Sebenza 31 Lock Rock?!

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by HikingIsLife, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. Born200yrs2late

    Born200yrs2late

    79
    Dec 31, 2018
    Just cancelled my order for a large inlaid 31. The reports of side to side play on a few examples turned me off. The CRK of old is gone, at least at the moment. How in the world can that guy from Canada be told side to side play is normal. I’m going to drive over to knifeworks in the morning and hand pick a 21......before they’re all gone. He has some that have been on the shelf for a long time. I’m tempted to just order a Shirogorov from recon1 right now. The main reason I have always loved the Sebenza is the blade grind, blade stock thickness. They just cut like crazy and they’re thin in the edc daily carry role.
     
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  2. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Guy from Canada here...lol..
    Just an update, my 31 is going in to CRK...I have been told from CRK before that something was “normal,” but when I sent it in they changed their mind. So hopefully that will be the case with the 31 as well.

    I am not here to sully CRK’s name. But I have posted my findings and differences between the 21 and 31.

    I will definitely be posting the results of my sent in 31. Please stay posted, as CRK has always taken care of me. We will see how this turns out. :)

    Either way, you need a 21 in your collection!
    :)
     
  3. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    Link? Maybe I missed it in this thread. I can't imagine how sideways play could happen unless something was broken.
     
  4. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    In this particular thread, mine and @rileybassman1 both had side/side play.
    Another guy I know had side/side play but it turns out he “polished” the washers pretty thin. ;/
     
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  5. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    That's not good. I look forward to hearing a happy resolution when they receive it.
     
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  6. Born200yrs2late

    Born200yrs2late

    79
    Dec 31, 2018
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    So I kept my word. Drove to knifeworks in Columbia Louisiana. They have a massive showroom. I handled a lot of CRK knives, they have a lot on hand. Ended up going with a large 21. Interesting thing is, the one I liked wasn’t even on their website. It was brand new in the box with a birthdate of July 2016. Couldn’t be happier. Also, I handled several large 31 knives and they too were all spot on. None I handled seemed to have lock flex. Now, I didn’t put them on the table and apply a lot of pressure. I will say this.....for me, they all locked up solid. I don’t use the spine of my knives in such a way that this could ever become an issue. As to the 21 I got, I will NEVER perform that table test and try to force the blade down, it’s rock solid when I feel the blade in hand. Forcing the blade down just one time probably equals a lifetime of normal wear.........that’s just my opinion. No regrets. I have plenty of time to pick up a 31 down the road.
     
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  7. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Pics?
     
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  8. Born200yrs2late

    Born200yrs2late

    79
    Dec 31, 2018
    I tried......and gave up. It’s been awhile since I posted any pics and the pic hosting websites I use to use wanted me to pay for a membership. What host do you guys use now?
     
  9. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    imgur.com
     
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  10. Born200yrs2late

    Born200yrs2late

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    Dec 31, 2018
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  11. Born200yrs2late

    Born200yrs2late

    79
    Dec 31, 2018
    This is actually my second Sebenza exactly like this. I regretted letting the first one go.
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  12. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    The Hinderer lock bar has similar geometry to that of a CRK knife, where the reaction forces placed on the lock bar are directed more tangentially to the bar rather than axially. This pushes the lockbar up, resulting in some small amount of flex. I've had 3 Gen 6 Hinderers that did the same thing, and Hinderer did not do anything about it when sent one in for the warranty team to look at.
     
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  13. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

    585
    Jan 1, 2019
    My 31 arrived today. Spending some time with it after reading all this, there is noticable flex relative to the 21, and that's just holding the handle and pressing the spine with my thumb. However, if that actually acts as a damper and the new system reduces chances of lock failure then so be it.

    However, my concern comes with disengaging the lock. I seem to have what would be described as lock "stick"? I mean, is it a byproduct of the ceramic interface that needs to break in or is it not supposed to do that at all? Lockup percentage looks about perfect for the record.
     
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  14. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    Most of my Inkosi’s have it. Some come and go, some only have it after doing heavy cutting and gripping real hard. The last Inkosi I bought brand new had a real gritty feeling on disengagement. It has smoothed out with time compared to what it was but it’s still there. I’ve had two of them develop it over time. Just that little hesitation or grab when releasing the lock.

    I have 21s that have it as well. It’s random with them. Some of my older ones have none at all and some newer ones have it.
     
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  15. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

    585
    Jan 1, 2019
    Interesting. I guess I shouldn't necessarily be sounding any RTS alarms then. Maybe over time with cleaning and use it will smooth out.
     
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  16. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

    585
    Jan 1, 2019
    Interestingly enough I just swabbed the tang with alcohol and after about a dozen or so open/close cycles the disengage feels considerably cleaner.
     
  17. Freedom Pullo

    Freedom Pullo Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2015
    I finally caved and picked up a small Micarta I have ever been this disappointed in a knife manufacturer. The vertical blade play I’ll accept but the action on mine is terrible, the hydraulic open is expected, but the hydraulic closing on mine is heartbreakingly bad. I love the 21 and the Inkosi is in my opinion the best folder ever made but adding the large ceramic detent ball was not an improvement on the action. I don’t need it to drop shut but it has an order of magnitude more resistance than an Inkosi and after break in it has not improved. I have not cut myself in years but on two separate occasions the slow hydraulic close has caused my finger to slip off the crowned spine. I don’t put excess pressure on the spine, tear down and cleaning has not improved the action. The only good thing I can say about the 31 is that they are sharp.
     
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  18. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    I'd send it back. Either to CRK to fix it or where purchased for a refund. I'm guessing the washers are probably thicker compared to the machined stop pin measurements. CRK will put it right. They have so many times in the past for others.
     
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  19. Freedom Pullo

    Freedom Pullo Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2015
    I really wanted to make sure it was past it’s break in but I probably should send it in. Thank you, for some reason I hadn’t even considered that it might have left CRK with an issue or defect.
     
  20. NCHunter78

    NCHunter78 Basic Member Basic Member

    510
    Feb 14, 2016
    how do you know when one is past the break in point
     

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