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Is a small sebenza 21 as smooth as a large 21

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Garrett Peters, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Garrett Peters

    Garrett Peters

    Sep 5, 2017
    I have a small 21 and it's not as smooth as my large 21. Is my hand pressing the lockbar against the blade? Idk what's up with it.
  2. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I've found each CRK is different ... even two of the same model and same size one may be smooth as glass straight from the box the other may take a short break in period or sometimes one may just need taken apart cleaned well and a dab of fresh grease and it's good to go ... some the pivot may just be snugger ... I can't tell you why for positive ... but it's just been my personal experience.

    now that being said for me ... my hands aren't huge but slightly above average and my smalls are a bit harder for me to open as smoothly because my mitts put slight pressure on the lockbar ... it took me awhile to find the natural grip where I broke that bad habit with my small CRKs.

    If you like the knife I think it will break in or you will find the correct way your hand needs to hold it to open smoothly ... if it feels stiff opening with two hands then I would clean and reapply a small dab of fresh grease and it might surprise you the difference.

  3. Garrett Peters

    Garrett Peters

    Sep 5, 2017
    Thanks my dude!
  4. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    My small 21 is much smoother than my large 21. I imagine once the large 21 is broken in then it will be as smooth.
  5. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I started out with the large. Got use to it, then picked up a small. I didn’t think it was as smooth as the large either. But, after getting use to the small, it became as natural as the large. Since I prefer a larger blade, I carry the large way more than the smalls.
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  6. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    Yes to smoothness both sizes.
  7. TYPE-R


    Apr 27, 2017
    I don't notice a difference between the sizes but do with inlays vs pjs. Both my small and large inlays feel so much smoother then my pjs.
    I'd guess that the added width changes my grip enough to make it feel smoother.
  8. sn0wman72

    sn0wman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2017
    Of my CRK's the large and small are generally the same in smoothness around opening. The large are smoother closing (weight of the blade is my thought)
  9. JNewell


    Nov 18, 2005
    In general, across many brands, my experience is that generally large blades feel smoother than smaller blades. I have always supposed that it's just the effect of greater mass. But to channel Steve Jobs, I may be holding them wrong. Or I may just be imagining things... ;)
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  10. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    I hate the action on small 21s. They are smooth but almost too smooth and all my detents are pretty strong so I end up with action that I don't like nearly as much as the larges or other CRK folders. Each one is different but I've had at least 6 and most are the same.

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