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Recommendation? First Sebenza

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Chariotz4, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. "Plain Jane"

    10 vote(s)
  2. Inlay (wood or micarta)

    9 vote(s)
  3. CGG

    3 vote(s)
  1. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    For the last year or so, I've been perfectly content collecting and using production knives, primarily from Benchmade, Spyderco, and Zero Tolerance. However, evey so often I'd come across a photo of a gorgeous Sebenza which would repeatedly make me want to take "the next step" in this hobby of folding pocket knives. Lately, while I still enjoy my blades, I've been lusting after the highly touted Sebenza (and Inkosi) more and more. I think it's finally gotten to the point now where I'm just going to see what all the fuss is about and snag one for myself!

    I have a couple questions though. Seeing as I like to use all my blades (no "safe Queens" here!), I was wondering how well do the CCG Sebenzas wear? I really like the looks of some of the CCG models, but if I'm after a user, would I be significantly better off sticking with a plain Jane model or something with a wood or micarta inlay, or do the scales on the CCG models hold up reasonably well?
  2. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    It all depends. The art sebenzas are still sebenzas so they will hold up fine to work. Personally I love the look of a well worn and loved plain jane.

    With that said any CRK will be well built and up to plenty of work. If you prefer the look of the art sebenzas there is no reason not to get one.
  3. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    I have a large 21 insingo with red linen inlays that has spoiled most of my other knives... I like the look it has but honestly even a plain insingo would have been great for me

    IMO plain and inlays versions are great users

    Just like you I don’t have safe queens and I would worry about the CCG not to get patina as good as a plain will
  4. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    The presentation side of the CCG is polished, it shows finger prints easily. They get scratched up just like any knife that gets used. The graphic on a CCG holds up without fear of fading with regular use. I would choose a CCG/Unique over a wood inlay because they won’t refinish a wood inlay. The Micarta inlay is the only inlay that CRK will refinish.
    I’ve sent two CCG’s back for a spa, they were well used when I got them, they came back looking new.

    Don’t worry about the character marks you’ll put on it, that adds personality to your knife, get the one that brings a smile to your face and the one that you can’t wait to pull out and use.
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  5. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    My first CRK was a large 21 CCG (Elk Mountain) and I have no regrets. I have since acquired 3 more CRKs but good 'ol Elk Mtn is usually the one I carry.

    In fact, I just strapped it on for church duty. :)
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  6. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Perhaps a poll is in order...?
  7. jwh720

    jwh720 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2016
    I voted CCG, save the micarta inlay for an Inkosi!
    Chariotz4 likes this.
  8. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    The 21 calls for micarta. The others are nice. I love some of the wood inlays (including my small spalted beech) and well-worn PJ’s are loaded with character. Something about the 21 micarta is just ‘right’ though.
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