Recent Benchmade Quality?

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by Brooks2, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Brooks2


    Jan 7, 2019
    I know that Benchmade has been having issues with quality control (blades not being centered, blade play, ect.) the past few years. Can anyone who has bought a new Benchmade it the past year comment on the quality of the knife they received, have these defects been ironed out, or is this still an issue? Also which deep carry pocket clip should I get for my new Northfork?
  2. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I've gotten 3 in the last two weeks. All of mine were good to go.

    Mini Deep Carry for sure.
  3. Texaspoff

    Texaspoff Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 29, 2018
    Purchased several Bugouts in 2019. All of them were excellent. Good blade centering on all. A couple of them needed pivot adjustment to get drop free. Grinds were fine on all. Bugout standard mini deep carry clip works great.

  4. VenoMal1c3


    Jan 3, 2020
    Of the 7 I bought for myself & 1 I purchased for my wife in the last year all have been excellent, with but one exception: the 4400-1 Casbah Automatic. Blade centering, grind & all that is perfect, the issue that I found with that particular knife is that it has a bit of blade play both laterally & vertically.
    Really the amount of blade play is very little & what little amount of wiggle there is gets reduced 50% to 60% upon engaging the safety lock. Considering the Casbah model is a push-button automatic & doesn't feature the venerable AXIS lock, it's likely I'm just being nitpicky & looking to find fault with an otherwise great knife.

    I'm what one might call "anal retentive" about that, though I find the term "particular" might be more accurate; so what bothers me might not be a big deal or it might not even perceptible or bothersome for someone else. To give you an idea, I let my knives break in before making any adjustments to the pivot & I will generally set my manual open knives to where it takes a tiny bit of movement to get the blade to close, but the blade will drop free by pulling the AXIS lock back.

    As far as pocket clips go, the deep carry pocket clips can't be beat. Both the mini Grip I bought for my wife & the regular Griptitlan came with the same split-arrow pocket clip as the Northfork & I had Benchmade send me out a deep carry clip & hardware for both, satin for the Mrs. (cause she likes the 'shiny' clip) & black oxide for mine. She says her mini Grip rides much better in the front "pocket" of her jeans, if they can be called pockets. I don't carry my Griptillian everyday, it's more my task/hard use knife, but when I do carry it in my off-hand pocket, it is much more natural feeling & discreet. Plus it doesn't look like a the side of my pants grew a metal penis, so that's a plus. ;)
    The mini deep carry is very nice, it came on the Knife Works Exclusive Grizzly Ridge that my wife bought me for Christmas.
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  5. buccilli15

    buccilli15 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    I purchased around six and they were all good except an Anthem. It had vertical blade play and terrible centering.
  6. yorck1976

    yorck1976 Basic Member Basic Member

    May 31, 2017
    All of my BMs, regardless the manufacturing date, are flawless. Regarding the actual production, I bought this year a Turret, a special edition CLA, two Presidio 2 and two Tactical Triage. All perfect. The Turret and the Presidio 2s are gone meanwhile, but this is related to my personal taste and not to quality issues.
  7. Darkera


    Oct 22, 2016
    I purchased 5 or so Benchmade knives last year and in terms of quality I was very happy with all but one, which was a 417 Fact with a rounded tip. I was very surprised to see a rounded tip and returned the knife (it also wasn't my cup of tea). The blade centering, which seems to be considered the proxy for quality these days, was always good and the edges were also good although there is a tendency for asymmetrical grinds (I think it favors the right side, I can't remember). Besides the inexcusable rounded tip of the 417 I have yet to see the rampant quality issues everyone online talks about, maybe I'm lucky.
  8. cracked1

    cracked1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2019
    Bugout and Grip in the last year and both were good to go.
  9. miltmaldo

    miltmaldo Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    2019 was a Benchmade year for me bought about 10 Benchmade some here and some from a dealer all 100% perfect.
  10. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    This black friday when I purchased a 417 fact.I looked at 4 knives - 2 had burnt(brown) tips,2 had off centered blades, and only one was perfectly centered and did not have a burnt blade.
  11. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Have about a dozen or so Benchmades, ranging from around 2010 to 2019. All bought from dealers, both local & international. Only 2 older knives had slight centering issues that was able to be fixed by loosening the body screws & adjustment. As for 2019 ones, I have the 531-1901 Pardue, 940-1501 Osborne & 810-1401 Contego; all perfect, no QC issues at all.
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  12. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    Got my knifeworks contego last year, I think the box said it was built in 2018. Aside from a slight off center blade (very slight) I have no issues. Love the knife, it's one I carry a lot when before I didn't think I would dig a Benchmade.

    I'd like a full size crooked river as well... And maybe a mini.
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  13. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    I picked up a new Adamas Automatic last week. It’s a perfect specimen.
  14. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Yup, just checked; my Knifeworks 810-1401 & 940-1501 boxes does say 2018 :)
  15. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Delete, double post


    Jan 5, 2020
    New here...I can vouch for qc issues with Benchmade...hell there qc has been bad from the beginning! Have an old Elishewitz model 910 Stryker that the stop pin rattles in it and the lock up is damn near over 100%. Never used the knife. Now 20 years later...bought a 556-1 with the g-10 scales. Blade centering is off, and blade deployment sucks. If I loosen the pivot screw for better action...I get side to side blade play...for $175.00, I would expect better qc. Chinese can do much better. No more Benchmades for me...Spydercos are much better all around!
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2020
  17. cracked1

    cracked1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2019
    Always interesting how our individual experiences shape our decisions. Mine has generally been opposite from yours between Benchmade and Spyderco. I still buy both when the model is what I really want, though. LOL :)

    The thing with Benchmade centering and action is it seems scale/frame screw torque can be almost as important as the pivot screw.

    I totally get your point of view, though!
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  18. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Two recent new purchases are flawless.
  19. Cypress

    Cypress Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    It seems I'm the pedantic minority here, but I find issues with every Benchmade I see. Uneven grinds, bad actions, bad finishes, etc are the norm. I've posted pictures before, so there's no disputing this. I walked into a Sportsman's Warehouse and every single Infidel they stocked had an off-center grind. I went to a local knife dealer and played with the $1200 Gold Class Crooked River and the action was a total joke.

    Sort of unrelated: It drives me nuts when people say that their knife (from whoever) came from the factory "hair whittling" or "tree topping" sharp. I've only had one factory knife ever come close to hair whittling (K390 PM2), and it just happened to be the luck of the draw. Methinks a lot of people have no idea what hair whittling sharp actually is, and I've NEVER had a Benchmade come sharper than "average effort to shave arm hair."
  20. GKM


    Nov 28, 2019
    I generally love my Benchmades. Looking back, I had an old 3500 from 10 years ago where the scales didn't line up. It wasn't simply a loosen / re-tighten deal. I sent it back and they fixed it (I'm not sure how), but it was good to go when they returned it. So, Benchmade made it right.

    Yesterday I just received my CF Proper (318-2). It is absolutely perfect, EXCEPT one screw is not totally black. It's more of a worn black/copper color. I don't want to return it, but thought I'd just ask Benchmade for about screw. I doubt they'll send one though and require me to send in the knife for warranty. I'll probably just live with the discolored screw.

    Other than that, things have been good.

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