The Sebenza is a folding pocket knife made by Chris Reeve Knives of Boise, Idaho. It is built with a stainless steel blade and a titanium handle. Its handle functions as a lock mechanism similar to the Walker linerlock concept, in that the handle itself forms the locking bar that keeps the blade open. This mechanism was invented by Chris Reeve and is called Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L). It is also known as Framelock, and is one of the most widely used locking systems in the folding knife industry, where the strength and reliability of locks are a product requirement. The name Sebenza is derived from the Zulu word meaning “work”, a tribute to the South African origin of Mr. Reeve.
There are currently two size models of Sebenza 21, big and small. The Small 21 has a 2.94 “(75mm) blade and the Large 21 has a 3.625” (92mm) blade. Introduced in 1990, the current base model features a sandblasted titanium handle and a weathered CPM S35VN steel blade. There are many options for embellishing the Sebenza’s titanium handles, such as computer-generated graphics, custom graphics (unique) or inlays such as exotic wood, micarta or mammoth ivory. Originally, the Chris Reeve Sebenza was available with a steel blade ATS-34. In 1996, the blade material was replaced by BG-42 blade steel, and later in 2001, the material of the Sebenza blade was changed to CPM S30V steel. CPM S30V was developed by Crucible Steel with the collaboration of Chris Reeve. Damascus steel blades are also available as an option on the Sebenza. Since 2012, all Chris Reeve knives have been changed to CPM S35VN steel. A characteristic of the Sebenza that is highly appreciated by the users is the ease of maintenance, because CRK really encourages the customer to dismantle and maintain the knife including a hexagonal key, as well as a small tube of fluorinated grease (to lubricate the pivot) and a Loctite tube (for screws) into the box. Another feature of the Sebenza is the use of a system of rings around the pivot of the blade that keeps the blade at a constant tight fit that is always centered. This ring allows the user to fully tighten the pivot screw without manually adjusting the pivoting tension. In May 2008, the two production models – the Sebenza Regular and Classic models – were removed and replaced by the model “Sebenza 21” (named to commemorate the 21st year of production of Sebenza). The Sebenza 21 is based on the design of the previous Classic, and differs from the Classic only in small details. At Blade 2012, the ‘Sebenza 25′ (named to commemorate the 25th year of Sebenza production) was presented. Significant changes include a more sculpted handle, the introduction of a ceramic ball lock and lock system, and the use of “Large Hollow Grind” technology on blade milling. production. mid-2016 and replaced by the Inkosi which shares many similarities with the 25, but with additional improvements.
1987: Knifemaker’s Guild of Southern Africa “Best Folding Knife” (predecessor of Sebenza) 1993: Knifemakers’ Guild – “Most Innovative Dossier of the Show” 2005: Blade Show – “Collector’s Knife of the Year” (21st Anniversary Sebenza) 2006: Grays Sporting Journal – Gray’s Best Magazine Knives Illustrated Magazine named the top five tactical records in the industry of all time. The author, Abe Elias, describes a tactical file as “a knife used by people who need a solid and reliable equipment, a file that gives you, in any case, confidence.” His article goes on to say that “At the top of the list is Chris Reeve’s Sebenza”.