Early lockup, is it safe?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Kittry, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Kittry

    Kittry Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 7, 2019
    Long time lurker, first time poster. Also a first time Sebenza owner, so pretty clueless to a point. Need a sanity check please. Here’s how my lock looks today: https://imgur.com/a/iDjFLVE

    Small 21 PJ purchased new from KnifeArt about a week ago. Was happy with how it felt. Thought a breakdown and clean after break in made sense. On reassembly lock stick was severe. Required two thumbs at times. Found YouTube video explaining how to use opposing force on the handle sides to achieve earlier lockup and reduce stick. Following that procedure lock stick is back to how it felt from the factory (small but not zero). But now looking closely at bar and tang I’m concerned it’s too early to be safe. Then again I’ve been staring at it so much the last 24 hrs I feel cross-eyed.

    I sent this same pic to CRK for their input. I’d also appreciate your thoughts. I just want to get back to enjoying my first CRK and not worry about the thing. Thanks for your experienced input.

    Attached Files:

  2. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I'd crack the screws all just barely loose and flick it open then tighten the screws . Then flick it open again. This should set things nicely in place.
    4mer_FMF and sailfish like this.
  3. Kittry

    Kittry Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 7, 2019
    I’ll be damned. That seems to have done it. Sits right at 50% now. Thank you very much!!

    So I guess the precision and tight tolerances of these knives means reassembly takes a little wiggling and fiddling to get everything lined back up again? Is there a list of these tips and tricks anywhere or do I just have to learn to use “the force”?

    Thanks again.
    BellaBlades likes this.
  4. aVyD

    aVyD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2019
    Congrats on your first Sebenza. And certainly not the last :) we all know sebenzas are a gateway to bankruptcy
  5. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Here is a video direct from CRK.

    Basically what I mentioned above works well too.

    Enjoy. Cant wait for my next Reeve.
  6. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    I’ve never found it to require fiddling to come back together perfect. Video linked above is a great explanation of how to break down and reassemble the Sebenza. It’s not exactly rocket science, but assembling the handles and sliding the blade in are one less than obvious step.

    Do keep in mind, almost nothing requires that the knife be taken apart. It’s perfectly fine to leave it for years and not worry about it.
  7. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I like early lock up. Never had a Sebenza lock to close before I wanted it too.
  8. sailfish


    Jan 1, 2019
    You can say that again. I've had a store tab sitting open on my computer the last few days as I contemplate an insingo. Or two.
  9. aVyD

    aVyD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2019
    I just preordered the Sebenza 31 with Micarta from a dealer a few days ago. Best 500 bucks I’ve ever spent and I hadn’t even seen the knife yet.
    sailfish, rpstrimple and BellaBlades like this.

Share This Page