Doug Ritter RSK Knife Announcement

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by Critter, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    [I was requested by a number of forum members to cross post in this forum as well]

    I regret to inform all the fans of my Benchmade-produced RSK Mk1 and RSK Mk3 knives that Benchmade has advised us that it will no longer produce these knives going forward. You can purchase existing stock at:

    Once they are gone, they are gone.

    As you may recall, we do not comment on future knife introductions.
  2. SurfisLove


    Apr 25, 2012
  3. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Very cryptic
  4. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Benchmade has just discontinued it's best slicer.
  5. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Agree. And my favorite knife they make. Uh, made.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2017
  6. wright88

    wright88 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 4, 2011
    Just purchased a small orange Ritter after seeing this. I've owned and sold one in the past and regretted it, so I figured I better get one while I can!

    Obviously Doug isn't commenting on future production possibilities, but hopefully benchmade will bring the Ritter grip back in some fashion. Would be pretty cool if they brought it as a blade option to their "customize a griptilian" service, or came out with a factory G10 version.

    Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of the excellent Ritter Griptilians! (especially the mini, my favorite!)
  7. ElBee


    Dec 2, 2013
    First Doug, thank you for everything you do to help protect the rights of knife owners.

    The Ritter Mini was the first knife I purchase after joining these forums, and I still have it and hopefully always will. Be interesting to see what might come down the road, but the Ritter Grips will always be held in high regard by knife fans.
  8. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I agree. What are they thinking?
  9. jkarp_53


    May 25, 2006
    After many emails I still don't know what Benchmade's thinking. Sorry to read this Doug, but thanks for all that you're doing and have done for Knife Rights and us enthusiasts. The Ritter Grip stands out for one of the best designs so ably enhanced with that blade with your name on it. Cheers!
  10. GatorMedic


    Jan 12, 2014
    I would like a factory G-10 version and/or it available on the customize program. The way the original post was written though it doesn't sound likely.
  11. dw32005


    May 4, 2016
    Good thing I picked one up sunday before I heard this! Wonder if they're moving in another direction or not.
  12. John Watson

    John Watson

    Nov 29, 1998
    Just purchased one from a member here. It was one of my grail knives and it is everything I expected. Even bought some nice orange pants for her to dress her up and added the deep pocket clip, perfection. What a cutter.

    What must Benchmade be thinking.................
  13. lead slinger

    lead slinger

    Mar 8, 2015
    On a positive note, it sure wouldn't be fair to knifeworks to announce a new model before they sold all of their existing stock.

    What if they discontinued this model....are letting knifeworks sell their stock....and are going to announce a g-10 or carbon fiber model as a bit higher grade knife???

    You saw it first here.....JK.......Maybe........Not.......

    Probably not the case but a possible positive scenerio.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2016
  14. DGI


    Sep 14, 2015
    Just ordered a Large one in black... Now I guess i need to order some Wilkins Ti scales for it :)

    Thanks for the heads up!
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2016
  15. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    I already have a small DR, and have just ordered a large one
    Sad to see that Benxhmade is discontinuing good products like the DR and the HK
  16. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Like the dropping of the H&K knives, it's probably due to H&K and Ritter knives made by Benchmade competing with regular Benchmade knives but at a lower price.

    However, Benchmade has other problems. Their quality has been inconsistent the past few years and price-wise they're not competitive.

    Compare the Benchmade 940-2 with S30V & G-10 for $170 against the Spyderco ParaMilitary2 with S30V & G-10 for $123! Both are made in the U.S.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2016
  17. Der W.

    Der W.

    Dec 18, 2012
    I wouldn't be surprised if this is kind of a "hint, but not a hint"-hint. :cool:
  18. Brusiedmeat

    Brusiedmeat Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2015
    The Ti Wilkins is really heavy and bulky. Felt like carrying a 9mm pistol in my pocket. She was really sexy tho. I would recommend the aluminum Wilkins if weight becomes a factor.

    Back to topic:
    It is sad, but they produced so many, I am sure it will be easy to obtain for years to come. Who knows how many KW is holding atm.
  19. gull wing

    gull wing

    May 4, 2002
    My Mini Ritter in M390 is a super slicer I love it. The other Mini's, not so much, even in 20CV.

  20. miltmaldo

    miltmaldo Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    If they get rid of that MAP I'll would have 50 of them now I only have 15 🙄 . Now to go and get the 16 .

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