Benchmade Ruckus Arrives (lots of pics)

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Well, I know that everyone that has gotten one of these has written their feeling, but I had to chime in also. I just got mine in last night from GP Knives, great folk to deal with. I even managed to get one of the First Production models 883/1000.
I have to say that I own a fair amount of Benchmades and this one impresses me the most of all of them so far. It has displaced my 630 in my pocket! It is even more impressive than the 630 in my eyes because of all the work to make this sort of knife look/work well. The fit and finish are top notch, on par with customs I have handled. The juncture between the black and green micarta is flawless. The finish of all of the handle components is perfect and assembled without a mar or any flaws. The blade is ground very evenly and is scapel sharp. It is centered in the handle perfectly. The blade is a little tighter than my other Axis locks but flys out smoothly. I was tempted to loosen the action a little, but with the mass of this blade I think BM's adjustment is wiser than having it a little loose, so I left it alone.
Everyone can look at the specc for this knife to learn the lengths open and closed. What is not listed but is mentioned by all that hold one is the thickness. I have taken some comparitive shots with a few of my other folders and then measured them for handle thickness. This baby is the thickest handled folder I presently own. It is not any thicker than the Strider GB I used to own though. It feels fine in my pocket and I love the deep carry clip that BM put on it. It is a long skeletonised clip. Hopefully, the reduced mass of the clip will not weaken it as this is a fairly heavy knife.
All in all this is a GREAT knife. Large, but not too large. Heavy, but not too heavy for me to carry daily. Great user blade shape with a handle that is wonderfully warm to the touch. The micarta is the right combination if grippy and polish. Not too tough for the pocket wear. The blades grind cuts well and easily. I have not done extensive cutting with it yet, but so far it seems a good smoth cutter. Enough of my ramblings....... I LOVE IT!!:D ;) BIG SOLID SEXY IT is a keeper!
 
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I forgot to post the handle thickness compared to the other knives in the first pictures. I figured that the thicknesses would give everyone an idea of how it will fil your pocket.
Maxx=.480
Sifu=.510
630=.465
Sebenza=.450
Socom Elite=.550 Amphibian the same
Ruckus=.790 at the thickest point down to .625 at the thinnest point
The Ruckus is a well sculpted handle with swells and thinner areas to enhance grippability.
 
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What a beautiful knife...I think it may be my favorite looking Benchmade (non bali) older along with the good ol 710. May be too big for me though....thanks for the comparo photos. Very helpful. Is it heavier than the Skirmish?
 
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Yes it is heavier than the 630. The 630 lists as 6.84 oz IIRC. The Ruckus lists as 7.74 or so IIRC. So it is roughly almost an oz. heavier.
It feels thicker in the pocket also. If I wore real tight jeans, it might be a problem. I tend to wear loose fitting clothing so it is no problem. That clip makes this thing dissapear in your pocket.:D It feels substantial in your hand. When you hold it, there is just this SOLID feel about. It feels like a sleek sexy tank of a folder. It gives the same solid feel I used to get with my Strider GB.
 

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Hey, Archangel. What is the green bolstered knife that is second from the bottom in the first pic? (Something I probably can't afford :rolleyes: ) It looks very cool.

Congrats on the Ruckus. I got to hold one in GPKnives and was impressed. I bought a 635 LE that day. :D
 
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Paddling_Man, that is a Microtech Amphibian with green Rayskin inserts. Nice knife.
James, here is a shot of the 610, 630 and a tape measure. It is longer closed than the 630.
 

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D**n you, ArchAngel. I've been searching the Microtech Amphibians for the last 30:00 now and want one!!

This is all your fault! :p
 

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that is an awesome knife, AA....great comparison pics!
 
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A great review and pics...

HOLY COW!!!
I didn't realize till this just how bBIG it is..
TOm
 
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Got to hold one today and it really is a beautiful knife. But yeah, this thing is massive. I held it and a Skirmish one after the other and I can say that their dimensions are overall close enough for yall to just assume the same dimensions for the two, although the Skirmish may be a bit thinner. This knife is a winner, it just feels great in hand.

It's still WAY too big for me. I held it, a Manix and a Skirmish alternating to see how I felt about them...I still prefer the ergonomics of the Manix (which are effectively flawless), but the action of the combined axis lock and huge blade is sweet. The ergonomics are nonetheless absolutely top notch. Felt fantastic.
 

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BTW, just FWIW.....it's probably a good time to mention that it's "Rukus" (vs. Ruckus).

Probably a bad marketing decision on Benchmade's part to leave out the "c"...

...but that's the trend right now.
 
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What are your thoughts comparing the Maxx to the Rukus. I am considering selling my Maxx to buy the Benchmade, but I haven't been able to handle a Rukus yet.
 
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Keyser,

It is beefier feeling than the Maxx, but I could never dump my Maxx for any other knife. I love my Maxx and find it one of the most useful of all my large knives. Save your cash and own both is my best advice.:D I'm not much help am I?;)
Honestly, I would keep your Maxx. It rides so thin and smooth in the pocket. It is worth keeping. Get the Rukus. Don't dump the Maxx!
 
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thank you so much, you have sold me i have been drooling over this knife, i will have enough saved my april, thanks your reveiw is the best on the net

Peace Scotty
 
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I'm new here, but since this is my favorite knife I just had to post here. I have a couple of these with one being a numbered model, and the other being unnumbered and in my pocket. I really like the design of this knife. I read somewhere that it is designed after the Blackwood Henchman, a fixed blade model. My only complaint centers around the pocket clip and the flimsey, squirmy feeling it seems to have. A good tightening of the screws can aleviate a lot of the squirm and have on the one I'm carrying. Just an overall solid and BIG folder.
 

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Mmmh, the Rukus appeals even less to me now, but I am still very happy to see those comparison shots. I really want a Maxx now!!! :p
 
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Thanks for posting the pics. I would like to see a smaller version of the Rukus. Wonder if Benchmade has any plans to do so...
 
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