Benchmade Knives

Benchmade Knives

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.

I generally recommend purchasing Benchmade knives at BladeHQ. They have an excellent selection, very competitive prices, free shipping, and great customer service.

Benchmade Knife Reviews:

  • Benchmade 485 Valet Review Benchmade 485 Valet

    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 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 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 Benchmade 275 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 581 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 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 img-benchmade-890-torrent-01-thumb

    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 img-benchmade-bone-collector-06-thumb

    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 Benchmade Dejavoo

    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 img-benchmade-915-triage-01-thumb

    Rescue knives often go unnoticed in the knife community. There are large groups of enthusiasts gathered around tactical, survival and edc blades, but I have yet to see the rescue knife develop such a loyal following. ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 710 Review 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 img-benchmade-griptilian-01-thumb

    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 variations I know there are cou ... continue reading

  • Benchmade Nimravus 140BK Review Benchmade Nimravus Review

    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 M2 tool steel, D2 and t ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 14210 Heckler and Koch Snody Review Benchmade HK 14210 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 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 img-benchmade-741-onslaught-01-thumb

    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 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 Knives

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 Knife Classes

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.

Benchmade also currently has 3 special collaborations going on with H&K, Harley-Davidson and the Bone Collector. These series of knives are produced with their own special style and flair and represent the brands they have collaborated with quite well. These knives are also produced in the United States with the same attention to fit and finish that Benchmade puts into all of their knives.
Benchmade H&K Knives

Benchmade Tactical Pen
Benchmade also makes an interesting line of tactical pens. I have a couple tactical pen reviews floating around on the site, and plan to include some Benchmade pens in the future. From what I can tell Benchmade’s offering appears to be superior to much of what is out on the market, which doesn’t really surprise me. The pens are made of anozided aluminum, utilize fisher space pen refill cartridges and are incredibly tough and ergonomic. All of the pens are made in the USA in the Benchmade factory.

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 History

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.

The high quality knives and Benchmade’s passion for the business lead to rapid growth which allowed the company to expand and gave them more control over production of the knives. Eventually more and more things began to get done in-house as Benchmade bought more machinery. One interesting fact; Benchmade was the first knife manufacturer to have lasers in their factory. Stuff like this is why Benchmade offers such unique products and is responsible for many knife innovations.
Custom Benchmade Knife

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.

Benchmade Facility

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.

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  1. Rick Roth says

    Is it true that Benchmade uses different types of steel in the same knives,depending on who you buy it from? Meaning better quality or lesser quality,i see different steel quality names but don’t know if companies use different names for the same steel.

    • says

      Hey Rick,

      To answer your question – no, not really. It’s true that in some case Benchmade does make some of their knives in different steels (some are special editions, some are special ordered off the Benchmade website) but they clearly label what the steel is. They aren’t passing off some inferior steel onto one retailer and saving the “good stuff” for another, or anything like that. If you have any questions about a particular steel I suggest checking out my page on knife steel (and feel free to follow up with a comment or email if you have any other questions).

      And as far as high end steel goes, something like S30V will always be S30V, because it’s made by a single company (Crucible). When it comes to Benchmade knives, If it’s labeled as a certain kind of steel, you can be sure it’s that steel. Thanks for the question Rick, I hope this helps.

      • Lew says

        Ah, but there’s “S30V” and there’s “CPM S30V”. Both are made by Crucible and both contain the same elements in the same ratios but only one is a powder steel. It’s something you might want to be more specific about as it relates to both cost and carbide size.

        • says

          Great point Lew! I am totally familiar with the powdered and non-powdered versions. So to clarify, regardless of whether you are talking about S30V, or it’s powdered version, CPM S30V, both are made by Crucibile. So CPM S30V will always be CPM S30V, and S30V will always be S30V – regardless of who makes the knife the steel is proprietary to Crucible. Hope that makes sense!

          I will say that the heat treat does make a big difference that would result in differences between one manufacturer and another (assuming they are both using S30V). In my experience, Benchmade has always done a great job so there is nothing to worry about in that department.

          • says


            After near 5 years of running this site I still regularly learn new things. I didn’t realize S30V and CPM-S30V were the same thing (I always thought it was like CPM-154 and 154CM). Mind=blown.


  2. Aaron says

    After reading (and watching) a number of the reviews here, which I think are great, I find myself wishing you had a review on the Benchmade 3150 Impel. I am a huge fan of Benchmade and very happy to see such good (in every way) reviews about the company and the knives that they produce. It would be great to see the Impel added to your line-up of Benchmade reviews as the first Auto, first “Gentleman’s knife” and first sub 2 inch bladed Benchmade on the site.


    • says

      Aaron, Thanks so much for the feedback! I’d be more than happy to review the 3150 Impel, that is an excellent little knife that is certainly on my radar. It might take me some time to get to the review (I have a huge backlog of knives to review), but I’ll add the 3150 to the queue and see if I can acquire one. Thanks for the great suggestion and kind words. I really do appreciate it.


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