Originally Posted by pigmode
^ What are your latest impressions of the Umnumzaan vs sng?
At the end of the day if you use your knives for really tough cutting tasks beyond paper, plastic wrap, and maybe a box top... I think the Strider will come out on top. I'm a college student so as unmanly as it is to admit, my requirements are probably fulfilled by a simple Spyderco Endura. Something that is easy to open/close for really mundane tasks is probably better for a CRK. Thats why I'm into balisongs since in between doing simple tasks, I can at least play with them.
I use a knife on a cutting board to cut the wires for the cables I make too since clippers get dull relatively quick compared to decent blade steel.
The thumbstud on the Zaan requires some adjustment to get used to and can only be done with an ungloved right hand, I can deploy a Strider left or right handed with a thumb or index flick using the thumbhole wearing mechanic's gloves. They require break-in since the fitment is done by hand so the parts have to marry each other for the long haul vs Chris Reeve knives which are perfect out of the box.
Great clip (double retention bends)
Glass breaker tang
Thin slicer (think fruit)
Ergonomics inspire comfortable hard use
Better traction for self defense
Don't have to worry about marring a finish since they're not really good looking knives
No questions asked lifetime warranty and service covering anything short of abuse
Cool factor (The average CRK sells on the market unused or in like-new condition, the average Strider has seen months of use before it gets sold back) CR owners can be kind of frilly on one side of the spectrum, the actual users appreciate the knife for what it is though :)
Both are horrid in the fact that they need a specialized tool to break them down, the Sebenza is caveman easy using the included allen wrench, the Zaan has a 14 dollar breakdown tool, the Strider isn't mean to be taken apart by end users and the pivot is already loctited from the factory... a 60 dollar pivot wrench is available but thats a joke.
You could wait for the new Zero Tolerance 0560 to come out, but it's been delayed for months already... falling back on a commitment to a deadline is bad business and Kershaw won't be getting any of my money until they fix their policy about deadlines. Benchmade makes a new knife every month and announces it a week before release and there is never short supply of anything, even their Gold class knives are made in batches of 250 to 500!