Chris Reeve Knives Shadow III

Reviewed by corwin99 on August 22nd, 2007

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The Shadow III is my first One-Peice fixed blade from CRK. I’ve handled several of them before at knife shows and peices that belonged to friends, and none of them really interested me until now. I received this knife as part of a trade, and wow, has it grown on me!


The first time I saw these knives, I thought they were just so boring, similar to the first time I saw a Sebenza. Having actually owned both Sebenzas and one-peice fixed blades now I can testify to their appeal. This is one well machined and built knife. It is perfect in almost every way, and being that the entire knife is cut from a block of A2 Steel, that makes it pretty darn tough.

One thing I do have to say about this knife is that it is on the small side. The CRK One-peice knives actually get quite a bit more expensive as you go up in size, probably because the amount of material removed to make a longer blade is quite a bit more.

The handles handily open up in the back, just like a Rambo Knife! But these ones don’t compromise any structural integrity by doing so. The A2 steel is coated so it doesn’t oxidize, and the blade is razor sharp like all CRK stuff and wears a similar edge geometry and hollow ground blade as a Sebenza. In fact, it cuts a lot like a Sebenza.

The handle on the Shadow III is a bit short, so larger hands might be more comfortable with a larger model. The knife fits my smallers paws just fine though!

Overall Length: 8″
Blade Length: 4″
Blade Steel: A2
Weight: 6 oz
Sheath: Leather

2 Responses to “Chris Reeve Knives Shadow III”

  1. brent Says:

    I like the Shadow 1. It’s a small knife, 4 inches, but then I’m only 5’7 and 4 ” is plenty. Good balance, enough belly on the blade to work, but best of all for me is that the blade extends right up to the guard, which means it’s suitable for camp kitchen chores as well as life’s other moments. Santa found this one for me as a surprise. A local shop stocks CRK material, along with some other quality names — Kentucky Outdoorsman.

  2. corwin99 Says:

    Congrats on such a great Christmas Gift! I’m not a big guy either so the smaller sized knives appeal to me as well.

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