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CORPORATE NEWS
October 25, 2010 Benchmade Knife Company Appoints Four New Brand Managers to Lead Their Portfolio of Brands

October 18, 2010 Benchmade Establishes Hardware-Industrial Sales Team

October 5, 2010 Benchmade Knife Company Acquires Lone Wolf Knives

September 27, 2010 Benchmade Knife Company Sponsors Disabled Veterans and Climbers on Himalayan Expedition

July 26, 2010 Benchmade Knife Company Wins 2010 Knife of the Year

June 8, 2010 Benchmade Partners With Custom Knife Maker Charles Marlowe

May 13, 2010 Benchmade Nominated for Two Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards

February 19, 2010 Benchmade Supports Local Charter School to Encourage Students in Community

February 1, 2010 Benchmade Knife Company Wins 2009 Business of the Year Award

January 13, 2010 Benchmade Knife Company Partners With WARN Industries, Inc.

December 28, 2009 Benchmade Knife Company Partners With USA Shooting

December 16, 2009 Benchmade Knife Company Recognized as a Most Admired Company in Oregon

November 24, 2009 Benchmade Knife Company and H&K USA Continue Partnership; Announce New Products

November 18, 2009 Benchmade Partners With Custom Knife and Equipment Designers

November 3, 2009 Benchmade Knife Company Wins 2009 Manufacturer of the Year

October 23, 2009 Dave Winterling Named Director of Manufacturing for Benchmade Knife Company

September 22, 2009 Benchmade Knife Company Hires Four New Employees

July 30, 2009 Benchmade Wins 2009 Knife of the Year Award

June 23, 2009 Now Purchase Harley-Davidson® Knives at Benchmade.com

June 11, 2009 U.S. Customs Wants To Ban Your Pocket Knife

May 14, 2009 Benchmade Nominated for Three Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards

February 9, 2009 Benchmade Continues to Add Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2009 Benchmade Makes Significant Additions to Engineering Department

January 8, 2009 Benchmade Announces Additions to Human Resources Department

January 6, 2009 Benchmade Announces Sales Management Promotions

January 6, 2009 New Staff Additions to Marketing Department Bring Extensive Brand Building Experience

January 6, 2009 Benchmade Expands Customer Service Staff to Keep Pace with Growth

November 3, 2008 Benchmade Introduces the New 9051 AFO II

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS
February 24, 2011 Rant® Series Expands to a Family of Four

December 28, 2010 480-1 Shoki® New Product Announcement

December 7, 2010 860 Bedlam® New Product Announcement

December 2, 2010 New Harley-Davidson® Knife! Model 13175 Venom® Knife

November 9, 2009 New Benchmade Bali-Song® Model 51

October 20, 2009 New 8HOOK Medical Version

September 3, 2009 New Benchmade Model 551H2O

August 14, 2009 New Harley-Davidson® Knife! Model 13212 Tether Knife

June 29, 2009 New Harley-Davidson® Knife! Model 13150-1 Mini-Hardtail

July 11, 2008 Benchmade, Canby Rodeo and Clackamas Community College join forces for our Veterans

June 23, 2008 Benchmade Knife Company Urges Californian Law Enforcement to Take a Stand

April 25, 2008 Benchmade has hired Rob Morrison as director of marketing and strategic planning.
Previously, Morrison was a partner and director of strategic planning at Leopold Ketel & Partners...

April 15, 2008 Benchmade's Pink Griptilian Program has raised and donated over $10,000
This vision, formally titled the Pink Griptilian Program, donates 10 percent of all wholesale profits to the Oregon Health and Science University’s Breast Education Program...

March 26, 2008 Benchmade’s new 480 SHOKI folding knife wins International Knife Award
Model 480 SHOKI ™ was awarded the IWA International Knife Award in the category of Special Design...

March 18, 2008 Benchmade is proud to announce the recent advancement of 8-year employee Bill Cook.
Bill Cook has accepted the position as Handles and Liners Value Stream Manager...

March 18, 2008 Benchmade announces 11-year industry veteran Kris Langdon as Blade Value Stream Manager.
Langdon is responsible for managing the people and production flow associated with blade manufacturing...

March 18, 2008 Long time Benchmade employee Aaron Bangle, has been promoted to Assembly Value Stream Manager.
Bangle has worked for Benchmade Knife Company for almost 13 years...

