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The Knife Nerd's Knife

The Knife Nerd's Knife
By Troy Hellman 12 days ago 40644 Views 27 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 12 days ago at 9:04 AM
is the red thing a wallet?
Benchmade 11 days ago at 3:41 PM
It is! Nomatic's Front Pocket wallet.
spencer norcross 8 days ago at 5:27 AM
thank you, i'll be checking that out. keep up the great work!
David Roper 11 days ago at 6:08 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 12 days ago at 9:11 AM
Very nice looking Blade
Peyton West 11 days ago at 11:35 AM
Please don’t set glasses down on the lenses.
Benchmade 11 days ago at 3:41 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 11 days ago at 4:35 PM
I thought the same thing - never put lenses face down
Adam 11 days ago at 12:36 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 11 days ago at 3:37 PM
If a coin damages an M4 blade, you've got bigger fish to fry!
Patrick Cummings 11 days ago at 9:01 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 11 days ago at 2:55 PM
What are the other items in this picture?
Benchmade 11 days ago at 3:36 PM
iPhone X with Pelican Shield Case, O-Light Ion flashlight, Benchmade 1101-2 Tacitcal Pen, Nomatic Front Pocket Wallet.
Greg. 11 days ago at 9:02 PM
Awesome. Nice knife!
Ben 11 days ago at 5:13 PM
does this only come in a manual open?
Benchmade 11 days ago at 8:08 AM
Yes, the Freek is a manual platform.
Madera 11 days ago at 7:12 PM
will this knife only be available in the black blade or in the grey cerakote aswell?
Benchmade 11 days ago at 8:09 AM
No plans for another blade color as of now.
madera 11 days ago at 10:59 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 11 days ago at 8:45 PM
Are they available at the factory store in OC yet?
Benchmade 11 days ago at 8:40 AM
Scheduled to be in the store at the end of January, just after SHOT Show.
Tony Friesen 11 days ago at 10:58 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 11 days ago at 2:12 AM
Can't find the notify me when it's ready button. Please compare this knife to the 154CM
Ron 11 days ago at 6:01 AM
Don't like coated blades, EDC or otherwise.
mr doe 10 days ago at 12:01 PM
what model glasses are in the pic?
James Hewett 10 days ago at 5:16 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 9 days ago at 11:45 AM
I like it a lot I think I might get this as my knife treat this year