Damascus EDC

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by mvm217, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. mvm217


    Feb 14, 2018
    Hey everybody, I'm thinking of getting a Chris Reeve with a Damascus blade because I like the look, but what's making me hesitate is that I've never had experience with damascus before.

    Do any of you with CRK Damascus knives use yours for hard work or camping? How do the damascus blades hold up? Do they scratch badly or anything like that?

    I'm willing to spend the extra money to get the damascus blade, but not if it makes the knife noticeably worse for real use or sharpening.

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  2. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I have EDC’ed various Damascus CRK for years. The Damascus will fade a little over the years. Especially with abrasive cardboard and such. As far as a scratching, it will not scratch any easier than S35VN will. I am probably subconsciously more careful with Damascus, but I do not hesitate to use and enjoy it.
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  3. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    Yep it’ll fade and scratch. I think Crk states it doesn’t hold an edge as good as S35VN but I personally can’t tell much difference. I like the way it looks worn tho. I’ve worked this particular Damascus pretty well. 9D83ED55-478A-45A4-B724-DD9BE77BC030.jpeg 93ADE863-1D02-466A-A168-C499D3F4AA76.jpeg 27085CCC-7EE8-4C2A-B1D9-ACCE55CCB95A.jpeg
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  4. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Here’s mine with moderate use, you can’t see the light scratches, but they’re there. You can see the fading near the thumb studs and toward the tip.
    I don’t have any with Chad Nichols Damascus, mine are Devin Thomas. They appear to look the same as far as finish goes. Don’t know if one holds up better than the other.

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  5. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I have always likened CRK’s Damascus ( Devin Thomas ) to perform like S30V. I have always loved the S30V that CRK used, so was always a win win for me. I haven’t owned any of Chad Nichols, but have heard great things. I need more 21 damascus in my life....lol
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  6. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    I’ve got a few CN Damascus and have been pleased with them, raindrop anyhow. I much more prefer the DT Ladder. There’s a few 21 Damascus I wish I would’ve picked up when they were more readily available
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  7. bart1

    bart1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2009
    Great blades, holds an edge fine, joy to use, makes me happy every time I pull mine out.They seem to wear in with the knife.
  8. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Check out this thread, it will help you a lot!
  9. biggerjon

    biggerjon Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    CRK will re-etch the blade for a fee too. I figure that is good for you to know.
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