Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Benchmade's High End EDCs: 940-1 v. Valet Comparison Video

In the past two years Benchmade's line up has been, well, a bit meh.  Last year only the 940-1, an upscale version of the Osborne classic, turned heads.  Its carbon fiber handles and S90V blade steel all screamed high end.  This year, Benchmade had a number of solid showings at SHOT including an ideal, if by the numbers, EDC knife, the Valet.  After a few posts on Instagram it became clear that folks wanted a comparison video, and I am aim to please, so here it is:


15 comments:

  1. It's a shame about the fit and finish on the Valet, I must admit I was on the fence about that knife and this video I think effectively convinced me not to purchase one. Also the last two Benchmade knives I purchased (including a 940-1) had some pretty awful fit and finish issues. I know everyone had lemons and that Benchmade has some fantastic customer service, but I am still a little grumpy towards the brand at the moment.

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    1. I have one Benchmade (a mini-grip 555hg, out of about 100 knives) and never have really been compelled to buy another, even though I love the mini-griptillian. Even the 940-1 just doesn't do it for me, as I know it is too long to get much pocket time. They just don't grab me like Spydercos do.

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  2. It goes on a wait-and-see list for me. Maybe next time I'm drunk and browsing on BladeHQ, but not the must-buy I expected at first glance. ZT has a couple of new models that might be more desirable now once they come out. Plus I'm still saving for that Slysz Bowie...

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    1. I'm with you on the Slysz Bowie, that is one of the smoothest, highest-quality knives I have ever held. It's a bit on the long side for an EDC knife for me, which is the only reason I don't already own one. If it had a 3 inch blade it would be the easiest knife purchase I've ever made.

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  3. I've been collecting for a lot of years. The Benchmades I have bought have had poor fit and finish. Save your money for Spyderco's or higher end Kershaws.

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  4. Nice comparison. My own experience with BM Axis Locks has been that I've only had two(out of probably 10) that didn't have some blade play even after plenty of adjusting. I really want to like them, but it's become quite a turn off. Out of curiosity, how much carry time do your knives get between rotations, roughly? Also, do you tend to a have a default knife that always seems to find it's way back into your pocket?

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    1. When I get a knife, pen, or light, I usually carry it exclusively for two weeks, then a few days off and on with a known product in the same class, then another week or two exclusive.

      I do usually have a known knife on me, usually the IRJ or the DF2.

      For packs and multitools its a totally different process.

      I might go into more detail on this topic as a mailbag question for the podcast.

      If I am not reviewing a product I usual carry the same thing for weeks on end. But that hasn't happened in a while :)

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