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Old 12-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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JD,

I bought a Benchmade AFO to complement my carry weapons. This is a "spring assist" black knife. I though you would appreciate this...



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Mark, that's a nice blade. I played with it at the show and really liked it. If I didn't have my Presidio, I would probably have bought one by now.

Benchmade makes a real good knife, and their blade steel is very good, it takes and edges and holds it, though I would like to see a bit more edge retention.

I am no metallurgy spe-cial-ist, but it seems that my AUS-8 & SV-30 knives seems to hold their edge a bit better, a bit longer.

But, I love my Presidio even though it's 154cm seems a bit soft.

Nice addition Mark....

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If you gotta carry a blade it may as well be a Benchmade! I was torn between this one and the Presidio... I got a little better price on the AFO. My blade is also the 154CM, so far it's holding up good.

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The 154CM is a good medium strength steel. It will take an edge, but it doesn't seem to hold it as long as some of my other blades.

The Benchmade is a well made knife from just down the I-5 corridor and they have a great reputation for customer service.

Another knife company I am fond of is Cold Steel. Amazing knives. Crappy Handle Material. They make a great blade, but all their handle choices are just plain wrong.

I bought their Hatamoto and I love the blade. That thing takes a bit of effort to get a razor edge on there, but that blade stays sharp. Problem is, the handle is made of G-10, which eats your pants pocket like a Somali kid with his first cheeseburger.

Another company that makes one hell of a sharp knife out of the box, with blade steel that takes an edge and keeps it is SOG. Sharpest out of the box knives I have found yet, and made right up the I-5 corridor in Lynnwood, Washington.

You made a good choice though. Their spring assist is well made and their lock is strong. A great accompanient to your impressive collection.

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Thanks JD,

I know what you are saying about Cold Steel. I have a Ti-Lite and the flip-open tab is brutal on pockets. It's fairly difficult to sharpen but it does hold an edge well. I also like the looks of the Ti-Lite, but my Benchmade AFO wins hands down...

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Knive's are my main hobby (and a good part of how I make a living as well!), Benchmade makes some great ones. I don't like black or serrated edges, I prefer satin finished blades with plain edges (convex if at all possible), but it's mostly a matter of personal taste. The instructor I train with carries serrated Spydercos almost exclusively.

I'm no expert when it comes to steels, but as far as I know 154CM is an improvement over 440C (which is a pretty decent steel for an EDC folder). It was developed around 1958 as a high temperature bearing material and was only available in bar stock. Crucible was the first to offer it in sheets for knife making. 154 CM is a trade mark, the actual norm of the steel is AISI 618, pretty similar to Japanese ATS 34.

I've got several folding knives with 154 CM blades, and I'm quite happy with their performance. My favourite is a Benchmade Ares I had customised with ironwood handle to replace part of that God awful G-10 (it might be tough as nails, but I like wood!).



Congratulations on your purchase!

Since we are on the knife topic, do you guys train with them? I do it mostly because I enjoy it and I need the exercise, I do three hours a week of one on one practice with an instructor. Most of it is physical fitness stuff, we do mixed martial arts, kerambit, knife and stick. Since I started to carry a gun we've worked on using my weak hand for handgun retention techniques using knives (folders with Emerson WAVE opening system work great).

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That is one butt ugly knife you have there! But, I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of it... It appears to be very heavy duty!

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Benchmade is an excellent choice.

Cold Steel.... the videos with Lynn Thompson are hilarious. If you're ever imprisoned in shipping tubes, with a cardboard sillohuette as a sentry, this is the manufacturer for you.

Their knives function as advertised, but something about them just feels wrong. Almost Ginsu-like.

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Their knives function as advertised, but something about them just feels wrong. Almost Ginsu-like.
Their blade steel is awesome. Holds an edge like almost nothing out there. But the person designing their handles needs to go get a job in an art store or something because their handles lick the proverbial sack. You either get G-10 on their elite knives, or some slippery @ssed plastic with nobbies on it on their standard line. The only handle they make that I like is the Kraton on a couple of their fixed blades...

Cardboard sentry - that was classic. +1 on that.... LOL
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So you've seen the videos. Do I lie?

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