You Can Own Only One - Which Benchmade?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Unadan, May 28, 2019.

  1. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I've owned and carried BM for a few yrs...several models...owned maybe at least 15 folders.
    Was never happy with their 154 cm and finally gave up. I'd imagine their better steels are okay
    on the models with confirmed HT numbers. I'd trust Peters; not Benchmades.
    Last edited: May 29, 2019
  2. Silent H

    Silent H Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    I agree, I was never super impressed by their 154CM (or their M390 for that matter), I could never quite sharpen it right. I really like their S30V and D2, I think they do those steels better than almost anyone else out there. I don't have any experience with their other steels.
  3. mrfields


    Jun 30, 2017
    can’t narrow it down to one but i’ll give you two. 810 contego & 9555 auto rift. i really like bms osdorne designs. the 810 in m4 is just a beast, can handle anything. and the 9555 is the perfect edc size, at least for me. and the auto axis is sooo much fun. has about the best blade to handle ratio of any folder you’ll find, too.
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  4. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Within walking distance of the factory store? Why fondle everything there
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  5. Skidoosh

    Skidoosh Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    I like my 555 20CV blade. I put some AWT scales on and use it quite a bit.
  6. ChazzyP

    ChazzyP Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 27, 2014
    I'm another Old School BMK guy. Most of my favorite models are disco'd--AFCK, 710 (and little brother 705), Stryker--and it's hard to choose amongst those. Of the newer and current knives--aside from all my Grips with aftermarket scales--only my full-size Crooked River and 551-1702 really float my boat.

    The only BMK steel that I didn't like was the S90V in my former 940-1. I'm fine with Benchmade's 440C, ATS34, 154CM, M390, S30V, and M4. I've also owned well over 30 and currently have 25 BMKs and have never had a problem with an AXIS lock spring. (If I've jinxed myself here, it's on you @ScooterG :p.)

    I love my two stock, D2 710's and can't imagine not owning one, but if it's down to a single Benchmade then it would be the 710-1401 in M390, but I'm keepin' my custom Keyman scales. :)

    I'm no help at all, am I?



  7. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
  8. Whitedog


    Dec 30, 2005
    Like the 585 Mini Barrage a lot but for every day use the Grips (large or mini) are hard to beat.
  9. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Bugout, no competition.

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  10. Reitwagen


    Mar 2, 2009
    My desires are for a mini Crooked River, but my budget says otherwise. Right now my only Benchmade is an Impel auto that was a gift from a friend.
  11. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    77452DB0-598C-4A32-A88D-B2D54BD07969.jpeg I like the Axis AFCK with an M-390 blade.
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  12. gnystrom


    Dec 24, 2006
    Sold all mine when I discovered their political beliefs so my answer is nothing in their lineup interests me.
  13. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Yeah, me too.

    Too bad they don't bring that back. They'd sell a butt load of them.
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  14. Robinson1


    Feb 15, 2018
    I've only got one Benchmade and it's a 550 Griptillian. Never carry it anymore but it did see close to 3 years of constant pocket time. Great work knife
  15. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    At home in a pair of jeans or your best suit.
    A joy to carry yet capable if needed.
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  16. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Mini-Rukus, if you can find one. Mine's #160, First Run. S30V. Awesome cutter.
  17. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    Your basic premise is flawed, just one? Ouch. Wife and I each have a couple and more soon. Right now we have 2 mini Grips with DOAT scales, a full size grip (DOAT scales on the way), a Proper wearing custom ironwood and 940-2. Want a mini CR and a Bugout.
    Probably would be the Mini Grip if I could only have one but I'd be sad.
  18. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    With the exception of two comments this is a great useful thread. There were a couple of knives I wasn't aware of that now I will pursue, any thread that gets in your wallet is a good one.
  19. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
  20. Elite_KG

    Elite_KG Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 7, 2012

    Bugout - No question. I would have said the Mini-Ritter before, but then I experienced a Bugout!

    (Only with custom scales though)
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