Five Things You May Not Know About Benchmade Knife Company

by Gayle Gilham on November 6, 2017

in Featured Member


From design engineers to skilled machinists, Benchmade’s team is filled with hard-working, passionate individuals committed to producing some of the highest quality knives in the world. Did you know…

  1. In 1979 the Benchmade adventure began, when Les de Asis set out to make the best knives in the world. He wanted a knife that reflected the latest in materials and manufacturing technology to replace the cheap butterfly knives, known as Bali-Songs, he played with as a kid. Proud of his creation, he took his first knife into a local gun store and the owner asked, “Could you build 100 more?”
  2. In 1990 Benchmade became the first company to own and employ a high-power laser cutter, allowing for work with steels too hard to stamp. The Company also became the world leader in automatic knife manufacturing (still true to this day) and began to supply military units. They’ve grown a lot since then, now supplying tools for elite tactical operators, first responders, collectors and outdoor enthusiasts.
  3. Responding to growing customer demand, in 1997 the Company moved its manufacturing facility from Clackamas to Oregon City, which sprawls approximately 144,000 sq. ft. today. This is where they turn sheets of steel, aluminum and titanium into the hand-assembled works of art that can only be called Benchmade.
  4. Over the years, Benchmade has worked with world-class custom knife makers like Mel Pardue and Warren Osborne, perfecting a business model that involves lending manufacturing processes to custom knife designs; affording a level of innovation and quality to the larger market, which was once unavailable. Take a virtual factory tour to see just how they do it.
  5. There’s never a dull moment with a Benchmade knife. Every Benchmade knife comes with a lifetime “LifeSharp” promise that includes complimentary cleaning, small parts replacement and of course sharpening. A customer simply ships their knife back to the company where it’s not only sharpened, but inspected and tuned for optimum performance.

Cascade is pleased to feature Benchmade Knife Company, where hard-working knives are made by hard-working people.

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