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Benchmade’s owner has passed away

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by aquaman67, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. aquaman67


    Jan 27, 2012
    [​IMG] Saw it on Twitter.
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  2. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    I just saw that as well. RIP Les.
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  3. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Condolences to you and your family Jon.
  4. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Freedom for @Fullflat!!! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    @Benchmade Please extend our condolences to Les' family and loved ones.

    I never had any interaction with him personally, but I got the impression he was a stand up guy. He certainly built one hell of a legacy and I'm proud to have owned several of his knives.
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  5. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    Les was a passionate and knowledgeable competitor. We will miss him. Our condolences to his family, friends and crew. May he Rest in Peace.

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  6. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I first met Les at the old Pacific Cutlery factory in North Hollywood, LA in 1986.
    He was an amazing entrepreneur who had an enormous impact on the sporting cutlery industry. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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  7. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    RIP. Godspeed Les.
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  8. OzarkDave


    Oct 9, 2013
    Sad to hear, rest in peace.

  9. mjw88


    Nov 30, 2016
    RIP. My condolences to his family and friends.
  10. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    So sorry to hear this. RIP Les. You built a hell of a company.

    My first "real" knife was a Benchmade 880BT Darkstar. There will always be a place in my pocket for a Benchmade knife.
  11. BC42


    Apr 13, 2019
    RIP Les.
  12. jkarp_53


    May 25, 2006
    RIP Les, Benchmade remains my favorite knife company.
  13. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    RIP Les, a legendary loss yet a lifelong impact in the world of cutlery, endless thanks.
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  14. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Sad news, indeed. RIP Les, and my thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and co-workers at BMKC.
  15. JonesE

    JonesE Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 16, 2015
    I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the deAsis family and the crew at Benchmade. I am so sorry for you loss.

  16. Halfneck


    Jun 30, 2005
    By whatever circumstance a Benchmade was in my pocket during the birth of both my sons - Benchmade 330 for my oldest & a Benchmade 940 for my youngest. Once they hit 21 I plan on giving them their birth knives. I also carried a Benchmade Emerson CQC-7 during my time in the Army. Saddened to hear of his passing, but he left one hell of a legacy in the knife world.
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  17. marthinus

    marthinus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 10, 2006
    Condoleance to those left behind.
  18. .577NE

    .577NE Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2019
    Heartfelt condolences.

    I profoundly appreciate his enormous contribution to the modern knife world.
  19. Stays Sharp

    Stays Sharp

    Nov 21, 2013
    Proud of his legacy as a Filipino bringing our passion for knives to the forefront.
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  20. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    This is sad news. I love Benchmade knives.

    RIP Les.

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