Sebenza 25 Micarta

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

  1. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    @gmarthur: I'm not sure if the purpose of the micarta inlay is to embelish the knife.
    I understand it should improve the grip and that's probably the reason for the 2 piece design and the wider gap.
    red mag
  2. gmarthur


    Mar 5, 2007
    If this is in fact the case then I'm OK with an ugly functional enhancement. If they make the same design in wood or ivory which are embellishment materials then your theory is invalid. I still say there is a way it can be functional and good looking.
  3. Looks like a real bad photo shopped pic to me....
  4. hotbossa


    Mar 31, 2006
    I feel like to do the inlay right on the sebenza 25 it needs to be in the style of the annuals. The example shown on the crk website looks "off" to me.
  5. OneWay


    May 7, 2013
    I could have swore that someone said they saw one in person at SHOT and it was identical to the photo that appears photoshopped. I can't remember where I saw that.
  6. Neil Ostroff

    Neil Ostroff

    Oct 6, 2001
    I saw it at SHOT and I believe it was a prototype- having said this I was less interested in how the inlays looked but rather how great the knife felt in my hand- more purchase and that grippy Micarta.

    However they turn out in production may or may not appeal to all aesthetically but once you hold it you won't want to put it down.

    Neil Ostroff / True North Knives
  7. alwayscarryaknife


    May 31, 2013
    This is what I was thinking. I never thought they looked too bad but I bet the added space between the inlays adds more traction.
  8. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    If the wood inlays will look like the prototype I will purchase no 25. I was hoping just the micarta was going to look this way.
  9. lemmuhj


    May 2, 2010
    The micarta inlays may be grippy and give more purchase etc, but im sure most will be very interested in how the knife looks if they follow the same inlay pattern for the fancier stuff. Im not sure how two strips of mammoth in this configuration will be appealing. Im hoping im dead wrong.
  10. kidcongo


    Jan 12, 2013
    I'm really on the fence with this design. At a glance I really don't like it (still), but wonder if it will creep into everyone's subconscious and we'll all end up being ok with it after some time. I wonder if it's like that machining hole in a 21. Let's face it, it's pretty goofy to have a large hole in the middle of the handle on a Sebenza Regular, or 21, and maybe it's even more goofy to put a sapphire in it? But after years of looking at these knives with that random hole in the slab, most (not all) of us accept it, and maybe even like it and look for it. I can guarantee that if the Sebenza 21 and Regular had no machining hole in the handle, and Chris added a hole in the handle of the new 25, people would be freaking out about it. So I guess what I'm saying is I'm going to give it time to steep in my brain, but won't be rushing out to pre-order it.
  11. mikepapa1


    Jun 8, 2013
    Another lucid, intelligent, well thought-out post!! :thumbup: However, I think that although the conciseness still seems to be pretty negative mostly because of the ascetics of the inlay's, once they are in the hands of a few eager 25 fans CRK won't be able to keep up with sales. I could be wrong and often am... but that's my take on it. And actually the more I look at the pictures the more I like the design. ;)
    ATB, Dave

  12. Haze


    Aug 2, 2004
    It would have been nice if everyone could have liked it now rather than having to warm up to or get used to it. I don't doubt it feels great in the hand but it could easily have looked as good as it allegedly feels. There is really just no getting away from the reality that the shape and even size of the inlays makes so little difference it could easily have been designed to achieve a win in both the visual and tactile aspects. You just can't feel the differences your eye definitely sees. Do these inlays really feel that much better in hand than the previous style ? To many they do look that much worse. :)
  13. Tripton


    May 26, 2008
    I respect most everything that CRK chooses to do, and even remain neutral on the "Idaho Made" controversy.

    To put it frankly, the inlaid 25 looks like hell. It looks like the first idea that someone sketched out on a diner napkin, with no refinement or afterthought at all.

    If it feels good, great. Though, I agree with Haze. It is absolutely possible to have them be both ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing. So far, they are missing the mark.

    All just my humble opinion, of course.
  14. JP Chestnut

    JP Chestnut

    Nov 26, 2013
    I'd expect a functional design on something like a Benchmade or a Spyderco. I expect a functional design that doesn't look terrible from a Chris Reeve knife. Anything less sells the brand short.
  15. Brendtech189

    Brendtech189 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    I have been collecting and using CRK for years and there is no way Chris would let "that" become production. Micarta placed anywhere would give it more traction but those look like they were slapped on by a blind man with velcro. PLEASE please CRK, fix those micarta inlays, and oh how I was looking forward to them. Honestly, regardless how they end up looking I WILL buy at least one just to see how it feels but if that's how its going to look it better feel damn good.
  16. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    Maybe wood inlays will be a 1 piece. If so, I'd buy that for sure.
  17. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Been a good while since I looked at it. Now, looking at it "freshly", it to me is still ugly.
  18. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    I'm hoping chris reeve or one of his employees are reading this thread....
  19. TTTis


    Mar 8, 2010
    Like others have said, I believe a one piece like seen on the annuals would really be awesome on the 25.
  20. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    I'll be buying one. Then a CF from Knife art when they come out too. Then my 21 will be sold.

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