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Umnumzaan tanto - first contact

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Therom, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013

    I have just received an Umnumzaan with a tanto blade and I am shocked.
    It is an incredible knife!
    I am already a fan of the large Sebenza and of the small Inkosi. The Umnumzaan just complete the family in the best way I can imagine

    I was really not expecting such a surprise.

    The large Inkosi was not really for me but the Umnumzaan.... wahooou!

    I just wanted to date some love for the Umnumzaan for you
    I was not expecting to love it so much
    kidcongo, loon#r, 4mer_FMF and 3 others like this.
  2. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    One of the few tanto blade designs that I like and is functional for my use. I've got three CRK tanto's, one Umnumzaan and two 21's.
    I'm sad :( because there's no pic posted of your Umnumzaan. What's up with that ???
    In the mean time, here's the thread full of Umnumzaan goodness :)
    loon#r, Lady1911 and Therom like this.
  3. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    ‘Zaan lovin’?
    All right!
    Congratulations on a great knife and welcome to the enlightenment of Umnumzaan club. ;)
  4. Tseg


    Aug 25, 2018
    Congrats. I ended up removing the clip and put in the titanium clip cutout plug offered by CRK. My Zaan is now unbelievable comfortable to do heavy cutting.
    Therom and 4mer_FMF like this.
  5. DCFree

    DCFree Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2019
    Why did I read this (expensive) thread. I’m a big CRK fan, but has always been on the fence about the Zaan until I read this, randomly.
  6. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    The Zaan starts to break in and it is really a beast
    I confirm that so far I prefer it over my large Inkosi
  7. Curl of the Burl

    Curl of the Burl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    Don’t have a Zaan but do have large Insingo Inkosi with micarta. Always wondered how it compares.
  8. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    I have a drop point Inkosi
    The action of the Zaan and Inkosi are very similar
    The lock bar is more comfortable on the Inkosi but easier to access on the Zaan
    Otherwise the action is very similar
    The sound is very different due to the o-rings on the Zaan

    On my Tanto Zaan the grind is higher than I the Inkosi and IMO it makes it a better slicer

    Both are very good and very comparable but i like the more neutral handle of the Zaan

    At the end it will be a question of personal handle and ergonomics
    Lady1911 likes this.
  9. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Agreed the zaan has a specific feel. Love it.

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