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Introducing the Sebenza 31! (21 Is Being Discontinued)

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Lone_Wolfe, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. diracismyhero


    Oct 26, 2009
    M390 won't hold a shaving edge longer than S35VN. It only holds a barely sharp edge for longer. I don't know about you, but I like to keep my knives sharp. So whether or not they will hold a dull edge for longer doesn't make a difference to me. How often do you find yourself battling corrosion on your S35VN? I never have. On the other hand S35VN has better edge stability and chips less than M390. M390 was developed as a steel used for plastic molds, S35VN was developed as a cutlery steel. This isn't a coincidence.
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  2. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    On user knives I prefer easier to sharpen steels - s35vn IMO offers a great balance of qualities
    For EDC I like higher end steels like s110v, m390, etc. Because I don’t want to sharpen them as much

    As I use my CRK I am fine with s35vn

    By the way a 20cv CRK would be exciting but I am not sure it will be a good move
    Either CRK take part to the development of a new steel like they did in the past or I prefer them to stay on s35vn

    I like Emerson to use 154cm, it is a cheap steel but it is part of the vision of the manufacturer of what is required for using its knives
    I like the designer / manufacturer not to run after the last high end stuff but to stay true to its vision
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  3. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 1, 2019
    I give whatever knife I carried the most about two or three swipes on the Sharpmaker fine rods every week regardless of steel, maybe five on something harder like ZDP. Definitely easier than having to resharpen from the beginning. Love the hollow grind on the Sebenza. It always shaves no matter what.
    J D Wijbenga and Therom like this.
  4. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Anything S30V or above I am good with. Really would love to have heard they were offering BG42.
    rexromic likes this.
  5. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    I fell into the rabbit hole of super steels awhile back. 20cv was probably my favorite. M390 definitely chipped easily for me. At the end of the day, s35vn does everything I want/need it to do and then some. For realistic edc purposes, I do not need anything other than s35vn. I touch it up as needed which is about once a week. Sometimes every few days I’ll strop it with some black and then green compound.
    Murphjd25 likes this.
  6. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    I hope to take some better pics soon.


  7. trackstar55

    trackstar55 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 12, 2008

    Glad you are keeping it. If I stood in like that long like you did, I would keep it as well. I don’t go to anything (Christmas shopping for the new rare toy, Air Jordan’s or anything) to flip them as a job or side job for my livelihood. I dislike the flipping greatly. Congrats on your 31. I will get one someday when they are in stock.

    On a side note, when GRIMSMO knives were selling for $550-650 and demand was high, they got upset with the instant flipping on eBay. Knives they made with the born on date were put on eBay within a week of them shipping it for double the price. That’s why I heard they jacked the price up. I know CRK is a large company compared r the 6 person crew at Grimsmo but I am sure CRK doesn’t appreciate it either.

    Wish they released a few an hour instead of selling all of them at the start in the morning on Friday. Or a lottery system. That way people don’t waste their time in line.

    Maybe I’m wrong.
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  8. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    As I said in my previous post, to each his own. Once the knife is sold, the individual is free to do what they want with it. I don’t personally like it, but it happens. And if folks are willing to pay inflated prices for an immediate re-sale, then so be it. Supply and demand and all that jazz.

    However, if someone is going to wait in that line for the purpose of snagging everything they can with the intention of instantly flipping it to make money, then the average Joe who really wants to add one to their collection will miss out on the chance to buy a first production 31 at a fair price. That’s where my issue lies. I’m not a big-time collector, and my arsenal of CRKs is modest compared to others. I am very thankful to have gotten it, and I feel for the folks who missed out after waiting for so long.

    Some makers separate their high demand knives to be able to offer some on each day of Blade. I fully support this strategy also.
  9. Adamar


    Dec 9, 2008
    This is kinda funny. 154cm is a nice steel, but everyone except Earnest Emerson thinks it is a cheap steel. Selling his knives with 154cm in the $200 range is anything but cheap. I got one of his limited edition Sheepdog knives with S35VN. Combining the excellent Emerson design with an excellent steel.
    Curl of the Burl and Therom like this.
  10. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    For a user I like 154cm quite a lot
    I prefer s35vn for higher end user but nothing wrong with a good g10+154cm folder

    I like the materials to be in line with the purpose of knife :)

    That is what in the knives from CRK, Emerson or Hinderer
    loon#r and Curl of the Burl like this.
  11. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Nice touch to include the parts breakdown card in the box with the docs.




    Talus, MolokaiRider, loon#r and 18 others like this.
  12. Silverstonev8

    Silverstonev8 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2018
    That is cool. Did you see the take down mats they show on their site?
  13. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Yep! They had mats for sale of each model at Blade, also. No leather work mats, though.
  14. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018

    Talus, loon#r, Wavicle and 5 others like this.
  15. cbr1000


    Jan 31, 2013
    How's the action compared to your 21's?
  16. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    I find that the 31 was slightly smoother right out of the box, but it’s hard to compare since my Sebenza 21’s are fairly worn in.
  17. Mick_1KRR


    May 1, 2016
    Nice knife i'm sure it will be popular. Still tho, no double lugs as standard? Feel like this should be factory standard on the base model, there is literally no reason to not have it.
  18. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    I’ll admit I was bummed to hear the 21 is discontinued. But after seeing these pictures of the 31, it looks just like the 21. And I do like the ceramic ball lock bar. I loved every inkosi I have had. So this looks like a win.
    Minutes also a reason to never part with my small 21
    rexromic likes this.
  19. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Beautiful 31 Lady, congratulations! I’d say she’s a keeper!
    Lady1911 likes this.
  20. mongomondo

    mongomondo SUPPRESSING FIRE Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    I'm surprised the 31 still has the classic stop pin assembly instead of the fat one from the Inkosi.

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