The Green Beret is a product of both designers William W. Harsey and Chris Reeve and has been used by both U.S. Army Special Groups and civilians since the beginning of 2002. Built in 2 different sizes and finishes, each product boasts supreme stainless steel blades and ergonomic handles for a superb fit and ensure positive radial grip. This model features grey toned canvas micarta handle scales, a drop point style blade in a dark grey KG Gun Kote™ finish and the black nylon sheath supports a variety of carry options. Made in the USA.
- Blade Length: 7"
- Overall Length: 12.375"
- Blade Thickness: 0.22"
- Blade Material: CPM-S35VN Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Dark Grey
- Handle Length: 5.375"
- Handle Material: Canvas Micarta
- Weight: 12.8 oz.
- Sheath: Nylon
- Sheath Weight: 4.5 oz.
The Chris Reeve Green Beret 7” Fixed Blade
Chris Reeve Knives is a production knife manufacturer. As a production company, they design and produce their own knives, as opposed to a custom knife maker who may who with a client to design and bring his or her knife idea to life. Their knives are produced in a combination of hand and machine work out of their machine shop in Boise, Idaho.
Chris Reeve Knives began operations on January 1, 1984, in a one-car garage in Durban, South Africa, when Chris moved from full-time Tool and Die Maker/part time knife maker to full-time knife maker. For a couple years he was the only employee but gradually and steadily, the company has grown to reach its present position as a well-equipped manufacturing company and a noted brand in the industry.
The road between 1984 and today has not always been smooth. For many years, the endeavor was under-funded but with determination, Chris and Anne put all they had into producing the best knives possible, within the resources available. In March 1989, they moved from their native South Africa and settled in Boise, Idaho. That move in itself was a major undertaking but vital for the future of the company.
They say, “Chris has always "pushed the envelope". Whether on a motorcycle or behind a belt grinder, he dreamed of being a world champion. He did not win a motorcycle world championship but in many respects, the standing of CRK today represents one. His induction into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in June 2015 could be considered his championship trophy. The single thought in Chris' mind has always been to design every model with deliberation, taking into account how the knife works, its intended purpose and the most appropriate materials. On this foundation, CRK is a vibrant business, has a great staff of well-trained employees, and remains a company with a worldwide reputation for raising the standards bar - "pushing the envelope" - for the industry.”
Let’s take a look at the Green Beret 7” Fixed Blade to see how he pushed the envelope in this knife.
The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S35VN stainless steel. This steel is manufactured by Crucible, which is a US based steel manufacturer known for making high end steels. They are especially known for making particular steels specifically for high end pocket knives, which does mean that you are going to get the best of all steel characteristics out of this steel.
There is a little bit of a backstory when it comes to this steel. They based it off of their previous steel that was called CPM S30V. This steel was known for having the perfect balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention. It was also known for being highly corrosion resistant and wear resistant, however, because of its hardness, it proved a little bit complicated to sharpen.
Crucible knew that they were working with a good steel already, but they also knew that they could make it even better. They started with a finer grain structure as well as adding in a little bit of Vanadium to the steel matrix. The vanadium is where the “V” in the steel’s name comes from. These two characteristics allow the steel to get pretty hard without being complicated to work with or sharpen. This is the joy of S35VN steel: it has all of the same benefits that S30V offered, but it is upgraded.
It still has high levels of corrosion and wear resistance, it still has a great balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention. And, it is going to be easy to sharpen.
- Great balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention.
- Easy to sharpen.
- High levels of corrosion and wear resistance.
The blade has been finished with a dark grey KC Gun Kote finish. This is a protective coating of choice that is often used in gun protection instead of blade protection. This finish was originally made for military and aerospace use, but the products have since become the standard in metal coatings and finishes. This finish’s is both impact and solvent resistant, which does mean the blade is going to be incredibly durable.
This finish is matte, which does reduce glares and reflections. It is going to prolong the life of the blade because it will form such a protective barrier between the environment and the steel. This will also make it easier to maintain, because all you will need to do is wipe down the blade. You won’t really have to worry about oiling the blade. And since it is such a strong coating, it shouldn’t’ be prone to scratching off.
- Coating is incredibly durable.
- Easy maintenance.
- Shouldn’t scratch off.
The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is a very durable and versatile blade shape, which is exactly what has made it into the popular blade shape that it is. The spine of the blade does stretch straight from the handle to almost the tip. At this point, it turns into the more common drop point blade shape, where it curves slightly toward the point.
