Being off center would bother me too. Especially on such an expensive blade. But, as long as they replaced or fixed the issue I would be happy. I would definitely return the blade to the dealer for a swap out. I'm up to five sebenzas now and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another. The only one of my five that have an issue is the insingo blade. The top grind on the blade is a little off but not noticeable unless you are hardcore looking for something. The rest of the knife is perfect. Centering on all of them is spot on and the large insingo is smooth as glass. All my knives are users though and are destined to get beat up at one point or another so an ever so slightly off grind doesn't bother me.
I think the 21 pivot is supposed to just get tightened and centering is based on tolerances. I don't think it depends on the thickness of the bushings, though, I suppose, a bushing that exceeds allowed thickness would impact centering. It is strange that a lack of adjustment capability is called a strength under the guise of precision. If I pay a premium price, I demand a premium product. If the product is lesser, I expect a deep discount. If substandard products pass quality control inspections, I have to conclude satisfaction for the consumer is hit and miss, and nobody is watching the shop.
The 8 CRKs that I've purchased all came off the Exchange, but had I bought a brand new 21 like yours from a dealer I'd likely seek to return it as well. 21's are basically not adjustable without disassembly and tinkering, which would preclude a return. As the dealer was not able to supply you with a centered replacement, the offer of a mutually satisfactory accommodation demonstrates good faith and is one I'd probably accept as well. Did you end up sending the knife in for warranty work or fool with it yourself?
I left your pics in the quote as it's always nice to look at some sweet CRKs.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. That way, you'll be a mile away from him and he won't have his shoes.
On the Exchange: nuthin'
It's also one of the reasons for buying the 21 over the Inkosi for some people.
My '13 large WC bought used came off center. I took it apart and assembled it back and it popped back into center. No other issues. A small WC came to me used perfect.
I just got a '16 Mnandi new from the dealer, perfect. It's a knife, you cut things with it. If it's a hair off center I don't see that as a big deal. But I don't give CRK any higher credit than any of my favorite cheapo case knives or Spyderco. They all go in the edc rotation happily. There's some dudes out there that get a scratch on their knife and they immediately gotta go out and buy another to be a safe queen. Anyhow. I'm glad it worked out, CRK like Spyderco, Boker, Benchmade all have great service. It would have been made right one way or the other!
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