Benchmade knivesBenchmade recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of making high-end, high-quality knives. Read on to learn more about this unique knife maker.

History of the Benchmade Knife Company

Benchmade was started by Les de Asis in 1988. They were known as the Pacific Cutlery Corporation and were located in California. Shortly after, they moved to Clackamas, Oregon and have been there ever since.

Benchmade’s initial focus was on butterfly knives, or Bali-Songs, though with growth and success came diversification into a broader product line. In 1996, Benchmade took possession of a 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility, which allowed them to manufacture knives to meet their own exacting standards. The result can be seen in their commitment to making premium tools with premium materials.

Benchmade Products

Benchmade is known for a few unique qualities – their use of high-end materials, their focus on selling restricted knives to qualified personnel, and their work with well-respected outside designers.

Unlike many manufacturers, Benchmade chooses to emphasize high-end, more expensive steel in their knives. They often will use a premium steel such as S30V, D2 or M2 tool steel. You won’t find tool steel being used by many other production companies today, that’s for sure.

Benchmade is also known for producing a large number of products exclusively for military and law enforcement officials. These include weapons such as switchblade knives and balisongs, which are illegal for most civilians to buy and own in most states.

This is not to say that Benchmade doesn’t make knives for us regular folks, though. In fact, Benchmade is also known for producing very popular collaborations with top designers. Their Griptilian line is the work of Mel Pardue, the Osborne Folding line from the imagination of Warren Osborne and the 970 a licensed design from Ernest Emerson.

Where to Buy


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Benchmade Infidel Utility Knife 3310 OTF | Automatic Combo Edge Blade, Tactical Black

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Benchmade Barrage Assisted Opening Knife | Locking Valox Handle, Warren Osborne 580

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Benchmade Tanto Folding Knife | Search & Rescue Blade | Heckler & Koch, Mike Snody

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Benchmade Knives Pardu Presidio Coyote Tan | Collectible Tactical Knife

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Benchmade Mini Griptilian Knife | Model 556 | Tanto or Drop Point Blade | Black ComboEdge or Plain Edge

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Benchmade Apparition Knife | D2 Steel Blade

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Benchmade Nimravus Knife | Tanto, Plain or ComboEdge Blade | Model 140

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Benchmade Griptilian Knife | #551 Drop Point Folder | AXIS Lock

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Benchmade Lightweight Axis Knife | Axis Lock Folder

It might not be the most technologically advanced knife on the market, but Benchmade’s Lightweight Axis is a good model to...
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Benchmade 940 | Warren Osborne Knife | Reverse Tanto S30V Steel

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Benchmade Vex Pocket Folding Knife Review

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Benchmade Dejavoo Folding Knife | Black or Satin Blade | ComboEdge or Plain

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Benchmade Mini Presidio Folding Knife | Combo or Plain Edge | Black Blade Folder

This sleek folding version of Benchmade’s popular Presidio knife is smaller than the fixed-blade model but gets the job done. It...
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Benchmade Knives Apparition | Folder Knife w/ Molded Scale Handle

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