I had spent many of my knife collecting years in befuddled confusion, bewildered at the idea of someone paying over $400 for such a mundane design with seemingly basic materials, never truly "getting" the universal lure to the legendary Sebenza, an affinity shared by nearly every collector and enthusiast I have come across...
I realize now that it was all because of a tragically severe lack of understanding.
A friend of mine has quite an impressive collection, a sufficient chunk of which being a variety of Sebenzas. Hanging out one day, I non-chalantly made mention of my feelings on the famous knife, which prompted him to draw from his pocket his personal "user". The first thing I noticed about it was that, noting that he had called it his "user" Sebenza, it looked fresh out of the box brand new. Knowing him, I knew that when he said "user", I could safely assume that he's definitely put it through its paces well. I was amazed at the condition it was in, even more so when he told me that it still had the factory edge. He then closed the knife and handed it to me. After hearing so many people rave about them I was almost expecting to be let down as I had been with most other "hyped up" knives. But then I opened it for the first time with my own hands... upon which time I had kidnapped my friend's Sebenza and sat in a corner for a good 20 minutes fondling it in sheer amazement and childlike joy. It was at that time that I finally understood.
I went home and immediately sold a couple knives and started saving.
Some time passes, which brings us to today, and I present to you...
My very own, brand new, large Sebenza! (the first of many )
The glassy smooth pivot, the unparalleled fit and finish, the mind-blowing attention to detail, the painfully precise tolerances, the surprisingly refreshing simplicity... I understand now. I can't imagine another knife living up to the expectations that this knife has created for me. As a matter of fact, I'm already saving up for my next one! I am finally an honorary member of the Chris Reeve Cool Kids Club, and man do I feel cool.