You can discuss BKC as much as you would like, but the politics and insults that were in numerous threads that have since been locked have no place here, take that shit to the appropriate sub forum.
This is a thread to post about the recent Benchmade topic regarding their assistance in cutting up guns and their political donations.
I am not sure how the topic can be discussed without touching on politics (and not sure why politics surrounding the world of knives can't be discussed) but I think it is such an incredibly important topic for the knife community that it is a shame that the other threads were locked.
Keep it civil and maybe the moderators will allow this one to stay. Don't fall victim to industry shills that will attempt to derail the thread by inciting discussion that will give mods a reason for it to be closed.
I will start. I think the extreme reaction is because the community feels like they were stabbed in the back. har har. For me at least, Benchmade had an unexplainable cult like draw that was appealing. Their designs were amazing. The quality was amazing (although assembly is lacking at times). They're an American company. They appeared to be supportive of the things I was. They had a rabid community of others just like me that was also allured by this draw. I was all in with the image they were conveying.
When the facebook pictures first broke, I was shocked but as the incident unfolded the allure that attracted me seemed to all be smoke and mirrors. The contributions, the "we're only sorry because we were caught" explanation, on and on. I felt like I had been deceived.
How can Benchmade recover? For me, they're product is strong and doesn't need help. They are going to have to regain trust. I am not sure how that is possible but I am sure it is because every company steps in it from time to time. That unexplainable cult like following is something every company wishes to have but none that have it can probably explain how they got it. I believe it will be their savior. I don't think this is an incident that time will heal. They are going to need to be very proactive to fix this mess.
What are your thoughts?