The items we shove in our pockets every morning to get us through the day — keys, phone, and if you are like me, the occasional knife — are tools. They work for us, unlocking doors (and packages) and connecting us to the rest of the world. Some are basic, but others, however discreet, are instruments of precision. For example: a knife milled and measured to within a fraction of one-thousandth of an inch and executed with a fidelity that sets an almost superhuman standard. That’s a tool we can get behind, and a company in Idaho called Chris Reeve Knives makes it.
Chris Reeve Knives (or CRK, for short) has been machining precision blades out of its Boise shop for over 30 years. Its flagship product is unequivocally the Sebenza, a folding pocket knife that it first released in 1991. Zulu for “work,” it would be wrong to call it merely a tool (though Reeve wants you to use it as such). Milled to a tolerance acceptable by NASA and surgical theaters, it’s more instrument than knife.