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Can I trust Benchmade?

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by Yo Mama, May 22, 2019.

  1. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Lately it's been a gamble what BM will do. First it's the cutting up guns because no one in town had an angle grinder.

    Now it's the steel ht with crazy numbers showing steel is most likely to soft.

    I'm out Benchmade. I was a loyal customer, but your business is going a bit crazy as of late. I also find myself cautioning those I'm close with to avoid spending their hard earned money because of decisions you have made without regard to how it affects the customer.

    All I've seen is avoidance, no taking responsibility or trying to make it right. It's sad, prove me wrong please.
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  2. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Via @Alchemy1 ig.

    Its not like it's a bad heat treatment or out of Benchmades made up spec. It's just wtf are you doing kind of thing. Then on top, not advertising the information to buyers effectively that this will roll super easy nor have good edge retention like all the other 3v from other knife makers. Nor do they tell anyone its rated well below what even the manufacturer recommends (crucible). Also they made up the whole easy to sharpen in the field. Think about that one. It's easy to sharpen 60hrc 3v. And most of the people that they are saying it's targeted too don't sharpen in the field or never sharpen all together.

    Its just a wtf are you doing thing. Not a trust thing imho.
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  3. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    I think you're talking to yourself unfortunately.
    Usually companies that have become as big as Benchmade stop caring about their most loyal fans once they have reached a bigger size and gone past their core target audience. Actually people like us are a bit of a thorn in their foot.
    Capitalism is ungrateful.
  4. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    I never had any issues with my Benchmade’s. That’s usually how I judge most knife companies. Of course there are exceptions, like the clone companies and such.. But if the knives I’ve owned have been good to me, then I could care less about the politics or what the internet has to say about them. I don’t own any Benchmade’s in 3V so I have no personal experience with the issue at hand nor am I downgrading it. It just doesn’t effect me, so I will continue to buy the Benchmade’s that appeal to me.
  5. 357snubnose

    357snubnose Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    No, you can't trust them.
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  6. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    So you're not asking us if you can trust bm, you're telling us you don't. Click bait title for a thread meant to stir the pot. Great.

    Did you know there is a boogie man under your bed and the sky is falling?
    GatorMedic, mylest, Filthyj24 and 8 others like this.
  7. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Lets not forget their years of frequently bad QC allowing many knives to leave the factory with uneven grinds and such defects.
    TonySal, mdrgn79, Yo Mama and 2 others like this.
  8. cj65

    cj65 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    The pocket clip on my 710 was bent outward. I am original owner. I emailed them to just purchase a new one. They sent me a new pocket clip no charge, no hassle, did not even ask me if i was original owner. I find that type of customer service exemplary. On the original topic or criticism of softer steel. I am all for a softer steel that is easy to get sharp quickly. I had a paradigm shift from d2 steel. I can get my softer steel knives sharper and with ease and I like that feature in a knife now. They all seem to dull at the same rate anyways.
  9. torqueguy

    torqueguy Pocket Puukko Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    My everyday carry is a small, Benchmade 771 Osborne. I love the knife. After 10 years, the action was getting gummy so I dissassembled to clean. The parts are tiny and although I can clearly see how it goes back together, after 2 hours of trying, I gave up. I just don't have the dexterity to line up all those parts. I sent them a note and received a note back saying just ship it back, we'll lube it and will put it back together for you. No charge and they will prepay the return shipment
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  10. Cypress

    Cypress Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I highly doubt there are any nefarious intentions coming from Benchmade.

    However, there are a lot of choices they’ve made lately that reveal how much sway the accounting department has on their design and production teams.

    Keep this in the back of your mind: 95% of consumers still associate cost with quality. It could be said that those of us on the forums tend to fit into the 5% that own other knife brands and notice when and where corners are cut.
  11. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    I can title my post as I wish, time to take your meds again?
  12. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    A bit touchy, there. If you don't want contentious opinions, don't start contentious threads. Personally, I haven't been a huge fan of Benchmade for quite some time, but I think your pronouncement is overdramatic and absurd. That said, it's your money and you're welcome to spend it however you see fit. Personally, if I see a Benchmade I like I'll quite happily buy it and evaluate it on the merits of the knife in question rather than on odd conspiracy theories. Just how I prefer to spend.
  13. mdrgn79

    mdrgn79 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Better than socialism, we'd all have the same shitty knife.
  14. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Of course you can :D

    Just as much as I am free to call them for what they are. You walk into a fan subforum and insult said brand, what do you expect?

    We can do with out the personal insults. You know where to go to do that.
  15. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    You take things and twist them. How was I insulting? Just because you disagree with me doesnt equal me being rude.

    I get it you support benchmade, great for you. There are a lot of people doubting right now that they should based on the company's own actions, so their own forum should include concerns and criticism when it's due. Otherwise it just goes the way of the Kershaw forum.
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  16. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    I’ll say personally I’ve been very pleased with mine so far. It’s holding an edge quite well after some basic day to day stuff. I know they’re different steals but it has way better edge retention then vg10 in my delica. Anyway just thought I’d bring an actual experience of said knife to the threads.
    It is a light knife for sure and seems very solid. And yet doesn’t have the hollow plasticy sound of the Griptilian for some reason.
  17. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Suggesting someone is off their meds is an insult whether you think so or not.

    And how is your op doing anything to resolve specific issues? You're basically saying "I'm done with bm". How does that help at all other than to stir the pot?

    I don't support bm any more than other companies I buy from. I just don't get the chicken little syndrome that is popping up over this 3v thing. Sounds like BM made exactly what they advertised. As for the rest of the issues people constantly complain about, i haven't really experienced them.

    The Kershaw sub closed because of just such pot stirring threads as this. Same with hinderer.
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  18. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Actual daily experience is always good to bring to the table. Thank you.
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  19. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Fair to your point it might be over dramatic, I do tend to get passionate about these things expressione that we spend a lot of money on. It's not exactly like these are $5 gas station blades. So when that happens I think I have a lot of motion Lee invested into a company that I want to support and have succeed.

    While yes I ultimately have written off benchmade for making any purchases in the near future I truly do want to communicate the reasons why being on a level that I just don't trust they match my values or that I'll get what I'm told I'm paying for.

    Benchmade is active when promoting the newest model for sale, they also need to be active in dealing with issues. I'm hoping they will, but I'm out till then.
  20. TonySal


    Jan 10, 2015
    What ever happened to the concept - which ever knife you like and use is ok?!!
    "I dont like whatever" means nothing - my POS old pocket knife works fine..I'll spend more, if
    maybe I want something fancy...
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