Chris Reeve Knives (CRK) is expanding its online offerings with the first ever addition of a non-CRK produced knife, the Nilte Raggio, to its web store. The move generated discussion among fans, but CRK tells us the inclusion is part of a larger plan to widen the appeal and reach of their brand – which may eventually include less expensive offerings from CRK itself.

Massimo Fantoni, a close family friend of the Reeves, designed the Nilte Raggio. It is a sequel of sorts to the Nilte Quiete, utilizing the same design but lighter, more affordable handle material than the G-10 original. The Pure Back Lock mechanism reduces weight compared to a standard lock back mechanism, and the 2.9-inch bladed Raggio weighs only 2 oz. Although the knife released earlier this year in Europe and can be purchased through international dealers, CRK has become the first US-based distributor for the knife.

Many visit the web store to purchase replacement parts for their CRK knives, but Tim Reeve tells us that the storefront will continue to grow in the days to come. “I’ve got plans for all sorts of other stuff for the store.” He has no intentions to compete on the scale of a knife dealer, but envisions it as small-scale, curated selection of goods that can expand what CRK offers to its customers. “Not CRK co-branded, just cool products that we like,” he says. An initial batch of Raggios was put up for sale yesterday, and more could follow if they prove to be popular.

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