Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by SwampWolf, Aug 28, 2022.
Thanks for any info.
Benchmark Quick Linerlock | SMKW
They are a cheap Chinese knife that tries to confuse people with a name that sounds like Benchmade.
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Benchmark started out as a company called Jenkins Metals in Gastonia, NC. Blackie Collins was their designer. They changed the name to Bench Mark because that meant the craftsman's mark on his work.
This was long before Benchmade. So if anyone was trying to borrow reputation it was Benchmade equating themselves with BenchMark (and Blackie Collins).
The company was sold to Gerber for the design rights, and much later, R.B. Jenkins bought them back to revive the company, until he eventually retired, along with his knives. Then the name was purchased and ... well.
Benchmark was a legitimate innovative company. Like so many American knife companies they changed hands, went bankrupt, or were sold and too often turning into "cheap Chinese knife stuff".
Sad to see one of the most innovative American knife companies only be remembered for what people see now.
Brands get sold and bought and sold keeping the same name, but the company and products rarely stay the same. Usually they play off a great reputation and then sell lesser and lesser quality under it. Marbles, BenchMark, Camillus, Schrade, ... We'll cross our fingers and hope Cold Steel doesn't go that way under new ownership.
BTW, beautiful AD Hunter. Very few were done in Westinghouse ivory micarta.
I think you know more about my knife than I do.
I think he knows more about ALL of our knives than we do.
Of that, I have NO doubt!
I have a first production run 1992 Benchmark Diamondback Rolox with westinghouse micarta handle. I've been trying to find another like it for a while.
As a side note, a benchmark is a reference point or scale on a bench or other stationary object. Land surveys usually begin with a benchmark of known location/elevation. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benchmark
Separate names with a comma.