If you’ve followed the channel for any amount of time, you know that I have become a huge Chris Reeve fan over the past year. Among other vices, one of the (un)fortunate side effects of this is that I have had a rapid desire to own and carry every active CRK. Enter the Mnandi.
Looking for any excuse imaginable to justify yet another expensive knife, I convinced myself that I needed a good “dress knife”. Now, to be clear – I will unashamedly carry anything from a Cold Steel Code 4 to a Spyderco Paramilitary 2 with my Sunday best…but at least this gave me some justification. So, when I saw a good deal on one of these on the used market, I snatched it up and carried it for a few months.
First impressions when I pulled this out of the box were really good: I was once again very pleased with CRK quality, though this one was very different than anything I had owned previously. I’ve owned and carried just about everything CRK actively makes – and some they don’t: a bunch of Sebenza’s of various sizes and configuration, a few Inkosi’s, an Umnumzaan, a Nyala, Pacific, etc. But this one was different. Primarily because it lacked the overbuilt, robust character of other CRK’s – but not in a bad way. This is a different knife, intended for a different type of use, and it makes a lot of sense when you carry it.
After many weeks of regular carry – including it becoming my de-facto Sunday church knife, I can say that overall, this is an awesome knife. Beautiful, slim, non-threatening. The construction is high quality and distinctive to CRK, though in a different way. Nice slicer, good utility blade and overall just a very practical and enjoyable pocket knife. It’s a carry for me, dawg.
That said, this isn’t a keeper – at least not right now. With the current COVID situation, my dress occasions are pretty limited, and at the end of the day I just didn’t carry it a ton. I often found myself preferring the small Sebenza in other situations, and so this one went to find a better home. However, there’s a good chance that this will not be the last Mnandi in my collection – especially once they new S45VN models are widely available!