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Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#1 Post by BlaineG » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:19 pm

My SOGs and Cold Steel and Schrade/Old Timers sure seem about as decent as one would like and are affordable. What's special about Benchmade?
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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#2 Post by Tycer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:42 pm

Axis lock system. It gets stronger as it wears. I use my bright yellow mini griptilian all day. I have never had the axis close on me accidentally. I’ve cut myself badly with both lockback and tablock knives folding on me.

But the steels are as labeled and the fit and finish are on par with those you mentioned. I have about a dozen Benchmades and have compared them to my friends’ knives of other makes and see no magic in mine.
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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#3 Post by BlaineG » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:53 pm

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Axis lock system. It gets stronger as it wears. I use my bright yellow mini griptilian all day. I have never had the axis close on me accidentally. I’ve cut myself badly with both lockback and tablock knives folding on me.

But the steels are as labeled and the fit and finish are on par with those you mentioned. I have about a dozen Benchmades and have compared them to my friends’ knives of other makes and see no magic in mine.
I had heretofore not heard of the special lock they have. I've cut myself a few times on non-locking folders, and kitchen knives, but not my EDCs that lock with the old style lock. Maybe I'll keep my eyes open for a gently priced used one.
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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#4 Post by GunnyMack » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:55 pm

When Benchmade first hit the market they were using ATS34 steel. It was difficult to get an edge on it. I had bought one on advice of a friend, sent it back twice because it SUCKED for staying sharp. I lost it on a job site and was never happier to be rid of it.
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#5 Post by wvfarrier » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:27 pm

I’ve carried a Browning black label for years. Fantastic knives BUT my benchmade is superb
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#6 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:43 pm

Some of the best and toughest knives I've had were very cheap.

A little Imperial brand sheath (nonfolder) knife I paid $10.00 for and got change back was extremely tough, took and held a great edge, but had a cheap-looking Bakelite or some such handle. When they cracked after I dropped a wood-maul on them, I made new ones out of a chunk of hatchet handle.

Now a folding knife needs some proper design and building, but it isn't like the technology is new. I've had ones of various prices that locked up firmly, opened smoothly, and held an edge. The pricey ones mostly just looked nicer.

I think that when it comes to knives, there is a basic level of function that isn't hard to get to (just need decent steel, and if it folds a sturdy locking design). Then above that, there is 'ergonomics' (again, fairly basic, but important), then above that is the classiness or appearance. It is the last category that can cost some serious money to buy, although I've seen many a home-made knife with tons of class, that we're very basic designs.
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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#7 Post by 1894c » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:50 pm

Have used Benchmade knives within my LE duties, really good knives, lock, rugged, well-made, holds its edge, quick opener, Military--LEO--First Responder tested and approved. For me I only carry Sydeco, an old Camillus US knife in my uniform pants, and I have a MORA knife in my LE "go bag" for the last 10-years, like them better...in the end all of the knives that have been mentioned are all good... :)
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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#8 Post by wm » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:59 pm

Knives, like ammo, firearms, scopes, hand tools and a few other things have come a long way in my lifetime (50 years). The low end of the price spectrum now compares pretty well with mid to high end of the spectrum 50 years ago.


Take the ratchet set available from Harbor Freight now and compare it to Craftsmen set from 1970. The Craftsmen set is still a little better but not much. And considering that Craftsmen set cost 3X as much (adjusted for inflation) there is pretty good value to be had in that Harbor Freight set we (me included) all turn up our nose at.


Scopes are an even more obvious improvement. The low end scopes ($50 or so) today are superior in every way to the top end scopes from 1990, let alone going back to 1970. Ditto flashlights …… $10, 588 Lumen Harbor Freight flashlight is much better then the 1990 XMas gift 5 D Cell mag light that I have that my in laws probably paid $25 for then.


