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Our 5 Favorite Pocket Knives from Benchmade’s Just-Revealed 2018 Collection

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Benchmade has come a long way since its founder, Les de Asis, made his first Bali-Song butterfly knife in his cramped garage. Over the last 30 years, the Oregon-based knifemaker has continued to forge reliable and innovative blades (and has won awards for those knives on a near-annual basis). To kick off the new year, Benchmade revealed its catalog of upcoming knives, and by the looks of things, 2018 won’t be any different.

Some of the new knives are on sale now, but others won’t become available until later in the year.


An ultralight fixed-blade designed with a minimal carbon fiber grip for practical blade control.

Type: Fixed-blade
Blade: 3.08-inch CPM-S90V stainless steel, plain edge, drop point
Handle: Carbon fiber and G10 micro-scales
Overall Length: 7.38 inches
Weight: 1.67oz

Proper Family

The Proper Family offers a simple take on the classic everyday folder. Choose from different blade types and handle materials to personalize your EDC.

Type: Folder
Blade: 2.86-inch CPM-S30V stainless steel, plain edge, sheepsfoot or clip point
Handle: Micarta or G10
Overall Length: 6.69 inches
Weight: 2.32oz


Benchmade designed the Triage with public safety workers in mind — it’s equipped with practical features including a glass breaker and belt cutter.

Type: Folder
Blade: 3.48-inch CPM-S30V stainless steel, plain edge, drop point
Handle: G10
Overall Length: 8.33 inches
Weight: 5.28oz


Another minimalist fixed-blade designed with a skeletonized handle. The Follow-Up is intended for easy sheathing on a belt or around the neck, and its handle can accommodate a paracord wrap.

Type: Fixed-blade
Blade: 2.6-inch CPM-S30V stainless steel, plain edge, drop point
Handle: Skeletonized CPM-S30V stainless steel
Overall Length: 5.99 inches
Weight: 2.03oz


The Foray is a covetable folder made with a marbled carbon fiber and mother of pearl handle paired with a patterned Damasteel blade.

Type: Folder
Blade: 3.22-inch Loki pattern Damasteel, plain edge, drop point
Handle: Carbon fiber
Overall Length: 7.34 inches
Weight: 3.46oz

Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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