Please note that for whatever reason, the photos are no longer available. I have tried to contact Ted but have received no response. Please click on the link to our website http://www.chrisreeve.com/sebenzaclean.htm and you will find full instructions! Anne Reeve
Hi, this post outlines the procedures (with pictures) to take your Sebenza apart, where to lube it, and put it back together again.
The same text & pictures is now also available on the CRK site: http://www.chrisreeve.com/sebenzaclean.htm
The procedures have been fine tuned with comments from Chris & Anne Reeve. Below are the two quotes from them for dis-assemble and re-assemble
Re-assemble:When disassembling a Sebenza, undo the pivot screw, remove it and the pin and then slide the blade out. You can see the pressure on Chris' thumb as he is pushing the blade left.
Set the blade aside, then undo and remove the other two screws and pins. This way is a little safer and overall it’s a bit easier.
But, pictures say more than a thousand wordsThe handle must be assembled first and both screws tightend. Just comfortably tight (this applied to all the screws!). The blade assembly (blade, pivot and 2 bronze washers) is then inserted between the handle slabs. If it will not go in, you do not have it assembled correctly. Do not loosen the handle screws off. Once the blade assembly is in the handles, line up the pivot hole and insert the pin. The allen wrench can help you line this up. Tighten the screw into the pin. Flick the knife open once and you are ready to go. This is the only time flicking is advised!
Start with the knife closed
Then, unscrew only the pivot-screw (most-left in the picture), remove the screw, and with the allen-wrench, push/tap out the pivot pin.
Open the knife slightly, and then pull out the blade, as shown here in a picture from Chris Reeve. It will require a bit of force, but try to do it gently.
Then, unscrew the other screws and take everything apart.
So you get this
Then clean all the parts. CRK advises to NOT use any polishing materials.
Assembly the handles, with only the stop-pin+screw&pin and the backspacer+screw&pin. Screw them down normally tight, but not over-tight. The wrench is a harder material then the screws, so if you use to much force, you risk stripping the screws heads!
Leave that, and start oiling the blade. Put oil on the areas where the washers go, and inside the pivot area. Also put some oil on the tang where the lock bar normally engages.