Benchmade Knives

Benchmade is my second favorite knive maker, right after Spyderco. People ask me why and it seems to boil down to this. Spyderco knives are made to fit the hand and do the job. Benchmade knives are nice, but often style comes before function.

I also say shame on Benchmade for routinely shipping poorly sharpened knives. I cannot for the life of me understand why they would make such fine knives and then not sharpen them well -- and in many cases sharpen them sloppily or poorly.

The crown jewel of Benchmade knives is the axis lock, a very nice and solid mechanism. It they would just ditch the studs and start putting round holes to open their knives (not to mention sharpen them, did I mention the fact they often do a terrible job sharpening their knives) they would really have something.

My all time favorite Benchmade is one of their least expensive - the Griptillian.

I am also fond of the Loco.

And the first high quality knife I ever owned is one they no longer make, the AFCK. The AFCK has a sort of cult following and they try to make enough noise to get Benchmade to bring it back. I'm not sure where I stand on all of that. I like the knife, but I am sort of unbiased and sentimental.

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Tom's Knife Info / tom@mmto.org