Umnumzan Users - What are your experiences?

BMCGear

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I have a CRK Umnumzan headed my way. I've always overlooked the Zan for the 21 or the Inkosi but I think that the handle is going to fit my hand really well. For those with an Zan what do you like about it? Post some pics if you don't mind. :)
 
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You got me looking through my old pictures and I found this pitbull:

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I've always wanted to love the Umnumzaan but my WC Sebenza 21 is in my pocket so often that the Umnum just never really has had a fair chance.

I don't think I even own this tanto any more but I've got a standard Lefty Umnumzaan in my pocket today and it's definitely a very capable knife with a lot going for it. I just have more of a "connection" with my old WC 21.

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i like the quiet opening, the ergos and its a bit grippier with the cross hatches. I love the harpoon and blade grind in general.

I prefer the 21's with the bushing and the inkosi doesnt grab me too much but im really liking the zaan. something about it is just right
 

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I've sold a bunch of mine but kept the Wilson Tactical Star Tac edition as part of that collection. It's an awesome blade that fits your hand like a 1911. The milling pattern (on all types) adds grip and gives the knife a tactical look. The 3-point lockup is really solid and most of the time the o-ring on the thumb stud/stop pins yields a quiet deployment. And contrary to many opinions, I really like the over-travel stop because it lets you handle it a bunch rougher or when using gloves to not over-extend the lock bar. The harpoon blade is cool and the Tanto version just looks wicked paired up with the scale milling.

You are going to love it. Excellent choice!

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BD_01

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Do yourself a favor and give your thumb a vacation now & again for the first couple of weeks. ;)

 
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I tried the 21 and 25 but they just were not quite what I was looking for, I appreciated the craftmanship and tight tolerances but those scales just tended to get a little slippery when wet :rolleyes: I never had one slip enough for it to be a safety issue but it was stuck in the back of my mind.

Then I bought this old Zaan off of the exchange and found my CRK, it just feels better to me with the crosshatch and different detent. Sometimes I wonder if I should have held out for one with the lockbar stabilizer but I am not generally too tough on my nicer knives so it has not been a problem and I really prefer the look of the old pivot.

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It's one of my favorite knives. Just fits really well. Though my use tends to just be taking it out to cut up some cardboard just for the fun of it.
 
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I love mine... if fact, I am celebrating my Zaan's fifth birthday today, as well as my second sons third birthday! Happy birthday to both, don't know what I'd do without you.
 

BMCGear

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Can't really say anything more that hasn't been said already. For me, I enjoy the quietness of the knife. Here's another thread that you can enjoy until yours gets in your hand. You really won't know until you have it.

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/umnumzaan-pics.1522075/

Thanks for the link.

I appreciate everyone's input. The Zan was never really on my radar but I think the handle shape my fit my hand really well.
 
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The quietness harpoon and the texturing all do it for me, i prefer new pivot. blah blah blah op just buy one second hand and if you hate it no money lost
 
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Well, as I said here in another thread, I got my wife a Small Sebenza and I was debating a CRK for myself. Thanks to this thread and the link provided above I'll definitely be getting the Tanto Umnumzaan.
 
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Is that one brand new? An excellent choice I really dig mine. I have hunted one down that was manufactured on my birthday. Probably my most cherished knife of them all. The O-rings have worn off though, I'll need to replace them at some point.
 
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Aw yeah, i really like it. Been using it for on duty use as im scared to loose my UG doing that and that one i cant replace. Only got the two knives for now.

The dampened opening is real distinct. Glad youre liking it
 
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