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Chris Reeve Sebenza 31: the newest incarnation of the Sebenza collection
The Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza 31 is the newest version of the legendary Sebenza 21. The Sebenza collection is very popular. These knives are also called the ultimate pocket knives! The quality is unparalleled and the characteristic design is very functional and recognizable.
The emergence of the Sebenza 31
Chris Reeve produced the first handmade Sebenza in 1987. Throughout the years the design changed quite often. After the handmade Sebenza's in 1987 there was the original Sebenza in 1990, the Regular in 1996 and the Classic in 2000. In 2008 the Sebenza celebrated its 21st birthday. To celebrate Chris Reeve introduced another new version of the Sebenza. It was called the Sebenza 21! After the 21 the Sebenza 25 was introduced, but the 21 was the standard for years. Until 2019, when Chris Reeve introduced the new Sebenza. An upgraded version of the Sebenza 21 with a couple innovative modifications amongst which a new type of framelock and an updated inlay.
The Sebenza 31: not just any type of pocket knife
There are two versions of the Sebenza 31: the small Sebenza and the large Sebenza. Both were made from top-quality materials such as titanium and S35VN steel. There is much variation within the Sebenza collection. In addition to the differently shaped blades: the standard drop-point, the Insigno and the tanto, there are also many different types of handles to choose from. A couple examples are the Sebenza's with micarta inlays, or the CGG models with milled patterns and differently coloured anodized finishes.
At first glance the Sebenza 31 might look fairly simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Chris Reeve Sebenza 31 is enhanced with a number of innovative details you might not notice at first. The pivot bushing system, for instance. This tube is located in between both scales and around the pivot. Because the tube is as thick ad the blade and washers combined, the blade will always be centred and move smoothly. More information about this system can be found on the Chris Reeve designer page.
In short, with so much variations there is always something for everyone! The excellent quality has turned the Sebenza 31 into one of the best knives in the world. It is therefore not surprising at all that the Sebenza 31 is so famous. Chris Reeve Knives are made for life.