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Blade Review: The Very Best Of Benchmade

In Benchmade's thirty-plus years on the market, they have produced some of the world's best knives and in this review we will be choosing Benchmade's Top 7 Knives.



The Benchmade Infidel is one of the best-known OTF (Out-The-Front) knives on the planet, and arguably one of the best ever. The Infidel is a dual action OTF knife meaning the switch pushes it out as well as pulls it in. In addition to the incredibly stable, fast action and the rugged, pure tactical nature of the knife, the Infidel has a cool factor that is hard to describe without physically experiencing it.


One of the most popular Benchmade knives in production and one of the cornerstone of Benchmade lineups is the beloved Griptilian. It's injection-molded handle that is nearly impossible to drop and gives the knife its name. Ambidextrous opening and the ability to swap carry sides without incident gives the Griptilian the ability to work for anyone with hands. The Griptilian incorporates G10 grips. Upgraded blade steel improves edge performance and the layered gray and blue G10 enhance strength. And, of course, integral grip texture offers the traction that is quintessential to the Grip family.

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Part of Benchmade's “Hunt” lineup, the Crooked River quickly became a favorite of the knife community and Benchmade enthusiasts, thanks to its charming mixture of old-school personality and modern construction and technology. Overall, it is a traditional knife combined with modern technology that pushes the preconceived notions of what a hunting knife should be.

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THE 940-1

Sleek and slender with a blade that is only 0.114 inches thick, this knife will simply disappear into your pocket. Highly regarded as one of the most quintessential EDCs (EveryDay Carry) of all time, the 940 is practical and stylish, and after over a decade have performed in just about any situation imaginable.

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Right off the bat, it is a practical EDC knife with a 3.6” blade but only weighing 3.70 ounces. The dual durometer handles handles afford strength, comfort and positive grip to this versatile knife. The outer edge (black) is a stiffer Versaflex material to create a strong backbone. The inner grey portion is softer Grivory material providing a comfortable grip without sacrificing stability.

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This is a knife that truly embodies the premium quality and appearance that Benchmade guarantees. It's smooth lines and precision machine work provide a near-magic feel to the blade action. It’s barely more than 4 ounces yet is an heirloom piece that will be cutting and shaving for many lifetimes.

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The Barrage is a knife so reliable that is required by many police departments and military personnel

It is a true weapon that is geared for fighting rather than standard work, meant for tasks such as, hacking through paracord and slicing wires.

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