Best Benchmade Knives of 2019 Available at

Hey, everyone. David C. Andersen here coming
at you from the KnifeCenter, and today we’re looking at the top ten best Benchmade folders
and pocket knives you can get in 2019. Let’s Let’s check ‘em out. American made, Benchmade is most famously known for the Axis lock, and although they
no longer have the exclusive on the patent, Benchmade is still who everyone else is chasing,
and their success with this lock is undeniable. In fact, this list could have been nothing
but Axis locking knives. We do mix it up a bit, but we’re going to run though our favorite
Axis models first. This lock is strong, easy to use and fully ambidextrous thanks to a
cross bar that extends through both sides of the handle, and there’s no more perfect
platform for this lock than the venerable Griptilian line.
There’s probably no more popular model than this flagship of the Benchmade lineup, and
none that has more variety, either. We’ve got three different blade shapes: the tanto,
as well as drop point and sheepsfoot profiles, and each is available in a full size, with
nearly three and a half inches of blade, and a Mini configuration that measures just under
three inches of steel. Base models use lightweight Noryl GTX handle material, and you can get
them in several different colors. Here I’ve got the orange and the black, but there are
plenty more. The shape of the handle itself is very accommodating thanks to no prominent
finger grooves or bird’s beak at the end or anything else. That simple shape that swells
and wraps around at the end means that even larger hands can get a pretty good grip on
this knife. Blade steel was recently upgraded to S30V, which is a fantastic stainless for
general use with plenty of edge retention. The Axis lock means that the action is nice
and smooth. It’s easy to open using your thumbs or by flicking as you hold the lock
bar back. Overall, this is a great general use knife that doesn’t weigh too much. It’s
good for outdoors, camping and hiking, the drop point and sheepsfoot profiles especially,
and the drop point can cross over and join the tanto as a good option for tactical, law
enforcement, or self defense uses. With similar attributes and a more pocket friendly size,
we have the Mini Griptilian. This one I’ve pulled here actually shows one of the upgrade
options you can get on both sizes of this knife. Blade steel is CPM-20CV, which offers
even more edge retention than the S30V on the base models, and here you can see that
sheepsfoot profile that uses a thumb cutout rather than studs for opening. The handles
are grey G10, and instead of wrapping around the back, it is open-backed construction,
and you can see blue liners and barrel spacers, and a slightly different profile from the
top-down, as well. This model also gets a deep carry pocket clip to help it stay out
of the way even better. I’ve actually carried a Mini Griptilian myself for a number of years
as my primary EDC, and even though I only get a three and a half finger grip, it’s
still served me well for everything I needed as a daily user.
Next up is the Benchmade Bugout. Originally this knife was marketed to ultralight backpackers
who may want to “but out” for the weekend and hit the trails, but it’s even more at
home as a slim, easy carrying EDC pocket knife. The mission of the Bugout is to be as light
as possible. We’re at less than two ounces overall while still providing a full-sized
cutting experience. It’s available in a few different colors, but the best looking
one by far is the KnifeCenter Exclusive Battlewash™ Bugout. This grivory handle with a black over
red finish looks instantly worn in and it’s got plenty of attitude. The knife takes up
virtually no room in the pocket, and with that light weight, you scarcely even know
you’re carrying it. It’s nice and slim and out of the way. An extra thanks go to
a small deep-carry pocket clip with a black oxide finish. Despite all that, I can still
get a full four finger grip on the Bugout. The cutting end of this knife is made from
S30V steel, and you can get it in a satin finish, which actually has a light stonewash,
or a black Cerakote, which looks even meaner. Both get red thumb studs and matching barrel
spacers. The steel itself is nice and thin. It keeps that weight down, and combined with
the high flat grind, this is a phenomenal slicing knife; easily the sliciest in Benchmade’s
lineup. If all that wasn’t enough, they even use titanium for the Axis lock bar because
it’s lighter than steel, and then they apply a DLC coating so that it’s going to be durable
as it locks up against the blade. This is a very cool knife that’s found its way into
many of our pockets here at the KnifeCenter, and it’s even entered into my EDC rotation.
For Axis lock goodness with a fancier aesthetic, you need to look no further than the 940 and
943 Osborne series. You can get these knives with a clip point or the reverse tanto blade
you see here with S30V steel, but the real star are the handles. The knife uses anodized
aluminum for a good cross section of strength and light weight without the added cost of
titanium, and I love the green finish on this one, and it even comes with a thin ridged
purple backspacer. Even more popular is the 940-1, or the serrated version here, the 940S-1,
and this knife gets a makeover with even more premium materials. We’ve got open-backed
carbon fiber handles with blue barrel spacers and S90V steel for a crazy amount of edge
retention. The 940 line has been so successful that they’ve even released a more work-a-day
version, the 940-2, with G10 handles and S30V steel, so they can cover a lot of bases with
this lineup. So most of these knives look pretty high tech,
but the Axis can also cater to the traditionalists out there thanks to their Hunt series of folders,
especially the Crooked River knives, a riff on the famous folding hunter archetype. Available
in two different sizes, the full size offers a four inch blade, but even the Mini is still
a good size with nearly three and a half inches of steel, each offering S30V steel as standard.
We get a classic clip point profile, which is great for hunting and everyday carry. The
handles sport aluminum bolsters that house the Axis lock, and a nice accent of orange
with the pivot ring and a G10 backspacer. The handle scales are dymondwood, which is
a stabilized wood product that resists warping or cracking the way fully natural or unstabilized
wood can. The full size can be had with dymondwood as well, but they also add an option for grey
G10 scales. I personally find the Mini a great size for EDC. I can still get a full grip
on it, as you can see, and you’ve got plenty of edge to work with. The full size might
be even better for hunting, though, especially if you’re wearing gloves thanks to even
more room in the handle. The Crooked River offers modern performance with a timeless
look, and it’s overall a very compelling knife.
Now, the Axis lock is versatile beyond just these manual versions, and the Benchmade Barrage
showcases the Axis assist, which is, just like it sounds, an assisted opening version
