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Benchmade QC issues?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Makael, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. M. Johnwell

    M. Johnwell

    Jan 8, 2015
    My mini Ritter is off center enough that it rubs the liner. Has horizontal blade play even with the pivot cranked down. It’s from the stop pin being too long that another member mentioned. [​IMG]
    This is after taking it apart and doing my best to center it. Granted, there’s enough blade play I can push it to the other liner, but it won’t stay there.
  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I remember that thread. That Infidel is ridiculous with that grind. Definitely a 2nd in my book. I understand that lemons can come from any company, but in my experience, I've had more perfect knives from other brands. I also understand that some of these issues don't really affect the function of the knife if you use it for its intent. On the other hand, like some others here, I'm extremely picky when it comes to blade centering, lockup, fit/finish and action of a knife.
  3. Tommy-Chi


    May 25, 2017
    If the knife is not that old, send it back to Benchmade. I hear they have excellent customer service. Maybe they can fix it for FREE.
  4. Darkera


    Oct 22, 2016
    I only have three Benchmade knives but overall I am very happy with this company. My Crooked River is perfect. My Foray has the aforementioned "left beef" but is otherwise a great knife that I am very rarely without. I just purchased a Bugout and used it quite a bit this week; the grind is slightly asymmetrical and the clip is quite tight but it is a great user and I'm now a big fan of this blade. I should mention that for all three knives, I bought the first one I looked at.

    I'm sure there is merit to many (most?) of the Benchmade QC horror stories, but I've yet to see an example firsthand. I am going to stick with them, I really like their knives (not their prices though) and my experiences have been really good.
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  5. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I had a couple with blades that were off center, but not rubbing the sides at all.
    On two fixed blades, I had to sharpen the tip to get it to my standards.

    But I have had to rework the tip on many knives from many companies.

    Most of the Benchmade knives I've gotten have had perfect centering and very nicely done tips.

    It is one of the brands that I feel confident buying "sight unseen" over the internet, although being able to check the knife in person is always preferable with any brand.
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  6. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Words not pictures,.slight blade play isn't a serious Qc issue. Things like I've heard doesn't really say or prove anything. Was just looking for some examples. Sure you can find some people on here chiming in but 99 percent are just words. Not even a picture that they even own a Benchmade.

    My experience Benchmade makes a great product.
  7. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Nicely put. I think the same.
  8. F22shift


    Mar 1, 2017
    Heard about the BM infamous QC issues which actually prevent me from buying there stuff for awhile but I was into the bugout hype so I decided to try my luck.
    Pretty bad grind. Almost a chisel grind lol. I could catch my nail on a 90 deg part. It’s quite the accomplishment for such a thin blade. But the blade was 90 percent centered so I reprofiled myself. Also tuned the action to improve.
    So I guess I’m part of the problem. I should return it so they realize they have problems in their production.
    But honestly I feel they must know. It must be more profitable to release all and run a good warranty. We may be a more picky bunch than their average consumer.
    It’s ok with me because there are many brands out there for me to buy. Did I learn my lesson? Nah there is no lesson to be learn for me. Just if there is something I really want I will have to use a good dealer. People overseas cannot use BM warranty unless they want to pay ship both ways kekeke. I had another brand that did that, that’s great customer service.
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  9. DRLyman

    DRLyman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    Had this shipped to me when I ordered a Bugout. Returned and exchanged for another. This was about a year ago when the Bugout first came out. I have bought many knives since then, but not one of them has been or ever will be a Benchmade.

    Last edited: Aug 16, 2018
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  10. Vicarious Reality

    Vicarious Reality

    Apr 9, 2008
    I can not take a picture of the only serious problem with benchmade i have, that they COMPLETELY ignore the DANGEROUSLY sharp edges on their G-10 and exposed liners
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  11. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    It’s a good thing they have excellent customer service. They need it more than several companies.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2018
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  12. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    @DRLyman , is it me, or is that bugout actually missing a washer?!?
  13. BladeCommander

    BladeCommander Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    I really like Benchmade. They make great EDC style knives in a variety of sizes and slim profiles. I have come to like Benchmade designs more than most other companies, although lately there are only a few that I like. I have about 9 benchmade knives, and some are a little off center, but not very much. And its not on my top priority list being a knife user, not inspector. All of mine are good examples with no blade play. No comment on the sharpened edge symmetry, as I don't care much. I can fix some of those issues when I sharpen it myself.

    Benchmade designs fit my EDC preferences more than most any other company, and centering is low on my QC checklist. So I happen to have more Benchmades than any other brand, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Bladeplay is my primary concern, and I don't seem to have much trouble on that front, even after having tried more than 20 BM's over the years.

    NOTE: I do now own any Benchmades manufactured within the last 2-3 years.
  14. Cypress

    Cypress Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    The idea that there are no QC problems at BM just because there aren’t any pictures of it is asinine. I believe that’s a logical fallacy called the appeal to ignorance. It’s bittersweet to see this thread starting to fill with those pictures.

    Just because there aren’t any pictures of broken down Yugo’s doesn’t make them a reliable car.
  15. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Thanks to those who are actually posting their own pictures. While I haven't had issues from benchmade, if I got some of the things posted above, I'd be pissed and sending them back. Particularly that chisel type grind. No excuse for sending that one out.
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  16. 353


    Feb 20, 2015
    Ohhh... That's a bad one.. The dreaded "longpin"?

    I think that is the cause of a lot of the side to side bladeplay problems on BM knives.
  17. P2P

    P2P Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Funny, I saw this and thought, “I bet this is the OP” sure enough.

    If your so assured of your thoughts on Benchmade. Why even start the thread?
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  18. P2P

    P2P Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    For the record, should I interpret this as a, “yes, to a certain degree, more issue on Benchmade than other brands.”? Just not to a significant margin?
  19. Jordan@DLT

    [email protected] Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Jul 22, 2014
    No discernable difference between them and other comparable brands when it comes to fit and finish issues.
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  20. P2P

    P2P Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 24, 2010

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