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Old August 30th, 2016, 07:15 AM   #1
 
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Time to replace my Benchmade. Help

Hello guys, I have an older (at least 15yrs) Benchmade with the old Buterfly "balisong" logo. It's been great but think it's time for something new. The tip has broken and has developed some staining probably from using around chemicals.
I want to see what you guys could recommend, I like the brand Benchmade, but am also looking at Spyderco, SOG, and Blackhawk. Nothing fancy just something to throw in my pocket for everyday use and under $140.

I've also reached out to Benchmade about my older knife to see how much it would cost to rebuild this one. Thanks!
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Old August 30th, 2016, 07:39 AM   #2
 
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The "under $140" bit is a little tough, but I would highly recommend looking into a Benchmade 940 Osborne. The standard green aluminum scaled version in my opinion and other's is the best production knife you can buy. The modified reverse tanto blade style gives you plenty of cutting edge, but the tip is super strong too (so you don't end up like your photo). I have beat the crap out of my 940 doing everything from prying open paint cans, to using it as a woodscrew driver (all discouraged by Benchmade for obvious reasons) but it is still going strong. The biggest gripe about the 940 is that it's production blades were not very sharp, as Benchmade used to set their factory angle to 60 degrees inclusive. Within the last year they have cut that down to 30-40 degrees inclusive which is MUCH better. If you pick up a model that is over a year old, you can always send it to them to have them reprofile it, or do it yourself. Now on to cost. The standard 940 with S30V steel runs about $180-190. However, they recently released an updated version called the 940-2 which has black G10 scales which has been favorably reviewed. In fact, it's said to have the best balance of all three of the production 940s (the 940-1 is carbon fiber and way beyond your set price range, though it's a sweet knife!). The 940-2 is also the cheapest of the bunch with a minimum advertised price of $170. So I recognize it's $30-40 over your minimum, but I guarantee you it is the last knife you'll ever need to buy!
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Stay with Benchmade....you know they're worth the money.
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Ditto. Stay with Benchmade. Great value and it's important to keep supporting great companies.
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Also if you like the pictured knife a lot, you can send it to Benchmade and they'll give you a whole new blade for like $35 (if they still have it). They'd probably like to see some of their older models come through their shop too!

Also Benchmade rocks because ALL of their knives are made in the U.S. Spyderco, SOG, Kershaw, all of them produce some of their blades here, but a lot are made overseas. There was another thread discussing noticeable differences between U.S. and foreign-made knives from the same company, and though it may be minimal, I definitely feel better giving that kind of money to a company that tries to stick to U.S. made. That said, in full disclosure, Benchmade is the parent company for H&K knives which are all foreign-made.

Also, I don't work for Benchmade, I just like their stuff!
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I'm a benchmade fan, so I vote stay with Benchmade. They will take care of your old one for sure, too. I like the 710 series, but might be a bit on the large side for edc. I also have a Griptillian. While very popular and a great seller, I'm underwhelmed with the structure of it (blade is fine), especially for the price. For lower cost knives, their D2 steel is hard to beat. The M390, elmax, etc. are phenomenal, but outside of your price range. Spyderco makes a great knife too. I wouldn't rule them out, if they make something that you like.
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All this talk about Benchmade and this forum has gotten me all worked up. I gave in and ordered a 940-2 today!
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All this talk about Benchmade and this forum has gotten me all worked up. I gave in and ordered a 940-2 today!

Lol congrats
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Ok so I think Ima go with this one. The mini Barrage with the serrated half. It's $155 at this store but I know someone that will get me a 20% discount. I went to academy and they have a ton on their website but none in store.. They also have the Mini Griptillan for $105 which is also a bit high but I like paying cash for stuff over ordering online.
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They also had the Griptillan in green (label says black) for $120 so ill comeback after my friend gives me the final price after his discount
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As others mentioned Benchmade but my favorite brand of knife that has served me well over the years is Kershaw they have some very great designs and good steel!
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Get a benchmade adamas folder on knife depot not much over 140 dollars.
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Make sure you handle a griptillian before you buy one. Ive had one for about five years and really feel its overpriced for what you get. I think you will like the barrage better, despite the higher price over the grip.
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As others mentioned Benchmade but my favorite brand of knife that has served me well over the years is Kershaw they have some very great designs and good steel!
I'm a fan of Benchmade and Kershaw, but what I'm really a fan of is the S30V steel available in some of their knives.

I've used a 1570 S30V for over ten (maybe fifteen years) and it's the best folder I've ever owned.
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I carry my Mini Grip more than any other.
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