of the mechanism. Like several Benchmade models, we have a full size and a mini, and there
are three main tiers these days to the range. You can get a 154CM blade with black synthetic
handles, S30V steel with grey G10, and this full-sizer features M390 steel and G10 handles
with angled aluminum bolsters. It has a nice full grip and the assist, which is a spring
that takes over once you partially open the blade is nice and strong. Something the Axis
assist models get that you won’t see on the manuals is a secondary spine-mounted safety.
Push that switch forward and it’ll hold the lock bar in position. This will help keep
the knife closed and safe from accidental release, or provide an extra layer of rigidity
when you’re actually using the knife. Since we’re talking springs, we have have
to talk about the Axis Auto, shown here on one of their best hard-use folders, the Benchmade
Adamas Auto, perfect for military and tactical uses. You simply pull back on the Axis bar,
and the blade rocks out like the crack of a whip. If you prefer a manual, though this
knife is also available that way, too. You get your choice of black or desert tan G10,
and the handles may look a little blocky, but they actually feel pretty good. The definitely
fill the hand with a meaty grip, and again you’ve got enough room for operators to
wear gloves if needed. The knife does have a folded over pocket clip, but it is a bit
of a beast, so they’ve included a MOLLE-compatible pouch, too. The blade itself is made from
hard wearing D2 tool steel with a black finish for extra protection, and you can get it with
or without partial serrations to suit your needs. For hard use and heavy duty needs,
the Adamas is hard to beat, and it shows the range of what Benchmade can do with the Axis
lock. From the ultralight Bugout to the beastly Adama and everything in between.
So that’s it for Axis locks in this video, but since we just showed an automatic, we
have to show the Auto that Benchmade is most famous for, the Infidel. This OTF, or out
the front design, features aluminum handles with a cover-mounted switch and a four inch
double edged blade. In typical Benchmade fashion, you can also get the Mini Infidel with a blade
that’s just over three inches. You get your choice of a black or satin finish on the blade
with D2 steel and black aluminum handles, or you can upgrade to the limited edition
that I have in front of me right now. It features S30V steel instead of D2, and a smoke gray
PVD coating. The aluminum chassis is anodized bronze, and we have prominent ridges that
provide grip, and the switch is satisfying to operate, both when opening and closing
the knife. This is certainly an impressive knife, but it can be discrete, too, thanks
to the deep carry pocket clip. With great action and materials, the Infidel is a knife
that can give just about any auto out there a run for its money.
So, we’ve seen a bunch of modern folders so far, although the Infidel is not technically
a folder, but Benchmade actually got their start making balisongs, or butterfly knives.
In fact, they were the first company to do so in the United States under their old Balisong
Company name. The Benchmade 87 is perhaps their greatest bali yet, featuring integral
titanium handles, each machined from a single billet of titanium. The solid feel provided
by this construction is backed up by superb action, and that’s thanks to thrust bearing
washers and perfectly tuned pivots. The blade itself features an aggressive sheepsfoot profile.
It’s made from stonewashed S30V, and it even has a crowned spine to keep things comfortable
when you’re working off the spine of the knife when flipping. Keeping things high end,
the latch on this knife is magnetic, and in typical Benchmade fashion, a simple squeeze
of the handles will pop that latch open so you can get to doing tricks as smoothly as
possible. There’s no pocket clip on this knife, which keeps the handles clean, but
it does come with a gray nylon sheath that’s easy to use for both belt or pocket carry,
or anything else you can think of, too, thanks to a couple of included hook-and-loop straps.
The 87 is undeniably smooth, but my favorite balisong in their lineup is certainly the
Benchmade 51 Morpho. Why? While the 51 is definitely a capable flipper, I myself don’t
really find myself doing a lot of tricks. However, the Morpho is incredibly EDC friendly
thanks to a lighter weight and a titanium pocket clip. Now, that may seem a little bit
unconventional, but the utility of a balisong, while sometimes overlooked, is very high.
One of the key benefits is actually safety. Inherent to the design of the pivots, you’re
not likely to close the blade on your fingers, and you can also get a lot of handle to blade
ratio. The 51 Morpho gives us four and a quarter inches of D2 steel. This is a great utility
shape with a spear point profile, and it still has that nice crowned spine; not just nice
for doing tricks, but also great for choking up and placing your thumb there. The handles
themselves are black G10, and they’re drilled and milled to remove some weight and offer
plenty of grip. Underneath we have the sex apeal: blue anodized and jeweled titanium
liners give this knife a distinctive look. At the back of the knife is their spring latch.
It’s not magnetic in this case, but it’s very satisfying to click and flick open.
Finally, we come to the 318 and 319 Proper slipjoint, which is a bit of a departure from
their usual stuff, but they nailed this modern take on traditional pocket knives. First available
with G10 or Micarta handles paired to S30V steel with clip point and sheepsfoot patterns,
I think this knife especially came into its own with the 318-2 and 319-2 variants. These
sport stonewashed S90V blades with carbon fiber handles. The liners may look like brass,
but that can corrode, so they went with flat dark earth PVD coated stainless steel. The
Proper is a classy knife for everyday carry, and a fantastic gentleman’s knife with these
materials especially. The sweep of the handle indexes in the hand quite well and gives me
a three and a half finger grip. The walk and talk of the blade is good, and we have a nice
half-stop providing an added measure of safety when closing, and a thumb slot for easy opening.
It’s right-hand biased though, so keep that in mind, and that S90V steel offers edge retention
that your granddad could only dream of. Good luck to those carbon steels that hope to keep
pace with this modern super steel. So that’s it for our top ten list of best
Benchmade folders and pocket knives that you can get in 2019. What do you think of our
list? Did we leave anything out? Be sure to let us know your favorites in the comments.
In the meantime, to get your hands on any of these great Benchmade Knives, or to browse
their entire lineup, you can click the links in the description to head over to,
and be sure to sign up for our KnifeRewards program while you’re there, because nothing
beats earning free money on a knife that you were going to buy anyway. I’m David C. Andersen
from the KnifeCenter, signing off. See you next time.

