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Old 09-04-2012, 12:47   #1
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black blade coating on Benchmade

In July I purchaded a Benchmade Pardue With Black Blade and the coating is coming off on one side of the blade. Not a lot but slowly more is coming off. This is a very nice light weight knife that carries well in the pocket of dress pants with the pocket clip removed. I'm quite pleased with the knife but wondering if this is something I should expect when the knife has been only used a few times to open envelopes and small packages. The knife is a BM-530SBK. I have a SOG knife with a black blade that has considerable use and the coating is still in good shape.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:00   #2
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All coatings will wear.

I wouldn't think light tasks as described would cause any problems. Have you contacted BM customer service?
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:39   #3
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All coatings will wear.

I wouldn't think light tasks as described would cause any problems. Have you contacted BM customer service?

Yes I contacted them and waiting for a reply. If the knife wasn't practically brand new I wouldn't be concerned. I did a closer inspection with a magnifying glass and it appears the blade is rubbing on the inside liner and the bare areas are fine scratches.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:47   #4
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I'll be interested in what they say. I like black blades but the finish gets scraped or worn off way to soon.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:04   #5
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It adds character. Ive had my Mini Rukus auto for several years and the black is nearly grey in some spots and completely gone in others.
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Old 09-05-2012, 20:07   #6
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I haven't found any brand that makes a black coating that will stay on the knife.

This is why I always buy blades that do not have any coating. Those that do, I will remove the coating as soon as it starts to wear. They usually will polish right off and look pretty good.
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Old 09-06-2012, 14:44   #7
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I'll be interested in what they say. I like black blades but the finish gets scraped or worn off way to soon.
Got a reply from CS and they said to send it in.

"Your blade should be centered between the handles and should not rub the inside liner. You are welcome to send that into us so we can repair under the warranty. Please complete the attached form and send it in with the knife, there is a space provided where you can list your concerns. "
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Old 09-06-2012, 15:23   #8
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Thanks for the update. Maybe they'll send you something extra for your trouble.

Good luck!
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Old 09-06-2012, 17:58   #9
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Benchmade customer service is top notch. I have the 530BK myself and mine rubbed a tiny bit when it was close to being fully closed. I tweeked the pivot screw and that did the trick. It was a 4-5 minute fix.
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Benchmade customer service is top notch. I have the 530BK myself and mine rubbed a tiny bit when it was close to being fully closed. I tweeked the pivot screw and that did the trick. It was a 4-5 minute fix.

Enjoyed reading your review and found it accurate. The knife was designed to be thin and lightweight to fit a certain niche. It isn't a knife for heavy work but made to carry when you want something light and easy to conceal such as when wearing a suit or other dress clothes. With the clip removed you could even conceal it in your sock without a problem. Due to the thin design it does take some practice opening with one hand but after some practice it is easy.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:58   #11
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What is the blade steel? If it isn't D2 or M2 I wouldn't worry about it. The coating does nothing for stainless blades. In fact in my experience blades can actually rust underneath a coating. I've stripped coatings off blades to find pitting and rust underneath. I generally do not leave a coating on a blade as I can care for the steel myself far better than any coating.
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Old 10-01-2012, 21:05   #12
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Send the knife in and as soon as they received it they sent an email they had received it and estimated 6-8 day to return. Received it back today with a new blade, springs, screws and all cleaned and adjusted. I had sent it to them without the pocket clip and received it back with another pocket clip. Can't ask for better service.
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