1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Replacing perforated washers with the old school slid washers?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by colubrid, May 14, 2017.

  1. colubrid

    colubrid Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    Anyone do this to their new Sebenza with the perforated washers?

    I would like to get a pair of the old type solid washers to put into a large 21. I don't like the perforated ones. Never have. I much prefer the solid washers.

    Is there anywhere to get some? Anyone have an extra pair? I know they have to be fitted properly and I can do that with some 600 grit and elbow grease.
  2. MessOnAMission

    MessOnAMission Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    I doubt you'd be able to find any CRK washers, but if you've got a micrometer handy, you could measure the current washers and search for PB washers with the same dimensions.
  3. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    Interesting. I haven't seen anyone discuss this before. What leads you to find the old solid ones to be superior? I imagine it's not visual, since you rarely see them except when taking the knife apart.
    flash900 likes this.
  4. Glock Guy

    Glock Guy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 28, 2012
    I just sent a 2013 (old washer) Damascus 21 back to the mother ship for a spa treatment and specified that I would like to keep the old washers if possible. They said that they would try, but if they needed to replace them they could only use the new, perforated washers as that is all they have now.
  5. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    I need to send something in for spa soon. I was thinking I might take the old washers out and send in the knife without washers, and just pay them the $2 or whatever for the new washers in addition to spa treatment. Does anyone think CRK would freak out if I sent in a knife without washers?
  6. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Call them and see if they do replace any thing, to send the original parts back. I've seen pics where they've done this before. Don't know what their current practice is on replacement parts.
  7. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    There's always the risk they might lose the instructions, or throw away the old parts by accident. I imagine it's not out of the realm of possibility for someone to accidentally lose their washers when they take apart their sebenza for cleaning, so I can't see them making a big stink over me intentionally removing them before sending in to the spa. Especially if you're paying a few extra bucks for the new washers.
  8. socom1970

    socom1970 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2015
    I believe I read on their website that if you can't put your CRK back together again, just send them the parts and they will reassemble it for you. I would guess if you sent it without the washers, they would reassemble it with current washers, charge you for the washers and you're good to go.
  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I doubt it is a problem sending it without washers, but why not ask them. If it is a problem they will tell you why. If not, send it in with money for washers and shipping. Always better to ask then to just send something in and hope it works out.
  10. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    Great suggestions!
    Last edited: May 14, 2017
  11. lemmuhj

    lemmuhj Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2010
    Im still sold on the "new" washers, but all the old regulars and 21's ive had with the solid washers are smoother/ more hydrahaulic...just dont get it lol
    colubrid likes this.
  12. meepleup

    meepleup Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2017
    I have always asked for the old parts back and they have always been great in sending them back to me.

    Specifically, I sent an older 21 in with the solid washers and just asked for them back. I wanted to "upgrade" to the perforated washers. They sent back the smooth ones and the pivot bushing in a zip lock bag.
  13. Steel_Addiction

    Steel_Addiction Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    They will send the old parts back atleast they have with mine in the past. The only parts that havent come back are thumbstuds. Washers, spacers, pivot bushings have all been sent wrapped in green masking tape and labeled.
  14. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    I read that CRK states the thumbstuds get broken in the process. However, years ago, when Tom Mayo drilled holes in my Sebenza and replaced the thumbstud, he sent the old one back (at my request) and it didn't look broken.
  15. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    ^^ believe doubles have to be ground off. Pretty sure they just press out the single.
  16. bvo85

    bvo85 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    That makes sense! The doubles are probably like a chicago screw with locktight holding them together?
  17. kilogolf65

    kilogolf65 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    I believe the doubles are also press fit. The first side is pressed into the blade and has a hole in the back instead of being solid. That hole receives the pin from the 2nd stuc. Then the other side is press fit into the 1st stud. I think I saw this on a video during a tour of the CRK facility.
  18. colubrid

    colubrid Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2005

    Same here. The old washers feel smoother and the new ones drag and have an uneven feel to them.

    I guess someone would not one the difference unless they have Sebenzas with both. What do others who have the old and new washers think?
  19. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    The significant problem I have with the new washers is that when I just want to rinse off my knife after gunky use water gets in the perforations and hinders smooth performance. Every time. However I love love LOVE the oversized washers in my Inkosi.
  20. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    Keep a can of compressed air near the sink and blast the water out. Doesn't get 100% out, but it helps a bunch.

Share This Page