The Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 is widely considered the perfect folding knife. But it’s more than two-decade reign at the head of the folding-knife pack may be over.
That’s right. Well, that’s right because Chris Reeve has launched the large and small Inkosi, which they’ve branded as a “new family of folding knives.” And these new knives may just knock their older brother out of the lead spot.
One can make an argument that the Inkosi (Zulu word for “chief”) is the Sebenza (Zulu word for “work”) version 3.0. I say, “3.0” because the Sebenza 25 is technically the 2.0 version. And it’s worth noting that in the wake of the launch of the Inkosi, the Sebenza 25 will be discontinued (better gobble up those S25s now, fanboys!). Also, just to clarify, the Sebenza 21 will still be offered. It’s a classic. It’s not going anywhere.
Now, Chris Reeve has offered the small Inkosi for some time now, which compared to the small Sebenza has oversized phosphor bronze washers, an angled pocket clip for more accurate lock bar tension, a larger pivot, double thumb lugs, an 8 percent thicker blade, and a ceramic ball end lock heat treated to 97 RC! Yup, this new system ceramic ball system will give the blade added strength and a lifetime of consistent lock up.
The retail price for the small Inkosi is $375.
- Model: Small Inkosi
- Blade Material: Crucible S35VN, 59-60 RC
- Blade Length: 2.8″ (71 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.128″ (3.25 mm)
- Overall Length: 6.558″ (166.5 mm)
- Handle Material: 6Al4V Titanium
- Handle Thickness: 0.125″ (3.175 mm)
- Weight: 3.0 oz. (85 g)
- Pocket Clip: 6Al4V Titanium
- Thumblug: 6Al4V Titanium
Compared to the large Sebenza 21, the large Inkosi has all the same upgrades. The larger washers, the thicker blade, the standard double thumb lugs, the angled pocket clip, the ceramic ball end lock, etc.. I didn’t see the large Inkosi specs listed in their booklet. But I did see a price tag for the large Inkosi: $445. Not unreasonable.
For me, personally, I’m going to wait to grab my Inkosi (haven’t made the decision on large or small just yet) once they start taking orders for special graphics and/or handle material. Right now, I think you can only get a plain jane, aka standard model, Inkosi.
For more information, check out the Chris Reeve website.
You can also purchase an Inkosi from KnifeArt.com.