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My first Benchmade.

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Cam83, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Cam83

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    What model Benchmade do you think I should pickup first?

    This will be my first Benchmade knife, I've always carried a knife of some kind since childhood my when father gave me my first knife, a beautiful Case stag handled trapper which I still have to this day.

    Thank you for thoughts.
    -Cam
     

  2. Cam83

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    This is actually what I was thinking also but, after thinking it over I think the Griptilian would be more useful than the mini.
    At least for my tasks.

    Now, for the blade. I'm really leaning toward the sheepsfoot with no serrations. Maybe sand for the handle color?
     
  3. JLeephoto

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    Wilkins G10 up top, Cuscadi.de Vintage Micarta below.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Tapatalk 2
     
  5. Cam83

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    That Ritter really looks like a working blade, I'm also interested on how the finish on the D2 holds up.

    I can definitely see those aftermarket grips in my future though.
     
  6. BUICKSPEC6231

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    I have a mini griptilian with the blue handle. For me, I don't care what the knife looks like. I want it to be durable and hold an edge. I also want to be able to find it quickly if I set it down while walking around the house or garage or anywhere else you can think of. That is why I went with the blue. Very durable knife which I use at work, back packing, mechanical work. It hasn't let me down yet.
     
  7. Cam83

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    Very good point sir. I have no problem with blue, and from a practical standpoint a brighter color would be more helpful if you ever were to drop it.

    I've actually been a fan of yellow for awhile, just thought to myself that it didn't really belong on a knife for some reason.
     
  8. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    I'll be the odd man out and say that while I love Benchmades, the Griptillian line does absolutely nothing for me. I'd much prefer something like the Rift or 940 Osborne.
     
  9. Black&TAN

    Black&TAN Senior Member

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    Not sure what you're referring to by "finish", but D2 is a very good steel that can hold up to rough use. Capable of holding a pretty good edge, too.

    Agreed, the Griptilian would be a great choice for the money.

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  10. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    I'll say step up and buy an 810 Contego. In my opinion it's the ultimate Benchmade. CPM M4 steel, Axis lock, steel backspacer, good G10 scales, and can be had for ~$120.

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    The 710 is another outstanding choice. 4" D2 blade, Axis Lock, And good G10. ~$100
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    The Bedlam rounds out my top 3 Benchmades. 4" 154cm blade, Axis Lock, Steel pommel, and really cool sculpted G10. This knife is a beast, it's big, heavy, and penetrates like nothing else. It is one of my go to knives for a defensive blade. ~$170 (does not come with a "wave" from Benchmade.)
    Caveat: The pocket clip on this knife sucks!
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    I have a couple Griptilians, they are good knives but definitely not my favorite.
     
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  11. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    I do agree on the 810 being pretty much the ultimate Benchmade, it's in an entirely different class from the Grips in both size, materials, and strength.

    Though I'd dearly love a 63HRC CPM-M4 blade for my Rukus....
     
  12. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Best thing you can do to a Contego (besides getting it drilled for tip down carry):

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Officer's Match

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    Yup, with a wave and a flipper. Would be freakin' awesome.
     
  14. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    No wave for me, and flippers don't do terribly well with the Axis. Too much drag on the blade tang, and no detent.
     
  15. Spiffums

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    Another vote for the 710. I love mine and have for the last 14 years.
     
  16. Cam83

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    Those are definitely superior all the way around my friend, but where do you buy yours from?
     
  17. Travclem

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