Benchmade Fakes, knock-offs, counterfeits thread...


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Jan 16, 2015
I'm new to this old forum. Just wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a decent Benchmade clone. I get that's not what this forums about, but unfortunately I can't afford the real deal atm.
Any help would be much appreciated.


A much better question would have been some unlike the following. My budget is $X, and I really like the following knife. Could you recommend a knife that is similar to the knife I am I tested in, but currently can’t afford. Just a suggestion. That way you are not supporting blatant theft.

Aug 9, 2019
That is odd? Not sure why anyone would do that with a clone.
Yeah, I'm really not sure. The only thing I can think of would be if it were a fake label that didn't have anything where the manufactured date should have been so they cut it off to cover that up? I can't think of any normal reason for cutting specifically that part of the label off but nothing else. I didn't notice any engrish on the box or the paperwork, the finish looks clean, and the hardware looks correct so nothing about it overtly jumps out as suspect other than the very precisely cut off section of the label sticker.
Mar 25, 2021
Hello everybody,
sorry for my english i am french and new to the forum.
I recently bought a Pagan, I have several benchmade in my possessions that I buy from trusted resellers but for that I bought it at cost price from a private individual.
the knife seems authentic to me but I would like to have the opinion of people of experience the logo is not aligned but I am not aware of a pagan counterfeit
Ps: the weight is the right one 144 grams, finally just the centering of the logo worries me
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Sep 25, 2018
Bought a 560BK-1 on Amazon and worried I got a clone. Is there any reason for a reseller to cut off the manufactured date?

Can only think of a few reasons:

1) Benchmade updates their designs every so often and they wanted to hide that it was an older one with different steel, etc.
2) Prevent "cherry picking" of the newer date codes similar to what we all do with milk expiration dates, if they have several on a shelf. Though most places selling BM have them behind a counter.
3) If the BM has the date code on the actual knife, cutting it off may allow them to pair any knife of that model with any box, instead of trying to find the exact box (if several are in a display case or something).
4) Does BM ever do anything like "factory seconds" or something? Perhaps the original label had the wrong date code and they just cut it off. May have even sold it as a first run that way.

Probably other reasons but that's all I can think of. Apologies if that sounded snarky, but I promise there was no snark intended.
Apr 9, 2021
I'm glad this came up on this thread, just read from start to finish as I am new to bladeforums, however not new to benchmade knives.
Hi everyone and thanks for everyones previous posts, it is great to be able to go back to all this quality information, with how good these counterfeits are now, and a lot of the time I need to go on ebay to source these quality USA knives as I live in Australia.
I just posted in thread from January 2019 asking about when Benchmade introduced the dates on the boxes. I bought a 940-1 back in 2016 and the box does not have a date on it. I believe it to be 100% genuine, but the box does not have the date.
However, If I did want to sell my knife, I would still not cut that section out of the packaging to do so.

Hopefully BMK Jimmy may be able to shed some light on the date introduction.
Ps I bought my 940-1 in Australia from a Benchmade distributor store.
Jun 30, 2017
i’m not sure if the exact timeline but i’m almost certain 2016 is before bm started to put the dates on their boxes. it was done fairly recently, i believe partially as a quality control tool, so they could track issues better
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