Chris Reeve Knives’ Umnumzaan Brings Quality In Spades
It took 20 years for Chris Reeve to come up with an heir apparent to his wildly popular and revered Sebenza model. Reeve, a former South African turned Idahoan, is the perennial winner of the Blade Show’s Quality of Manufacturing award, crowned by a team of judges and those in attendance. It appears that Son of Sebenza was well worth the wait.
The Umnumzaan, the Zulu word for “Boss” and referred to as “Zaan” for short, is a frame-lock folder. This design, popularized by Reeve, is a take-off of the popular Michael Walker-style liner lock. However it is widely considered to be stronger because the thick metal of the frame also serves as the locking leaf, as opposed to a thinner strip of metal inside the frame. The frame rails of the Zaan are 1/8″ thick and made of top-shelf Titanium that not only offers strength, but weight savings. With a handle length of 4.77″ the Zaan is Reeve’s largest folder to date, and when engaged the 3.675″ blade stretches the overall length to a smidgeon under 8.5″.
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