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Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by miso2, May 15, 2017.
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Mine is a newer version.
That one is on the list..but since it's current production, it will be towards the last of the Umnumzaans I will get.
Trying to get all the changes of Umnumzaans..Thus, my sig line. Not having any luck
Wow. You are thorough..... But the fourth one from the top isn't an old pivot tanto, or is there another version?
I am curious to know what aspect of Umnumzaan attracts you so much.
There is another old pivot tanto. The one pictured is a dynamic tip tanto.. The one I am after is a standard exclusive from TNK.
Honestly, it's one I have had since they were first introduced..Loved when I first bought it and still do. It's been displaced out of my pocket many times over the past few years but come back to it a few times a year. If I was going to pick a feature or two that I really like, it would be the harpoon tip. It's fine enough for fairly intricate work while maintaining a fairly aggressive look. It's a fairly big knife that just about disappears in my pocket...The ceramic ball has been another favorite as well as the adjustable pivot. I know that some really detest these particular features, but I feel that they are an upgrade.
There is really not much I don't like about it..If I had one thing, it would be the reaction I get from other people when I take it out to use.
Thank you for the write-up, bhyde!
I really like the ceramic ball lock-face/detent myself. It is unique and gives the very smooth operation of Umnumzaan.
Good luck finding the tanto Umnumzaan.
I feel a huge sense of security when pocketing or even just fondling a Zaan. It's one of those blades where I know it can handle any imaginary situation I can muster up. To me, it's the most solid 'all-around' knife on the board. Plus, it has that OG poon blade that has made a revival lately.
I totally understand your infatuation @miso2 !
That knife just did not fit me as well. Very slight but I like the others better. It is a great knife. Just last place for me in the CRK line.
You da man. Very nice.
Thank you for your impression. I was thinking if my love toward Umnumzaan also stems, at least in part, on a similar sense of security it gives.
The first thing I thought when I got my Umnumzaan was how thick and heavy it was. I prefer thin and light knives (or think I do).
But over time, its heft somehow started to grow in me and make me feel secure. I still hate its weight in a pocket, though.
I think you would like the CF 25 or Inkosi then. I have the 25 in CF and it is my light shorts or around the house carry. Really wish they made a Umnumzaan in CF.
The weight feels good to me. I've had far far heavier folders. However I enjoy feeling a little heft. Love the griptillians and delicas but they feel cheap because of the light weight.
Wow!! Very nice.
I don’t know.
I might like a version of Umnumzaan, which has a 0.12” thick blade instead of 0.14”, milled scales (or some weight loss), and a front flipper tab!
Inkosi vs Zaan. What do you guys think. I sort of imagine the Inkosi as the knife with all the Zaan features for people who want a Benza shaped knife.
How much do the rubber orings on the thumbstuds affect lockup.
i have them both. You imagine about right. Most of the features. I prefer the Umnumzaan. Would trade my brand new Inkosi for another zaan in a minute. Orings do not effect lock up at all. It would really help you if you could handle both before purchase though.
I generally only buy from my local store in Canada because I have heard too many horror stories with the border. I handle all my knives first.
I have and also had transitioned through about a handful of CRKs in my short "tenure" as a higher $ production folder enthusiast. As the expense of sounding sacrilegious on this host's forum, the 21 and the 25 did not personally appeal to me much beyond their aesthetics and my fondness for the CRK's Ti scales. Honestly speaking, I just can not fall in love with their S35VN blades and the amount of effort which I will have to personally put into them to get them anywhere close enough to my fave sharp folder out of the box: the Spyderco Millie. This said, I really don't care much for the Millie's rather long handle scales (about 5.5") for just under 4 inches of blade!
In the Umnumzaan I have found the sweet spot and just like the OP, I keep coming back to my Star-Tac. I suppose that the Head of the Family name is very apropos with the Zaan!
The Umnumzaan is a great knife. An old pivot version is one of the first CRKs I got (late last year) but for some reason I haven't carried it much. I just got a nice sheath for it yesterday so that is going to change. It's been on me all day today. I would have loved one of these in a small version with the old pivot.
I like the Zaan a lot but if pressed I would keep my Sebenza 25 (essentially large Inkosi) over it. It's not a choice I ever want to make though.
I'm going for that utility belt look that just drives the ladies wild.
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