This slight curve is going to create a dropped, or lowered, point. This is both where the blade shape gets its name from, but also where you are going to get the bulk of your control over this blade. This allows you to perform fine detail work, although the Green Beret is not really the knife you are going to be doing fine detail work with.
The dropped point is also broad, which is where the strength of this blade shape comes from. It does have extra metal near the tip, which allows it to absorb the impact when you use this knife to pierce with. This means that you will be able to take on those tough tasks without worrying about the blade breaking.
Lastly, the blade has a large belly that is going to allow the blade to more easily slice. This is going to be a common function with this almost-sword. The only drawback that the drop point blade shape really has is that its broad point does take away some of your piercing capabilities. With this large and thick blade, this shouldn’t be an actual issue.
- Large belly for ease of slicing.
- Tough point, which allows you to repeatedly pierce without breaking.
- Dropped point to allow for better control.
The handle on the Green Beret is made out of Canvas Micarta. This material is made when layers of linen cloths are soaked in a phenolic resin, which creates a material that is strong, while still being lightweight, and does look a little bit better than the similar materials such as carbon fiber or G-10. The resin creates a material that is tough and durable.
Some of the disadvantages in a Micarta handle is that this material has almost no surface texture. It is extremely slippery, which is just not going to work on any knife, but especially on this huge knife. This means that a lot of hand labor does have to go into carving texture into the knife. This is going to increase the cost of the knife, although it is worth it.
- Tough, durable, strong, and still lightweight.
- Looks nicer than similar materials.
- Requires a lot of hand labor to produce, which does increase the cost.
The handle has been designed for the utmost grip. The spine of the handle curves very slightly from the blade to the butt. The belly, on the other hand, has three different finger grooves. The first of these is the deepest, with each consecutive one getting shallower and slightly more elongated. There are two huge finger guards on both sides of the knife, which is going to keep you safe with such a sharp and large blade. This way, you really do not have to be worried about slipping and cutting yourself. Chris Reeve makes this almost impossible. On the butt of the handle, there is a large lanyard hole that is going to fit almost any lanyard.
- Handle is designed for grip and safety.
- Large finger guards to protect you.
- Large lanyard hole that will fit almost any lanyard.
This is a fixed blade, which does mean that there is no mechanism to help open or close the knife. There are a few benefits to having a fixed blade. The first is that the blade can be larger, longer, and thicker. This creates a stronger blade, which is, in turn, going to be able to take on a wider variety of things.
A fixed blade is also easier to maintain. This is mostly due to the fact that there is no mechanism inside of it. This means that you don’t have to worry about the hinge when you are cleaning, because there is no hinge. There is also no inside parts that can rust or break down. Really all you will ever have to do is wipe down the handle and blade. With the blade’s coating, you shouldn’t even have to oil the blade. That’s how easy it is.
Lastly, a fixed blade can take on a wider amount of tasks. This is because it is tougher, larger, and more durable.
- Fixed blades are larger, stronger, and more durable.
- Fixed blades are easier to maintain.
- Equips you to take on a wider variety of things.
The sheath that comes with this Chris Reeve knife is made out of nylon. This is a common material that is used in knife sheaths. It is often compared to leather, because they are both used often and do have similar properties. Like leather, nylon is tough and strong. However, nylon beats leather because it is resistant to rot and mildew, unlike leather. This means that they are not as vulnerable to water, which means that you can have this knife with you in a wider variety of environments without the worry. Nylon is also not easily scuffed or torn, which does make it a lot more durable.
- Nylon is tough, strong, and durable.
- Not vulnerable to water, because it is not going to rot or mold.
- It won’t last as long as other materials.
The blade measures in at 7 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.22 inches thick. The handle measures in at 5.375 inches long, making the overall length a whopping 12.375 inches long. This weighs in at a large 12.8 ounces, with its nylon sheath weighing in at 4.5 ounces. This was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use it.
- Seven-inch blade to take on anything.
- Made in the USA.
The Green Beret is a product of both designers William W. Harsey and Chris Reeve and has been used by both U.S. Army Special Groups and civilians since the beginning of 2002. Built in 2 different sizes and finishes, each product boasts supreme stainless steel blades and ergonomic handles for a superb fit and ensure positive radial grip. This model features grey toned canvas micarta handle scales, a drop point style blade in a dark grey KG Gun Kote™ finish and the black nylon sheath supports a variety of carry options.