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Mnandi - what am I mising?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by TRfromMT, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I am relatively new to the CRK world. I have two: a L21 sebenza insingo and an umnumzaan tanto. Both are fantastic knives. I've also had an inkosi drop point that I've moved along. I'm not able to collect multiple knives of any maker, but find room for one more, here and there, to try something new. My collection at any time is about 15 knives, mixed folders and fixed blades, and to try something new usually means something else gets moved out.

    In looking at the Mnandi, I see there is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for them. They seem like a nice knife, but the don't capture my attention.

    So, could you Mnandi aficionados please tell me what I'm missing out on? What caught your attention about them?

    Thanks in advance,
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2017
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  2. sk8n

    sk8n Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    A small robust office-friendly knife with multiple inlay and damascus options. My personal favorite CRK offering. If They don't capture your attention , it's probably not your thing though. Probably best to handle one prior to purchase. They do hold their value well though, especially the older offerings.
  3. socom1970


    Feb 24, 2015
    For me, the Mnandi is the most beautiful of all CRK's. It is quite small, the smallest CRK in the current lineup. To me, it is a work of art. Everything about it is perfect, beautiful, functional. I have two: a Cocobolo/ladder damascus for off-work EDC and a Bog Oak/basketweave damascus for work EDC. Both I carry in their respective CRK slip pouches. I have no problem using them, although they are more like tertiary backups as my primary and secondary CRK's get the lion's share of the fun. I mainly admire them and marvel at their beauty and elegance.
  4. Phixt

    Phixt Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2016
    T, how big is your hand? You might find that a Mnandi swims in it. I have a couple knives (940, etc.) that have so much praise, so many users, but not really the knife for me due to smaller size.
  5. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    I have tried them a few times over the years. Mnandi's and Small Sebenzas check in, then check out a relatively short time later. Too small for my paws.
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  6. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    You could always hold them chopstick style :)
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  7. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    This is probably true..a little on the expensive side for chopsticks though ;)
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  8. peterbright

    peterbright Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 29, 2016
    I usually carry two knives. I bought a Mnandi on a whim for use as a front pocket/light use/unobtrusive carry option. That was in late September 2016. I now have 46 of them. Be careful...they are addictive.
  9. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    Mnandis are great knives. I've really wanted to like them but two have come and gone from my personal Knife selection. I actually consider them the overall best bang for your buck CRK. Alas, I too find them too small to be practical for my personal uses.
  10. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    You passed the inflection point of intervention about 39 M's ago, even if we justify one M per day. You're good to go onto your 50 and then why stop there? :D
  11. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I don't have particularly large mitts, but I like the size of my L21 and Umnumzaan. Fortunately, I work in a fabrication environment. While I am in the office side (engineering and project management), there's no issue with me carrying a larger knife and scaring anyone. Most folks here have a knife and carrying is often a topic of conversation. I typically have a large folder clipped in my pocket, and on occasion have a small fixed blade in a slip sheath as my carry knife for the day. I really like high quality knives, and appreciate that they are the pinnacle of precision. One criterion for my folders is that they must be able to be opened one-handed. I'm constantly finding myself with something in my hand that I need to cut, so I have to fish out my knife and open it without putting down whatever it is I'm holding.

    Can the Mnandi be opened one-handed? Looks like the traditional, off-hand thumbnail is it. Am I missing something?
  12. Phixt

    Phixt Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2016
    i think you kinda answered your own question.

    Typical office, you pull out a flipper or large folder that you flick open and a bunch of wankers start :poop:tin their pants.

    Pull out a Mnandi or William Henry, clumsily use two hands to open the thing, and everyone goes, 'Ooo well isn't that fancy n neat. What do you do with that thing'? Well, I sure as hell don't cut stuff with it. :rolleyes:
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  13. ganagati


    Jun 13, 2011
    I have no problem opening a mnandi one handed.
  14. Phixt

    Phixt Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2016
    And? What's your strategy? I only ask for T's sake because I don't own a Mnandi and I just googoled this, 'New model Chris Reeve Mnandi one handed opening'. I know better than to go off one tuber's one minute vid, that's why I ask for your input. Thing looks quite small to me.

    I have no problem operating my neck knives one handed including putting them back in their sheaths--it's mandatory criteria for me or I won't carry it--but that doesn't mean others won't have problems or even be incapable. T's hands might be twice the size of yours.
  15. VolGrad

    VolGrad Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    I tried a Mnandi for the first time at BLADE this year. Quickly decided it wasn't for me. People say it's a good "office carry" option but to be honest the size isn't that much different than a small Sebenza so the only thing that makes it "office friendly" is the blade shape and presence of wood vs titanium. I suppose for some that makes it friendlier.

    The Mnandi is a beautiful knife though but just wasn't for me. I ended up picking up an Umfaan to be my "office friendly" knife to replace a SAK Cadet.
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  16. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    It's half the weight of the small sebenza which is noticeably lighter and offers a few more options for carry such as a shirt pocket or the coin pocket for jeans as a 2nd knife. I do carry both to the office but I don't like the sebenza anywhere but in my pants pocket. If I had to pick one knife I'd pick the sebenza since it can do more but thankfully I don't have to pick one.
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  17. ganagati


    Jun 13, 2011
    quick video of me doing it... https://streamable.com/rn7uw

    There are two ways I've found to easily open the mnandi one handed.

    The first is the easiest - the pinch. Pinching the blade with the thumb and middle finger while holding/pulling on the handle with the wring and pinky fingers. Once the blade is clear, I use the thumb to complete the rotation.

    The second method is to just use the thumb to complete the rotation from start to finish. This seems like it could put unnecessary pressure on the pivot and cause issues over time, so I don't use that one often.
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  18. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I've had my hands on two Mnandi's. For me they were just too small. I did appreciate the detail work on them and I suspect that's what some are interested in. I had the opportunity to see a small collection and to hold those were breath taking. The different woods, the scroll/graving on them were defiantly art work. If I had the money, I'd be one of those that would collect them just to admire the workmanship and have bragging rights.
  19. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Mnandi's are svelte yet minimalistic in a sophisticated sort of way.

    But one hand opening with a Mnandi was never as intuitive as I wanted it to be...I was spoiled by years of collecting Spydercos.

    From the CRK lineup, I prefer small 21's with inlays. I've moved my 2 Mnandis because I had to "think" and slow down too much opening them. Good thing about them, however, they're cheap to test drive. You'll always get your investment back as long as you don't overspend on the front end!

    Go for it!
  20. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011

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