Benchmade is a cutlery company based out of Oregon City, Oregon specializing in high grade production knives. Benchmade is one of the most widely recognized knife manufactures and is known for making high quality knives and tools proudly made in the USA. What follows are my reviews of some of the best Benchmade knives on the market.
Benchmade Knife Reviews:
- Spyderco Paramilitary 2 vs. Benchmade Griptilian - Knife Showdown
2 Blades enter, 1 Blade leaves. That's the premise behind a series of posts I've had sloshing around in my head for years now. A series of "vs" posts where I pit 2 knives against each other to see which blade comes ou ... continue reading
- Benchmade Small Summit Lake Review
Benchmade's Hunt series (or "Munt", depending on how you interpret their packaging), is a series of outdoor inspired hunter focused knives. I have never been a hunter, so my first impulse was to ignore the Hunt series ... continue reading
- Benchmade 940-1 Review
Benchmade is a company that prefers iteration over innovation. Most of the new knives fall comfortably, and somewhat uninspiringly, within the boundaries of its recognizable, slow-to-change design language. Even r ... continue reading
- Benchmade 485 Valet Review
2013 and 2014 marked pretty quiet years for Benchmade. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff rolled off their shelves. The Volli was my favorite and has proven itself to be an excellent knife. Beyond that there wasn't ... continue reading
- Benchmade Volli Review
I'm not sure how to put this delicately, so I'll just come out and say it: Benchmade hasn't done a whole lot of exciting stuff in 2013, and it has resulted in a lack of reviews on new Benchmade knives. This isn't nece ... continue reading
- Benchmade 940 Review
If you are as obsessed with knives as I am, you may be on the hunt for "the perfect EDC knife." You know, the one blade that has it all. Naturally, it is the perfect size, features great materials, is beautifully desi ... continue reading
- Benchmade 275 Adamas Review
Designed as a tool for law enforcement and military personnel, the 275 Adamas could be the epitome of a hard use folder. The 275 shares the classic lines of many "normal" folding tactical knives, but is massively over ... continue reading
- Benchmade 581 Barrage Review
Benchmade has always struck me as a company that both innovates and inspires. They can take a functional object, refine it's performance, and give it a slight twist to elevate a knife something beyond mere G10 and ste ... continue reading
- Benchmade Mini Griptilian Review
As much as I enjoy discussing the latest and greatest knives, sometimes we need to stop and appreciate the modern classics. As someone who tries to stay on top of all the new stuff coming out, I can tell you that the ... continue reading
- Benchmade 890 Torrent Review
It has been decided - I am a total sucker for a cool "gentleman's tactical folder." I remember first drooling over the 890 Torrent when it came out in 2009. Flash forward a couple years, and today I am the proud owner ... continue reading
- Benchmade Bone Collector Mini Review
I must confess I never grew up hunting. It was something my family never got into, and so I was deprived of that early introduction to the classic hunting knives that so many Americans get to enjoy. (My family was big ... continue reading
- Benchmade Dejavoo 740 Review
Today I am taking a look at the ultra classy Benchmade Dejavoo. Designed by the late Bob Lum, known for his simple and elegant designs and the Dejavoo is no exception. Now that he is no longer with us, his custom piec ... continue reading
- Benchmade 915 Triage Review
Updated: 11/28/2015 Rescue knives often go unnoticed in the knife community. There are large groups of enthusiasts gathered around tactical, survival, and EDC knives, but I have yet to see the rescue knife develop ... continue reading
- Benchmade 710 Review
I recently reviewed the Benchmade Griptilian, a model I consider to be a classic Benchmade knife. The Benchmade 710 is another one of those classic Benchmade knives. The 710 has also been reviewed to death, but I want ... continue reading
- Benchmade Griptilian Review
Last Updated: 09/24/2015 The Benchmade Griptilian is practically a household name in the knife world. It is one of Benchmade's most popular designs and it appears in countless variations. And for each of these varia ... continue reading
- Benchmade Nimravus 140BK Review
Updated: 11/28/2015 The Benchmade Nimravus is one of Benchmade's original knives that has stood the test of time and remains quite popular today. The knife has come in a variety of steels over the years including ... continue reading
- Benchmade 14210 Heckler and Koch Snody Review
For those looking for a rock solid edc knife with a sub 3" blade, the Benchmade 14210 may be just the ticket. This knife is part of Benchmade's Heckler and Koch (HK) line, which is a partnership between the two compan ... continue reading
- Benchmade 860 Bedlam Review
The original Benchmade Bedlam 8600 is an automatic knife released in early 2010. The knife received rave reviews across the community and this large, middle eastern inspired knife was quickly deemed to be a new Bench ... continue reading
- Benchmade 741 Onslaught Review
Once in a while you run into a knife that really blows you away. The Benchmade 741 Onslaught is certainly one of those breathtaking knives for me. Designed by the late Bob Lum, the Onslaught is a large and elegant fo ... continue reading
- Benchmade 950 Rift Review
Ah, the Benchmade 950 Rift. What a sweet piece of steel. The Rift originally came out in 2008 as part of Benchmade's "black class" which are designed to be military and police grade blades built for extreme duty. Des ... continue reading
Benchmade has a very diverse product offering. Most Benchmade knives are folding and fixed blades for EDC, tactical use, collection, and specialized tasks like fishing and diving knives, hunting knives and rescue knives.
Benchmade breaks their knives up into 3 general classes: Gold, Blue, and Black. All 3 of these classes are made in America. For a while Benchmade also offered a “Red Class” of knife that was made overseas however Benchmade discontinued these knives in 2010. The Gold class of course refers to their highest quality knives. These blades use exotic materials and super expensive steels. The Blue Class is their more standard class. This is where you will find their standard high quality knives. The Black Class is reserved for their extreme duty knives designed mainly for law enforcement, military and public safety groups although some models are available to civilians.
Finally it’s important to mention that Benchmade does a lot of collaborations with custom knife makers (some of which become full time Benchmade staples like the Griptilian) and they release a lot of limited edition ultra-collectible knives. These limited edition knives are typically super expensive and are made of stuff like damascus with exotic wood and bone inlays and other high end super steels. I usually don’t do reviews of these because they are so rare and expensive.
Benchmade was founded in California in 1988 and the Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. opened it’s doors in Clackamas, Oregon in 1990. Their initial knife making techniques relied on outside vendors for a lot of the basic work leaving Benchmade to do the finishing. This was due mainly to the Company’s limited resources at the time.
Also, collaborations with custom knife makers allowed Benchmade to broaden their horizons and make new and exciting knives out of non-traditional materials with their state of the art equipment. Innovation and creativity are corner stones for the companies great growth and incredibly loyal following.
In 1996 Benchmade moved into a 35,000 square foot facility where they could have complete control over every aspect of production. Today Benchmade manufacturers knives for consumers all around the world and is a testament to American design and ingenuity.