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and I'm having trouble talking myself out of it. I've researched it and read the reviews. Most say it is a tremendous knife and a small minority say it is very overpriced. What do you think? It is a lot of money to spend on a knife. Is it the best value for that price? Thanks
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When I first bought mine I questioned why I spent so much. Then the more I carried it, the more I loved it. I know it's a big expense, but in my mind it was worth every penny.
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I had one. It was a very well fitted and executed folder, but at the end of the day it just didn't do anything extra for me that my higher end Spyderco's didn't do so I sold it. Plus it was so expensive I didn't want to EDC it and muck it up.
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I bought a used small Sebenza a couple of years ago. After carrying it for 18 months or so, I sent it off to the factory for a spa treatment. I also ordered the calfskin pouch.
I still love it, but have reverted to carrying my mini CQC7 or Mini A-100.
The Sebenza is built like a bank vault and well worth the $, IMO.
Will the Sebenza do anything my other knives will not? No. But it is a very, very nice knife to have.
I do not think you will be disappointed with a decision to buy one.
Niech Zyje P-220
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A small Sebenza was my daily carry for years.
I haven't carried it in forever, but it's such a simple, beautiful little knife I don't ever foresee getting rid of it.
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I bought my First CR Sebenza (small) as a investment, but after I picked it up, I thought life is too short to not use/carry it.
I have been EDC with it for almost 2 years and I have never looked back.
It is a great knife and the price was well worth it.
Are there better and cheaper knives, maybe but I have been nothing but happy with it.
I would say get one and enjoy it.
If you're curious you should just try one. It's the only way you'll scratch the itch. I recommend buying used (BladeForums Exchange is the best place). There are lots of good deals on nice knives there and if you don't like it you'll minimize a lose when selling it.
I went down the same path over the past few months. For me it was a very slippery slope. I avoid the Chris Reeve section over there now so I'm not tempted. I put some information in this thread and I've been several YouTube videos about Chris Reeve knives that might be helpful.
Overall I think Chris Reeve knives are great. I carry a Sebenza 25 and small 21 regularly but most of mine are just for collecting. As much as I like them, if it's strictly a user I think you will be just as well served by something from Benchmade, Spyderco, or Zero Tolerance. For my money Zero Tolerance has the best thing going. Their knives are rock solid and they've got some really great designs. The ZT 0900 is the best all-around titanium frame lock I've got out of about 25 from Benchmade, Spyderco, and Chris Reeve. Still, if you're interested then you need to try a Sebenza.
Mine is an Insingo Micarta. It is absolutely a knife I will never get rid of. I've had several CRK knives, and I've traded or sold a few. This one stays.
I owned a small Sebenza for a couple years. Loved everything about it .......except, it was impossible to put a shaving edge on it.
While visiting a knife manufacturing business, the CEO said he could put a sharp edge on it. He attempted to, while sitting at his desk. End result, the edge was no sharper after he finished.
I sold the knife and said I would never buy another.
It's a beautiful knife and well past the point of deminishing returns when considering value. It's a step above the others and midway between a production \ custom knife.
I justified it by quitting Starbucks and buying a nice knife with the money I saved. It's an incredibly good investment when compared to an overpriced cup of coffee.
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I splurged and bought a KnifeArt CF Sebenza, it's everything I thought it would be but I haven't carrying it one time, it's a safe queen.... Having said that, I found a liking to Spyderco Sprint runs, HAP40 Endure is in my pocket daily and I use it for literally cutting everything I need to in my kitchen work... Also love the Paramil and Mil in S110V and 51200... It's not a Sebbie but I love them for EDC and using them.
I bought a used small Insingo Sebenza on Bladeforums a couple of months ago and have really enjoyed it. Added it to my EDC setup and use it pretty often. Very well made and smooth. Not quite as quick to open as some of my others that I carry (typically a BM Axis of some type). However, opening it and hearing it lock-up reminds me of listening to a nice revolver lock-up when the hammer is cocked.
I did replace the pocket clip with an MXG Gear deep carry pocket clip.
My frustration with CRK is that the full size is too big and the small is too small. Just call me Goldilocks, I guess.
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It is a tremendous knife, and also overpriced, at least to me.
Everyone has to decide what they are worth. I'd rather put Sebenza dollars into a handmade knife, and think that for a factory knife, $150 to $200 gets you close enough to Reeves' quality that the extra $200 isn't worth it.This message has been edited. Last edited by: jhe888,
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^^^^^I agree. There are some really excellent knives available for $200 and less that will serve someone just as well as a Sebenza or maybe better for some uses. So many knives are available for great prices on the secondary market that have hardly been used. If you go that route you can easily get two or three great knives from Benchmade, ZT, etc. for the average used price of a Sebenza. Then you have a more diverse set a tools whether you might want a couple of different sizes or just a backup. For most people that's really the route I'd recommend. I've got 14 Chris Reeve knives so I'm not a "hater". I just don't think the value is there for a user. Now if you collect or you really want to check one out, you just have to jump in.
Two factors to consider that some others have pointed out. 1) If you buy used you can pretty much guarantee you can get your money back out of it if you decide to sell, and 2) with the CRK spa treatment you can always send it in and get back a "like new" knife. So for these reasons I carry and use my plain Sebenzas everyday. Ones with special graphics I tend to just collect and admire.
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Yes, the spa treatment is amazing. My small Sebenza looks like new!!!
Niech Zyje P-220
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Is there a knife of similar design in a lower price range? Always liked the design but could never justify the cost
Check out the Bradley Alias knife.
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