Benchmade is one of the most widely recognized knife brands in the business – just one look at that distinctive butterfly logo tells you you’re holding a top notch blade. Benchmade has a unique origin story. Les De Asis, the owner and founder, originally wanted to create a high quality version of the cheap butterfly knife he played with as a kid. Once that design was created after working with gifted knife maker Victor Anselmo, he took his prototype to a local gun shop – whose owner immediately wanted 100 more. Thus, Bali-Song, Inc. was born, and that eventually led to the company we now know as Benchmade Knives.
Benchmade says that they have one ultimate goal: make the best knives in the world. We’ve always been wowed by their wide array of distinguished knife designs – I mean, have you ever held a Griptilian? It’s downright sexy. Choosing only five of their top knives is pretty tough, but luckily we did the work so you don’t have to. Buckle up and get ready to scroll through the best knives Benchmade has to offer. From the designs to the materials to the aesthetics, these five Benchmade knives easily reach the caliber expected of such a great knife company.
Benchmade Griptilian Folding Knife
What other knife can you kick off a Benchmade list with other than the famous Griptilian folder? Like many of Benchmade’s knives, the Griptilian features Benchmade’s patented AXIS lock, which is a 100% ambidextrous design that functions due to a riding, hardened steel bar that is machined into the steel liners. Not only is it strong, but it is also safe to use, as you can operate the blade without your fingers crossing into the path of the edge. The Grip’s designer, Mel Pardue, brought his passion for functionality to this design. The driving force behind Pardue’s collaborations with Benchmade is that less is more, and the focus has always been function over form. There are more iterations of the Griptilian than any other knife Benchmade offers. Our favorite is this upgraded design with G10 handles and premium CPM-20CV steel.
Case Knives and Carhartt were both founded in 1889 but have just now begun a collaborative effort to bring you some very high quality hard use traditional knives. For those who are unfamiliar with Carhartt, they started out making specialized workers clothes and are currently branching out to knives with this collaboration. With 22 different models spanning three series there is something sure to impress any Case or Carhartt fan. The three lines introduced include models with genuine dark molasses bone, rugged “duck” g-10, and jigged double-dyed synthetic handles. You can see the entire Case Carhartt series at www.knifecenter.com.
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If you’re looking for a blade that you’ll be both proud to show off to your friends and pass down to your children, the Hogue EX-04 series is an excellent choice for your money. They’re Allen Elishewitz designs made to handle the tough tasks and look good doing it. These EX-04 models have a highly ergonomic handle featuring the new blue and red lava G-Mascus G10 scales, which really catch the eye and provide a good, sturdy grip. The 3.5″ or 4″ black finished blades come in either an upswept or wharncliffe style that really excel in cutting with natural curves for maximum effectiveness. The button lock mechanism these knives use is a very high strength design that comes with a manual safety to lock the blade open if necessary. A superior folding EDC option, it’s also available in a tactical black configuration for military operations. Check out these cool new Hogue offerings at www.knifecenter.com.
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Zero Tolerance Assisted TigerStripe Blade
Tiger striping is very cool. These models are based on Ken Onion and Strider designs and are big, honkin’ folding knives. The tiger striping makes them look very cool.
You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
Zero Tolerance describes them as:
Zero Tolerance Knives Combat Folder. 5 1/8″ closed framelock. 4″ S30V stainless standard edge tiger stripe blade . Blade features Speed-Safe assisted opening and can be deployed one-handed with the dual thumb studs or index finger protrusion. Sure-grip handles are a combination of 3-D machined G-10 and titanium. Made in USA.
Schatt and Morgan NEW items
Some knives are born classics. Schatt and Morgan Knivesare about the finest American made pocket knives made. They have released a beautiful series with “October Harvest Bone” handles. As you can see, they are a beautiful orange color smooth bone and the workmanship on these is second to none. Limited to 600 pieces of each model.
We have the series at www.knifecenter.com
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