Even 1911 handguns now are better now. A 1970 1911 would probably need lot of tweaking to be 'In Harms way' ready but today? Even moderately priced 1911s are super reliable out of the box. And probably more accurate. Ditto rifles … a current production Savage 110 out of the box will out shoot almost anything produced in the 1970s as it came from the factory. Remember when the only way to get good match grade ammo was to make it yourself? Now …… pffft. These days we reload for economy or to produce something the factory won't or just because we want to.


All this long diatribe is to make the point that metallurgy and production have come along way. Even inexpensive $15 knives are just about as good as most of us ever need them to be these days. Decades ago cheap knives were almost worthless. Now? They are pretty darn good in comparison You can spend more and get a better product but are you going to test that item to extent the difference is noticeable? I edc a S35 steel knife from LAPG that goes for $40 ( https://lapolicegear.com/lapg-kn-tbfk-0 ... s35vn.html) and not ever had it let me down (4 or 5 years now). Are there better knives out there? Sure are. Would I appreciate the difference if I bought one? Well probably not because I have yet to find a problem this knife failed to solve.


Anyway that's how I see it. I certainly appreciate the old stuff, one look around my home would tell you that, but I'm realistic about it. We just build better stuff today and we do it with better materials and adjusted for inflation it gets to consumers for less then they used to charge.


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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#9 Post by jdad » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:45 pm

I live within a 10 mile radius of Kershaw(Kai), Gerber, Benchmade, CRKT, Leatherman, etc. They ALL make good products.

I prefer Benchmade. The ones I have "fit" me and fill their purpose. I can drive up to Oregon City and drop it off when it needs sharpening or service. They will sharpen and replace everything, but the blade and grips, for free. They will ship it to me for free, but I choose to just pick it up. Usual turnaround is 3 days.

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#10 Post by piller » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:07 pm

CobraTec otf style with D2 steel blade. No need for such a thing, but it is fun. It opens cardboard boxes like a razor. Another good one for my needs is Opinel. I have never felt the need for a knife for fighting. I have a Kershaw Leek that would be with me if I felt the need. It is small, light, pointy, and sharpens up like a Mora. Mora is the only brand I know of which I can sharpen to where a sheet of paper dropped on it will slice into 2 pieces as it drops. The Leek will get that sharp, but doesn't hold the edge as tenaciously as a Mora.
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#11 Post by Pisgah » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Is a $150 knife better than a $15 knife? Yes, by some measures, and it darned well should be. But here's the thing -- eventually I lose a knife, whether it cost me 15 or 150. I cry a whole lot less when the cheap one goes missing. And, for 1/3 the cost of one Benchmade I can have 3 or 4 Gerbers, Schrades, etc., so if one breaks or is lost I have an immediate replacement.

I have a Benchmade that was gifted to me, and now and again I will carry it. But for everyday and rough use, the cheapies are my choice.

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#12 Post by Tycer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:35 pm

With regard to steels on knives used hard, 154CM is my fav. S30v and D2 are nice but a bit brittle for my use. 154CM will roll an edge rather than chip. Straighten right out with a steel. Easy to sharpen too. My 2¢ On cheaper knives, 440c is great. The Boker Stockmen 440c can be bought on fleabay for less than $10 shipped. They take a great edge.
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#13 Post by goldstar225 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:42 pm

Are they worth the price? Compared to less expensive knives? Well yes, sorta IMO. I have a Benchmade 710 that I carried for 20 years of my LEO career. Liked the Axis lock but the blade was difficult to get a good edge on (I do my own sharpening). I have a mini-griptilian that's my EDC also with the axis lock. Somewhat easier to sharpen and holds the edge well. My favorite feature on both is the axis lock.

I have to say that my favorites have been the USA made Schrade Uncle Henry's and my Cold Steel Master Hunter for the quality of their blades. Gerber also makes good knives. I've been intending to get a couple of Mora's and try them out.

