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Benchmade Knife Company began with a simple idea, to create a knife that is well designed, well-built, and made to last. It’s in the name, Benchmade, recalling the days when tools were carefully made by hand. Today, they use the finest materials, manufacturing technology, and handcrafted design. Their commitment to world-class quality is embodied in their motto: It’s Not a Knife. It’s a Benchmade.

History of Benchmade Knives

Benchmade Knife Company setup shop in Clackamas, Oregon in 1990 (originally founded in California in 1988). Their initial production primarily consisted of Bali-Song knives, using a combination of outside vendors and inside processing to build finished products. And like most companies, starting out meant scarce money and big plans, using second-hand equipment and limited resources. 

As the Benchmade product line grew so did their in-house capabilities. They began to acquire new machines and technologies including the first of several lasers, making Benchmade the first knife manufacturer to have such equipment in-house. This was only the beginning of Benchmade's breaking of new ground in the manufactured knife market by using non-traditional materials and modern manufacturing methods in not only building knives better but inevitably building better knives. 

The Designer Series was first introduced in 1991 with several custom designs being manufactured. By tapping into the custom knife makers' knowledge and combining it with Benchmade’s manufacturing expertise they were more readily able to offer more contemporary knife designs and innovations to knife users. Benchmade believes working with custom designers creates some of the most innovative and functional designs in the industry.

Today, Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. manufactures knives for a loyal and ever-growing following of knife users around the globe. For over three decades Benchmade has been committed to designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and edged tools. 

Whether you are using a Griptilian as a basic cutting tool or one of their professional-grade rescue hooks to perform a quick cut in an emergency situation, you can count on your Benchmade to get the job done.

Benchmade Knives Quality

Benchmade has made its reputation in the marketplace over the years through the quality of its products. They pride themselves on providing a quality product that distinguishes itself from the competition through what Benchmade calls the 3 M’s — Mechanisms; patented locking mechanisms that provide reliability and enhanced function, Materials; premium blade steels, and strong, durable handle materials are built to last, and Manufacturing; ultramodern laser cutters and CNC machining centers offer the precision and control usually reserved for the aerospace industry.

Are Benchmade knives made in America?

The home of Benchmade knives is located in Oregon City where their knives are currently made. Every Benchmade labeled knife is made in the US.

What Benchmade knife should I purchase?

If you’re looking for a Benchmade knife for everyday use, the Benchmade Everyday Carry knives are a great choice. Their compact design makes them easy to carry around everywhere and are created to be perfect for a variety of everyday tasks. If you’re looking for a daily knife, the Benchmade Everyday knives are the way to go!

Are Benchmade knives really that good?

Yes, each USA-made Benchmade product goes through a New Product Introduction process where the fundamental design is fine-tuned through a series of methodical reviews and approval steps. Then it goes through the controlled manufacture of the components to tolerances and standards often found only in aerospace and precision industries. Finally, it is hand-assembled by trained team members where each individual knife is checked against cosmetic and functional criteria and standards for component and product quality and performance. Each step in the process is designed to produce one desired result — a Benchmade quality product.

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