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Sebenza 25 Micarta

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by diracismyhero, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. mjolnir74


    Aug 21, 2005
    I don't like it either. No offense meant to CRK. I have two micarta large 21's and think they are perfect for the ratio of inlay to surface area.
  2. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I agree with Cody here, I'm sure there was a lot of thought put into it, for me, the separation between the two pieces might provide a better grip, placement for your fingers, while the previous micarta inserts where spaced close together they might have well have been one piece.

    Again, all speculation on my part, but I'd not toss out the baby with the bath water just yet ;)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
  3. lathrop


    Aug 23, 2009
    my first reaction was no way, my second was I'm glad I have a drawer full of 21s with inlays.
  4. Ar10shooter


    Jun 23, 2013
    My first thought was "yea I hate it" but after looking at if for a second I said wow I get it that is pretty cool. I bet it will offer a great grip.
  5. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    No thanks. Does not flow with the knife to me.

    Looks like I'm slowly going to distance myself from buying anymore Chris reeve....
  6. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    May I see the back side please?
    It looks like pure business. IMHO GWG is right and it looks like the positioning adds to the grip.
    I'd also like ot see the other variants ( positioning and size of the inlays) to make up my mind.
    From what i can see now the inlay does not offer much space to display the pattern of wood.
    So this can be seen as a step back to the "Sebenza = work" motto.
    I'd love to handle one.
    red mag
  7. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    I can and have spent CRK-level $'s on knives, but I don't know that I can make myself do it for ugly ones. :(
  8. Raylance


    Sep 11, 2013
    It's time to start hoarding 21 with inlays.
  9. batosai117

    batosai117 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    I thought the same thing when I found out about the 25 coming out. The whole reason I love the Sebenza is because of the bushing system. It seems that it's only a matter of time before the 21 gets phased out like all the other previous Sebenza models :yawn: Don't get me wrong I really want to get a 25 when money is right but I won't be getting rid of my 21.
  10. Baceleo


    Feb 24, 2012
    I spoke with Heather from CRK this morning. They are now taking orders on the 25 micarta. I'm personally sticking to the 21's.
  11. Rubicon_Joey


    May 20, 2013
    I don't really care for the looks of inlays on a 21 but, this is just awful.
  12. JP Chestnut

    JP Chestnut

    Nov 26, 2013
    I expect they will sell a good number of them, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be improved. No bushings and those inlays... not for me.
  13. alwayscarryaknife


    May 31, 2013
    I actually don't think they look bad. I've always seen CRK as function over form. Hard to knock the design without first having held it. Might pick it up and say, "Ok, I see why he did it like this." But as I said I don't think they look bad. Hopefully I'll get to handle one at Blade this year and I'll judge it then. That's my perspective and it could be that the looks just rule it out for you and that is understandable when you pay this much for a knife.

    I also wonder if the "difference" from the inlay 21 is putting some of you off? Some of you love the inlays on the 21 and can't get use to this at first sight. Maybe I'm wrong though.
  14. MRaymond


    Jan 27, 2012
    Ok, when I first looked at this, it was on my phone. Now that I look at it on a proper computer, I don't think it is as bad as I originally thought. The bottom inlay is the one that still seems off. I would need more pics and to hold one before I make final judgment.
  15. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    When I first saw a plain sebenza, I thought 'wow that is a neat knife', when I saw a wood inlay sebenza I had to buy one (or two). Love at FIRST sight.

    Inlay 25? More I look at it the more I dislike it.

    Having cost SO much, it really should be a blend of looks and function.
  16. JP Chestnut

    JP Chestnut

    Nov 26, 2013
    I think of Strider as function over form, CRK IMO is lovely simplistic design. This is not lovely or simple to my eye.
  17. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    So this is really for real? Sorry to say, but I almost feel like this is a psychology experiment to see if CRK fans will accept almost anything CRK puts out. Sorry to sound so negative - I'll stop commenting on this knife now.
  18. MostMenAreRuthless


    Sep 27, 2011
    I also inquired with CRK regarding this one and she said it "may change" but did not have any further details available on it.

    Like MRaymond I saw it on my phone first and thought it was hideous. So, I checked it out on my computer--still hideous.
  19. Straight shooter

    Straight shooter

    Aug 12, 2012
    A single inlay would look awesome if proportioned correctly. The one pictured is not my cup of tea. But I remember when the umnumzaan first came out there were quite a few detractors that really really disliked the, "oversized, ugly proprietary pivot". Sometimes I wonder if it's change we don't like.
  20. MRaymond


    Jan 27, 2012
    Maybe, but nonetheless there is something off with those inlays. Need more pics IMO.

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