Chris Reeve Green Beret

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  1. chute2thrill

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    I wouldnt consider myself a knife snob but I like to think I have a few nice things, for fixed blades I would say Tops are the highest quality I own, not anymore. I've had the Chris Reeve itch for awhile now and finally pulled the trigger, Green Beret flat dark earth 7", had to search long and hard for it, but totally worth the price and I am beyond impressed. Grinds and edge are perfect as always with CRK, handle and balance is on point, it's one seriously sweet fixed blade! Anyone else got one? I'm gonna be using mine alot!
     
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    I'm betting you really like the knife, but there is a rule here. You can't make posts like that and not include a photo
     
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    I was a late-bloomer to the knife. Though they were issued to Special Forces Qualification Course graduates while I was still in the Army, it seemed weird to jump through the hoops to get a registered and serialized version since they started the program long after I graduated.

    Later, when my best friend from my first Team died - I got his knife (he had the sense to get one) and the SF Museum graciously allowed his serial number to be shared by both of us once I established my bona-fides with them.

    Now, backing into one in the manner in which I did, I wish I had gotten a serialized one sooner as well as a less collectible non serialized for beating around.

    I've heard of goof-balls breaking them and seems they eventually get around to admitting to *battoning* with them which I feel has less to do with the activity itself and more to do with doing it incorrectly.

    The weight/heft for the size is nothing short of BRILLIANT for me though I'd have preferred a flat, pounding pommel over the fighting angle... for a field knife.

    I could do without the serration though do not on necessarily find them detrimental. They do get through a 3/8 rope quite nicely.:thumbup:

    The sheath, while well made would NEVER have gone to the field with me as-is. The material is not loud to scratch against as many synthetics and kydex sheaths are but DAMN.... that mile of velcro!:cuss:

    I'd like the pouch smaller - along the lines of a classic Leatherman but it's a small matter.

    The rebated handle material is another point of brilliance in my opinion. What may look un-finished or badly applied is in fact just this side of perfect.

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    Todd.
     
  4. chute2thrill

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    I'm not the best at photos, I'll have the old lady take some pics tomorrow when I get home
     
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    By rebated handle material do you mean how the micarta isnt flush with the tang? I obviously did a little research before I bought it and that seemed to bother a lot of people, I also think its genius! I feel this is closer to a combat knife than utility, so that gives you a little tactile info for blade edge orientation, the more I fondle it the more impressed I am.
     
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    I met Chris at the NYC knife show when he still lived in SA, I always liked his knives but never would part with the cash to get one. (hind sight is 20/20).
    It was a smart move on his part to come to the U.S.
     
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    CRK makes the highest quality knife available (and has the awards to attest to it), but the Yarborough's are a breed apart. And I know Chris and Bill Harsey and am an "asset" on the forum.
     
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    I think they are legit 'the' top of the line also, and engineered by people who know what they're doing, so far just have a sebenza and the GB, but unfortunately for my bank acct, I am hooked!
     
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    Welllllll, there are a few other production companies (Lion Steel, Spartan) and many custom makers (Acre Metal Works, Kim Breed, Walter Brend, etc), but it is a select group.
     
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    If you don't mind, can I ask what you paid for it?

    I'm looking at one listed elsewhere for a little over 3 bills. Trying to decide if I want to throw a bid on it or another knife.

    Like you, I've wanted a CR knife for a long time and I'm trying to decide on it. Anyone else have a say?
     
  11. chute2thrill

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    I was able to find one from an AD, paid 325 plus tax and shipping.
     
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    Thanks! Looks like the one I'm looking at is priced similar.
     
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    SWC started issuing the Yarborough when I was an instructor (for 3 years) to all SFQC graduates. When I went through the course, the honor graduates got a Buck 110. In a head shaking switch of "what the heck" I was required to return my issued Spyderco folder when I departed my instructor position in 2002, when I headed back to a team. When I retired in 2010, my unit ordered me the custom SF Yarborough (registered to me), and put it in a shadow box with a cool plaque. So in the end, I got my Yarborough.
     
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    We had a funny thing in the Demo course about the issued *demo knives*. One great instructor, noting we'd likely like to keep our issued knives, pointed out that we could either buy some cheap turn-in at a pawn shop or simply point out to the supply-geek that the knives were in fact *expendable* and do a one-sheet statement of loss - if even that.

    Demanding a Spyderco folder that they are almost certain to not re-issue is the height.... or depth of chicken-pooh!
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    Wife took the first photo, I took the second, if you can tell. This is pretty much my grail as far as fixed blades go, I'm sure I'll get a spartan or 2 in the future but this will always be my precious!
     
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    I like your sheath without the pouch like mine has. Yours is much trimmer and more purposeful looking.

    Congratulations.

    And yeah, let your wife take the pictures from now on.:evil:

    Todd.
     
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    20210507_213532.jpg I just got the little brother today!
     
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    CRK makes quality knives, but that looks like it would raise hot spots if you worked with it. What's your experience?
     
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    John,

    That's a Spartan Enyo instead of a CR. More of a friend of the family than a "little brother".
     
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    Oh, I was specifically talking about the GB handle. Mid handle looks like it would be a problem after a couple minutes of chopping.
     
  24. chute2thrill

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    The exposed tang is rounded off pretty well, it doesnt seem to be a problem for me.
     
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    Good to hear. Knives with finger grooves are usually better suited for some folks' idea of knife fighting than actual work.

    John
     
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