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HK vs Benchmade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Nephron44, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Nephron44

    Nephron44 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 20, 2015
    Hey all!

    I am a big fan of Benchmade and have many of their knives. I know Benchmade doesn't make ALL HK knives, but some of the HK models on the Benchmade website look pretty cool, and they come with the Benchmade warranty!

    So here is my question...how do the Benchmade made HK knives compare to the normal Benchmade knives? I have an HK Turmoil otf and it seems pretty nice, but I have zero experience with their other folders and fixed blades. Are they a good budget alternative to Benchmade?

  2. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    My experience has been very good. Ive owned a 14715 and handled several of the USA made HKs, and quality seems to be on par. The 14715 was just about as good as any other BM Ive owned. Centered, solid, and smooth. Tough, rock solid knife.
  3. jstrange


    Mar 31, 2012
    My guess would be that the US made HK models will essentially be the same as a comparable BM. The Chinese models will likely be of lesser quality due to the price point.
  4. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    The HK models made by Benchmade in the U.S. are every bit as good as any Benchmade and quite a bit less than a comparable Benchmade model. The only downside is that they all seem to come with black blades only.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016
  5. Slumblor

    Slumblor Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    I own a 14716, as well as 2 Chinese made HKs. The US made HK14716 is definitely higher quality and material and right up there with my Benchmades. But the other budget HKs are pretty decent knives that have good quality for the price and good value.
  6. tbenedict


    Feb 9, 2010
    I was really wondering how the Patrol compared to the CLA, but think I've decided both are too big for my normal carry (office job).
  7. stonproject


    Nov 22, 2013
    I had a hk otf and bm otf.

    identical build quality.
  8. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I have been very impressed with Benchmade's HK knives. Especially the 14715 and 14716 models. So impressed, in fact, that I would consider both of them as replacements for my small and large EDC folders if anything happened to the knives I now own. Fantastic products. IMHO, much better than most of the Griptilian series.
  9. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    I have had 3 of BM's HK knives. Great knives!!
  10. sinkrate


    Mar 21, 2015
    I guess i'm unlucky, i own a HK Mini Axis, and right out of the box it has serve vertical play, returned it and bought another mini-grip. I somehow feel the Benchmade is a little more well built than the HK line, just my 2cents.


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