Posted By: Scott Galbraith
1 people found this review helpfulGenerally I tend to stick with standard production knives, but I found that I became more and more critical of cosmetic errors, steel quality, and overall design "issues". The Sebenza 25 comes comes out of the box with quality to impress the harshest critic. I think some knife guys call it a "semi-custom" knife. The design as a whole makes for the ideal general purpose knife. Ideal blade geometry, and ultra strong titanium frame lock to give it almost fixed blade capabilities. The newer large hollow grinds are indeed ideal. I have actually bent some hollow grind edges because they sacrifice too much lateral strength. However, these large hollow grinds seem to be the perfect balance of strength and cutting efficiency. As far as the S35VN steel goes, it also seems to be the ideal choice for the blade geometry. Very similar edge holding to the proven S30V from my testing, but slightly better toughness and durability. Does it hold an edge like M390?....no, but I have chipped or broken two M390 blades on tasks that S30V blades of the same model did with no damage. The only issue some buyers might not like is the stiffness of the frame lock. The detent that keeps the blade closed takes some effort to unlock....even harder left handed. The double thumb studs help with this though as you can pinch both sides to leverage the detent open, and then push it the rest of the way open with the thumb. Not a big deal for me as I am not in a rush to get the knife open, but not as fast as other locking designs.
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