True knife enthusiasts sometimes struggle with the option of the small Sebenza vs. the large Sebenza. The Sebbie (nickname for both Sebenzas) is a popular knife. There are only minor differences between the small and the large version. The small Sebenza amounts to a more scaled down version of the large Sebenza. Thanks to its size, the small Sebenza provides convenience and functions well.
The Sebenza has undergone some minor changes since it was first introduced in 1987. Sebenza knives are made by Chris Reeve, not to be confused with Christopher Reeves, the deceased actor. After 1987 there was the 1990 Original Sebenza, the 1996 Regular and the 2000 Classic. The latest version, the Sebenza 21, was released in 2008, to celebrate the Sebenza's 21st birthday.
The Sebenza 21 is a more updated version of the 2000 Classic. It has a concave handle with no ridges on it. The drop point blade shape is made from stainless S30V steel and it has sharp hollow grinds. This construction, coupled with the titanium frame, makes the Sebenza 21 a high performer. The knife can be purchased in a small or large size and both have the strong Chris Reeve integral-locking mechanism.
The small Sebenza blade size is only 3 inches, while the larger version is 3.625 inches The price for the small Sebenza can start at £195 (new), so the larger Sebenza is going to cost somewhat more. The smaller Sebbie is convenient and is said to fit more easily into the pouch or into the carrier's pocket. The added advantage of the large Sebenza is obviously the size, since purchasers have found very little differences in the construction of the knives. Customers can be found in various forums voicing their contentment with both the small and the large Sebenza (See Resources).
Chris Reeve knives are associated with quality. Consumers who buy the Chris Reeve brand are as he puts it: "A large and loyal group of customers." Those who are familiar with Sebenzas have suggested it is too pretty a knife to carry as an EDC (every day carry). This is because the perception of a rugged and sturdy knife isn't typically so aesthetically pleasing as a Sebenza. The main focus of an edc is how it functions. Sebenzas are better known for their refined design.
Both Sebenzas are tough and rust resistant. They can match any everyday carry knife when it comes to performance, however the cost and luxury design causes some owners to refrain from carrying the knives for everyday use. With only slight differences in the styles, when deciding which size Sebenza to go with, it is a good ideal to determine what type of setting or environment you will be carrying it in, and make your decision accordingly.
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