It’s hard to beat a Benchmade knife, especially when you think about the quality you’re getting for the price. There are no cut-rate knives or cheap $20 folders in the Benchmade line, only knives that you can count on in any situation. Founded in 1979 and located in Oregon since 1900, Benchmade is one of the premier American knife manufacturers in the country today. Currently Benchmade uses one of eleven different high-quality steel materials in their blades and one of seven tough handle materials to craft their exceptional knives. Best yet, you can get these quality knives in an impressive variety of styles and lines tailored specifically for hunters, outdoorsman, law enforcement and tactical users. Let’s take a look at five great Benchmade knives that come in under $200 at 1800GunsAndAmmo.com.
Benchmade Griptilian Serrated Tanto Folding Knife
The Benchmade Griptilian series may be the most recognizable knife in the company’s line. Based upon an every day carry, all-around functionality scheme, the Griptilian comes in more sizes and configurations than any other knife in the Benchmade line. It is available in three different blade styles: tanto, sheepsfoot and drop-point. We’ve highlighted the Benchmade Griptilian Serrated Tanto Knife as a popular option for those who want a universal knife with a straight and serrated edge combo blade. The blade steel used in this Griptilian is 154CM (58-61 HRC), and it uses a manual-opening action that relies solely on the user to extend the blade. The blade length in this model is 3.45″ and the total length of the knife is 8.07″ when extended and 4.62″ when closed. While some may prefer the drop-point blade for outdoor uses, the tanto point makes for a good universal option.
Price: $97.75 right now at 1800GunsAndAmmo.
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Serrated Sheepsfoot Folding Knife
As we said, the Benchmade Griptilian is the knife line that comes in the most variants, and if the full sized models are a bit too large for you (especially in tight EDC configurations), Benchmade also makes Mini Griptilian models. We picked out the Benchmade Mini Griptilian Serrated Sheepsfoot Folding Knife as an example of a smaller variety. This knife uses the same blade steel as its larger cousins, but the blade length has been reduced to 2.91″ in this mini variety. The knife measures 6.78″ when extended and 3.87″ when closed. Those of you not familiar with the Sheepsfoot point will find it useful in tasks where you need to cut free objects like line, seatbelts, etc. but not easily pierce anything.
Price: $89.25 right now at 1800GunsAndAmmo.
Benchmade Big Summit Lake Wood Handle Drop-Point Folding Knife
If you’re looking for a classic knife look with a blade point perfect for hunters and outdoorsman, check out the Benchmade Big Summit Lake Drop-Point Folding Knife. This folder features a rich wood handle with the classic lock-back folding mechanism that was found in all your Grandpa’s old outdoor knives. The difference here is that the Big Summit has quality CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC) blade steel perfect for dressing game and working in the outdoors effectively. The Big Summit has a blade length of 3.77″, and it measures 8.45″ when extended and 4.57″ when closed. This knife is a great option for those who love a classic knife with modern updates.
Price: $123.25 right now at 1800GunsAndAmmo.
Benchmade Nimravus Drop-Point Fixed Blade Knife
Up next we’re going to take a look at two fixed-blade options for those who demand extra strength out of their knives. The first is a combat-inspired Benchmade Nimravus Drop-Point Fixed Blade Knife with an all black appearance. This best-seller is the perfect option for someone interested in a tactical or military-style knife, and the blade length of 4.5″ gives you plenty of blade to work with. The total length of the knife is 9.45″ and it is constructed with a 154CM (58-61 HRC) blade steel. You can get the Nimravus with either a drop-point or tanto blade. Of particular note, the included sheath is made out of ballistic nylon and is MOLLE compatible.
Price: $157.25 right now at 1800GunsAndAmmo.
Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert Drop-Point Fixed Blade Knife
Finally, we want to take a look at a great survival knife option in the Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert Drop-Point Fixed Blade Knife. This beast of a knife uses CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC) blade steel and a weather-resistant G10 handle that won’t warp or break in wet or hot conditions. The blade length is right on for survival purposes at 4.43″ and it measures a total 9.2″ to allow for an ample handle surface. The drop-point blade is perfect for survival actions as well, and it comes with a stylish buckskin sheath that will look right at home on any outdoor belt. Designed by Benchmade’s “resident survivalist” Shane Sibert, this knife is a deal for anyone who spends extended time in the bush.
Price: $182.75 right now at 1800GunsAndAmmo.
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