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First CRK...

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Ero2, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Ero2

    Ero2 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    Evening! I’ve finally decided this is it, it’s time in my knife life for my first and maybe last grail lol. I’ve carried, almost exclusively, a native from my dad. I’ve bought many knives, but I’m a “one knife guy”. I like the 3in Ish blade size, thus far I like the plain jane, star, or cross hatch TI. Am I correct in my best bet is a small 21 to get a little more blade without jumping up to 3.5+ inch blade? Anyone regret their only one being a 3in?

    Looking forward to “joining the club” soon!
  2. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I like the 3" and don't find a need for anything larger-but I have always liked smaller knives. There will be members that find them small and would only carry a large and those that prefer the 3". There is a greater difference in size then the .5" might suggest. In the end it is all a matter of preference.
  3. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I have had all models of CRK folders at one time or another, but for me the small 21 is just about perfect. It is Slim, light weight, and large enough to handle most any task. My first CRK was a regular small Sebenza that I bought 12 years ago, and my go-to locking knife (I carry slipjoints only at work) is my carbon fiber 21.
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  4. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I have a handful of CRks and I prefer the large ... I have slightly larger than average sized hands ... but I can comfortably use the small 21s no problem. And they can do most things I want for daily use ... so if you prefer a 3" blade I wouldn't be worried at all about getting a small 21.
  5. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog

    Mar 12, 2017
    Absolutely! Go for it. I usually carry 2, My small seb and another 3.5-4" blade. If I'm in a situation where one knife is all I can carry or its way more comfortable (pajamas) I carry my small sebenza 21 and it's never been under sized. Realistically, even when I carry two (work days) I use my Small Sebenza for 95% of my cutting tasks and I work a trade :D
  6. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I gotta agrehe with this. There is, to me, something incredibly shpecial about the small 21! The small inkosi doesn’t feel as good imho. The large are outstanding too, but there is just something about the small 21 that I can’t quite describe.

    It is small and sleek and light and awesome to edc. Great blade to handle ratio too.
  7. Anarchy84


    Jul 3, 2016
    If you’re going for a small, I can’t recommend the small micarta Insingo highly enough. One of the best EDC knives on the planet IMO.
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  8. tank sniper

    tank sniper

    Jan 8, 2018
    buy a small plain jane seb 21 drop point.... purchase from a CRK authorized dealer... you won't be disappointed
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  9. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2015
    I also carry slipjoints to work, sheeple friendly! :p

    Joining the choir of a small 21, I like the plane jane best.

    When you look at all that blade it the small package it comes in, it's really amazing. And on top of that it is also very ergonomic in the hand! IMO the small 21 is really unique in that way. :cool::thumbsup:
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  10. Ero2

    Ero2 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    Thanks all! Seems like I'm headed in a good direction! I've been trying to make sense of the real life differences between the 21 and 25 (has to be a non Inkosi since the small is a good amount smaller, unless I randomly change to a large, or both, lol...). I'm trying to read up on the back stories on all of them, but definitely, if I go small, want to be in the 2.94" blade range as opposed to shorter.

    Grab a new 21? Wait for a used 25? Anyone want to give me the 5 second real life differences?

    Thanks again all! I'm ready to buy :)
  11. AR_Shorty


    Jan 19, 2008
    I just received my first CRK 3 days ago. I'm in love!
  12. Ero2

    Ero2 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    It's...it's...GLORIOUS! :)
  13. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Well other then the fact the 25 only comes in the large size no small ... here is a link youcan read about the differences without me trying to type it all out ...

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  14. photoman12001

    photoman12001 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2008
    This is what I recommended in another thread too. I’ve got 22 CRK folders. A small Inkosi micarta and small 21 Insingo micarta are constant companions. If I had to chose one it would probably be the 21. It’s a great EDC knife.
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  15. Grizz484

    Grizz484 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 7, 2018
    I'm on the Small Inkosi side with Micarta inlays. Why: Much less break in time, easier to open & close, fits My hand better, ceramic ball smoother longer wearing. I purchased an Inkosi, immediately able to use & love. Purchased a beautifully inlayed Sebenza 21 brand new, got horrible Sebenza thumb trying to break it in for a week, it never broke in & was returned. Went back to my Inkosi, perfection!
  16. Anarchy84


    Jul 3, 2016
    I actually agree. I believe the large / small Inkosi Insingo with black micarta is the best knife CRK has ever made. A wonderful combination of features, materials and blade shape.

    I recommended the Sebenza assuming he had settled on a small.
  17. jbarsquat

    jbarsquat Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 22, 2017
    Personally I like the ergonomics of the opening and closing much more comfortable on the large 21. I’ve had a couple smalls, but they never stayed with me because I find them uncomfortable to manipulate.
    ETA: once the smalls are open they’re great size and very comfortable in hand
  18. Ero2

    Ero2 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    After extensive deliberation, and wanting this to be one knife to rule them all, lol. I’m going to go large, but, am having a hell of a time deciding between 21 and Inkosi...any final thoughts or recommendations? My gut says Inkosi but I can’t back up why I’ve read so much I’ve confused myself I believe...
  19. STGS


    Jan 15, 2018
    I do not have an Inkosi therefore I cannot comment on it. I do have a large and a small 21 and I believe the large 21 is a simple elegant knife. I actually prefer the large over the small but I also do not work in an office environment and wear jeans just about everyday. I bought the small just to have for shorts wear in the summer time. The small is a lot smaller than I imagined. Like someone else said, it's seems bigger once it is opened.
  20. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I have not owned the Inkosi and have no doubts it is a fine knife, but to me CRK means Sebenza-It is the knife that made the Co. I need no other.
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