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Chris Knives San Diego

Discussion in 'Blades' started by mdl66, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. mdl66

    mdl66 Monkey++

    45 001. Is anybody familiar with the maker of this knife?I picked it up at pawn shop for $20.00,its marked Chris Knives San Diego on the blade and sheath.
  2. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    No, don't know the name but it sure looks nice!
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  3. F14Scott

    F14Scott Monkey+

    CHRIS KNIVES - San Diego

    I have a little information regarding your knife.

    In 1991, I was a Navy ensign, just out of AOCS, when I got myself "stashed" with Fighter Squadron 1 (VF-1) at NAS Miramar. That squadron had just returned from Iraq after a (roughly) six month combat tour, having just participated in Desert Storm.

    Several of the guys had Chris (last name unknown, or, more accurately, not remembered by me) Knives that they carried with them while they flew in combat over Iraq. I thought that was pretty cool, so I asked them to introduce me to him and had him make me a knife to put into my flight kit.

    I made it through flight school and even got F-14s, like my buddies in VF-1, and carried my Chris Knife over Iraq when I flew my own combat hops in Operation Southern Watch in 1995.

    Here's a picture of my knife. I believe I paid Chris $200 for it, in 1991.

  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Wow. Thanks for the background info!
  5. F14Scott

    F14Scott Monkey+

    My pleasure. Now that I'm thinking about it, I've never cared for the sheath, as it does not positively hold the knife into itself; it uses only friction on the handle, and there isn't much friction.

    I'd like to have a nice Kydex sheath made for it. Can anyone recommend someone who does custom work?
  6. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I used www.redhillsheaths.com for my knives but he may be overwhelmed with work now. Couldn't hurt to ask.
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  7. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Do it yourself- www.knifekits.com has all the materials, tools, and information you need to make a kydex sheath. I've made them before, and it really isn't hard and it doean't even take long. I used an oven, but a heat gun would be much more controllable.

    It really is so much easier now. 10 years ago when I made my first sheath, I had to figure out a way to mount it to a belt. Now, you can get premade belt loops, or even MOLLE fasteners.
  8. ia911guy

    ia911guy Monkey

    Chris Knives

    I'm very pleased to see that so many people have Chris Knives that they have cared for- most especially the veterans that have posted saying they carried them in combat. To answer the question as to the identity of the maker, his name was Verner (Chris) Christensen. He was my grandfather.
    Grandpa Chris passed away in 2003 and lies in rest at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary, Point Loma, CA.
    If any of you would be so kind as to post photos of other knives you have that were made by Chris, I would greatly appreciate it!
  9. Nice, no very nice, knife. And cool on the history of it, and very nice that you also get to see stuff of your granpa still in use and loved.

    Helps ya know what we sow keeps on and on.
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  10. 5artist5

    5artist5 Monkey+

    This is a great story guys! Thanks for making my morning!!
  11. FiSheWoman

    FiSheWoman Full-time Montana Outdoor Enthusiast

    I also have a knife made by Chris....here's a photo of the front and with any luck at all, I'll be able to also post a photo of the back where the 'Chris' logos are... IMG_7886.JPG
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  12. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  13. swampdweller

    swampdweller Monkey

  14. nelsenchad77

    nelsenchad77 Monkey

    I see my cousin has responded to this post. He very humbly described our Grandpa. Grandpa Chris was a self taught knife maker. He also made jewelry and these were just a couple of things he was good at. Here are a few of the knives that I have. The first pics are of the carving set he made for my wife and I's wedding. The second is a knife he made for me and the third is a knife he made for my dad about 30 years ago.

  15. nelsenchad77

    nelsenchad77 Monkey

    This knife looks like one of his early ones because of the ivory handle. His later stuff is made from linen, because it became illegal to possess ivory in the USA. You got a heck of a deal that was probably a $200 -$300 knife when he made it.
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  16. I can see the attraction of the knives. Presently I have no knife like this, but I will try to find it. It is looking different and unique. What I like most in this knife is the marks on the blade. I have not seen this in any other knife. Ultimately the case to carry it also one of the its kind. I think your grandpa had vast knowledge of the knives and how to use them.
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