29 thoughts on “Best Benchmade Knives of 2019 Available at

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  2. I wish BM had good QC and good prices, they don't even have a QC department. Everything that comes of the assembly line is good enough for them, and they charge ridiculous prices for most of their knives because it has a butterfly on it.

  3. FREEK U KC…….. How could u forget such a sexy blade! The Grizzly Ridge is one of my new favs as well. πŸ€ͺπŸ‘πŸ»

  4. David, Do you find yourself presenting a steak at your family's dinner table, Hi I'm David C. Anderson and here we have a serrated full tang three pins through a nice wooden handle that fits the hand well hahaha…I'm a Subscriber and love the vids dude…

  5. I have heard some negative views on the axis assist opening. The more complex any device gets, the more subject to some failure or breakdown.

  6. Excellent and thorough coverage, as usual, David. I was kind of expecting more of the models that came out in 2019, though. Was hoping to see the Turret (probably my favorite new Benchmade for 2019), the Bailout, and the Alder.

  7. I own a Freek and love it, but I just finally go the chance to handle a Bugout last friday and that thing feels really flimsy. Might be better with some aftermarket scales.

  8. Nice knives. But the greed is so off-putting. But it seems to be what drives nearly all knife manufacturers these days.

  9. I will stick with cold steel. I can get two knives from cold steel that are just as good if not better for the price of one bench made knife. Cold steel has tested and tested all of their knives and the locking systems for their knives is unbeatable.

  10. I’m a patriotic American I will never forget what I’ve learned about benchmade they take a portion of the money taken in from selling knives to Americans and donate it to Democrats who are anti second amendment therefore they are second amendment hence they are anti constitution dirty liberal communists

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