The Best Benchmade Knives for Snappy Snipping

If you’ve ever fumbled with a cheapo pocket knife, you may know how frustrating it can be to get the blade open. It’s usually either really hard to catch or the joint is just super stubborn—or both. Of course, that’s about what you’d expect from something you could buy with your lunch money. 

There exist pocket knives designed to open and close smoothly while only using one hand, and Benchmade happens to be one of the industry leaders in that genre. They’ve been innovating since 1988 and have designed some awesome things, including the critically acclaimed Axis lock mechanism. Although you may have to dole out a bit more when you get a knife from this brand, you definitely get what you pay for. That said, let’s jump into a list of some of the best Benchmade knives in existence.

Benchmade North Fork 15031

SIZE
WEIGHT

This one has a nice natural look to it with the wood texture pattern fixed on the glass fiber handle. It also comes as an actual wood handle if you want more than just the look. But looks aside, this knife is very good at its job.

It’s a drop-point blade with a plain edge, which is about as basic as you can get and perfect for everyday use. This knife was designed with hunting in mind, so it’ll come through in a pinch. With its high-quality material, its ambidextrous Axis lock mechanism, and its sheer simplicity, the North Fork is a great choice if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

7.0 inches
3.9 inches
CPM-S30V steel
G-10 glass fiber
3.4 ounces

Benchmade Griptilian

Size
WEIGHT

The Griptilian is one of the most appraised Benchmade knives for its versatile blade and gripping handle. This knife definitely doesn’t look like it would be in the mood for a joke with as serious of a complexion as it displays.

For how big this thing is, it’s surprisingly lightweight. The blade is a drop-point and is made with a very durable steel that fights rust and holds an edge. The combination edge that includes both plain and serrated sections makes for more cutting flexibility. If you want a sleek and effective model that doesn’t cost more than it has to, then be sure to give the Griptilian a shot.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

8.1 inches
4.6 inches
154CM steel
glass-nylon
3.9 ounces

Benchmade Grizzly Creek

Size
Weight

We’re stepping foot into multi-tool territory with this one. It not only has a main blade, but it includes a gut hook for gutting animals, but it could be used for lots of other things assuming you don’t go hunting (like peeling oranges). The stabilized wood handle and satin blade also make for a very rustic mood without compromising on quality.

Although the main blade locks open with the Axis mechanism, the gut hook does not. It’s hinged on the opposite side as the main blade and opens the opposite way as well. All in all, the Grizzly Creek knife is good-looking and good at slicing (it’s sharp in two ways), so definitely don’t pass this up if you want something with modern quality without the modern look.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

7.8 inches
4.3 inches
CPM-S30V steel
stabilized wood
4.8 ounces

Benchmade Reverse Tanto Knife

Size
Weight

This tall and skinny tool could almost be mistaken for a steak knife, but don’t be fooled. It’s a blade that’s designed to be useful for anything and applicable to any situation (assuming a knife is even in the equation). 

It’s got an aluminum handle, which makes it more lightweight and durable, but that also means it’s more conductive to temperature. Be prepared to handle something either really cold or hot if you use your knife outside. However, if you need a blade for daily indoor activities, then this thing will definitely serve you well.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

7.9 inches
4.5 inches
CPM-S30V steel
6061-T6 aluminum
2.9 ounces

Benchmade Adamas 275

Size
Weight

The tank of folding knives, this thing clocks in at almost half a pound of sharpness. It’s made of exceptionally tough material and can really take a beating. It also just looks like a tough guy.

Because of the extreme toughness, the blade is somewhat brittle, which could make it more vulnerable to microchipping. That shouldn’t be a problem for all practical purposes, but if you like your knives in pristine shape, you might not want to settle for this one. But if you’re just looking for a knife that can run through fire, then the Adamas 275 certainly takes the cake.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

8.7 inches
4.9 inches
D2 steel
G-10 glass fiber
7.7 ounces

Benchmade Grizzly Ridge

Size
Weight

Here’s another hunting knife, this time with a nice highlight of orange. It’s a pretty standard knife overall with the quality you’d expect from a Benchmade, but this one is a unique mix of beauty and application (can’t mention the orange too much!).

