Pocket knives & Multitools
Chris Reeve Inkosi: the name says it all
After a couple of expectant years Chris Reeve introduced the small and large Inkosi in 2015. With amazing knives such as the Sebenza 21 the bar was raised incredibly high for the Inkosi. It is, however, safe to say that the Inkosi definitely lived up to its expectations. The Inkosi took the knife world by storm. Very innovative upgrades, such as an oversized bronze washers system, definitely helped. The Inkosi is exactly as we could expect from Chris Reeve. Ground-breaking ideas and quality were key when the Inkosi was designed. Take the best of the Sebenza 21, Umnumzaan, and Sebenza 25. Put those together and you end up with the Chris Reeve Inkosi!
The Chris Reeve Inkosi: the evolution of the Sebenza 25
In terms of looks the Inkosi is slightly similar to the Sebenza 25. After all, like the Sebenza 25 the Inkosi has been enhanced with the characterizing finger cut-outs in the handle. However, the Inkosi is more innovative and has a bunch of new upgrades. The main difference can be found in the washers. The Inkosi has giant oversized bronze washers. As a result the knife is extra solid and the S35VN steel blade at the pivot has been sandwiched in between. The stopping is also stronger and the pocket clip has been turned a little bit to make sure it no longer rests on the lockbar.
In addition, the Inkosi has been enhanced with a double thumb stud to make sure it can be used by left and right-handed users. At the back of the handle the stand-off and lanyard-pin are one creating a more compact and nicer whole. An interesting detail is the ceramic detent-ball in the lockbar. This has been added to the tip of the lockbar and functions as a lockface and detent ball. As such the titanium part of the lockbar won’t touch the blade as it does with the Sebenza 21. This leads to less wear and tear. The lock-up of the Inkosi, however, is no less strong. Unlocking is even a lot easier because the contact point with the blade is a lot smaller.
The blade is even 8% thicker than the one on the Sebenza 25 and enhanced with a large hollow grind. Chris Reeve achieved this by placing a larger wheel around the grind. As a result the blade is as strong as a full-flat-grind, and will last even longer when sharpenened. It is as a result not that surprising that Chris Reeve chose the name ‘Inkosi’ which means ‘chief’ in Zulu. This robust all-rounder is up for any task!