Chris Reeve Knives is a leading American-based manufacturer of folding and fixed-blade knives designed for everyday work. Known for sleek, innovative design, Chris Reeve Knives has made massive contributions to the knife world, including the industry standard Reeve Integral Lock(known to many as the "frame-lock").  Working closely with Crucible Industries, Chris Reeve Knives has also played an essential role in developing CPM S30V, S35VN, and S45VN, powdered blade steels formulated particularly for edge-retention, toughness and corrosion resistance.  After over 30 years in business, the once "out-of-the-garage" company has grown into a full production facility known worldwide for quality, excellence, and innovation.



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Chris Reeve Knives began operations on January 1, 1984, in a one-car garage in Durban, South Africa, when Chris moved from full-time Tool and Die Maker/part-time knife maker to full-time knife maker. Chris and his partner Anne were the only employees for a few years.  However, gradually and steadily, the company has grown to reach its present position as a well equipped manufacturing company and a noted brand in the industry.


The road between 1984 and today has not always been smooth. For many years, the endeavor was underfunded, but with determination, Chris and Anne put all they had into producing the best knives possible, within the resources available. In March 1989, they moved from their native South Africa and settled in Boise, Idaho. That move in itself was a significant undertaking but vital for the future of the company.

Chris has always "pushed the envelope". Whether on a motorcycle or behind a belt grinder, he dreamed of being a world champion. He did not win a motorcycle world championship but in many respects, the standing of CRK today represents one. His induction into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in June 2015 could be considered his championship trophy. The single thought in Chris' mind has always been to design every model with deliberation, taking into account how the knife works, its intended purpose and the most appropriate materials. On this foundation, CRK is a vibrant business, has a great staff of well-trained employees, and remains a company with a worldwide reputation for raising the standards bar - "pushing the envelope" - for the industry.




Tim Reeve and the Chris Reeve Knives crew in a video by Sage McClune