Top, the Wilson StarTac and bottom a standard Chris Reeve Sebenza. It is easy to see that the new Wilson folder is a first cousin to the other knife.
Few knives seem to ignite as much controversy with the web set than the Chris Reeve Sebenza frame-lock folder. First introduced in 1990, the design has been steadily fine-tuned and improved for the last 20 some years. I’ve carried a succession of these knives since their introduction (including a much appreciated left-hand version) and consider it one of the finest field folders on the market.
Unfortunately, real world performance doesn’t seem to be an accepted standard for some to judge a knife by. In their minds, doing things the hard way is somehow of much higher value than creating a better product. For them, it is enhanced if you use 19th century techniques and materials along with a little smoke and mirrors about secret quenches in mysterious substances. And to really impress them, you must stress how only a single person, using the simplest hand tools possible, was involved in a knife’s creation. Call the Sebenza “handmade” and they go off on long rants about why that is totally incorrect. Having handled enough one-man-shop custom folders to know far too many of them don’t come anywhere close to a Sebenza in fit and finish, I have to say, “Who cares if it is handmade or not, it works!”
All Go and No Flash
If the folder has a flaw, it would probably be that the standard Sebenza is a little on the plain side as far as looks go. Folding knives have long been a workingman’s “bling” and Chris’s basic model tends to be all go and not much show. For those looking for a little more flash without sacrificing any of the original design’s performance, Wilson Tactical’s new limited edition CR StarTac may just be the perfect answer.
Top, the Wilson StarTac and bottom a standard Chris Reeve Sebenza. It is easy…
by Mike Boyle / Mar 1, 2011