Inkosi Lockup Question

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by hodo615, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. hodo615

    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    I received a brand new Small Inkosi Insingo w/ Natural Micarta from my AD today. I know this has been beaten to death, but this is the first CRK that I have owned that has a ceramic ball for the lockup. I know by looking at the blade open it is an illusion that it is ~85%, so when looking at the mark on the tang from the ceramic ball it looks ~50%. Am I correct in my assumption? It is a solid lockup and no blade play. It should be okay, correct? BTW - this Inkosi is the sharpest knife ever to come direct from CRK.
     

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  2. BTGuy

    BTGuy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 5, 2016
    Yes, that is normal for CRK with the ceramic ball lock. I have the Sebenza 25 (basically the same as large Inkosi) and it almost looks as though the lockbar is all the way towards the other scale when the blade is open. Same as you said with the mark on the blade tang is only about 50%. Just the nature of a round ball being used to contact a flat surface.

    To ease your potential worries, I've used mine for nearly a year and the lockup hasn't migrated at all. ;)
     
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  3. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    It's perfect.
     
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  4. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Yes and yes. ;)
     
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  5. Thin-Slice

    Thin-Slice

    Jul 4, 2016
    Yup its correct as stated above. The ceramic ball surface that actually touches the blade tang is a bit away from the edge of the lockbar surface.

    Inkosi/25/Umnumzaan lockup % basically what ever it looks like when open deduct ~30% or so.
     
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  6. Mick_1KRR

    Mick_1KRR

    May 1, 2016
    It's perfect, enjoy.
     
  7. hodo615

    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Thank you everyone for the responses. The lanyard is off and in the pocket! Have a great weekend and holiday! Howard
     
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  8. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Awesome, have fun with it!
     
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  9. skwurll

    skwurll

    Oct 12, 2008
    It's actually earlier a lock up than many which are still within spec. Enjoy her!
     
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  10. hodo615

    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Earlier then most?
     
  11. skwurll

    skwurll

    Oct 12, 2008
    +50% was preferred with the 25 at least, from what I read a while back from CRK & was w/in spec. Could be mistaken though.
     
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  12. HST

    HST

    Apr 2, 2015
    @hodo615 It's perfect. I find I like the deeper set on the Inosi and ‘Zaan. IMO, it feels more secure set deep, especially when pushing the blade.

    I simply don’t care if it’s at 99%, as long as it works well and properly. Besides, if you grip an Inlosi solidly for use, your gonna move that lock bar in some. I have yet to have a folder that won’t, but I don’t buy overbuilt folders. Tim stands behind his product and will fix it if it’s his or your fault. Use the tar out of it and send it in for repairs when it’s time. This is why we all buy these knives...or so I think.
     
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  13. hodo615

    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    @HST, I agree. Out of all the many, many, many CRK knives over the past 20 years I have only had an issue with a Mnandi a few years back (sent to CRK and fixed under warranty). The Inkosi is indeed in my pocket and being used. Thank you!!!
     
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  14. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I can't wait for mine now. Dang it.
     
  15. hodo615

    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    @BellaBlades - here are a few pics I just took to hold you over.
     

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    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    One more...
     

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  17. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Hey thanks, that's the only thing that helps.
    That is the variation I almost purchased this morning. It was a close call. They are all great though. I waited 4 months for my custom. I guess 3 days won't be too bad.

    I will have it just in time for our week vacation when the kids are off.
     
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  18. hodo615

    hodo615 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Enjoy the knife and have a safe trip!
     
  19. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2016
    Speaking of Inkosi lockup, I understand the ceramic lockup is supposedly an upgrade to avoid future lockstick. I would be curious how many have abandoned the 21 and gone all Inkosi for that reason.

    I am not a fan of the Inkoosi pivot and how the sweet spot is difficult to find and maintain on mine, but the 21 is a non issue. Give me the ceramic lockup of the Ink and the brushing of the 21 and I would never buy another knife.

    Only thing from keeping these from being the perfect knife, for me at least.
     
  20. mongomondo

    mongomondo SUPPRESSING FIRE

    Sep 17, 2006
    I don't have the Inkosi but my Umnumzaan has a wide range for the "sweet spot" assuming you mean it's centered, no blade play, and opens smoothly. I can do almost a 1/4 turn with no change.
     

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