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.
Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. 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 two decades Benchmade has been committed to designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and edged tools. They continually strive to manufacture high quality products that will deliver superior performance and provide great value for consumers. 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. Their edged tools combine innovation, high technology and a handcrafted finish.
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.
For each USA made Benchmade product, from the New Product Introduction process where the fundamental design is fine-tuned through a series of methodical review and approval steps, through the controlled manufacture of the components to tolerances and standards often found only in aerospace and precision industries, all the way through hand assembly 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 process step is designed to produce the desired result — a Benchmade quality product.