The first booth I barged into at SHOT Show 2015 was Benchmade! They literally had a case full of new models for 2015. Since I was in a press for time at the show, I had Troy, a Benchmade commercial manager, drag a fistful of sharpies from the cabinet for me to manipulate and photograph. These are photos I took of nine of the new offerings.
The first three knives are, from top to bottom, the Loco, the Ti Monolock, and a Shane Sibert design, the Vicar. Below are the reverse sides of these knives.
The Loco is a 3.68″ bladed heavy duty tactical folder with an AXIS lock and G-10 handles. The Ti Monolock is just that–titanium handles, monolock function. I love the feel of titanium. It has a dispassionate, industrial flavor in one’s hand. The Vicar is a robust hard use knife of CPM-S30V, black and green stacked handles, and a .090″ thick titanium liner lock.
The 112 H2O fixed blade comes in the ultra-stainless N680 steel. It has an blunt opposing bevel blade, serrations, and a rescue hook. It was designed for a military unit. The beefy Sibert Bushcrafter, with its high ground drop point blade and sand colored G-10 handles, is already shipping. At the bottom, the 665 APB Assist has an ambidextrous push button release for its AXIS lock. It looked great in its blue and black contoured G-10 handles.
The Pagan is a double-action OTF (out the front) auto opener. Its blade is 3.96 inches of 154-CM steel. I am enamored with the solid snaps as you work a Benchmade OTF auto. The Auto APB has a similar push-button/AXIS action as the APB Assist, except the Auto is…an auto. This APB has aluminum scales.
The last knife is the new carbon fiber-handled Nakamura 484-1. It features CPM-S90V super premium blade steel. A blue anodized pivot bushing and blue barrel spacers at the spine really make this model stand out.
There were more new models that I did not have time to touch. It was obvious the designers at BM have been busy making us new debts. On to the next booth!