I have a Benchmade AFCK II "pre-production" model that I keep in its box and in my gun safe. I do this because it is - supposedly - one of only a thousand made. Am I "gaining" anything by not carrying and using this knife?
It will increase in value (especially when you consider that most are used).
Example: My pre-production 806D2 (serrated blade) came to me "used" for approximately half of what a then new production version would have cost (street price, pre-production cessation). Eveything on it appeared prestine - except that thepocket clip was worn a smige and someone had at one time set it up for left hand carry.
usually BM pre-pros and prototypes are worth at most only a small premium over the std models, and then only to a collector.
that said all AFCKs are going up in value since they were disco'd, they are still pretty popular, FWIW i have a LNIB AFCK11 prototype, i doubt many of them were made, some of the BM protos differ quite a bit from the production run (ie the 710) but this ones about like the std 804's. i would say its value is about $125 to $150 , std 804's about $100, i dont think a prepro would be as much as a proto though, pre pro a little over $100, say maybe $125 tops if LNIB and i dont think it would sell fast, would take a while, on BF anyway, maybe ebay would be better though..
so yes i would say leave it alone, get a std model for edc, just dont expect to sell it enough to retire on lol.
Thanks, folks. I'm not looking to sell it. In fact, I have a small collection of knives that will, in all likelihood, get passed on to the kids and / or don't-have-em-yet grandkids. I'll end up getting another one for "use", I guess.