Help Me Choose a Chris Reeve Knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Eric556, Jul 27, 2019.

Sebenza 21 or Sebenza 31

Poll closed Oct 25, 2019.
  1. Sebenza 21

    22 vote(s)
  2. Sebenza 31

    7 vote(s)
  1. Eric556


    Jul 7, 2019
    I want a large sebenza with micarta inlays.
    Should I buy the sebenza 21 right now or wait six months for the 31.

    Looking for your opinions I like both designs of the inlays that's what's making it such a hard decision. Btw I cant buy both only one.
  2. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    First of all, if you have the money for a 21 now, why don'T you have money for a 31 in a year or two from now? The 21 will eventually disappear, the 31 will stick around afterwards (at least that's how it stands right now). When you're just going by Inlay style, I don't like the look on the 31, it looks better on the 21 where the inlay slabs are all more uniform in side, compared to the "one big slab on one side, small slab on the other side". Although it's all very subjective.
  3. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    The logical anwer:

    The 21 is the iconic CRK ... and if you find you prefer the 31 later you can sell or trade the 21 ... but they are being discontinued so won't be here later if you wish you had gotten one.

    My personal thoughts ... I would still buy the 21 over the 31 ... it is just a simple design that it time tested and beautifully simple and reliable ...
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  4. buckeyejake


    Dec 28, 2013
    Grab a small sebenza before they are gone . You can always get a 31.

  5. Eric556


    Jul 7, 2019
    That’s very true. Once the 21 is gone it’s gone.. I was hoping to just spend this kind of money once but I might have to buy both!
  6. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I have a large 21 micarta.

    My personal opinion of your options is based solely on aesthetics. I much prefer the inlays on the 21 over the new one peice on the 31. If that means anything over some of the upgrades on the 31, is up to you. For me it is important. You can't go wrong either way quality or execution wise.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
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  7. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
  8. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    I vote 21. I want a small 21 doppler so bad. $450 is alot of scratch though, I probably wouldn't carry it too often because of that.
  9. Keyopp

    Keyopp Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    I prefer the inlays on my 21 over what I’ve seen of the 31. As many have said, if you’re on the fence, it makes sense to go for a 21 now. Selling/trading to a 31 should be relatively easy into the future, going in the reverse direction will become more difficult.

    Also, why wait and deprive yourself of such a great knife. Life’s too short to wait for the ‘next model’.
  10. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I too think the one piece inlays on the new 31 doesn't look very good, so I'd grab a 21.
  11. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Another vote for the 21. I also prefer the two piece inlays of the 21.
  12. Eric556


    Jul 7, 2019
    Thanks guys! I'm going with a Sebenza 21!
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  13. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    Excellent choice. Congrats
  14. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    I second that. Excellent choice.

    Edit to add: i got to play with the 31 at bladeshow this year. I like it. It has a ceramic lock ball face, and the action and lockup feels like an inkosi. The 21 is a ti lockface and sounds wonderful when it locks up. My choice would be grab a wonderful 21 before they are gone...actually grab 2 or 3. ;)
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
  15. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Get a 21 while you can. Plus, I'm not digging the 31 inlay pattern.
  16. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    There used to be a Chrysler 300....wonderful car.
    There still is a Chrysler 300...just a car.
    Stick with proven.
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  17. Tseg


    Aug 25, 2018
    I happen to prefer the the single click lock and unlock of the Inkosi and Umnumzaan that will now be found in the 31. I have a 21, but the locking system definitely feels like dated technology. Get the 31 and be cutting edge.
  18. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I'm on the fence myself. Part of me wants to get a 31. However, the 21 is a classic. I'm hoping to grab a 21 in the next 2 months. Just a basic large Sebenza. It may be a bit dated, but as time goes on, I am finding that I'm a bit dated myself;)
  19. mikal1911


    Jul 7, 2019
    Get a 21 while supply selection is there, and before it’s discontinued. Gives you time to decide on 31 later on, and then you can see the improvements over the 21.
  20. Stumpy72

    Stumpy72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 5, 2018
    Good choice. Way better than waiting for 6-12 months until the 31 is readily available, plus you can still get one of them when they are readily available.

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