Updated November 28, 2018 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Benchmade Knives

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Known for their top-of-the-line construction and attention to detail, Benchmade knives are American-made and ideal for hunting, tactical, and everyday purposes. We’ve rounded up their most compelling models in a range of prices, from the military-grade to the pocket-sized, and there's something for everyone, whether you’re a dedicated survivalist or simply in need of a dependable tool. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best benchmade knife on Amazon.

10. North Fork 15031

9. Grizzly Ridge

8. Barrage 580

7. Adamas 275

6. Bedlam 860

5. Contego 810

4. Bugout 535

3. Crooked River

2. Mini Griptilian

1. Griptilian 551

Editor's Notes

November 21, 2018:

Sought to include a diverse arrangement of the most well-loved and intelligently-designed Benchmade products, placing the popular Griptilian 551 at the top spot due to its versatility. Added the Crooked River for users who crave a vintage-style hunting knife with modern features, and the Bugout 535 for its extreme lightness.


Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on November 28, 2018 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.


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