I think I've settled on a keeper. The last small sebenza I had was a micarta 21, and I still feel like that is a great small work knife. Not saying this knife can't handle the same amount of abuse, all sebenza can take a beating. But its far too nice to get dirty and be used in the fashion I would consider using a micarta sebenza in. I was looking for a box elder sebenza, which I missed out by a few minutes, so I picked this one up instead. I was also looking for a mnandi in box elder or black dyed amboyna, but I couldn't find either and I think for extra weight and size (which isn't much) I would rather have the harder use sebenza (plus with inlays like these I'm pretty sure it's classy enough to classify as a dress knife, but you could argue all sebenza's could qualify as a dress knife). I don't really regret it, its a beautiful knife, but it cost me a small fortune. I probably shouldn't be picking up things like this while I'm in college, but hey, its a lifetime knife right?! The only real qualm I have with this knife is the whole 75% polished 25% bead blasted finish only on the lock bar...but that is how it is with all inlays except the micarta ones.
Note: Forgive me as pictures were taken on the window sill while still lying in bed, cause thats what I do on afternoons on Sundays of 4 day weekends (I stack classes on Tues/Thursday).
Anyway, without further adieu...
oh whats in here?
maybe a little peek first...
haha, I won't keep you waiting!
^ I think that is a little hair on the last picture on the inlay, as well as a smudge I just wiped off on the blade. Whoops!
It is a small classic mammoth ivory inlaid sebenza. The mammoth ivory is the whitest that New Graham had to offer, according to the previous owner who sold it to me NIB.