Chris Reeve Aviator
Knife Collectors Org. Review:
The Chris Reeve Aviator is one of the smaller fixed blades knives from Chris Reeve’s one-piece range. It features a row of saw teeth on its back for cutting through the fuselage of an aircraft in the event of an emergency. As with other one-piece knives, the Aviator has a hollow handle that allows one to stash some survival gear inside, for example matches or kindling. It remains one of the longest knives in production from Chris Reeve, with the first few Aviators being produced in South Africa. There was a limited run of 50 5.5″ Aviators in OD Green for Tadgear, and each of these knives were serialised.
Some have mentioned that the Aviator may be too short (in blade length) for camping tasks and the saw teeth are not that effective for sawing wood and other materials.
Editor’s Rating: 9.5/10
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Blade Length: 4″ x .177″
Length Closed: -NA-
Overall length: 8″
Blade Steel: A2 Tool Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 55-57
Blade Finish: Bead-blasted
Weight: 5.5 oz.
Edge: Plain edge with saw-teeth back
Lock Type: -NA-
Carry System: Black Leather “Pancake” Sheath
Handle Material: -NA-
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: USA, South Africa (earlier production)
Production Status: Discontinued
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: -unknown-
Limited run?: Yes
Other things of interest: There was a limited run of 5.5″ Aviators in OD Green.
Rarity Index: 8/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom…