Tough Little Chief!

Despite Its Size, The Chris Reeve
Inkosi Is A Solid Handful

By Pat Covert

Chris Reeve Knives rarely releases new knife models, so when they do it’s big news. Known for impeccable knives, Reeve has won the Manufacturing Quality Award at the annual Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia, an unsurpassed 14 times. Chris retired in 2015, but the same operation continues in his name.

The Inkosi—the Zulu name for Chief—is their latest design. Reeve is the godfather of the extremely popular, robust Integral Lock, so it’s no surprise the Inkosi carries on the tradition. A 6.375 inches fully extended, this newer iteration is slightly smaller than Reeve’s small Sebenza, but to call it a “gent’s folder” would be akin to saying the Incredible Hulk would probably be a good football player.

The Inkosi’s beefy 3.75-inch 6Al4V titanium frame, more curvaceous than the Sebenzas, is virtually bulletproof. The 2.75-inch stonewashed, deep-ground, drop-point blade is of premium S35VN stainless steel, which Reeve helped develop with Crucible Industries, and rolls out smoothly on a full size pivot with specially designed bronze washers. An ample 2-inch titanium clip keeps the knife secure in your pocket and serves double duty as a lock-bar stop.

Like all Chris Reeve folders, the Inkosi is a knife for life. There are plenty of small size EDC folders on the market, but few can rival the sturdy build and precision fabrication of the Inkosi. At $375, the price is not for everybody, but neither are Mercedes Benz cars or M1A2 Abrams tanks. Many people save up for a Chris Reeve knife, knowing they’ll never have to do it again. If those are your standards, this little Chief just might be the knife for you.


MAKER: Chris Reeve Knives
2949 S. Victory View Way
Boise, ID 83709
(208) 375-0367

Overall length: 6.375 inches
Blade: 2.75 inches, stonewashed finish
Blade steel: Crucible S35VN stainless steel
Weight: 3.0 ounces
Handle: 6Al4V titanium frame, integral lock, bead-blasted finish
Carry: 6Al4V titanium pocket clip
Price: $375

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