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"CRK Sebenza: Stand and Deliver" by Nutnfancy

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Published on Aug 9, 2012

What can be said about the Sebenza that hasn't been said. THIS! Welcome to the feature length Nutnfancy KRV on what many consider to be the best tactical folder of all time (marketed officially as EDC knife). Many original aspects weigh into my discussion perhaps providing some fascinating insight to the long term success of the Chris Reeve Sebenza. But don't expect fan boy treatment here; I'm more open minded than that and my breadth of tactical blade experience makes me a hard one to impress. Instead you will get both the philosophical and full TNP knife review experience here on the Sebenza. To understand its draw and attraction to buyers willing to pay the astronomical $410 price you will have to understand the expert marketing and brand management of Chris Reeve. Its price alone sends a message of specialness that many embrace willingly. That's not to say this Sebenza is not a squared away EDC or Tactical blade; it is. Details are shown and discussed and the quality proves itself. From the titanium handle slabs, the beautifully executed S35VN drop point, the reasonable 4.8 oz carry weight, and durability of this US produced knife, the Sebenza earns its keep in any reasonable POU. However the price stands glaring to anyone familiar with the outstanding competition within the tactical knife world and it must addressed. This has always made the Sebenza polarizing; some will hate it (based on pricing) others will defend it to the death. Interestingly then I introduce two new POUs to include Douche OR Admiration knife and discuss them, bringing high levels of entertainment to the video. Finally competitive options are shown and I represent the Sebenza dissenters with equal fairness as they rightly question the value of this blade. In the end, the Sebenza stands and delivers solid design elements, quality craftsmanship, superb materials, good looks, light weight, and a skillful and consistent brand management by CRK. But I can't and won't warm up to the value represented in this knife with the amazing competition given in the knife world. ////////////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale for Sebenza 21: 5 of 10 (price considered); if $175: 8.5 out of 10 (deductions for thumbstud, deployment speed, and no steel insert on lockbar)/////////"Hey Nutnfancy this isn't a tactical blade!" Yes it is. I don't go off the party line of the manufacturer and how he chooses to market his blade, in this case CRK. I make my own analysis using my long established criteria, clearly discussed here, founded in logic. If you choose to designate the Sebenza as SOLELY a utility or EDC knife then the value equation even gets worse for it. An EDC blade for $425!? This might be another perfect example of product myopia.

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TacticalTupperware
He makes a few good points. I have a few Chris reeve knives among other brands. I don't think he actually used the knife in the video though. I think he bought it, opened it, examined it and then did a review. Here is why: 1) Anyone who has used a sebenza will tell you that once you start carrying it and using it, the sebenza develops small "snail tracks" all over the titanium. None of that was evident in his video. 2) If he were to put the knife in his pocket he would have realized the extra bend in the clip is secondary retention. The CRK clips has 2 points of retention. It is obvious to anyone the first time they put it in their pocket. He just dismissed it as purely cosmetic. Makes me think he didn't even put it into his pocket! 3) He said the pivot has dual sided screws and you just tighten them. If you take a sebenza apart you will find there is a male and female end to the pivot just like other knives. Also there is a bushing system that is self adjusting. He never mentioned that. Just my observations... 
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joe blimpy
so you will all sped $1,000 for a firearm without hesitation . but a knife which is "smaller" or some logic like that is not worth the $400? Or how about that $300 watch on your wrist? or how about those $150 platic sunglasses with the name Oakley on your head? or how a bout the extra $3000 you sent to get the little extras on your car which propbably cost the maker about $50 to put in ? Yeah your all way too smart to fall for these overpriced knives as you would never ever fall for that crap right? self rightous blowhards .
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Twisted4kStudios
Great review, Nutn, right on the money. Speaking of money, the only reason the Sebenza costs what it does is simply because everyone keeps buying it for that price lol
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LakeWater
Love the review!!!  You nailed it.
Subsonic1050
I am not a Sebenza Fanboy - in fact, I've never even handled one. However, from what I understand, the tolerances, fit, and finish ARE far superior to the competition. The fact that the pivot screws are tightened down completely is evidence of that. In other knives, the pivot screws must be adjusted - too tight and the blade will stick, too loose and you will develop blade play. The bushings on the sebenza, as well as the flatness of the scales, thickness of the brass bushings, etc. are all precisely machined and then hand tuned to function perfectly when fully tightened. No need to worry about screws coming loose and adjustments changing. For the tolerances alone I can see the value in the knife. Do I want to pay $400 for one? No. But I just might...
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Lukedp 97
Shut up and start your review
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Sloth Mc
I don't think I like this guy. Very conceited 
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Matt Tripp
This idiot doesn't even use most of the knives he reviews and doesn't seem to know what the hell he is talking about half the time. His videos are half him tooting his own horn, a quarter rambling about something not related to the knife, and a quarter actually reviewing the knife. I swear, he is the most conceited person I've ever seen. 
Oxyrisen
Nut'n brings up some really good points and does a great review in general but the primary flaw is that he is evaluating this knife outside of its design parameters. This is not a tactical knife. It's even in its name, Sebenza which means 'work' in Zulu. It is also not designed to be flicked open or even opened quickly. Therefore claiming it's not the fastest deploying 'tactical' blade is sort of a moot point. I have several CRK's and they are amazing.for what ever that's worth to anybody.
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bulletchoas
You keep on saying tactical knife... its not a tactical knife
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