If Benchmade wanted to make a true traditional (like you suggested), they should have used a carbon steel. Instead, they used a steel that comprises the absolute majority of their product line, which makes it completely homogenized with the rest of their knives, minus the lack of a lock. I'd be interested in a traditional from BM that had 52100 or K390 so it could patina a bit and hold a low-angle convex bevel.
It reminds me of how GM would put that 3.8L V6 into every car they made. You could argue that it wasn't a bad engine, but an Impala, Camaro, Regal, Grand Am, Grand Prix, etc all had the same engine, which made a lot of enthusiasts shrug their shoulders and look elsewhere.
I personally don't care to show off a knife to brag about the steel. You will feel the difference in power on a car so that's a bad comparison. With a knife this size you won't be at a loss of performance with the steel choice. It's a great steel which is why they use it. I'd take 440c as well.
The blade length is fine, this knife is simply a surprise. Thanks Benchmade for this treat!
I like it!
I love knives, this is why I beat the s**t out of them.
It's fun until you cut yourself, then it's bloody hilarious!
Not my thing but good on BM for bringing some thing new.
This one breaks the mold in every way, except the S30V. Nothing wrong at all in basic use. But I'm thinking M4 would have tipped the excitement scale on this one.
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Wow. I see owning one of those myself.
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