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Small Inkosi Insingo Micarta thoughts?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by JBoone, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2012
    I lost my small 21 Insingo and am thinking about saving my money for one of these.

    Has anybody had both? All I know is the Inkosi is a hair smaller.

    Thanks!
     
  2. squareFaced

    squareFaced Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 2, 2014
    I have both. The small Inkosi is noticably smaller than the small 21. It shares the same pivot as the large which makes it a bit awkward on the small body.
     
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  3. Wavicle

    Wavicle Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 22, 2014
    I have both and have medium-size hands. Given a choice it would be the 21 Insingo. The little bit shorter Inkosi and especially where the lanyard is mounted makes it awkward to hold. And I keep my lanyards on, the way Mr. Reeve designed them, for those who would suggest removing them because they are very useful when handling the knife along with other items. Inkosi finger choils may not fit your hand and you may want to try before you buy. But the thumb ramp on the Inkosi is killer.

    Note where the lanyard hits my palm:

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  4. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Both great knives but I do carry small inkosingo more.
     
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  5. Josh K

    Josh K Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Small Inkosi with micarta and the insingo blade is, in my very humble opinion, the perfect EDC knife.
     
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  6. Kalsu

    Kalsu Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    I just received my small insingo Inkosi with natural micarta inlays two days ago. Out of the box it has been the smoothest and sharpest CRK I have got new. It is definitely smaller than the small Sebenza 21 but he Inkosit fits my hand (medium size) great. The finger choils hit in all the right places for me. I really debated between the small 21 and Inkosi for a while, but I decided I liked the blade profile of the Inkosi better. I have had a small 21 and a small Inkosi with the drop point blade, but I sold them both since I really prefer the large patterns over the small. With that said the small Inkosi with insingo blade is a great small knife carry option. I don't see myself getting rid of this one.
     
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  7. Curl of the Burl

    Curl of the Burl Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 27, 2013
    I think it’s got a great blade length for its size, it’s small and robust making it a perfect EDC. Especially in urban or suburban environments.
     
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  8. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2012
    Thanks for the feedback guys. I think I will try one.
    Should make an awesome office edc as well as all around. I tend to like smallish knives.
     
  9. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2012
    I just ordered one with black micarta. Do they make filer inserts for pocket clip hole for these like the 21 if I want to pull clip and drop in pocket? Still hope my small 21 shows up at some point but the void it left has been eating at me.

    21 has been “missing” for 6+ months. God knows where it is.
     
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  10. Kalsu

    Kalsu Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2010
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  11. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2012
    I am still digging through my house. It drives me nuts. I think it is in there somewhere but can’t be sure. My first knife that I have lost. I picked an expensive one to lose!
     
  12. MIKE969

    MIKE969

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    Feb 2, 2014
    I've owned both the small 21 (plain and Micarta) and small Inkosi (plain, very briefly!). The small 21 is just large enough for me to get a solid, comfortable grip. The blade is just long enough to fulfill all of my edc tasks and some food prep, especially in insingo variant. By contrast, and much to my surprise given the similarity, I kept the small inkosi for a day before deciding to return it. To me, despite being only marginally smaller, the small inkosi fell short in terms of grip and capability.

    I have medium to large sized hands, and could not get a solid four finger grip on the handle, and the finger grooves caused hot spots. The blade, despite being only marginally shorter, felt noticeably less functional. Granted I only tried the clip point, perhaps the insingo version is more capable. Either way, the handle just didn't do it for me. The small 21 insingo really just is perfection to me, and the Inkosi, as close as it is, isn't.
     
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  13. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2012
    I have large hands but don’t mind smaller knives where my pinky does not quite fit. I will send her back for a 21 if I don’t like it having said that. We shall see.
     
  14. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2012
    Got it today and it’s a keeper. I can get 4 fingers on it with my large hands (with no room to spare). I don’t see handle shape being an issue for me. I think the clip would be as much of a hot spot for prolonged use but I am doubting I will be carving spoons with this one anyway.

    Very smooth out of the box and very sharp.
     
  15. Blue Puma

    Blue Puma Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 17, 2003
    The micarta models can be refinished, if that matters.
     
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  16. Nikkogi

    Nikkogi Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    I got one in the mail last week. It’s one of my favorite EDC’s so far. Really like the small size and the minimal real estate it takes up in the pocket.
     
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