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#14 Post by Sixgun » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:59 pm

When I'm hanging around the house, which is about 99.99% of the time, only two things go in my jeans pockets.....a Leatherman Wave in the left pocket, and a Benchmade Automatic in my right...the exact model the SEALS use. For everytime I stone the Benchmade, I stone the Leatherman 10 times...no joking, To me, a Leatherman is as important as my belt but are worthless for holding an edge.....the Benchmade cuts like a new razor.---The Count

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#15 Post by marlinman93 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:22 pm

Well to start with US Special Forces are issued Benchmade knives. My son in law was issued one when he was a Seal team member. When he was in town visiting we went out to Benchmade in Oregon City, and they did a check up and maintenance for his. They warranty their knives forever, and repair, replace, and sharpen them whenever the owner brings or sends them in. Free shipping back to the owner too.

I personally carry a Cutco knife. My Cutco is the same warranty, and they also will sharpen it for free for life, regardless of who owns it, or whether they were the first or the fiftieth owner. My Cutco was $90, and that's about $40-$50 cheaper than the Benchmade.

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#16 Post by jeepnik » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:32 pm

I use the heck out of work knives Buck, schrade, old timer, Benchmade you name it. Take care of them and they’ll all hold up well. I tend to either loose them or give them to someone who needs it more than me

Let me let you in on a something i’ve found recently. Milwaukee (yea the tool folks) have a number of folders that hold an edge and are strong as heck. They aren’t exactly svelte and the bright red handles aren’t unobtrusive, but for a work knife they are fantastic.
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#17 Post by 44shooter » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:27 am

I have a 705 I bought in the early 2000s. I got half off at a gun store sale, about $80. It has the axis lock, 154CM black coated half serrated blade, and G10 scales. I chipped a little bit of the tip prying and reshaped it with a stone. Other than a little wear of the black coating on the edges and scratches on the clip, it looks new. I love the lock and G10 is tough. Well worth the money to me and I've always been a Buck or Schrade type of guy. I have a couple of Cold Steel fixed blades too and think they're excellent for their purpose. I don't lose knives and have some from my childhood. Nothing wrong with paying for quality if you can afford it and want it.

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#18 Post by 6pt-sika » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:08 am

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When I'm hanging around the house, which is about 99.99% of the time, only two things go in my jeans pockets.....a Leatherman Wave in the left pocket, and a Benchmade Automatic in my right...the exact model the SEALS use. For everytime I stone the Benchmade, I stone the Leatherman 10 times...no joking, To me, a Leatherman is as important as my belt but are worthless for holding an edge.....the Benchmade cuts like a new razor.---The Count

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#19 Post by Sixgun » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:19 am

I hear ya 6 Point...on our cost conscience government.........there is a huge mark up on Benchmade ...MSRP vs. dealer cost. Mine now lists for somewhere around $240 and I know the wholesale is half that.

Ive used them all and ya know what? Some of those $5 Chinese knives they sell at my local gunshop are just as sharp and almost as edge holding as a knife costing 50 times as much...and you don't give a shyt if you lose it.---6
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I hear ya 6 Point...on our cost conscience government.........there is a huge mark up on Benchmade ...MSRP vs. dealer cost. Mine now lists for somewhere around $240 and I know the wholesale is half that.

Ive used them all and ya know what? Some of those $5 Chinese knives they sell at my local gunshop are just as sharp and almost as edge holding as a knife costing 50 times as much...and you don't give a shyt if you lose it.---6
I was hung up on CaseXX for awhile then Buck and Kershaw . Later Marbles new and old held my attention . Now in my hunting pack I carry a Kershaw folder a Gerber folder a Buck folder and a Schrade Sharpfinger . In my pocket I carry one of two or three Buck pocket knives I bought used from s guy liquidating his fathers stuff , the guy had been a long haul trucker and bought tons of pocket knives and when they came to us they showed very little use think I bought five of them .
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#21 Post by 6pt-sika » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:42 am

