Updated November 28, 2018 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Benchmade Knives

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in November of 2018. 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 help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Griptilian 551

2. Mini Griptilian

3. Crooked River

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.

4. Bugout 535

5. Contego 810

6. Bedlam 860

7. Adamas 275

8. Barrage 580

9. Grizzly Ridge

10. North Fork 15031


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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