I received the Chris Reeve Sebenza 25 about 6 months ago from Knife Art. I have been carrying the knife off and on for 6 months now. At first I was a little hesitant just due to the value of the knife and not wanting to risk either damaging it or getting it stolen. I put those thoughts aside and decided to carry it as often as possible to get the best possible feel for the knife and to be able to give you guys the most accurate user review.
Over the course of 6 months I have noticed a few things about the knife that I really like.
The pocket clip has honestly been one of my favorite features of the knife. The pocket clip has more than adequate retention while in your pocket. Due to the fact that both the clip and the frame lock side of the knife are made from titanium reduces the drag on your pocket, making it a smoother draw and considerably less destructive to your pants material.
The blade steel used on this knife is S-35V. S-35V is a harder steel and will hold an edge for a longer period of time. The downside to a harder steel is that it generally takes a little more time to hone and/or sharpen. Not really a big deal if you have a little patience and know how to sharpen a blade. The obvious upside is that the knife will hold it’s edge long enough for you to not have to worry about honing or sharpening in the field. I’ve been using this knife off and on for 6 months now for everything from edc utility tasks to carving sticks for cooking food over a camp fire. I have purposely not sharpened the blade once yet and it still is holding a pretty damn sharp edge. The only maintenance I’ve done to the blade is to wipe off any debris and put a light coating of Freedom Juice CLP to protect against any corrosion. On a side note, I love the clean sterile look of the blade.
Open pillar design
The fact that this knife is designed with an open pillar design makes maintenance extremely easy. Dirt and debris can just fall through without get stuck or lodged into the internal workings of the knife. Add to that fact that the knife comes shipped with the allen wrench needed for disassembly make this knife one of the easiest to maintain.
The jimping on the spine of the blade is 100% functional. I’ve seen blades in the past that have what they call ‘jimping’ that does nothing but look good. Chris Reeve stuck with his close attention to detail to create not only functional jimping, but also a work of art when observed closely. This jimping combined with the subtle finger groove in the handle and frame lock create a very positive grip on the knife.
Overall this has been a great knife to carry for EDC and utility tasks. I would not consider this a defensive weapon, but then again that is not what this is designed for. Head on over to Knife Art to get your Chris Reeve Sebenza 25 before they are gone!