Sebenza 31 Lock Rock?!

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

  1. bmilleker

    bmilleker Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 26, 2012
    I have three 31's now. A large black micarta, large natural micarta, both birthed the same day (March-ish), and a large PJ that was birthed in June.

    They all have varying degrees of flex. Which doesn't bother me, anymore. The natural is the easiest to flex, but has the best action of the three. The black has a small amount of flex, and a more stiff action. The PJ has almost zero, and has stiffer action, but is still new and breaking in.

    They have been disassembled multiple times each. I have had no issues with side to side play. Or screws backing out with use. They are more finicky to assemble right, which I dislike. I have three 21's, and they assemble the same every time. The 31 should be the same.
     
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  2. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    Delete
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2020
  3. HulkHogan55

    HulkHogan55

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    Aug 8, 2020
    this is quite a thread to stumble into shortly after joining
     
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  4. HulkHogan55

    HulkHogan55

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    Aug 8, 2020
    Curious to hear what the latest is with your 31.
     
  5. Srtr

    Srtr

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    Feb 9, 2016
    is pivot screws backing out common on the 31s? happens easily on my 31 but never on my 21s.
     
  6. Clem Fandango

    Clem Fandango Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jul 3, 2020
    For what it’s worth none of the screws back out on mine.
     
  7. 353

    353 Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 20, 2015
    IMO it's not worth very much.

    Reading this thread it really looks like CRK needs to take a step back.
     
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  8. Clem Fandango

    Clem Fandango Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jul 3, 2020
    Nice
     
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  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
  10. Tseg

    Tseg

    223
    Aug 25, 2018
    I’ve been considering the 31 but the flexing lock bar has me spooked... but relative to Shirogorov.... I bought a Neon Zero a year ago. It also had flex. Long story short, I made several attempts to bend the lock bar (they said it would be easy) and through what can only be Devine Intervention while sweating bullets thinking that I just trashed a new $700 knife did I end up with a perfectly functioning knife that was not perfect when I started. A year later it remains my daily carry and locks as solid as any pre-31 CRK.

    I’ll never take that risk again bending a lock bar on a pricey new knife.
     
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  11. HulkHogan55

    HulkHogan55

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    Aug 8, 2020
    Why not?
     
  12. HulkHogan55

    HulkHogan55

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    Aug 8, 2020
  13. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    still sitting at my friends store waiting to go out. He’s waiting on something so he can ship a bunch of stuff at once. :/ Gotta love Canada to USA shipping. I have plenty of 21’s, so Im not in a hurry.
    Sorry folks.
     
  14. bmilleker

    bmilleker Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 26, 2012
    I don't know if people missed this in my previous post, but my latest 31 had negligible flex, and now after a couple weeks of use, it has zero. I also noticed that the lockbar itself is machined differently in comparison to my two older 31's. There is less cut off the lockbar face, which makes the ceramic ball sit lower in the lockbar itself. Imagine the ceramic ball not moving from where it has always been placed, but now there is more material around it. I'll try and get some photos of this. I am not saying this fixed the flex, but after pondering and looking to see why this newer 31 has no flex, and my previous two do, it's all I could really see for a difference.

    Anyone else have a newer 31 without lockflex?
     
  15. BTGuy

    BTGuy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 5, 2016
    Definitely have flex with my small 31, dated July 2020.

    I'd be very interested to see photos comparing the differences you're seeing between your older and newer 31. If you could, please include the date of the knives as well. I'm starting to wonder if CRK is making adjustments as they put out more 31s.
     
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  16. bmilleker

    bmilleker Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 26, 2012
    You just debunked my theory. My latest, the PJ large 31 is from July 2020 as well.

    I will get some photos up when I have some free time.
     
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  17. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I’m also really interested in photos.
    ....and if there is a rolling change maybe it hasn’t reached the smalls yet.
     
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  18. V-1

    V-1

    Apr 14, 1999
    If CRK have made changes to the design/manufacturing of the 31, I would hope they would announce it. It might bring some of the people back who walked away from the 31 design.
     
  19. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 12, 2012
    I would buy one again for sure if they made changes and there were reports that it was improved for sure...
     
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  20. goldie

    goldie

    Feb 18, 2000
    Do you guys think that this is happening because Chris himself isnt there anymore to oversee the design/making of the 31 ?
     
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