Which Benchmade are you carrying today?

Elite_KG

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- REK 940 Reblade in Vanax 37
- Benchmade 940-2 donor knife
- All hardware and screws are bronze TI from xxxadrenalinxxx
- Liners and clip are Cerakote Midnight Bronze with 25% Cosmic clear.
- Scales are FatCarbon CF with Fat Carbon Raindrop copper cross cut inlays and pivot collar from DOAT (Deathgrips or Deathofallthings)

The action is butter with stiff lock up in all directions. Blade is perfectly centered with no tweaking to force a centering of the blade.

Sharpened to 8000 on Edge Pro with Shapton Glass stones. Cuts like a lazer!

Build took some time to acquire all the right parts and I had a failure/setback trying to use some TI scales that were found to be out of spec in front of the pivot.

Only negative is the TI lock bar has a galling feel just at the detent on close. Running some black marks-o-lot to lubricate for now. My Bugout eventually broke-in this way. Oil is not your friend with TI on steel. Graphite (lead pencil works), permanent marker or wax is suitable and easily acquired.

Hope you enjoy the reading….

I will try to get some better pics. Those were quickly taken in truck.

KG
 
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Elite_KG

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Damn... It even sounds as pretty as it looks!

Thanks! I was excited to get the blade from REK. I think it is his last batch for quite a while. Built the entire knife around the blade. Bought the blade before I had a 940 donor. I hade a 940-1 but didn’t take to it well. This one fits the bill.
 

.577NE

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- REK 940 Reblade in Vanax 37
- Benchmade 940-2 donor knife
- All hardware and screws are bronze TI from xxxadrenalinxxx
- Liners and clip are Cerakote Midnight Bronze with 25% Cosmic clear.
- Scales are FatCarbon CF with Far Carbon Raindrop copper cross cut inlays and pivot collar from DOAT (Deathgrips or Deathofallthings)

The action is butter with stiff lock up in all directions. Blade is perfectly centered with no tweaking to force a centering of the blade.

Sharpened to 8000 on Edge Pro with Shapton Glass stones. Cuts like a lazer!

Build took some time to acquire all the right parts and I had a failure/setback trying to use some TI scales that were found to be out of spec in front of the pivot.

Only negative is the TI lock bar has a galling feel just at the detent on close. Running some black marks-o-lot to lubricate for now. My Bugout eventually broke-in this way. Oil is not your friend with TI on steel. Graphite (lead pencil works), permanent marker or wax is suitable and easily acquired.

Hope you enjoy the reading….

I will try to get some better pics. Those were quickly taken in truck.

KG
Many thanks for your detailed info on your beauty.

That is literally one sharp looking unit.
 

BMCGear

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Just realized, it's like the same 6 dudes posting pics to this thread with a stranger every now and then. Jesus. What happened to this place?

A few of things for me:

1. I don't really feel like they've put out any compelling models recently. I like the idea of the revamped Adamas and the Bugout was a cool introduction in 2017 but in those 4 years they've released several models of the bugout and have ridden it into the ground.
2. Pricing. Spyderco certainly has lost value because of pricing as well but I can get a Para 2 with G10 and S45vn for a little over $20 more than an FRN/plastic Bugout. I just don't see the value in BM anymore - especially now that blade replacement has gone up substantially. I always thought I was paying more on the front end for that service (insurance) now i'm paying on both ends.
3. I don't like knives that are ground thick. The majority of BM's I've had have had a pretty thick grind behind the edge.

I like BM and they are a company I want to succeed. That's just my perspective and I'm probably in the minority.
 
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Just realized, it's like the same 6 dudes posting pics to this thread with a stranger every now and then. Jesus. What happened to this place?

I guess people's enthusiasm goes through peaks and dips, mine is dipping at the moment but it will be back. Benchmade's lack of involvement in this forum doesn't help and neither do people that are chasing post count.
 
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732 in the pocket today.

This is a fun one... bought it used a decade ago for my dad to try and get him into Benchmades. His preference has stayed pretty constant for a flipper + assisted Kershaw, though, and it didn't really catch (the ZT 0357 I gave him last year made a much better gift). Now my parents are trying to downsize + simplify their lives, and are clearing a lot of old stuff out of the house. So, this old Ares is back with me now.

KSfV1re.jpg
 
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732 in the pocket today.

This is a fun one... bought it used a decade ago for my dad to try and get him into Benchmades. His preference has stayed pretty constant for a flipper + assisted Kershaw, though, and it didn't really catch (the ZT 0357 I gave him last year made a much better gift). Now my parents are trying to downsize + simplify their lives, and are clearing a lot of old stuff out of the house. So, this old Ares is back with me now.

KSfV1re.jpg
What a beauty
 
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