In this buying guide, you will find our favorite everyday carry (EDC) Benchmade knives. These are some of the best-made knives in the United States and are currently used by the military and other professionals. Before we get started let’s take a look at the history of Benchmade.
The History of Benchmade
In 1979 Les de Asis wanted a high-quality butterfly knife, so he put his high school shop skills to work and built the first ever Benchmade Bali-Song prototype.
In 1980 he incorporated as Bali-Song and began creating handmade knives in a small shop in California. Along with Jody Sampson, who ground all the blades, they created the first production Bali-Song: The Model 68
From 1980-1987 they expanded their offerings to include standard fixed blades and folding knives and eventually incorporating as the Pacific Cutlery Corp.
Due to issues with quality control, price, and delivery, Pacific Cutlery Corp. filed for bankruptcy.
The company was reintroduced in 1988 with a new mission. To produce a product in the US with a commitment to availability, quality and customer relationships.
The new name of that company was Benchmade. Les wanted the new name to reflect the fact that precision parts they created were hand assembled. The perfect marriage of modern manufacturing and custom building.
In 1990 the company moved to Clackamas, Oregon, the epicenter of knife manufacturing. This is where they started using a high-powered laser cutter that allowed them to work with metals that were too hard to stamp.
During this period Benchmade became the world leader in automatic knife manufacturing and began supplying the military.
In 1996 Benchmade moved to a 144,000 square foot facility in order to meet growing demand for their products. And in 1997 Bill McHenry and Jason Williams approached Benchmade with the AXIS lock and the future was born.
First up on our list is the Benchmade Adamas 275 Plain Drop-Point. A beautiful folding knife and one fo the strongest AXIS knives ever made.