January 7, 2008 We're proud to announce an exclusive retail outlet opening at Benchmade Headquarters.
This one of a kind shop will help meet the demands of the existing foot traffic...

December 10, 2007 Bob Lum took fairly common materials and turned them in to works of art.
“There will never be another Bob Lum,” ...

November 15, 2007 Benchmade announces its nomination for the Austin Family Business Award.
Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program presents this prestigious award yearly...

October 24, 2007 Benchmade and Harley-Davidson Bonds Blades and Bikers.
The longstanding relationship between blades and bikers is almost as branded as the 105-year-old backyard start-up...

October 18, 2007 Pretty in Pink Means More than Ribbons and Bows to Benchmade Knife Company.
Benchmade Knife Company in Oregon City, Ore. announces a new product designed for women but intended to help support breast cancer research...

October 1, 2007 Benchmade Knife Company introduces Dave Maxey as the director of manufacturing.
Maxey is responsible for all departments in manufacturing operations and product development...

August 6, 2007 Benchmade Knife Company Receives National Award for Life Saving Tool
The ERT-1 was recently nominated and awarded Safety Product of the Year at the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Award Ceremony...

June 12, 2007 New Benchmade Public Relations talent will support rapid business growth
DuPlessis has been an active participant in the knife and sportsman industry since she was a child...

June 5, 2007 Benchmade Knife Company continues to build their staff to fit their growing business
Murphy is sharing his 17 years of financial experience with Benchmade...

April 30, 2007 Benchmade Knife Company Introduces New Design to the Product Line
This new knife doesn’t look like a folding knife at first glance but it is...

April 9, 2007 The HK® 14440SB Ally™ Is The Newest Knife Model That You Will Want On Your Side
The Ally is poised to appeal to a broad market for a variety of reasons...

April 5, 2007 The Benchmade Griptilian Line of Knives Evolves, Now Even More to Offer
One of the most popular and raved about line of knives to ever come out of Benchmade Knife Company has received some serious changes...

April 5, 2007 New Design For A Brand New Year, The Dèjávoo™ Is Not Exactly Like Anything You Have Seen Before
Go ahead; take another look...

April 5, 2007 The Benchmade HK® Line Of Knives Gains An Additional Model With A New Assist Opening Mechanism
Benchmade bundled tons of high-end materials such as textured G10 handle scales, 154CM blade steel and 6A1-4V titanium liners into this knife...

March 30, 2007 Oregon City Police Department Accepts New Tools From Benchmade Knife Company to Help Save Lives
In a mutually beneficial effort, Benchmade Knife Company partners with the Oregon City Police Department by handing out new 7 Hooks and ERT-1 emergency response tools...

March 15, 2007 Benchmade Receives U.S. Army's Rapid Fielding Initiative for 7 Hook
Now more troops than ever will be issued this important lifesaving tool...

February 20, 2007 Benchmade Adds Additional Staff to the Engineering Department with William Snyder
William Snyder has joined the Benchmade team as a Manufacturing Engineer...

February 8, 2007 Benchmade Knife Company Promotes Doug Pettis to Director of Business Development
This promotion fuses the Customer Service, Shipping, and Warranty/Repair Departments closer to the Sales Department...

January 4, 2007 Greg Mooney Accepts Promotion as President of Benchmade Knife Company
New management role at Benchmade...

December 28, 2006 James Westerfield Brings His Expertise To Benchmade Knife Company’s Engineering Department
Who's new at Benchmade?...

December 28, 2006 Continued Growth At Benchmade Knife Company Adds Additional Staff To The Engineering Department
Who's new at Benchmade?...

December 28, 2006 Benchmade Knife Company’s HR Department Hires Some New Talent
Who's new at Benchmade?...

December 11, 2006 Don’t Panic: Stop, Think, and Reach For Benchmade Knife Company’s Newest Emergency Response Tool
Your best defense is preparedness, which is why Benchmade engineers created the ERT-1....

November 27, 2006 Benchmade’s Multiple Award Winning Rukus® Now Has A New Option In Size, The Mini-Rukus®
Back by popular demand, the Rukus is anything but small. Big on form, function and that “wow” factor...

November 20, 2006 There Is Now A New Fixed Blade In The Benchmade Blue Class
The 201+ is sleek, comfortable, and versatile for everyday use...

October 20, 2006 It’s Official: Benchmade’s 7 Hook Receives an NSN Assignment.
After extensive testing, the newest offering in Benchmade Knife Company’s line of hooks, the 7 Hook, has officially been awarded a National Stocking Number.

