I first met Les at the old Pacific Cutlery factory in North Hollywood, LA in 1986.
He was an amazing entrepreneur who had an enormous impact on the sporting cutlery industry. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
By whatever circumstance a Benchmade was in my pocket during the birth of both my sons - Benchmade 330 for my oldest & a Benchmade 940 for my youngest. Once they hit 21 I plan on giving them their birth knives. I also carried a Benchmade Emerson CQC-7 during my time in the Army. Saddened to hear of his passing, but he left one hell of a legacy in the knife world.