Genesis Blade coating or not?

Oct 4, 1998
Well I am going to get the Genesis-1. Now do I want it with the bead blasted finish or with the black titanium aluminum-nitride finish? What is the plus and minuses for both finishes? And which one would you all get?

Well, given my new found antipathy to bead- blasting, I would suggest buying lots of wet,n,dry with the bead -blasted blade so you could give it a satin finish
. Or, if you're lazy like me, buy the TAN and get an equally low maintenance knife.


[This message has been edited by Clay Kesting (edited 12 December 1998).]
I've heard on more than one occasion that
bead blasted finish developed rust spots.
If you plan on using in a wet environment I
suggest the TAN. I have one and it's a great


Joe Liguori
Not too sure which is better but I bought the black plain edge. I'm waiting for the postman now to deliver it. I don't think you can go wrong with either, though.

Greg Mete
Kodiak Alaska
I've had the plain edge bead blast since the Genesis came out (got one of the first one hundred made). Not a touch of rust so I figure buy what looks good to you.....I don't think you can go wrong with either finish!


Bald is beautiful! Rub a dome for luck today!

Hi Greg, I just got the knife in the mail yesterday, it's a Genesis plain edge, black titanium and I have to tell you I like it very much, it makes the knife look striking and it's the only coated blade I have so it adds that little extra to my collection. It won't require any polishing and when I used some Tuf-Glide on the blade I liked how it looked.

I don't think you can go wrong with either but I wanted to give you my impression of the blade now that I have it in my hand.

Tell us what you decide.

Greg Mete
Kodiak Alaska
I really like the black, but was afraid that it would come off to easy. Has anybody used it enough to know if will stand up. Won't be much good if it all comes off.
I have a Black-Ti blade on one of my Benchmade AFO's (designated "Auto-Camp-Survival knife").
Its been used for a lot of stuff and still looks great. The only place where the coating is thinning is right on the edge.
I think this stuff is great !
Just checked and the BM has a BT2 (teflon) coating.

[This message has been edited by Bill McWilliams (edited 16 December 1998).]
Greg, I was told by several people that the Titanium coating on the Genesis blade is incredibly hard and wear on the blade is not a problem. The coating guards against rust formation, also, but I have been wiping down the blade with Tuf-Cloth as a preventive measure.

I really like this knife. The action is silky and I really like the deep pocket clip, it almost completely conceals the knife and the thumb stud is more comfortable than I thought.

I have a questions for somebody who has had a Genesis for a while:
The G-10 scales are not as rich (dark)as my Spydie Military. Has anyone noticed any fading of the scales with their Genesis or is this just the way the handle is on this one?


Greg Mete
Kodiak Alaska
Kodiak: My Genesis has scales that are more of a dark charcoal grey, than a true black. In comparison, my Benchmade Stryker has darker scales than the Genesis. The Genesis' scales *do* seem to have lightened since I got it. I don't think it is due to dirt -- I've washed the entire knife, and if anything it was lighter after I washed it.

Gregj62: I read in some article somewhere that the TiAlNi coating is harder than the steel of the blade (approx Rc 90, if I remember correctly). I don't know the truth of this, but the coating on mine hasn't shown any wear in the month or so I've had it.
Different weaves of G10 respond differently.

The EDI is a 6 weave which is as strong as G10 comes. Its noticeably tougher than the BM G10. The BM is more porous and it holds oil better, hence it is darker.

Spray some WD40 ot armor-all on your genesis and it will get pretty black.

Thats what most factories use.


Anthony P. Lombardo
-will destroy knives for

Joel and Anthony:
Thanks for responding to my questions about the scales. I appreciate the advice

Greg: Congrats on your decision. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Let us know what you think about it when you get it.

Greg Mete
Kodiak Alaska