Looking for a new folder. Someone stole my 610 Rukus :(

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by apathyps, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. apathyps


    Jan 15, 2009
    So i was a happy boy with my Kershaw Leek and my Benchmade Rukus 610, not a care in the world. But then, all of a sudden, some rat bastard stole my 610 and left me to die alone forever.

    610 Rukus

    I am looking at replacing the 610 with one of four knives and I am hoping you guys can help me decide.

    Zero Tolerance 0300 - $272 @ knifecenter.com

    Benchmade 810 Osborne Contego - $147 @ knifecenter.com

    Benchmade 950 Rift - $133 @ knifecenter.com

    Benchmade 940 Osborne - $157 @ knifecenter.com

    -I am open to other suggestions of knives in this range.
    -I am undecided as to whether I want a combo edge, but i don't think that'll effect the purchase at the end of the day.
    -Not a huge fan of assisted opening, but I make exceptions based on the blade. I love it on the Leek, but would prefer not to have speed safe or similar tech on a larger folder. (I am aware the 0300 has assisted opening, but that the torsion bar is removable.)
    -I loved the s30v on the 610 and am aware there are some concerns about the coating on the 810, though I haven't read anything too negative about it.
    -I am a huge fan of the axislock as well.
    -Durability is extremely important to me
    -Edge retention is also very important.
    -If anyone has any suggestions for a brick and mortar reseller, I live in New York (Westchester)/Connecticut (Fairfield) and am willing to travel a bit to get my hands on these before I purchase
    -Budget $300

    The purpose of this knife will be to live primarily in my car as a traveling tool. Any input from you guys is greatly appreciated. Ya'll helped my purchase my 610/Leek after my old Kershaw 2420 broke after being misused. Thanks ahead of time.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
  2. 9blades


    Dec 29, 2012
    I should point out you can't take the assist out of the 030X series of knives. They don't have any detent.
  3. Thursday45


    Jul 29, 2013
    You can find much better deals for the 0300. Im talking around $200. Not sure about the other two as far as price. At $200 you should also look at the 0560 which isn't assisted and the 0550 which isn't a flipper but its built like a tank. A bit smaller than the 0560.

    I've had my eye on a rift for awhile now. Held one at a local store and it felt great in the hand but the only one they had had the worst blade play I'd ever seen so I went with the ZT 0550. I think the BM triage would make a great car knife with its belt cutter and window breaker. It's a sub $150 knife too.

    Just a suggestion, but since you liked the two knives that went missing, why not buy those again? Just looking for something new/different?


    Apr 10, 2013

    ... :D
    Anywho, out of those id say the 0300...
  5. apathyps


    Jan 15, 2009
    Ah i could have sworn you could turn the 0300 into a manual. I guess I was wrong. Thank you for pointing that out.

    Well my girlfriend replaced my Leek, and the 610 is available used, but I would like to purchase new and maybe try something a bit different as well. I will look at the 0560/0550 that you suggested, and perhaps you can point me in the right direction to find better pricing on the ZT blades?

    The 0200 is probably a better option since I think that can be a manual right? But having never felt the action on a ZT0300, I can't say I wouldn't like the assisted opening.

    Thank you for your replies so far.
  6. jlwatts3


    Mar 5, 2012
    I'd get the 940. Others are too big for EDC IMO.
  7. FearAgent


    Sep 15, 2012
    LOVE the ZT 300, but the Benchmade 810 is the best choice in your group. That m4 blade is just awesome. Great bang for your buck.

    P.S. Sorry about the loss of your Rukus brother
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
  8. Blade-fiend


    Apr 11, 2013
    go for the rift or the contego they are the closest replacements for the rukus. you could also put up a WTB ad and see if you can get another rukus :)
  9. xX_Blade_Xx


    Aug 2, 2013
    Benchmade 940 Osborne. Was looking at purchasing one of those myself haha. Just like the design. I bet it would make a great edc!
  10. NCCNC

    NCCNC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I am not saying that you should get the 940, becuse the contego is such a killer knife for the price, but the action of the 940 is second to none compared to ALL the other benchmades that i have owned. It opens so smoothly it seems assisted, but the cool thing is that as soon as you release the axis lock, it shuts as though it has assisted close as well. Anyone who owns one knows what i mean. Its is a great edc blade for sure.
  11. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    I would go for the Contego if I were in your shoes.It is hard to beat at that price.
  12. apathyps


    Jan 15, 2009
    I was already leaning towards the 810 Contego so I am happy to see so much support for it from you guys. Gives me a lot of faith that it is a great blade. The ZT0300 is more of a lust than anything else I think. There's just something that I love about its lines and sleek design, despite my preference for plain/silver blades. I could surely make an exception for the ZT0300, but maybe not this time around. I am going to call around to see if I can find a dealer that might carry a Contego for me to play with before I make a final decision.
  13. Oakengroves


    Sep 4, 2012
    Great selections. Out of the knives you posted, I suggest the Benchmade 810 for a larger EDC. The M4 steel is miles ahead of the other posted knives in terms of edge retention.

    I also suggest considering the Benchmade 710 in CPM-M4. The 710 has a similar blade length to the 810 but is much lighter and easier to carry. It is also an excellent slicer due to the slight recurve and has the same lock strength as the 810, but at a fraction of the weight.
  14. Twindog

    Twindog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    Sorry about the theft of your Rukus. The Rukus is my EDC, and nothing really matches it.

    The Benchmade Onslaught is in the league of the Rukus -- big, axis lock, thin blade. You'll get a big, powerful, easy to open, super slicing machine of a knife.

    The ZT 0560 is a nice knife, but it's not a big as the Rukus, the blade is too thick to match the Rukus in raw slicing power and a framelock is never going to be as nice as an axis lock.
  15. desmobob


    May 5, 2003
    I like Benchmades and have the 940 and 950 that you are looking at. I also have a ZT 301. I love the Benchmades, but can't warm up to the ZT. Like you, I lusted for it and finally spent the (big) money to get one. I rarely carry it. It's HEAVY and just doesn't feel right to me, and I guess I'm not a big fan of recurved blades.

    Of the Benchmades, the 940 feels very small and slender compared to your beloved Ruckus or the 950. I bet you'd like the 950 better. Not interested in the BM 710? That's my favorite Benchmade so far....

    Stay sharp,
  16. nitsua9001


    Apr 25, 2013
    Just an fyi if you so choose to get the 0300, gpknives has them for $230.
  17. scottabrandeberry


    Jan 24, 2012
    For anything Kai/Kershaw/Zero Tolerance, check out www.Kershawguy.com. Great prices, email him for his best price.
  18. CJZ


    Dec 18, 2012
    Not true. Jdavis did a vid where he showed his de-assisted 350 and it worked just fine :)
  19. apathyps


    Jan 15, 2009
    I appreciate the pricing tips guys. I am most likely going to grab a contego 810 for my birthday next month, and possibly another one or two of these for christmas. After looking at the 710, I am strongly considering it as well. Another problem that I am having is the strong urge to replace the 610. I am really trying to resist getting more than I need though and over spending, which with these options, is a strong possibility.

    ...Must.. resist....

    Does anyone have any ordering experience with the ZT "blems" from kershawguy.com?
  20. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Different knife. The 350 has a detent. It does make a sweet manual.:D

    Sorry about your Rukus dude, if had gotten into knives sooner I'd probably have one and not carry anything else.

    560/561 would be a nice choice.

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