It’s no exaggeration to say that the knife world would be very different without Chris Reeve. The fact that he is no longer heading up Chris Reeve Knives (CRK) will come as a surprise to most people, even though industry insiders have known for some time. There was simply no public confirmation from the company, until now. What changes can loyal fans of the brand expect to see without Chris Reeve?
As it turns out, the answer is not a whole lot. In fact, Chris hasn’t been in command of CRK for quite some time. “He’s completely out of daily operations and has been for the better part of two years,” says Anne Reeve, Chris’ ex-wife who now oversees company operations. Anne has led the company through Chris’ transition into semi-retirement without a hitch. CRK just picked up another Manufacturing Excellence Award at Blade Show and dealers continue to fight to get as much CRK product as they can get their hands on.
Though Chris no longer maintains a leadership role, he is still involved as the company’s sole designer, at least for the time being. “He has an enormous amount of talent and we’ll continue to use that talent,” says Anne. “We don’t have plans to go with any other designer but that isn’t to say we won’t if it’s suitable.” Not only did Chris Reeve invent the frame lock, still one of the most ubiquitous and popular designs on the market, he was instrumental in the development of two of the only steels ever made specifically for cutlery, Crucible’s S30V and S35VN.