The CRK Large Inkosi Tanto Plain

I have been collecting knives for the past year or so and, have amassed some pretty nice knives in my collection. I have a few Strider, Spartan, Hinderer, Medford so on and so on. Why has it taken me over a year to purchase this bad boy?! I even have purchased the Chris Reeve Green Beret knife! The Large Inkosi is hands down one of the smoothest actioned knives I have ever had the pleasure to experience.

I have to first mention that this post is only related to the Plain Large Inkosi tanto variant.

The first thing I noticed was that, even for a “large” knife. It fits my medium hands perfectly. I feel even for someone with small hands, the large Inkosi will fit very well. I feel Chris Reeve has really taken its lessons learned from the Sebenza line to really hone the ergonomics of the Inkosi. The Large Inkosi frame comes in at 4.75” so it is not a small knife but, definitely not overbearing.

The second item but, really the first item along with the feel. It would be the just how well created this knife is, it screams quality and craftsmanship. Yes, Chris Reeve Knives are the pinnacle of pocket knives in most people’s eyes. But, until you actually get to handle one, you just cannot understand. The action of the knife is something that you really cannot express. The blade sits between two of the largest bronze washers I have ever seen in a pocket knife. These washers allow for a buttery smooth hydraulic type opening. When opening and closing the blade, you are being sent on a journey of perfection. Be warned, this is not a flipper or flicking knife. It takes some time to open which is all part of the experience. This is a knife that you can experience at all levels. There are not many knives I can think of, that allow enjoyment or pleasure of actioning the blade.

The knife body is titanium but, has an almost rough feeling to it. I find this very nice and gives a good purchase to it. Most of the other titanium scales I have used although they look nice are a bit slippery. This may be due to the stonewash finish that is applied to the Inkosi. When you handle the knife, it feels extremely solid and will not be going anywhere when cutting through your cardboard or in my case Amazon packages.

What is a knife without the blade? This particular model features a 3.5” tanto style blade in S35VN and, compliments the knife extremely well. The blade has a long hollow grind which makes this a great cutter and slicer. Unfortunately, my thumb found this out the hard way. The one issue I have with the blade and really the knife is the thumb lugs. It’s not the lugs themselves that are the issue. But, the blue dye or coating that is used on them. The blue really gives it a pop of color and adds to the overall sophistication of the knife. However, this coating comes off really fast. I mean really fast!! As I write this, I have owned the knife just over 72hrs and the coating is already coming off! As you can imagine the Inkosi is not a cheap knife by any standard. Coming in at 450 dollars and the quality that is placed everywhere else on the knife. You would think that this coating would last a little longer than 3 days. I assumed the coating was anodized or maybe some type of PVD but, sadly no.

Now let me say, this should not be a deal-breaker. It is just a little disconcerting for such a quality of a knife. This would really be the only issue I have with this knife, period. If you are thinking of pulling the trigger on a higher-quality knife or looking for just one premium pocket knife (famous last words) than this knife is for you. Chris Reeve Knives have been the industry standard when it comes to quality knives. This knife will defiantly be my go-to carry for the foreseeable future. The great looks, low profile and exceptional quality will please for generations.

Below you will find all the specifications regarding this knife courtesy of BladeHQ. I hope someday you will get the opportunity to experience this knife!!


  • Overall Length: 8.25"
  • Blade Length: 3.50"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.375"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: CPM-S35VN
  • Hardness: 59-60 RC
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Stonewash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.75"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.46"
  • Handle Material: Titanium
  • Color: Gray
  • Frame/Liner: Titanium
  • Weight: 4.92 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Brand: Chris Reeve Knives
  • Model: Inkosi
  • Designer: Chris Reeve
  • Country of Origin: USA

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