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I live within a 10 mile radius of Kershaw(Kai),
In 1977 I was a sophomore in high school and that was when I first became aware of Kershaw . J&G Rifle Ranch in Prescott AZ had them priced right in Shotgun News and I bought two straight blade sheath knives they are the type with a finger cut out in front the guard and drop point , they’re both the same design just in different size the smaller one was $20 and the larger was $22 plus $2 to ship . I’ve used the smaller one A LOT probably gutted 150 deer and skinned more then that , the bigger one I use very seldom . The sheaths have some wear but neither knife shows much wear and the little one gets sharpened on my wet rock several times during the season . They made this same basic design in a folder later but I never got one before they stopped making them , about three years ago someone brought one of the folders in like new but without the sheath , got it for $40 and was quite happy .
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#22 Post by Old Savage » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:18 am

Six, at least for one tester Benchmade M4 steel has outperformed everything he has tested in edge holding of hair shaving sharpness.
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#23 Post by BlaineG » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:51 am

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When I'm hanging around the house, which is about 99.99% of the time, only two things go in my jeans pockets.....a Leatherman Wave in the left pocket, and a Benchmade Automatic in my right...the exact model the SEALS use. For everytime I stone the Benchmade, I stone the Leatherman 10 times...no joking, To me, a Leatherman is as important as my belt but are worthless for holding an edge.....the Benchmade cuts like a new razor.---The Count

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#24 Post by Tycer » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:47 am

Top one is my bbq knife CPM-S30V, a440c, my wife’s 154cm, and a black bladed D2. The cracked scale happened on a lake weekend opening beers for everyone.
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#25 Post by Marvin S » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:08 am

To me they are only worth it if you are left handed. CRKT, Schatt Morgan, Queen Cutlery are good picks.

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#26 Post by Tycer » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:25 pm

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To me they are only worth it if you are left handed.
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#27 Post by Marvin S » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:47 pm

Tycer wrote:
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To me they are only worth it if you are left handed.
You noticed.
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#28 Post by gcs » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:15 pm

I know this is mostly a folder discussion, but if you want/need a fixed blade knife get a Mora, for 8, to 15 bucks you basically have a fixed blade scalpel, I get the carbon steel models, stays sharp, easy to re sharpen and if you lose it, no big loss. I have about 6 of them here, I have one in my hunting pack that has gone through 6 deer without a touch up.
Id wear one on my belt full time, but folks here are a little too anxious about that stuff. I do have a variety of folders, not fond of any of them, but they mostly get what needs cut, cut.

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#29 Post by jeepnik » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:58 pm

If you want an actual scalpel take a look Havalon. It’s uses replaceable scalpel blades. Excellent for fine cutting.
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#30 Post by gcs » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:18 am

The Havalons and other replaceable scalpel type knives are great for fine work, skinning etc, but they cant take much abuse, work around bones, through joints etc. They are sharp though!

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#31 Post by JB » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:51 pm

BlaineG wrote:
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My SOGs and Cold Steel and Schrade/Old Timers sure seem about as decent as one would like and are affordable. What's special about Benchmade?
I think they'd done an excellent job of marking to the "tactical" crowd. For my own use, I can't see paying those prices.

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#32 Post by cas » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:23 pm

I own 4 Benchmade's, are they worth the money? Sort of. Some of them can be, some not IMO. :D
I've been on the fence about buying another the last couple weeks. lol
That doesn't sound like a definitive answer, but it's accurate. :D



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#33 Post by Griff » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:50 pm

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#34 Post by 44shooter » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:47 am

It's sorta like asking if a Freedom Arms is worth four Rugers. Check them out and decide for yourself

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#35 Post by Rusty » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:01 am

I can't vouch for Benchmade. I know I've never had a USA made Buck fail me. My EDC is a German made Puma made like a trimmer Buck 110. I do have a Mora that I think I paid %6 for that has the best steel of any knife I've ever owned.
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Re: Are Benchmade Knives Worth The Price?

#36 Post by AJMD429 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:43 pm

Honestly, this is my most-used knife...
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