I love seeing all of the sebenza fanboys getting all defensive over their precious knife, in no way was this post bashing sebenzas, he was only stating his opinion...
Sebenza is a good knife. So is the paramilitary 2. I have a couple of both. I like my benchmade 960-801 better than both of them... by a lot. Everyone has a favorite knife, some people's cons are others pros. The people who are so concerned with the sebenza's price are just the people who aren't as into this, or haven't been into this as long. There's a lot more expensive knives out there.
last time I checked Lamborghini didn't make watches
lol love the trollin.
Seriously when are you ever gonna reply to that thread?
We miss you "DR." Tim616.
Always good for a laugh though, I have to give you that.
If my knife locks up rock solid while still being smooth to deploy, I could care less if the hole in the blade is .001 tighter to the pivot bushing. Come on. You guys can't tell me you spend $400 on a knife just because of tolerances. That's ridiculous. If you like it, who cares if someone else doesn't?
Both are great knives. For the money the Para can't be beat, but I enjoy carrying the Sebenza more. The Sebenza is a study in simplicity; to truly appreciate the knife you have to carry it for a while, take it apart, lube it and reassemble it. It goes back together perfectly every time. Anyway, it comes down to a personal choice and with these options you really can't go wrong. The only question is large, small or in between:
Threads need more pictures!
Well, here is some food for thought, or just some good reading material regarding tight tolerances, that CRK is renowned for, locks and high dollar knives that Sal Glesser, owner of Spyderco has mentioned through the years on the forums (ps, search is your friend).
Another thing to remember is that the Manufacturing Quality award that CRK has won so many times are not chosen by a panel, it is voted for by fellow knife makers. Even Bob Dozier, a very established maker in his own right has CRK pocket knives and I love his motto of : if it feels like climbing through a barbed wire fence, there is something wrong. Slim, sleek and simple knives.
At the same time there are many people that feel the knife is not worth it, I did until I read Sal Glesser's comments and bought one myself after 3 years of saving (the knife was later taken in a mugging) and I was UTTERLY UNDERWHELMED when I bought it, even though I handled it before hand I just felt like owning something of true quality for the first time in my life (like a good quality car/suite/watch/camera). Until I used it non stop, on the farm etc and everything just started "flowing" and making sence. I replaced the stolen knife with an Insingo. I will always have a CRK and they retail for around $625 here. They are, for me at least, worth it and my personal connection, what the Sebenza has meant in my life, makes it special for me.
I have rambled a bit, but I hope some of what I have said has helped you to form your own opinion on the matter.
Excellent post, marthinus.
Geez people get really worked up over Sebenzas
Para 2 is the better knife. In my personal humble opinion that is
I figure the longer I go without ever handling a CRK, the happier my wallet will be. :-)
(1) I'll admit that my resolve is weakening with respect to Murray Carter's neck knives though.
My Sebenzas are my favorite knives...period. My PM2's are my favorite knives...for the money.
There is a difference.
Wow, have some respect people.
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It is good to have variety and the Seb and PM2's are different knives that I thoroughly enjoy. No need for the "extra stuff", take it for what they are. If you don't like one or the other suggestion: do not buy! But live and let live.
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