The Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 31 is, with its ‘baby brother’ the standard in the field of pocket knives, it is something a lot is written about. There are, of course, other manufacturers who produce similar knives, but we never came across such a high level of quality on a seemingly austere looking knife.
For many people, the Chris Reeve Sebenza is the holy grail of the pocket knife world. Reeve’s drive for perfection and the continuous upgrade of the production quality, have inspired a generation of knife companies to aim higher. The Chris Reeve Sebenza is the model that started it all. The model Chris Reeve used to turn the pocket knife world upside down.
The hollow grind blade is enhanced with a manually applied convex edge, and is made from CPM S35VN, an advanced powder metallurgical type of steel. You can easily open the knife with one hand thanks to the anodized titanium thumb stud, after which it is locked by a rock-solid frame-lock.
When you compare this aspect of the 31 with the Sebenza 21 you also find one of the main differences: the Sebenza 31 is enhanced with a ceramic lock interface. Sounds difficult, but it really isn’t. Instead of a titanium lockbar that is pushed against the blade to keep it open, a ceramic ball was pushed into the titanium. That ceramic ball is much harder than titanium, and will therefore have a longer lifespan. A clever innovation we had already seen on the Inkosi.
Another difference is the stop pin. It is hardened to make sure it will last longer as well. To complete the whole the pocket clip has been rotated a couple degrees to make sure it rests on the frame, instead of the lockbar. As such the lock is more consistent.
The handle is made from top-quality titanium and sandblasted to improve your grip. The blade has a stonewashed finish. It can best be described as a type of satin gloss; not completely matt, but also not completely polished. Like all other Chris Reeve knives the Sebenza 31 is razor-sharp upon delivery.