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Announcing the NEW 486 Saibu!

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by BKC Customer Service, May 18, 2018.

  1. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    "Stabilized" Cocobolo is... suspect. I would be interested to understand more.
     
  2. MCM

    MCM

    913
    Feb 9, 2002
    Cocobolo is too oily a wood to take stabilization
     
  3. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    790
    Jan 25, 2013
    The wood used for the inlay is a "stabilized wood" laminate with a "cocobolo" color. It's not actually cocobolo wood.
     
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  4. MCM

    MCM

    913
    Feb 9, 2002
    Beautiful design. ;)
     
  5. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Well, I didn't want to be too critical so I left it as 'hmmm, tell me more...' But one eyebrow was raised.

    Thanks, Jimmy. Truth in advertising aside, for small, detail inlays I can imagine this may actually be a better approach than a small piece of solid material.
     
  6. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    790
    Jan 25, 2013
    Thanks! It turned out pretty cool.
     
  7. JohnD586

    JohnD586

    38
    Dec 19, 2016
    Just pre-ordered mine. Have all the other Nakamura's, and have been carrying the 484-1 a lot lately.
     
  8. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    I really like the look of the Nakamura designs and might be on board for this knife.

    Question for @Benchmade : I have a 484-1601 and I have trouble with the thumbstuds snagging when I pull the knife out of my pocket. It seems like they're just a fraction of an inch too tall. Does the 486 use the same size studs of are the a little shorter? It's hard to tell from the pictures.

    Thanks!
     
  9. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    790
    Jan 25, 2013
    These thumb studs stick out as well. They have to be taller to allow for the wood inlay.
     
  10. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Thanks for the quick answer! Do you happen to know if there are any low profile stud options for the 484 and 486?
     
  11. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    790
    Jan 25, 2013
    For the 486 you could use 485 thumb studs. I don't know of any low profile options for the 484.
     
  12. 99cuts

    99cuts

    529
    Apr 18, 2013
    :thumbsup: very tempting, I need to see this in person. first thought in my mind is, can i use the scales without the wood inlays for more weight reduction. :D
     
  13. Benchmade

    Benchmade BMK Jimmy - Design Engineer Moderator

    790
    Jan 25, 2013
    Yeah you could...it would be kinda weird. :eek:
     
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  14. Grizz484

    Grizz484

    120
    Jan 7, 2018
    Just completely remove the thumb studs from any 484. Just use the Axis lock to open & close it, forget about the problematic thumb studs.

    I've not seen the problem on my 486 yet, if it shows I'll do the same solution.
     
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  15. Grizz484

    Grizz484

    120
    Jan 7, 2018
    Had my 486 almost a week, Super smooth just like a 484, mini deep carry clip works great. As I said above no problem yet with studs pulling the blade open when drawing the knife out of pocket. QC tip, top no issues. Perfect size for my small hands, larger+ hands wouldn't be happy.
     
  16. JDennis

    JDennis

    20
    Oct 24, 2017
    I have been edc mine for the past couple weeks. It is a great looking knife, I love the blade steel, but today I went back to my Northfork. The Saibu is much more a dress up/office carry knife IMO. The handle is a little small and the blade a little thin to have it do anything but light tasks. The Northfork still reigns supreme for a small moderate task EDC. Don't get me wrong the Saibu is awesome, but it is my go to church knife.
     
  17. Grizz484

    Grizz484

    120
    Jan 7, 2018
    I love my Northfork too, just prefer the pocket ability of the 486.
     
  18. Foghorn Leghorn

    Foghorn Leghorn Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    30
    Oct 31, 2015
    Got a Saibu couple of weeks ago, superb little knife the design is tremendous compared to what's out there, everything was perfect and it functions like a dream. The only complaint would be the cocobolo scales on mine are really really dark so have no effect. Can you buy new scales for them i'd like a lighter pair for sure, schoolboy error on my behalf not asking the online shop to check for lighter scales. Big fan of this design kudos to Benchmade and Nakamura perfect little edc gents pocket knife.
     
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  19. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    973
    Feb 20, 2018
    Still waiting for a large Saibu.
     
  20. Dean51

    Dean51 Gold Member Gold Member

    911
    Aug 30, 2014
    The Saibu is on my wish list. :)
     

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