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How I clean my Sebenza (with pictures)

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by TedV, Jun 15, 2003.

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  1. TedV


    Jul 18, 2000
    Please note that for whatever reason, the photos are no longer available. I have tried to contact Ted but have received no response. Please click on the link to our website http://www.chrisreeve.com/sebenzaclean.htm and you will find full instructions! Anne Reeve

    Hi, this post outlines the procedures (with pictures) to take your Sebenza apart, where to lube it, and put it back together again.

    The same text & pictures is now also available on the CRK site: http://www.chrisreeve.com/sebenzaclean.htm :D

    The procedures have been fine tuned with comments from Chris & Anne Reeve. Below are the two quotes from them for dis-assemble and re-assemble



    But, pictures say more than a thousand words ;)

    Start with the knife closed


    Then, unscrew only the pivot-screw (most-left in the picture), remove the screw, and with the allen-wrench, push/tap out the pivot pin.

    Open the knife slightly, and then pull out the blade, as shown here in a picture from Chris Reeve. It will require a bit of force, but try to do it gently.


    Then, unscrew the other screws and take everything apart.

    So you get this


    Then clean all the parts. CRK advises to NOT use any polishing materials.
    Assembly the handles, with only the stop-pin+screw&pin and the backspacer+screw&pin. Screw them down normally tight, but not over-tight. The wrench is a harder material then the screws, so if you use to much force, you risk stripping the screws heads!


    Leave that, and start oiling the blade. Put oil on the areas where the washers go, and inside the pivot area. Also put some oil on the tang where the lock bar normally engages.

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  2. TedV


    Jul 18, 2000
    Put the washers on the blade, and insert the bushing. They will 'stick' to the blade because of the oil.




    Then align the blade/washers/bushing with the handles


    and start inserting it into the handles. At first you might think that it doesn't fit, but it SHOULD fit! If it doesn't fit, you assembled it wrong, see message from Chris Reeve at the top.

    You need to hold the blade in such a way that you keep the bushing in place with your thumb and fore-finger and then slide it between the handles.

    Do not unscrew the stop-pin screw to make room. It should and will fit!

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  3. TedV


    Jul 18, 2000
    After it's inserted so far that the bushing is between the handles, you need to unlock the lockbar to slide it further. Then align the pivot hole from the handle with the blade pivot hole.



    Hold it up against the light to see if it's properly aligned. Otherwise the pin won't fit. Don't force the pin in, it should slide in normally. Once it's in, put in the screw and screw down tight. Open the blade as shown:


    Then, only once, you're allowed to (gently) flick the blade open, then close it and open it normally and it's smooth and lock up is tight and in the right spot.


    A 'print version' of the procedures is available in this thread:

    A very good video of the procedure, made by Danish Viking is available here:

    click here

    Good luck!

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  4. jsun


    Apr 19, 2002
    Just wanted to say what a brilliant job you did with the pics Ted. They should have them up on the CRK site!

  5. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Very handy reference, thanks!
  6. Louky


    Apr 21, 2003
    Very nice photographs...

    The relevant picture is better than a long explanation !
  7. GigOne

    GigOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 27, 1999
    Excellent tutorial ! Thanks ! :)

    Boy. . .I'm glad that I've been doing it right this whole time !
  8. dylan_d


    Dec 30, 2002
    Would a tough cloth be good enough for lubing my Sebenza or should I pick up some militec? Also, is the CRK lube any better than militec?
  9. stjames

    stjames Sebenzanista

    Oct 26, 1998
    Nice job, should make a great reference.
  10. GigOne

    GigOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 27, 1999
    Someone needs to get with a Super Mod and have them tack this thread on the top of this forum.

    I don't know how many threads that I've seen that asked the simple question(s) of how to put a Sebbie back together properly. :)
  11. Junkyard

    Junkyard Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    I'll second that.:)

  12. n2299


    Sep 28, 2001

    As a Sebenza newbie... I would like to thank you for a most informative post.

  13. TheBadGuy


    Jul 24, 2002
    Ted, with your post, I will now disassemble my Sebbie for the first time. Technical explanations are great, but your pictures and simple instructions are just what I needed to gain confidence and not worry about crimped washers. I thank you and my EDC thanks you :D
  14. TedV


    Jul 18, 2000
    Glad I could be of some help. I'll try to update the picture off the parts, it's a bit fuzzy.


    I explicitly left out details on how I clean and oil, because everybody seems to have it's own preferred way.
    (And I don't know the english words for the cleaning stuff that I use ;)

    But, about your question,

    A Tuff (Sentry Solutons) (I guess you meant that) cloth is I believe for corrosion protection. Tuff glide will work as an oil. Militec is also good. CRK Grease seems to be the best but I never tested that.

  15. Nathan S

    Nathan S

    May 31, 2001
    Great thread, great pictures. I agree, this should be a sticky. Maybe some kind mod will help us out.
  16. PiterM

    PiterM Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    That's a great tutorial!
    Larry B. likes this.
  17. FivePointOhh


    Oct 7, 2002
    Excellent job Ted!!! Great tutorial and pix!

    Sticky it!
  18. Geode


    May 12, 2001
    Ted - your post is destined to become one of the classics. Thank you for taking the time and effort to very clearly document your techniques.
  19. Scott Dog

    Scott Dog

    Mar 15, 2000
    Wow! Good job Ted!:eek: :eek: :cool: :D ;) :p
  20. DBH


    Aug 3, 2001
    Nice Photos Ted, great job.
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