Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21 w/ Insingo Blade ReviewMay 13, 2016
- Premium blade steel
- Incredible balance & blade shape
- Undersized thumb stud
Chris Reeve knives are held in high regard because of their design and craftsmanship and the Large Sebenza 21 with Insingo blade is a prime example of why. From the materials chosen, to the hand-built construction, to how it functions, this knife has the perfect balance between form and function and excels in innovation. If you’ve got $500 and you need a King in your deck of knives—look no further as this knife is worthy of a crown.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21 features a slab of carbon fiber and an opposing, lock side, plate of high grade titanium. The steel used in the knife is S35VN which is touted as an “ultra-premium” steel for its durability and ability to be easily machined and sharpened. The whole knife has been hand built to maintain quality standards. Because of this, the knife is considered to be “semi-custom”.
EASE OF USE
Even with the aid of a half-moon cut out on the thumb stud side of the Sebenza 21, the thumb stud itself is a bit undersized and can make blade deployment a bit of a chore. Additionally, its right hand opening only and with the thumb stud being pressed in place, that can’t be changed. Aside from that, the Insingo blade shape is an awesome experience all its own. A marrying of the drop point and wharncliffe blade shapes, the Insingo gives the user a hardworking and easy to use blade shape that sails through materials while cutting and slicing. Additionally, the frame lock on this bad boy is incredible; being both easy to activate while providing a secure lock-up as well.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Right now the steel of choice in the knife world is S35VN which is considered by most to be the “perfect blade steel”. This is due to the fact that it is highly corrosion and wear resistant, and can take and maintain and incredible sharp edge for an extended period of time. The excellent characteristics of this steel mix very well with the hollow grind and Insigno shape of the blade.
Coming in at 8.33”, the Large Sebenza 21 is a fairly big knife for something that only weighs 3.5oz. This is due to the majority of the knife being made up of basket weave carbon fiber and bead-blasted titanium. This crazy size to weight ratio might make some users skeptical, but this knife is a brute and it will hold its own—tip to tail—with the best of them.