Benchmade’s founder has passed away.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by aquaman67, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. aquaman67


    Jan 27, 2012
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  2. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    Condolences on your Fathers passing!
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  3. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    RIP Les. You built one heck of a business!
  4. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    My sincere condolences. I met him at the 2012 Bladeshow, he was outside smoking a cigar. Talked to him about the Contego I had just purchased before my friend told me who he was. He was a very nice man and I really enjoyed meeting him.
    He will be missed.
  5. blackend

    blackend Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    I spoke with him just a few years ago at BladeShow Atlanta. A wonderful human being. Rest in peace Les.
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  6. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    RIP, Les. Man, what a giant of the industry. This is a big loss. :(
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  7. stonproject


    Nov 22, 2013
    Les had a massive impact on the knife world, this is disappointing news.
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  8. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    So sorry to hear that. Benchmade knives set a high standard in innovation and quality, a testimony to its founder.
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  9. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
  10. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Didn't know him, never had the pleasure of meeting him. But what a legacy...

    A little piece of him lives on in tradesmen, collectors, enthusiasts, soldiers, hunters, and on and on every single day. Every time someone reaches into their pocket or pulls one of his knives out of a sheath they pay a tremendous homage of respect to him and his knives. And that is millions of "someones" that do that every day.

    He will never be forgotten.

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  11. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    My condolences and prayers to his family.
  12. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Prayers sent up for you and your family.
  13. salmanalk


    Aug 28, 2010
    RIP Les. Bought my first Benchmade's in the mid 90's a AFCK and a Benchmade Emerson, still have them. My first intro to quality knives, and a start of a great collection.
  14. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    Rip. Loving my Benchmades, have one at the mothership being taken care of. I will proudly use them and always be glad for the company he built. Condolences to the family. He will be missed!
  15. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Very sorry for your loss a true giant in the industry
  16. comis

    comis Gold Member Gold Member

    May 17, 2013
    Sorry to hear that, sounds like someone whom will be dearly missed! Condolences to his family.
  17. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Sad news, prayers sent high for him and his family.
  18. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    RIP Mr. de Asis. Sad news.

  19. Wannabe Rambo Guy

    Wannabe Rambo Guy

    Feb 11, 2020
    He'll still be around with all of these pisser knives getting used, gawked at, and loved. Rip to him, brother. He's most likely smiling and gonna meet some new, good folks while he's waiting to hang out with you again.
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  20. OzarkDave


    Oct 9, 2013
    Sad to hear, rest in peace.

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