-Large 3.625" Insingo Blade Shape
-S35VN Stainless Steel Stonewashed Blade
-Blasted Grey Titanium Framelock with ceramic lock bar interface
-High-Quality American-made full-size folding knife
-Field, Outdoors, and Tactical Uses
The next step in the evolution of Chris Reeve knives, the Inkosi Insingo carries on the legacy of the Chris Reeve name, while improving upon what has been considered by many to be the perfect knife, namely the legendary Sebenza series of knives. The Inkosi comes from the Zulu word for "Chief" and the Insigno blade design comes from the Zulu for "razor." Both are big names to live up to, not to mention the reputation considered by many in the knife collector community as being the best of the best.
Chris Reeve has been making knives since 1984, and after moving his operations to Boise, ID, his knives have proudly been made in the USA for nearly 30 years. Any knife bearing the Chris Reeve brand is representative of the maker's dedication to design and precision. Originally a tool maker and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris's attention to detail and near obsession with precise machining means that any knife that carries his name has been designed, treated, ground, and assembled to tolerances within 1/10th of 1000th of an inch.
So how do you improve upon perfection?
The Sebenza 21 was made to commemorate 21 years of experience in knife making. The 25 came a few years later, doing the impossible by improving the design of the 21 with better ergonomics in the handle, as well as a canted titanium belt clip. The bushing pivot was replaced with a washer and detent bearing, which was a bold move considering the love affair a lot of Chris Reeve enthusiasts had with the original design. The Chris Reeve Inkosi Insingo combines all the best elements from the Sebenzas and incorporates them into a masterpiece.
At 3.625" long, the stonewash finish S35VN stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant, yet strong enough (Rockwell hardness of 59-60) to hold up to all sorts of punishment and supple enough to hold a razor-sharp edge for a long time. The large Inkosi Insingo features an ambidextrous thumb stud, whereas the Sebenzas were right or left side only. The hand cut thumb grip chamfer on the back of the blade makes aids in precision and control. At .14", the blade is made of thicker stock than its predecessors and is hollow ground sharpened to a microscopic edge that will remain true through countless sharpenings. Pivot washer. improved, cleaner pivot from Sebenza 25.
The 4.75" blasted titanium handle is fitted for right or left use, with all-titanium or a variety of other choices such as carbon fiber or micarta inlay to choose from. The titanium lockbar has also been improved with the ceramic detent ball not only aiding in smooth blade deployment and locking, but also due to the softer nature of titanium when it meets a harder metal such as steel, thus providing a longer life for the lockbar. The ceramic detent provides even more protection against premature wear as it is harder than the steel blade. The handle is scalloped for ergonomics and fits nicely in the hand. The titanium belt clip can be removed, yet provides added protection in overtravel for the locking mechanism. The Inkosi Insingo inherited the washer pivot and detent bearing from the 25 and has shown that feature to be the pinnacle of design. With a little pressure on the lockbar from your finger and the swing of your thumb, the knife is open to its 8.665" length and ready for action. The lockbar isn't going to let that knife go anywhere until you want it closed again.
What can I expect to get?
The knife comes assembled, with the clip attached, as well as allen wrenches to adjust or disassemble the knife are included, along with lock-tite and grease. Care and cleaning instructions, a warranty registration card, and a printed timeline of the history of Chris Reeve knives and the warranty card.
I'm a lefty, so it's not often that manufacturers make left hand specific knives. So for Chris Reeve to offer all their models in left hand version with the same fit n finish is awesome for the left hand crowd. I was really wanting to try out both an Inkosi and the Insingo blade shape and KnifeArt was the only place I found to have it available so I jumped on it!
Only had it for a couple weeks but some initial thoughts:
1. Insingo blade shape has more general cutting utility, but the drop point looks better
2. The action on the Inkosi seems more smooth than my Sebenza, likely due to the larger washers and adjustable pivot
3. Typical CRK build quality, flawless out of the box.
4. the Insingo blade shape will be a little easier to sharpen as their is less belly and thickening towards the tip as with a Sebenza (I've only stropped it so far)
5. Carry is about the same as a Sebenza, the angled clip is a small upgrade but not too much different than either a Sebenza 21 or Umnumzaan. I don't think I have a preference either way.
6. The finger grooves are very well done and allow for easier left or right hand deployment. Although they fit my large glove size hand well, I still prefer the straight scales on the Sebenza more. More just personal preference.
This was my first purchase with KnifeArt; what an excellent outfit! I had a question about the knife and received a personal phone call from the owner to chat about it. He was very knowledgeable and helped me out! I can't remember the last time a company actually called to address their customers. Will definitely be buying more from KnifeArt.
Can't really say anything bad about this knife. It's perfect for my needs and daily tasks. As an electrician the insingo blade shape is perfect. This knife is a workhorse and can take a beating. The blade shape gives great draw cutting ability and you don't lose piercing ability or belly. The ceramic ball makes for a smooth lockup and no lockstick at all. I do prefer the one finger groove in the sebenza as opposed to the two on the inkosi but they are in the right place and do not create hot spots. All in all it's a great knife
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