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The Sebenza 31 initial thoughts? The best CRK I've owned.

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by BMCGear, Jun 17, 2020.

  1. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I've owned multiple 21s, Inkosis, and Zaans. Up until this point I probably preferred the look of the 21 but was tied between the Inkosi and the Zaan for my favorite. When the 31 came out I was really excited about it. It combined the bushing pivot which the Inkosi and Zaan are missing with the ceramic lock-ball. Then the reports of lock rock came out and I decided not to grab one.

    A couple of buddies got one and had no issue so I decided to pull the trigger. I received the knife this morning so keep in my this is an initial review.

    The knife is the smoothest CRK that I've owned. It has the spirit of the 21 with the refinement that the company has put into other knives. I know the 21 is sacred but this is an evolution that I can get behind.

    Anything else I could say right now would just be a repeat of what has been said about the 21. I have no issue with the 31 and I'm glad that I purchased mine. I do miss the oversized pivot of the Inkosi (aesthetics) but have no doubt this knife will handle anything I'll need it to.

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  2. Evany

    Evany Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2007
    Good to hear. I have a PJ lefty damascus on order from CRK. I was having doubts about it, but your review is encouraging. I imagine the lefties, especially in damascus are still many months away.
     
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  3. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    That's one reason I felt the need to post something. I was really excited about this knife when it was announced but the initial reports kind of put me off of it. My example is excellent and I'm glad I own it.
     
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  4. AKWILD

    AKWILD Christi crux est mea lux Platinum Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Congratulations
     
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  5. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    I’ve got a Pj lefty Damascus on order as well. No plans of cancelling my order
     
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  6. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I just got shipping notification on mine, I have high hopes!
     
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  7. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Most definitely the smoothest CRK out there. So glad you are happy with yours. A very capable knife indeed. :) Congrats!
     
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  8. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Congrats!
     
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  9. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    PJ31 vs Micarta

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  10. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    What an incredible photo! Nice.
     
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  11. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    Mine was perfect out of the box, but it somehow developed play in every direction. Up/down and side/side. I’m thinking the knife was “tuned” to be perfect with a defect/burr on one or both washers and a few openings/closings wore that burr down and unveiled the side/side play. If I hadn’t also purchased a new Sm Inkosi at the same time that is CRK perfection, I would be pissed. I could easily fix the issue if it weren’t for the new stop pin. The 31s stepped stop pin design is a step backwards.
     
  12. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    2nd day but no issues so far. The knife was taken apart and went back together perfectly. I'm confident CRK will take care of me if anything goes wrong.
     
  13. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    My Micarta 31 is quite perfect, no issues so far. Springy action on lock under considerable force on the spine is fine with me, I prefer to cut with actual edge, not spine ;)

    Here’s my EDC with that micarta Seb 31:

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  14. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    That's a cool shot man.
     
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  15. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I like the look of the micarta on the 31s but was not sure if I was going to jump onboard with them or not as I really like my 21s. But I also like my Inkosis and Zanns ... the 25 is the only model that I have teetered on and it somehow has managed to stay in house here so it must not be too bad. I will most likely pick up a micarta 31 at some point.
     
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  16. Lay

    Lay

    12
    Jul 8, 2019
    I will try the 31 Black Micarta when they are available with the new steel. From a place that I can return it easily in case of a bad luck. Not in a hurry since I just got the perfect 21
     
  17. Evany

    Evany Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2007
    The large inlay looks really beautiful.
     
  18. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    Plain Jane is always a good choice too...

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  19. Camp11

    Camp11 Gold Member Gold Member

    63
    Jun 5, 2020
    Awesome picture, I have the same one and just took it apart for the first time. Have you noticed the Micarta 31 still has the machined hole (just covered by the inlay on presentation side) while the PJ obviously no longer has the machined hole. Found this interesting and wonder if it is really that much easier to make this scales with the hole in it which is why they continue to do so on inlay versions.
     
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  20. justsomedude

    justsomedude

    May 23, 2011
    I've read that the hole is there on inlay models to facilitate removing the inlay in case of need for repair. Don't have a source for that though.
     

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