The handle on this knife is more grippy than most knives with a bit of a rubbery texture to it, which makes it perfect for reliable usage. Of course, the rubber part could make it a little difficult to take in and out of your pocket without experiencing some resistance. Be sure to give the Grizzly Ridge a try if you want a knife that’s stylish and functional (and orange).

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

7.8 inches
4.3 inches
CPM-S30V steel
glass-nylon
3.8 ounces

Benchmade Bugout 535

Size
Weight

This one gets a bit of slam from consumers due to the name being ill-fitted for the folding pocket knife it is. “Bugout” seems to imply that this knife would make an invaluable addition to any bug-out bag (a disaster survival kit), but people say more sturdy all-purpose knife would be better suited for survival than this lightweight EDC. I say it doesn’t really matter what the name is as long as it’s a good knife, which it definitely is.

The Bugout is considerably long with a sharp blade and is light enough to forget that you put it in your pocket. It’s very versatile, being a simple drop-point, and is very suitable for everyday use. It also comes with a deep-pocket clip for maximum stealth. If you don’t like heavy things in your pocket but still want to carry a solid cutting tool around, then look no further than this.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

7.5 inches
4.2 inches
CPM-S30V steel
glass-Grivory
1.9 ounces

Benchmade Mini Crooked River

Size
Weight

The name definitely does this one justice, being the crooked knife it is. It’s another modern knife designed to have a rustic look and it really pulls it off. It has all the features a Benchmade should have and makes it look stylish.

The handle is made of wood backfilled with resin to make it stronger and more impervious to wear and tear. The metal tip on the handle is also a nice touch. So, if you want your next blade to stand out from its competition, there’s hardly a classier way to do it than with the Mini Crooked River.

Overall Length:
Closed Length:
Blade Material:
Handle Material:
Weight:

7.9 inches
4.5 inches
CPM-S30V steel
stabilized wood
3.3 ounces

Those have been some of the best Benchmade knives on the market. You’ll definitely be ready for your next quick draw with a switchblade in hand. And if you’re not very competitive, you’ll at least be the fasted package opener in the neighborhood. Whatever the case, you shouldn’t want for lack of a cutting tool, whether you want to slice an apple or skin a rabbit.

Hopefully you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns (or just like to type stuff), then be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

18 thoughts on “The Best Benchmade Knives for Snappy Snipping

  1. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. some people may fret at the sight of some knives because of the design but the bench made adamas and the bench made north fork are two really awesome knives i really like. thanks

    1. Hi Benny,

      A big reason people don’t like carrying knives is that they can be threatening. However, knives are just tools that anyone can use on a daily basis. Granted, some knives do just look dangerous, but most of these Benchmade knives are pretty chill.

  2. I am surprised that the Adams 275 only received a 73 on your Pocketbility rating. I have one and I always believed it was a very good and handy knife. No problems. Of course for me as long as I can use it for my intended purpose than it is a really good knife. I haven’t experienced any micro chipping but maybe I have been lucky up to this point.

    1. Hi Lee,

      The Adamas 275 is a solid knife, but that’s just the problem–its tank-like characteristics mean more weight, which is not great for carrying around. Not saying it’s a bad knife, just not the best for Everyday Carry. 

  3. Hi! I enjoyed reading all these options and there are some really good knives here. I had to make my mind choosing just one. I was struggling between North Fork 15031 and Bugout 535. I must say that in my book, Bugout wins. I don’t care about the name, the important thing is that it’s a good knife.

    1. Hi Abel,

      The North Fork and Bugout are both good knives (then again, most all Benchmade knives are) and I like how light Bugout is. I prefer the shape of North Fork because it offers a little more control when cutting, but I would probably end up getting Bugout as well.

