I tried my first Sebenza and am to the point of annoyance with the washers, greasing, and assembly. I understand the importance of maintenance but it is becoming too much. I avoid using the knife because I do not want to get water or food in the grease because it would then have to be disassembled, cleaned, regressed, etc. This constant battle between using the knife and not using the knife to avoid "maintenance" has forced me to consider selling it. When I take the knife apart and put it back together I am always very careful and have never pinched a washer. (Knock on wood.) However, constantly stressing over pinching a washer takes the fun out of it. Especially since it cost $$$ to replace the washers. The method of reassembling I use is to insert pivot screw housing, grease area, insert pivot bushing, place small washer, install blade and move to open position to lock in place, insert large washer and apply grease, grease remains scale, place scale into position and screw together. I constantly ensure the pivot screw housing is tight and the pivot bushing doesn't move. I never had success insetting the blade while the knife is assembled. Am I the only now who feels this way? I am interested to hear back from you on this. I understand these knives are built to use but my intuition leads me to believe they NEED to be greased and maintained. I am not sure if I want to keep doing this over the life of the knife. I appreciate your input / feedback.