October 12, 2006 Benchmade Knife Company kicks off “Why Manufacturing Matters”...
Benchmade Knife Co. toured high school teachers and administrators from the Clackamas County area through the manufacturing floor...

September 28, 2006 Benchmade announces introduction of 7 Hook/StrapCutter into product line
The new 7 Hook is designed with saving your life in mind.

September 28, 2006 Benchmade announces introduction of 10750 VEX into product line.
The new 10750 Vex of fers the highest combination of features, technology and value that has ever been introduced into our Red Class here at Benchmade.

June 22, 2006 610 RUKUS™ Knife of the Year
This year, the model 610 Rukus™ was bestowed the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence 2006 Knife of the Year honors...

June 19, 2006 Blade Show Awards
Benchmade took home two coveted Blade Show awards...

June 9, 2006 14700 & 14750 HK Autos
A pair of low-drag, high-value auto openers guaranteed to please....

June 9, 2006 3300 Infidel® OTF (Out The Front) Dual-Action Auto
The Benchmade Infidel is a special operator’s fantasy come true...

May 1, 2006 12205 Pardue
Modified Drop-Point blade design...

May 1, 2006 10450SB PIKA® TANTO
Tanto blade shape...

February 1, 2006 32 MORPHO™
Benchmade Knife Company raises the bar on the Bali once again with the introduction of the 32 Morpho™.

February 1, 2006 140 NIMRAVUS® / 141NIMRAVUS® TANTO
The Nimravus® models 140 and 141 have undergone a tactical makeover for 2006...

February 1, 2006 151 FIXED GRIPTILIAN®
You can get one in olive drab or traditional black; a Tanto blade shape or a Modified Drop- Point; an oval thumb-hole opener or dual thumb-stud; but it wasn’t until now that you could get one without a pivot screw...

February 1, 2006 156 CSK
The 156 Combat Survival Knife (CSK) is a perfect example of the amazing product you get for the dollars spent....

February 1, 2006 610 RUKUS™
To say the 610 Rukus™ from Benchmade Knife Company resembles your average pocketknife is like saying a bulldozer is the same as a shovel – both share the same purpose, but one does it with authority....

February 1, 2006 10110S SALMON RIVER & 10115 SALMON CREEK FOLDING FILLETS
It seems most outdoorsman like to pack to enough gear to help them tackle any task they encounter, whether it be hunting, fishing or just a day hike...

February 1, 2006 10610 BENCHMITE® II
Having your knife for everyday cutting tasks on a regular basis is tough to do if you don’t remember to slip it into your pocket before heading out...

February 1, 2006 12505 NRA FIXED BLADE
2006 brings a hunter’s dream to the outstanding line-up, the 12505 fixed blade guthook.... (nraknives.com)

February 1, 2006 14210 Heckler & Koch
New for 2006 is the 14210, a folding pocketknife featuring Benchmade’s patented AXIS® Locking mechanism...

February 1, 2006 NEW PRODUCTS
Benchmade® Knife Company has introduced an exciting lineup of new models as well as some much awaited line extensions...

February 1, 2006 BRAG-BAG™
A big part of knife collecting is showing off what you have. However, one can only carry so many knives on them before they begin to look like a walking arsenal...

February 1, 2006 2006 NRA UPDATE
2006 marks the One Year Anniversary of the start of the NRA Outdoors® collection of feature loaded, cutting edge, “best in class” products hand selected by the National Rifle Association of America...

February 1, 2006 BLUELUBE & SHARPENERS
You buy something of exceptional quality and you do your best to keep it that way. A little routine maintenance, some TLC, and the right tools are all that is needed...

February 1, 2006 SOFT SHEATHS & ATTACHMENT SYSTEMS
Now you can carry your folding knives, model 5 Rescue Hooks or Nimravus® series fixed blades in more places than just on your hip with the new MOLLE® compatible sheaths available from Benchmade Knife Company...

February 1, 2006 STEEL UPGRADES
For many models continuing from 2005, blade steel upgrades have been added to their list of accolades...

February 1, 2006 WHAT’S NEW?
Exotic materials such as damascus, abalone, mother of pearl, and carbon fiber are part of the appeal of these knives...

December 16, 2005 Clackamas County
It’s Our Time to Shine!...

May 17, 2005 Benchmade Wins 2005 Knife of the Year Award
Model 425 Gravitator Captures Company’s 7th Win In 8 Year Span.

