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The Knife Nerd's Knife

The Knife Nerd's Knife
By Troy Hellman 5 months ago 58306 Views 34 comments

For young adventurers and collectors, there are few things in life that rival the excitement of receiving your first knife. Whether it was purchased with a hard-earned allowance, passed down by a mentor, or even found along a hiking trail, knives are a common celebration for an individual’s coming-of-age moment. Regardless of the quality or practicality, that first knife will always hold a special place in their collection. Over the years these collections tend to evolve as disposable income becomes more prevalent, allowing the individual to experiment with more expensive knives and accessories. Users frequently begin to accessorize their collections around a specific theme or need, as items like minimalist wallets, compact flashlights, high-end pens, pocket knives, and even key chains are thrown into the mix.

In recent years, the term EDC (Everyday Carry) has seen a surge in popularity. While the concept itself is nothing new, the EDC community continues to grow larger and larger. Social media platforms have become laden with eye-catching imagery of personal collections appropriately termed “pocket-dumps”, or my personal favorite, “pocket-vomit”, as a way to show off and spark conversation around a specific item or selection of gear. Inevitably, this community has very specific tastes regarding materials, colors, and designs, making it tough for manufacturers to always hit their mark.

This year, our team wanted to make a knife that would cater to those with specific tastes. Building off the shoulders of a previously released model (the Freek 560), the designers at Benchmade gave the knife a material overhaul that resulted in the new Freek 560-1. The original dual-durometer handle materials were exchanged for a textured G10, featuring tones of red, grey, and black. Anodized red standoffs and a coated CPM-M4 blade replaced the closed backspacer and CPM-S30V blade of the initial design, as a nod to the aesthetic and material preferences of many EDC users. Many hardcore collectors like to customize their knives to suit their personal preferences, but we’re confident that shy of a lanyard or pocket clip, the factory configuration of the 560-1 Freek will nullify the need to change materials.


spencer 5 months ago at 10:04 AM
is the red thing a wallet?
Benchmade 5 months ago at 4:41 PM
It is! Nomatic's Front Pocket wallet.
spencer norcross 4 months ago at 6:27 AM
thank you, i'll be checking that out. keep up the great work!
David Roper 4 months ago at 7:08 PM
Need this so Ican send my other in for sharpening as I am too chicken to try on my own on the benchmade
Michael Langley 5 months ago at 10:11 AM
Very nice looking Blade
Congrats!
Peyton West 5 months ago at 12:35 PM
Please don’t set glasses down on the lenses.
Benchmade 5 months ago at 4:41 PM
In most cases, we agree. These lenses have taken impacts from everything between tree branches to discharging 5.56 brass. Scratch resistant lenses are magical.
Kirk Conde 5 months ago at 5:35 PM
I thought the same thing - never put lenses face down
Adam 5 months ago at 1:36 PM
Many good features for an everyday knife. I will probably buy one as I've been looking for a new Benchmade.

The open back is a mistake for an EDC knife. The ingress of coins into the knife is an irritation which can result in damage to the edge of softer blade steels. My main EDC (suit wearer) is a Benchmade 335 with D2 blade and Ti scales, it collects a coin once a month or so and the hard $2 coins here in Australia really jam things up.
Benchmade 5 months ago at 4:37 PM
If a coin damages an M4 blade, you've got bigger fish to fry!
Patrick Cummings 4 months ago at 10:01 PM
I’m glad they don’t. The open back allows for easier cleaning, maintenance, is much lighter, etc. It’s actually a distinctive feature of many EDC blades across most manufacturers here in the USA. Especially when if you use the pocket clip correctly, change or any other debris is unlikely to obstruct the knife.
Gpak 5 months ago at 3:55 PM
What are the other items in this picture?
Benchmade 5 months ago at 4:36 PM
iPhone X with Pelican Shield Case, O-Light Ion flashlight, Benchmade 1101-2 Tacitcal Pen, Nomatic Front Pocket Wallet.
Greg. 4 months ago at 10:02 PM
Awesome. Nice knife!
Ben 5 months ago at 6:13 PM
does this only come in a manual open?
Benchmade 4 months ago at 9:08 AM
Yes, the Freek is a manual platform.
Madera 4 months ago at 8:12 PM
will this knife only be available in the black blade or in the grey cerakote aswell?
Benchmade 4 months ago at 9:09 AM
No plans for another blade color as of now.
madera 4 months ago at 11:59 AM
glad benchmade went with M4. My favorite steel and in today’s market hard to find knives made in M4. the freek caught my attention before but now it is a must have.
Patrick Cummings 4 months ago at 9:45 PM
Are they available at the factory store in OC yet?
Benchmade 4 months ago at 9:40 AM
Scheduled to be in the store at the end of January, just after SHOT Show.
Tony Friesen 4 months ago at 11:58 PM
Fantastic!! Good job on the choice of steel and G-10. Yes I'm a self proclaimed knife nerd and must have one ASAP. BTW is there any chance of a counter sunk screw deep carry pocket clip in benchmade future?
Niles 4 months ago at 3:12 AM
Can't find the notify me when it's ready button. Please compare this knife to the 154CM
Ron 4 months ago at 7:01 AM
Don't like coated blades, EDC or otherwise.
mr doe 4 months ago at 1:01 PM
what model glasses are in the pic?
James Hewett 4 months ago at 6:16 PM
I can't wait to get one. The M4 blade, and the red barrel spacers/standoffs are great. I need some red standoffs for a 940 does Benchmade sell those?
William j Ruber 4 months ago at 12:45 PM
I like it a lot I think I might get this as my knife treat this year
Ben 4 months ago at 2:17 PM
When is this coming out?
Roy Olson 1 month ago at 9:20 AM
I won my 560-1 in a drawing Feb 24 thanks to Benchmade and Work Sharp or else I never would have a Benchmade, because I can't afford that quality of a knife! Since then I've become addicted to this Freek and all of Benchmade. By the way I bought a BM sheath for my Freek and is the best quality sheath I've ever owned, awesome job bravo Benchmade.
Benchmade 1 month ago at 11:46 AM
Hey Roy! We're so happy to hear that you're enjoying the knife!
ROY OLSON 1 month ago at 7:02 PM
Thank you, I have 41 vintage Bucks on display but as much as I admire Bucks and lockbacks none come close to this Super Freek! I'm curious as to hows come this post has been dormant for 3mo? I'd like to hear what BM and all else has to say about my new favorite sheath, shoot I even use it when I switch out my EDC. More observations to come, if this post remains active.
23 days ago at 6:51 AM
My M4 Freek speaks to me. It whispers: "red anodised deep carry clip to match my standoffs, pleeeeeaase!"
Diesel 7 days ago at 8:24 AM
And thumbstud!!!
Roy Olson 7 days ago at 1:55 PM
I've found aftermarket stuff that will work but that would void the warranty! The red anodized screws would look great but they are aluminum and aluminum screws just aren't strong enough to secure the clip or handles, maybe titanium would be. Myself I'm not willing to void my warranty for a little bling! The 560-1 Freek is perfect the way it is!