel to the blade.

I did not pay for the "best" knife, I paid for a knife made with the highest craftsmanship, and from a master craftsman from a long line of master craftsman. I can only say the blade has a soul.

I own 4 of his kitchen knives too. While not as pretty as this blade, they are supremely functional and sharp as razors.
Bio from his site:
In other words, this site has been producing knives, swords and tools dating back to the Japanse deveopment of the distinctive 2 metal hardened Japanese sword.

BTW, I do take this knife camping and fishing (it is a fish knife after all) and it is still so sharp after 2 years of use it will still scrape the ridges from your fingerprints if you run the blade over your thumb.

Nice stuff. The iron from anchor chain, etc, is almost certainly wrought iron, not cast. And a hamon is the crystalline difference between hardened and unhardened steel, not the weld line between 2 materials... but I'm sure it's gorgeous all the same.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:03 PM   #5285
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Chris Reeve Sebenza - I don't have one. They're a little spendy to me. Are they worth the coin? Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:16 PM   #5286
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Chris Reeve Sebenza - I don't have one. They're a little spendy to me. Are they worth the coin? Thanks!
They are spendy for sure, but In my opinion worth it. I have the large 21 (pictured) and a small insingo blade with inlaid micarta. Use them quite a bit, and will never give them up. Easy to maintain and sharpen and will last a lifetime. There are knives which are just as good, for way less $ but I'm sure you will hear all sides of the story....just sayin.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:19 PM   #5287
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Chris Reeve Sebenza - I don't have one. They're a little spendy to me. Are they worth the coin? Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:44 PM   #5288
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I'm still smarting over losing a $130 Al Mar Ultra-Light Hawk 14 years ago.

Not that I hold a grudge or anything.

I've since become a fan of USA-made Kershaw knives. Lotsa value for the money with them.
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:28 PM   #5289
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Two Chris Reeves I have:
Nyala:


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Also one of is discontinued knives I bought from him when he was still in Pinetown, South Africa, some 20-odd years ago. A total fan of his work!!!


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Old 05-09-2014, 03:55 AM   #5290
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You guys are going to end up costing me some money - thanks!
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:01 AM   #5291
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Chris Reeve Sebenza - I don't have one. They're a little spendy to me. Are they worth the coin? Thanks!
Every penny! I have an older one with BG42 steel. It is my "go-to" for a folding workhorse.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:42 PM   #5292
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:02 PM   #5293
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OK, so I have a really nice Benchmade. I've looked at some (to me at least) fairly expensive, almost art knife level knives. I don't want to spend North of $1000 for a knife that is so pretty/expensive/fragile/etc that it ends up on a display shelf. There's nothing wrong with that, but that's not what I'm looking for, either.

Is the Chris Reeve a good EDC? Good assisted opening? Solid lock, etc.? Point for me is, I don't mind paying more for quality, but if it's 3X more than my Benchmade I expect a whole lot more than just pretty machining.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:57 PM   #5294
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OK, so I have a really nice Benchmade. I've looked at some (to me at least) fairly expensive, almost art knife level knives. I don't want to spend North of $1000 for a knife that is so pretty/expensive/fragile/etc that it ends up on a display shelf. There's nothing wrong with that, but that's not what I'm looking for, either.

Is the Chris Reeve a good EDC? Good assisted opening? Solid lock, etc.? Point for me is, I don't mind paying more for quality, but if it's 3X more than my Benchmade I expect a whole lot more than just pretty machining.
What's wrong with the BM? They are fine knives in themselves. Why buy something else if what you have is working unless you just want to collect or admire. Then, typically, money is no object.
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:11 AM   #5295
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I have one of those and a large and small Sebenza that I picked up over the years. While I like the Umnumzaan blade shape better, I find it more difficult to operate 1 handed. Unlocking it isn't easy because of the small purchase area on the lock (visible in your picture).

Add me to the "they're worth it" tally.

I recommend dropping by his shop if any of you get to Boise.
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