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Benchmade fans - need a recommendation

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by jmgruber, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. jmgruber

    jmgruber Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    Been new to the knife world in the last year and a half. My current edc knives - Chaparral, Bugout, Mini grip and Buck Marksman. I have a coupon and free shipping with GovX so am looking at a new Benchmade. Looking at Mini Crooked River, Barrage or 940.
    Would love to get your thoughts. Thanks in advance.
  2. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Looks like you already have some BM in your collection so is the coupon only good on a BM knife or do you just have a preference for them?
  3. jmgruber

    jmgruber Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    The coupon is only for BM
  4. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    For myself the 940 is the clear winner the Mini Crooked is a tempting runner up.
    Cscotttsss and silvaticus like this.
  5. Jarhead Greasemonkey

    Jarhead Greasemonkey

    Jan 4, 2015
    I didn't understand all the 940 love until I got my own...

    Get the 940.

  6. Cowboyfromhell666


    May 13, 2019
    Another vote for the 940..
  7. jmgruber

    jmgruber Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    They also have the Super Freek o_O
  8. 017


    Mar 31, 2016
    Out of your options: 940. 575 Mini Presidio if you're willing to go with something else.
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  9. lovescamaros

    lovescamaros Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    the 940 is a sweet little blade.
  10. Jason R. Mooney

    Jason R. Mooney Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 5, 2019
    I have the 940, 943, 590, 583, 522, 535-gry, 551, and two 570 presidio II ......out of all of them the 940 for slimmer or presidio 2 for larger.....or 575 mini presidio for in-between. And govx is good to go just be ready to pay tax.
  11. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    I prefer the 943.
  12. jmgruber

    jmgruber Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    Thanks for the suggestions everybody!
  13. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    940 :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  14. t5brick


    Oct 4, 2018
    I’d also suggest checking out the Presidio II options. It’s my favorite Benchmade design.
  15. Scott321


    Jul 20, 2016
    I think it really depends on what you want in the knife. The 940 has a rather thick blade and tip for it's size. The handle is a little thin for hard cuts. The Barrage is more hand filling (the mini barrage is just enough more handle than the min grip IIRC; although I prefer the 575 in that size range) and is an assist if that's OK with you. The Mini CR has a clip point and feels like a small big knife, or a big small knife with thin handles.

    They are all good, but IMO, I would go for (in order):
    1. Barrage M390 or S30V versions (what I would probably use the most)

    2. 940 (just because it's a legend... although I prefer the 943 with G10 customs scales in that category... makes it even more expensive)

    3. Mini CR (personally I prefer my DE Buck knives in this style)

    As a side note, my favorite BM's for EDC are the discontinued Presidio (over the new one), the Stryker Auto (handle design is different thant the Stryker 2 manual), and the 590 Boost with Micarta Keyman scales. Also, the 575 Mini Presidio 2 is a favorite when I want smaller than 3.5".
  16. stevejams

    stevejams Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    The only one I’ve had is the barrage which is definitely a sweet blade and the only one out of the three with the assisted opening (if that’s your thing) but they’re all fairly different knives. Depends on your needs I suppose but my vote (without any experience) is the mini cr because I have the full size and the mini is next on my list lol. Good luck on your endeavors brother
  17. boss_crew

    boss_crew Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2017
    Another vote for Presidio II (Manual) Amazing knife.
  18. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    940 or mini CR. You can't go wrong with either.
  19. KrisNZ


    Aug 28, 2012
    943 or a 943, or better still, a 943
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  20. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    From Last spring:
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