A lot of people say that there is no such thing as “the best knife”. Well I disagree.  Everybody has their own opinion on what they think is the best blade.  Now let’s talk about folding blades (the choices are endless).  During my time in the military I was lucky enough to try many different folding knives (knives that were made available to me in the 90’s). Any SEAL out there knows how hard we are on knives, guns, gear, etc.  It’s no secret that we are afforded the latest, most advanced and toughest crap that can be manufactured for us to successfully do our job and come home safely.  Knives are no different and while I was in the SEAL’s, I went through quite a few folding knives.  I actually was questioned at one point, what the hell I was doing with them.  My response was “I am using them to do my job“.  Well, that went over like a fart in church.  After a long talk with my Chief and he talking with the our equipment representative, there was no longer any more questions. We were issued a new one, end of story.  It didn’t matter if we broke one knife or 10 knives, if the knife couldn’t hold up to task at hand then we would look for a tougher knife.

Anyway, after a lot of trial and error, I finally stuck with Benchmade knives. It holds an edge like no other folding knife that I have used and easy to maintain an edge with proper sharpening and maintenance.

A Navy SEALs folding knife: Benchmade D2 Griptilian
Benchmade pocket clip

The pocket clip on the side of the knife, which can be put on either side of the handle is incredibly ridged and holds very securely to your pocket, most places on your operator gear or any damn place you choose to put it.

A Navy SEALs folding knife: Benchmade D2 Griptilian
Lanyard hole

The custom hole that is in the non blade end of the handle, can be used for a lanyard as a secondary point of securing. If you plan to be active in your  movement or know you will be in tight areas that will cause you to rub against things or even get caught on stuff, there is a hole at the back-end of the handle.  This has been purposely placed there to allow it to have secondary point of securing it to whatever and wherever you decide to secure it to.  It has happened more than a few times to me, especially when I was in the military.  Whether navigating through the woods, crawling across the ground or working my way through urban areas, it would never fail that I would catch it on something.  I would realize it, because I could feel it slapping against my leg or side from the lanyard that it was hanging from. I would quickly grab it while moving put it back in its place on my gear and keep moving.