Reviewed 02/06/2011 by Charlie
-Price Paid: $350.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 1 year
This knife is definitely in my top 3 knives of my entire life. Chris Reeves is probably one of my favorite knife makers but for a good reason; he knows QUALITY. In terms of the knife, there is just nothing bad that I can really say about it. Sure, I can nitpick small things here and there, but nothing that will seriously sway someone's opinion. Regardless, I'll try my best to hit all the major points.
The blade ranges in the 3.6" range with a stonewashed, S30V steel. It has a hollow grind which I find to be extremely great in slicing tasks. Additionally, the steel is great in that it retains its edge very well. I use this knife primarily to cut cardboard, zip ties, and various other hardware uses, and the edge has yet to fail. Granted, there are a few chips here and there, but that is due to the heavy usage that I have put it under. Luckily, sharpening the blade is fairly decent. With an Edge Pro system, I can sharpen it to a mirror edge and get rid of all the small nicks. Sometimes, all it takes is a couple runs down a ceramic rod to touch it up, and it's golden.
The handle is made of titanium and the lock is the Reeves Integral Lock (frame lock). I love frame lock knives mainly because they are easy to use. I can quickly open and close them without any hitches. One minor complaint I might have (and this will probably be heard among new Chris Reeves buyers) is that the thumb stud is rather difficult to work with to open the knife. This is fairly true, especially if the knife user lacks any callus on their thumb/fingers. This can be alleviated through practice and constant opening/closing.
In terms of the handle shape, this also might be something that one has to get used to. However, once the user gets used to the handle shape, he will realize that the handle feels fairly comfortable for hard cutting tasks. Note, this is the Large Sebenza, so the size of the hands might matter also in terms of how comfortable it will be. Of course, like all titanium handled knives, you will have to deal with the scratches that the handle seems to attract. This is something you will have to deal with if you plan to use this knife. Remember, you're spending $300+ dollars on a knife. There is no point in letting it sit in a safe for you to look at.
Overall, I've found this knife to be one of the most useful knives to date. Not once has there been any noticeable blade play, locking failures, or any form of problems. The knife is ALWAYS centered in the handle and it is easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble. Another small hit I might have to give about this knife is the price, but this varies person to person. For a person whose life depends on the knife, he will definitely say this knife is worth every penny. It is a great knife. Nothing less. For the person who tends to use his knife minimally, then he won't find this knife to be worth it. This knife needs to be used to realize its full potential.
Nevertheless, if the knife would drop maybe to around $300, I would be more inclined to purchase this multiples of this knife more readily, but at the moment, it seems like the price point will never drop (nor is there a reason for it to). However, the complaints that I have given on it are really minor and it doesn't really compromise the functionality of the knife. Chris Reeve knives should definitely be purchased at least once in your life to appreciate how well the fit and finish a knife achieve.