May 17, 2005 Benchmade Knife Company Collects Prestigious 2005 Awards
Academy of Excellence Knife of the Year & IWA International Knife Award for Design.

January 28, 2005 Benchmade Knife Company Installs New Customer Support Mechanisms
Dealer X-Net & Sales Rep Hand-Helds Aim For Superior Service

January 28, 2005 Benchmade Knife Company and NAFI Agree to New Partnership
Manufacturer joins exclusive lineup of industry sponsors

January 28, 2005 Benchmade Knife Company Partners with NRA Outdoors
New Line of Outdoor Products From the National Rifle Association Will Feature Unique Benchmade Designs

January 28, 2005 “What’s New” From Benchmade for 2005
It’s the most commonly asked question on the trade show floor just as it is in the retail showroom...

January 28, 2005 Benchmade Knife Company Red Class: A Year In Review
Keeping the “Best In Class” Promise

January 28, 2005 New Black Class Product Announcement - Model 155
Aggressive style serrations on bottom edge of blade can be used for sawing...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 425
Generous threaded thumb-ramp enhances gripping safety/power...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 440
Stabilized wood material wears tough and looks good...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 553
Tanto blade shape provides enhanced tip strength...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 557
Tanto blade shape offers straight razor cutting edge...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 635
Machined 6AL 4V titanium handle is lightweight, durable, and corrosion resistant...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 670
Cast steel bolster and molded horn styled handle create custom look...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 707
G10 inserts on handle allow for a better grip and attractive look...

January 28, 2005 New Blue Class Product Announcement - Model 923SBK
The generous second blade works well for small cutting jobs...

January 28, 2005 New Red Class Product Announcement - Model 10300
Textured back spacer enhances grip and visual appeal...

January 28, 2005 New Red Class Product Announcement - Model 10520
Full-Tang blade maximizes overall strength of design...

January 28, 2005 New Red Class Product Announcement - Model 10530
Traditional cord wrapped handle for positive grip...

January 28, 2005 New Red Class Product Announcement - Model 10600
Push button released Levitator lock is easy to use and readily accessible...

January 28, 2005 A new class of performance!
SHOT Show 2005

February 26, 2004 Defense Logistics Agency honors Benchmade Knife Company
First Knife Manufacturer to be Recognized...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 10200 & 10210
Benchmade and custom knife designer, Mel Pardue, designed the 10200 Ambush and the 10210 Mini-Ambush to offer the knife user...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 10300
The new 10300 MonoChrome is Benchmade’s first custom-designed knife from Austrian designer, Armin Stuetz...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 10400 & 10410
The newly designed 10400 Pika and 10410 Mini-Pika sport an N690 steel blade for sharpness and corrosion resistance...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 10500 & 10505
From custom Benchmade designer Mel Pardue comes the 10500 Rant Bowie and the 10505 Rant DPT (Drop-Point Tactical)...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 10510
A new offering and the design debut of custom knife designer Stephen Fecas to the Benchmade team...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 141
The 140 Nimravus has earned a reputation as a fixed blade design that works...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 210
Another Mike Snody creation, the 210 Activator is the first fixed blade of its kind...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 3100
Based on the success of the 310 Benchmite by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 420 & 4200
Get the job done with this new Mike Snody knife design, the 420 Resistor. With plenty of girth and strength...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 530
The Mel Pardue-designed Model 530 is a variation on his earlier 350 knives...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 630
Custom knife designer Neil Blackwood makes a huge splash with his first Benchmade collaboration...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 780
Benchmade and custom knife designer Warren Osborne held nothing back when collaboratively designing...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 960
Originally introduced as a limited production design, Benchmade simply couldn’t share this sleek design by Warren Osborne with so few knife lovers...

February 11, 2004 New Product Announcement - Model 960CFP, 180DM & 940DM
The Benchmade Gold Class was created for the real blade connoisseur. These exquisite knives utilize custom designs, exotic materials, exclusive mechanisms and truly handcrafted detail...

January 1, 2004 A Message From Les de Asis
It is my great pleasure to announce the unveiling of several exciting new dimensions to Benchmade...

