whats in a name


knife law moderator
Dec 25, 1998
I started a thread in the Spyderco forum about the Wegner for defensive use. For those of you not familiar it is a folding hunter. I was looking through a knife magazine that had an advertisement for the Wegner in close proximity to Benchmades AFCK. There are design similarities between the two knives. The handle shape is similar. The blade has a similar belly. Basically the Wegner looks beefier but I think similarites are present. I wonder what would have happened if the Wegner had been marketed as "tactical" or if it had been named the Spyderco Wegner Advanced Tactical (S.W.A.T.)? Would that have made a difference? I have to admit that when I first started buying knives I was impressed by the hype of so called "tactical" knives, but not anymore. A knife design either works or it doesnt. The same qualities I look for in a defensive knife are the ones I look for in a utility knife. Whats in a name anyway?


I do not exactly find the AFCK similar to the Wegner Clip-It because even though they both have g-10 handles, liner locks, and a blade hole, the similaritys end there.

I think the blade steels are different. Although both knives have similar belly, the AFCK is a clip-point, whereas the Wegner has a drop-point blade. The AFCK can be fully taken apart, whereas the Wegner has some darn rivets.

I think the AFCK lends itself more towards fighting because of it's handle design, blade length, and uh, optional black blade coating

I was miffed at first when Benchmade changed the name of the AFCK, but it might very well have been for the good. I think that a good knife designed for a given purpose will sell under *almost* any name, even if the nature of the name suggests a purpose aside from what the knife will probably be used for.

I think that companys should choose very carefully the name that will accompany a quality product, so that the ELU will avoid uncalled for burning.

I need a bigger bucket.