  4. I definitely appreciate these reviews. I am looking for a pocket knife, but have always had trouble even opening them.  I would love to have one that is as easy as these seem to be.  The Benchmade North Fork 15031 looks like it will be the best for me with size. I am definitely going to order one next week.  Thanks again for the information!

    1. That seems to be a common lament among pocket knife owners. Most of the knives I’ve owned have given me trouble when trying to get the blade open, but that’s probably because they were so cheap. Benchmade knives, however, are sure to give you a solid performance and the North Fork is no exception.

  5. Hi, this is my first time hearing about Benchmade Knives, I didn’t know that they were the industry leader. they must be a very good night. You do not become the industry leader without doing something right. There is such Tough competition out there in every niche. So if you were the best then that really says everything. If I’m buying something, I want to buy good good quality So that it lasts.

    1. Hi Jake,

      It certainly takes a lot of effort to become a leading brand in an industry, and for as big of a niche as pocket knives are, this is certainly no exception. If you want a knife that will serve you well under pressure, you definitely don’t want to settle for less.

  6. I carry a folding knife on a daily basis because I work as an outdoor guide in addition to my online work. I’ve never actually heard of Benchmade until stumbling upon your review, so I was excited to check out some new knife options. The specific model that caught my eye is the Bugout 535. I like how light it is. I do agree that the name is a little misleading, but given that my interest is in lightweight EDC knives more so than tactical bug out knives, I think this one would be best for my needs! 

    1. Hi Tucker,

      So you’re an outdoor guide? That sounds really cool, although I’m not sure exactly what that would entail. At any rate, it sounds like something that would justify carrying a knife with you. The Bugout is definitely a solid knife and am also a fan of its weight. Its also a very well-rounded (not literally) tool. 

      Anyways, glad you found this article of some use. Good luck with your guiding!

  7. Hello there,thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i must say that I am love knives small and lightweighted once that could help in quick snapping and slashing of stuffs and your selections are the best especially the Benchmade North Fork 1503.thanks once more.

    1. Hi Feji,

      Having a small and lightweight knife that is super sharp and strong is invaluable to one’s everyday carry. I’m glad you found this article helpful and I agree that the North Fork is a great knife.

  8. Hello Isaac,

    I was very pleased with the review of these knives.

    As a scout leader, I find it as a great asset in the camping activities or group partake in.

    I will make sure to subscribe so that I am the first in line whenever a new article is made available to readers.
    That way, I am certain not to miss anything.
    Thank you for your due diligence in making it possible.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this article. Knives are an essential part of any camping trip since you’re usually in the middle of nowhere and you never know when you’ll need to cut or pierce something. And as a scout, you always need to be prepared (at least, that’s how the saying goes).

  9. Hiya Isaac

    Thank you for your informative article about the best Benchmade Knives available. My younger brother used to collect knives as a boy, he had flick knives, pen knives, a butterfly knife, several rare Swiss Army knives and a machete. He didn’t use them but he took care of them. We are in the UK and when they brought in a knife ban, he gave them all in to an Army Surplus shop (where he’d actually bought most of them) and put them in the special knife bins provided for that purpose. 

    I believe it remains illegal to carry a knife here and I think last year a ban was introduced to stop under 16’s from buying kitchen knives! Are there any plans for a ban like this in the US? I wonder if you could provide any ideas about knife law in the US for your ‘outwith’ readers? 

    If I were in America, I would be able to make an informed decision based on your article so thank you for a well researched read, krs PurpleLioness 

    1. I guess I’m pretty lucky to be in Oregon because the knife laws here are relatively lenient. For this reason, many knife manufacturers are based in Oregon (including Benchmade). I can’t say I know very much about the legality of knives in different parts of the world (including the US), but each state has different laws.

      I carry a Swiss Army knife with me because I don’t use a blade enough to justify carrying a dedicated pocket knife so that’s never been a problem for me. I guess it may be time to do little more research!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *