I am always will say yes for customisation, it adds so much of personality, even if some times it’s looks quite ugly
About cost it’s really easy - if you ready to spend it worth the price, if not ready it’s don’t
I did it and mine had a some bad QC issues. For the money, I'd say it's not worth it unless it's the only possible way to get exactly what you want. Even then, you should understand that you can pay $350 for a Benchmade and still have the same QC as one of their entry level models.
Nowadays if I wanted something semi-custom, I'd pick a Spyderco sprint in the steel I want and customize it with aftermarket scales and finishes, but that's just me.
IMO, yes...mine was worth it. Knowing I like black and wood scales my wife ordered my Mini-CR in S90V for me last spring, and it’s perfect. She added our initials on the blade, so I only carry it on special occasions. One day it will be passed on to one of my daughters or grandchildren.
I love playing around on the BM website; with the different options I could get specifically with the Grip and the crooked river....I just haven’t been able to justify the price increase yet, but I would love a blacked out CR in 20cv....
Just wondering for you guys that have ordered them, how long does it take for them to build and ship a custom Benchmade knife?