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Is a Benchmade worth the money

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Ironclad, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    I believe they are worth it. If you decide to buy one you will see. The mini grip 556 is the perfect EDC knife for me, not too big or small, love the axis lock, and the 154CM steel holds an edge well and isn't difficult to sharpen.
  2. dayhiker

    dayhiker Well-Known Member

    The ZT0550 is worth considering.

    I like mine...


    Only had it for about a day, but it is seriously a consideration to carrying my F1 (legally)

  3. cja245

    cja245 Well-Known Member

    I'm more of a Spyderco guy. But I have several Benchmade balisongs and they are top notch.

    IMO one of the best folding knives out there today is the Spyderco Paramilitary 2. I have a sprint run in S35VN
  4. Big_John1961

    Big_John1961 Well-Known Member

    Benchmades are good knives. I think I have 5 of them. The question of whether they are worth the expensive price tag is up in the air sometimes. For whatever reason, I always seem to gravitate back towards my Spydercos, Kershaws or CRKs. I've had some QC issues with BM, mostly loose blades out of the box, but I've also gotten very good customer service when I've needed it.

    I think BM is like any other brand, some models sing to you, some don't. Right now I'm just not buying BM's. Very good quality, IMO, but a tad overpriced. Frankly, I think Kershaw makes some of the slickest, high-value blades out there. They make a lot of interesting models and I've had great luck with them.

    One thing BM does have is the outstanding Axis lock. :cool:
  5. tiamat

    tiamat Well-Known Member

    ^^^ This
  6. Il Duca

    Il Duca Well-Known Member

    Benchmade does make nice knives and the Axis alone makes them worth the money. I also find that with a properly set up Axis, any other opening method is moot. I sinply open and close them one handed by manipulating the lock. If I had to pick though it would be flipper, thumb stud, then Spyder hole. Never liked the hole.
  7. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    Hole vs stud is all about personal, i can't stand the hole. BM offers many knives with both options, spyderco not so much.
  8. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    I have to say, I've been juggling the idea, whether Benchmades are worth the money or not, but I just found out about a shop doing an inventory cleanup sale a couple of days ago.

    I ended up ordering a 710D2, it says the knife is new and cost under a hundred, so I feel pretty good spending the money on it. I know I would have eventually bought a 710, and I would have bought it under exactly the circumstances I did this time, a stumbled on sweet deal.

    So then I remembered I haven't picked up a knife other than the CRKT Folts S.P.E.W. for her, and I think she might be more comfortable carrying a folding knife too. I ordered her a pink plain edged one, she's very marginally into girly colored things, so if she doesn't like it I'll make fun of her and claim I got it that color so she won't lose it. I don't know what replacement grip options are out there, but I'm sure if she doesn't like pink it'll be easy to find something she does like.
  9. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    IMHO it's strictly a pride in ownership thing in a way as that hi-dollar knife does not cut any better than my $ 10.00 Opinel.
    I am however a Knife Nut and I can understand your feelings about the Benchmade offerings.
    I have two Randalls, both gifts from friends, that will NEVER see blood or even a tomato but I'm fortunate to have them.
    Respectfully, Zeke
  10. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    I beg to differ. Perhaps fresh out of the box they will both cut, but after use, the $10 knife (if it hasn't broken yet) will show why it was $10. This may become less apparent when comparing say a $50 knife to $100, but any $10 knife is likely nothing more than Chinese junk.
  11. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    Read my post!
    My Opinels have not broken simply because they are used as cutting instruments ONLY and NOT as hatchets or pry bars.
    I can take my daily carry Opinel and shave with it!
    Can you do the same with your daily carry?
    Opinels, Chinese junk?
    You need to do some SERIOUS research my friend
    I ain't sayin' no more!
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  12. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    Knives don't need to be used as hatchets or pry bars to lose an edge or show wear...
  13. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    read my post!!
  14. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    Im not here to get into a heated argument, and I'll admit I don't know much about Opinels, perhaps they are an exception, because in my experience knives costing $10 are usually junk. No matter what you're cutting though, knives wear, this happens to ANY knife, and usually much quicker to cheap ones utilizing inferior steel. With folders there are other issues to consider.
  15. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    The Opinel is the farthest thing from Chineese junk. It's made in France.
    The more I collect, price is just one factor in the equation. There are great budget blades, and then there is junk. The Opinel is very respected as a solid user.
  16. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    Guess I'll have to add one or two to my collection then. Which particular models do you guys recommend?
  17. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Opinel No. 8

    You'll thank me later. :) It's a whole new world.
  18. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    I prefer the Carbon Steel over the Stainless!
  19. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Carbon all the way. The no 8 has the exotic x90 carbon!
  20. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    An Opinel or a Mora is not a junk knife.

    Oh they showed you the error of your ways already. Good news. I've got a Mora (Classic? Red wood handle, carbon steel I'm almost positive.) that I've had since 2001, love it, still sharp, been using it as a digging tool lately.

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