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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, Dec 22, 2008.
There is nothing like a nice Bowie from one of the masters of the ABS. I got to know some of these guys from the days I was attending knife shows promoting my engraving. Having the opportunity to handle some of these knives was a real treat. The only way to fully appreciate one of these forged blades is to handle them. Photos never really do them justice.
Nice stuff. The iron from anchor chain, etc, is almost certainly wrought iron, not cast. And a hamon is the crystalline difference between hardened and unhardened steel, not the weld line between 2 materials... but I'm sure it's gorgeous all the same.
Chris Reeve Sebenza - I don't have one. They're a little spendy to me. Are they worth the coin? Thanks!
They are spendy for sure, but In my opinion worth it. I have the large 21 (pictured) and a small insingo blade with inlaid micarta. Use them quite a bit, and will never give them up. Easy to maintain and sharpen and will last a lifetime. There are knives which are just as good, for way less $ but I'm sure you will hear all sides of the story....just sayin.
I'm still smarting over losing a $130 Al Mar Ultra-Light Hawk 14 years ago.
Not that I hold a grudge or anything.
I've since become a fan of USA-made Kershaw knives. Lotsa value for the money with them.
Two Chris Reeves I have:
Also one of is discontinued knives I bought from him when he was still in Pinetown, South Africa, some 20-odd years ago. A total fan of his work!!!
You guys are going to end up costing me some money - thanks!
Every penny! I have an older one with BG42 steel. It is my "go-to" for a folding workhorse.
OK, so I have a really nice Benchmade. I've looked at some (to me at least) fairly expensive, almost art knife level knives. I don't want to spend North of $1000 for a knife that is so pretty/expensive/fragile/etc that it ends up on a display shelf. There's nothing wrong with that, but that's not what I'm looking for, either.
Is the Chris Reeve a good EDC? Good assisted opening? Solid lock, etc.? Point for me is, I don't mind paying more for quality, but if it's 3X more than my Benchmade I expect a whole lot more than just pretty machining.
What's wrong with the BM? They are fine knives in themselves. Why buy something else if what you have is working unless you just want to collect or admire. Then, typically, money is no object.
I have one of those and a large and small Sebenza that I picked up over the years. While I like the Umnumzaan blade shape better, I find it more difficult to operate 1 handed. Unlocking it isn't easy because of the small purchase area on the lock (visible in your picture).
Add me to the "they're worth it" tally.
I recommend dropping by his shop if any of you get to Boise.
There are many knives that are much more collectable than the Benchmade, and many that are more artful or unique, but very few that are better quality.
Good question, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I like it a lot. Just looking around for something that is even better.
As for US made production knives, you will be hard pressed to find something better than Benchmade knives. I have had a knife in my pocket since I was just a small kid. I have tried them all. Benchmade is as good as it gets. Not to mention there warranty and customer service.
+1 I have a BM Barrage that I really like but mistakenly bought it with a semi-serrated blade. I sent it to them and they refurbished it and put an a new un-serrated blade for $25. Great customer service.
I recently contacted Benchmade to see about purchasing a screw I lost out of an older knife, a limited edition I didn't really want to risk shipping and losing.
The knife is 10 or so years old and would cost 3-5 times what I paid for it to find another, so it had been put away many years, and isn't anything I would carry often anyway.
I was contacted by one of their reps, they asked for model information and a photo so they could locate the correct part.
They sent me an entire set of screws at no charge in just a few days.
I'll definitely be looking their way for any future knife purchase.