Chris Reeve Project II
Knife Collectors Org. Review:
The Chris Reeve Project II is another of the one-piece knives from Chris Reeve. It features a clip-point blade, and is made of A2 tool steel, which retains its edge even in hard use. The only difference between the Project II and the Project I is the shape of the blade – the Project I has a “Spear-Point” blade while the Project II has a more traditional “Clip-Point” blade. It features the “Night Index”, which is a unique feature from Chris Reeve. It is actually an indent on the left side of the handle, that lets the user feel it in the dark so he will be able to determine which way the cutting edge is facing.
Most people often are in a dilemma over which one to choose, the Project I or the Project II. The Project II has and edge when it comes to cutting and delicate work. Some people prefer the Spear-point tip of the Project I, as this gives it added strength because of a thicker tip. However the Project II’s tip is quite robust too, and unlikely to break under normal usage because it is quite thick at the tip too.
That being said, the Chris Reeve Project II is winner from Chris Reeve Knives. What sets the Project II/Project I apart from other knives is the unique feature of having a hollow handle, which allows the storage of small items. Note that the Project 2 can be ordered without serrations too.
- Strong 1-piece design, not likely to break at the tang
- Fits well and a good sized blade
- Storage area inside handle for putting things.
- A2 Steel not as resistant to rust as stainless steel
Editor’s Rating: 8/10
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Blade Length: 7.5″ x .255″
Length Closed: -NA-
Overall length: 12.75″
Blade Steel: A2 Tool Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 55-57
Blade Finish: Grey KG Gun-Kote
Weight: 14 oz.
Edge: Partially-Serrated (or without, on request)
Lock Type: -NA-
Carry System: Black leather sheath
Handle Material: A2 Tool Steel
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: USA
Part #: -NA-
Production Status: Discontinued
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: ?
Limited run?: No
Other things of interest: First 100 or so knives were serialized.
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…
The Project I (spear point blade) was designed in conjunction with Sgt. Karl Lippard, USMC and author of “The Warriors – United States Marines”. The concept was to fulfill all the features which Sgt. Lippard felt were vital for a knife carried by a Marine. The 7.5″ blade is perfect for chopping, digging and cutting, with sufficient weight up front for maximum strength and ideal balance. The wave serrations on the cutting edge are designed to cut easily through nylon cord or harness. The 2″ cross guard has a night index which tells you by touch which direction the cutting edge is facing. The Project II has all the features of the Project I but has a traditional clip point blade.
The symmetrical leather sheath has a strap-and-snap closure that can be moved to accommodate left or right hand draw.