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Inkosi Insingo opinions

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Murphjd25, May 16, 2018.

  1. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Im ready to get a large Inkosi Insingo, but I am not sure if I should get a plain Jane or one with micarta inlays. Are the inlays really that nice and worth the extra money? This will also be a user like my Sebenza 21.
  2. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    I’m almost certainly in the minority here, but I personally prefer plain titanium handles to inlays. I’ve had a couple and just prefer crks without them. I find them a little slimmer and I think that they pick up character and scratches better without inlays (which I like). I’ve also never felt that an inlay, Micarta or otherwise, really improved my grip for what I use my knives for. This is, of course, just my two cents!
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  3. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Thanks for your opinion. I really do like just the plain Jane look, and am 50/50 on the inlays..
  4. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    My first CRK was a large pj insingo... and I didn't care for the way it felt in hand. At the recommendation of people here, I bought a large micarta insingo... and found it to be better (for me).
    The difference in the inkosi handle might be enough to make it okay; but I was given the opportunity to handle a micarta 25 and I liked the feel of that better than the 21...so, personally, if I ever go for an inkosi, it will have micarta (or be WC!)
  5. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    The Inlays do add a different feel to the knife ... it's not enough to change how good the grip is IMHO ...

    The plain jane slabs are pretty comfortable again IMHO ...

    The Micarta Inlays can also he sent in for a Spa treatment or I believe they still can be ... but I can't say other than aesthetics I don't personally find a big benefit to the Inlays ... so unless you prefer the look I'd go with the Plain Jane.
  6. mongomondo

    mongomondo SUPPRESSING FIRE

    Sep 17, 2006
    I prefer the plain on the Inkosi. The inserts look a lot better on the Sebenza.
  7. HST

    HST Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Plain Jane. So nice. So much character from use.
  8. Curl of the Burl

    Curl of the Burl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    I like the inlays. Can’t go wrong with either. I have PJ on my small Inkosi which keeps it lighter and the micarta on my large Inkosi. Micarta gives it a little extra in looks imo and also comes with the silver thumb studs which I like better. If u go micarta then the decision on which micarta! Decisions decisions. Good luck with your pick.
  9. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    I think I’m going to go with a PJ for now, it’s just simple and elegant I believe. I might wait to get a fancy inlay Sebenza later down the road. Thanks for all your opinions guys.
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  10. ljusmc


    Mar 14, 2013
    I've had both and prefer the Micarta inlay, personally. There's nothing wrong with a PJ, but once I got my first with inlays, I was hooked.

    That being said, my next one will likely be a PJ since my current Inkosi has micarta inlays, and I do kinda like the look of the plain titanium scales.
  11. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    No wrong answer to this question.
    There is a beauty in the plain jane....
    If you put down one with inlays (on a flat hard surface) it is more quiet...
  12. Signalprick

    Signalprick Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Get what you prefer in looks. No matter your choice it'll be "worth it". If you get the pj simply because its cheaper but you like the looks of inlays well then your gonna be more money behind because you'll end up selling the pj to get the inlays later on. Ask me how I know? ;) Also the weight difference is nil but I do quite prefer the micarta in hand and it does take on a great patina as well because it absorbs all that gritty palm sweat. I keep mine rubbed with a little bees wax for protection against drying out too. Good luck on you choice. Inkosi is the best knife ever made IMO. I don't care what those Sebenza boys say! :cool:

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  13. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    I have a plain one because that's what I wanted, but I think the black micarta looks better. The micarta probably has a slightly different feel, too. The plain jane will serve you well, but if there's even the slightest possibility that you'll second guess your decision later, then you may as well get the one with micarta inlays right off the bat.
  14. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    I’m picking up my Inkosi Insingo PJ on Saturday. I’ll wait to get a nice inlay model with a Damascus blade sometime down the road :). Thanks for all your help.
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  15. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    I have a large with inlays and while I do like the knife I may get a plain Jane. I had a 25 with micarta at some point and sold it. I guess I prefer micarta in smalls vs larges.
  16. Signalprick

    Signalprick Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Awesome! My new small micarta inkosingo will be here Sat. As well. Enjoy!
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  17. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Picked up my Inkosi Insingo a day early! This thing is nice! It definitely has a different feeling then the Sebenza. The pivot bushing in the Sebenza is amazing, I will have to get use to this one and give it some breaking in. I don’t think I’m going to touch the pivot, I’m happy with how it is from the factory. And now a couple pictures!

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  18. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2016
    Match made in heaven
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  19. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Plain titanium for me.

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