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ti-lock and large sebenza 21 with black canvas Micarta inlaid. pacific Mnandi folder with bloodwood inlaid and nyala fixed-blade. PerFeCtion Pat Covert • Photos: ChuCk Pittman, inC. PersoniFieD! W e all have our own definition of the word “perfection” and Chris Reeve’s is just higher than most of us can imagine. Chris Reeve Knives of Boise, Idaho has been the recipient of the Blade Manufacturers Quality Award — the highest kudos you can get in the cutlery industry — 10 times. That’s a feat difficult for any competitor to top. He accomplishes this by paying attention to the tiniest details in the manufacturing process and using state-of-the-art equipment that can hold the tightest of tolerances. Born in South Africa, Reeve’s first interest in knives came in 1975 when he was a second year tool and die maker apprentice. He was scheduled to go into military service on the Mozambique border, a particularly arduous environment. According to Chris, “I needed a knife to take with me but could not afford a good one, so I decided to make my own. It was an interesting thing to do and I started reading about knifemaking. But I had other things on my mind. I went motorcycle racing until 68 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2012