The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto follows the tradition of Chris Reeve's Sebenza line, which originated in 1987. Over the next few years the Sebenza underwent some changes. 1990 saw the release of the Sebenza Original profile, with the Regular profile released in 1996, and the Sebenza Classic profile released in 2000. In 2008, the twenty-first year of the Sebenza, the Sebenza 21 was born.
The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto features a 2.94-inch Crucible S35VN stainless steel blade with a sleek, strong Tanto blade profile. The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto, crafted in Boise, Idaho, offers the exceptional craftsmanship characteristic of American-made products. The tumbled finish blade is heat treated to boast a Rockwell Hardness Scale rating of 59-60, providing an excellent balance of hardness and toughness. The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto sharpens extremely well and offers exceptional edge retention. The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto is perfect for cutting, slashing, and puncturing due to the heightened strength of the Tanto blade. The hollow grind of the Small Sebenza 21 Tanto increases the blade's durability, and an even distribution of cutting carbides along the edge of the steel allows for smooth use. A thumb lug crafted from 6Al4V titanium offers quick, easy opening with one hand when the knife is needed. The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto is perfect for tactical or self-defense applications, but the reinforced tip of the Tanto blade profile also caters to those who don't want to worry about accidentally breaking the tip off their blade.
The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto's sand-blasted 6Al4V titanium handle is sturdy and durable, allowing for excellent grip and control of the knife during use. The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto features Chris Reeve's Integral Lock system, a locking mechanism that provides a long-lasting, secure lock-up to keep the blade open when in use and closed when not in use. Phosphor-bronze bushings add further to the durability and strength of the Small Sebenza 21 Tanto and allow for a smooth open and close every time. 303 stainless steel hardware and Chris Reeve's signature anodized blue titanium accents add to the sleek character of the Small Sebenza 21 Tanto, making it a knife you'll be proud to own and show off. The removable 6Al4V titanium pocket clip, lanyard hole in the handle, and overall weight of only 3 ounces make the Small Sebenza 21 Tanto an excellent everyday carry knife with several carry options. The Small Sebenza 21 Tanto also features a lifetime guarantee and can be sent in for "spa" treatment to keep it looking in top-shape, making it a knife to last long term.
"Sebenza means 'work' in Zulu - these knives are intended to do just that," knife designer Chris Reeve explains about the Small Sebenza 21 Tanto's name. Reeve was born and raised in an area of South Africa where Zulu is the prominent language. Since 1984, Reeve has designed and manufactured the finest knives with only the best materials. In 2015, he earned an induction into the Cutlery Hall of Fame, a testament to his dedication to quality, design, and achieving the closest tolerances in the knife industry.
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Quality only matched by the large Sebenza in my collection of EDC's. This and the full size Sebenza are my EDC's.
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