Benchmade has just unveiled their entire new for 2017 catalog. The 12 product lineup plays to the strength of the company’s iterative design philosophy and its Axis lock platform. The new knives benefit from increased machining prowess and enhanced material quality. It appears that Benchmade converted from its tried and true 154CM to S30V as its go-to steel. The new lineup offers some big surprises, including Benchmade’s first integral knife, a brand new balisong, and carry-overs from the now-discontinued HK line.
The Anthem is the very first integral frame Axis lock knife. Pioneered by Lionsteel, an integral knife is one where the entire handle is made from a single piece of material instead of two fastened together. Benchmade pulled out all the stops for this high end offering, with a 3.5” 20CV steel blade, chevron patterned pocket clip, and luxurious bronze anodization.
Benchmade got its start in the knife business making balisongs. With the new model 87 they channel their own company history with a thoroughly modern design. The 87 has a ball bearing pivot and trendy 4.5” wharncliffe blade to bring some flair to the traditional balisong design. As with the Anthem, the 87’s handles are machined from single billets of titanium.
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