IN THE MEDIA
June 13, 2011 915 Triage™, Fresh Air Junkie, June 2011

May 1, 2011 9CB Hook with Carabiner, BLADE Magazine, May 2011 (PDF)

May 1, 2011 585 Mini-Barrage®, Knives Illustrated Magazine, May-June 2011 (PDF)

April 1, 2011 760 LFTi®, FreshAirJunkie.com, April 2011 (PDF)

April 1, 2011 860 Bedlam®, Shooting Illustrated, April 2011 (PDF)

February 1, 2011 3800 NTK™, Fog Horn, Feb. 2011 (PDF)

January 1, 2011 Mini-Griptilian®, HomeFixated.com, Jan. 2011 (PDF)

December 1, 2010 890 Torrent®, Fresh Air Junkie, Dec. 2010 (PDF)

October 1, 2010 110H2O & 111H2O - River/Dive, American Handgunner, Oct. 2010 (PDF)

October 1, 2010 3310-91 - Infidel®, Blade, Oct. 2010 (PDF)

September 1, 2010 172 Tomahawk - Blade, Sept. 2010 (PDF)

September 1, 2010 790 Subrosa™ - Blade, Sept. 2010 (PDF)

July 1, 2010 755 MPR™ - Woods Monkey, July. 2010 (PDF)

July 1, 2010 755 MPR™ - American COP, July-August 2010 (PDF)

July 1, 2010 551 Griptilian® - American COP, July-August 2010 (PDF)

July 1, 2010 51 Bali-Song®- Tactical Gear, Summer 2010 (PDF)

June 1, 2010 172 Tomahawk, 741 Onslaught & 755 MPR - Knives Illustrated, June 2010 (PDF)

May 1, 2010 3150 Impel Auto - American Cop, May/June 2010 (PDF)

March 1, 2010 111H20 Folder - 4 All Outdoors, March 2010 (PDF)

January 1, 2010 H-D® 13150-1, 13212, 13400, 13500/13550 - Hot Bike, Jan. 2010 (PDF)

January 1, 2010 H-D® 13300/13310 Money Clip - American Iron Magazine, Jan. 2010 (PDF)

December 1, 2009 480 Shoki - Cigar Aficiondo, Dec. 2009 (PDF)

December 1, 2009 551H2O Griptilian - Jems.com, Dec. 2009 (PDF)

December 1, 2009 585 Mini-Barrage - Law Officer, Dec. 2009 (PDF)

November 1, 2009 585 Mini-Barrage - Tactical Response, Nov./Dec. 2009 (PDF)

November 1, 2009 551H2O Griptilian - Concealed Carry, Nov./Dec. 2009 (PDF)

November 1, 2009 3310 Infidel OTF - Tactical Knives, Nov. 2009 (PDF)

November 1, 2009 147 NimCub-II - Tactical Knives, Nov. 2009 (PDF)

November 1, 2009 580 Barrage - Tactical Response, Nov./Dec. 2009 (PDF)

August 1, 2009 H-D® 13710 Nitrous - American Iron Magazine, Aug. 2009 (PDF)

August 1, 2009 13150 H-D Hardtail - American Iron Magazine, Aug. 2009 (PDF)

June 1, 2009 520 Presidio - Overland Journal, June 2009 (PDF)

June 1, 2009 30200 Houdini Rescue Tool - JEMS.com, June 2009 (PDF)

June 1, 2009 551 Griptilian - Wired.com (External Link)

June 1, 2009 201 Activator+ - Woods Monkey, June 2009 (PDF)

May 1, 2009 150 Marc Lee Glory Knife - Officer.com, April 2009 (External Link)

April 1, 2009 930 Kulgera® and 950 Rift®, Backpacker & Outside, April 2009

January 1, 2009 30200 Houdini Rescue Tool - JEMS.com Hot Product 2009 (PDF)

January 1, 2009 950 Rift - 2009 Black Belt Buyer's Guide (PDF)

January 1, 2009 Pink Mini-Griptilians - American Handgunner, Jan./Feb. 2009 (PDF)

May 1, 2008 9530 Auto - Law Officer Magazine, May 2008 (PDF)

August 1, 2007 7 Rescue Hook/ Strap Cutter - NY Tactical Magazine, May 2007 (PDF)

May 28, 2004 A Few Minutes With: Mel Pardue
The Outdoor Wire-
"Today, we're blessed with the highest quality outdoor equipment in history..."

March 11, 2004 Everest Documentary Nominated for Two Emmys
The National Television Academy has nominated Farther Than the Eye Can See for two Emmys, one for Outstanding Sports Documentary and the other for Outstanding Camera Work...

 
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