Benchmade Discussion without Politics or Insults

Discussion in 'Benchmade Knife Company' started by northside1, Feb 22, 2019.

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  1. mylest

    mylest

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    Nov 17, 2016
    Who cares who they support politically. Doesn’t change the quality of their knives or their commitment to the customers. I’ll continue to buy benchmades exclusively because I like their quality and designs. The fact that they support blue over red is just the icing on the cake for me but even if that were reversed, I’d still buy them.
     
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  2. coinbuysell

    coinbuysell Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 29, 2014
    It? I don't think that I have seen one shoot by itself...

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    I have never cared for BM but agree that it is bad "optics". Even though it is HOT right now, I think they will be fine going forward.

    Edit: @sre1 just saw your later post and am not trying to say you agree with the OCPD, I have never understood the "people don't kill people, guns kill people" thought process.
     
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  3. Darkera

    Darkera

    374
    Oct 22, 2016
    I'm pretty sure they are being facetious and essentially telling people to put their money where their collective mouths are. I.e. if you are this upset about it than sell or otherwise get rid of your knives. Don't just complain about it, especially if you've never been a Benchmade owner or even showed interest before. If I felt half the way people are reacting I wouldn't even want one in my house.

    This is going to blow over and the parade of dummies who suddenly appeared out of the woodwork will disappear. It's pretty sad when grown adults are so easily swayed by the social media outrage fad... I understand voting with your wallet etc but freaking out based on a single image and no facts is just toeing the line of stupidity that is becoming the norm these days.

    I have to say I was never aware that people construed the second amendment to mean guns themselves are sacred. Would you guys be upset if the firearms used in the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting were destroyed and not "re-homed", because it's all part of that slippery slope?
     
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  4. hatidua

    hatidua

    247
    Jul 28, 2010
    I do.
     
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  5. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I didn't realize Benchmade donates the money I spend on their knives to a bunch of anti American kooks. Lots of better options for future knife purchases.
     
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  6. Bad Ninja

    Bad Ninja

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    Dec 19, 2018

    If you really believe this will just blow over, you should read my earlier post about Smith and Wesson.
    Our rights are sacred. We dont take them lightly, or people/companies who support stealing them from us.

    TL;DR
    It won't go away easily or quickly.


    BTW,
    Nothing is wrong with buying a confiscated used gun.
    The gun didn't commit a crime, a person did.
    There isn't any black magic attached to a used gun.
    If that gun was then used by a good guy to save your families life, I doubt you would care who owned it last.
     
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  7. 357snubnose

    357snubnose

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    Jul 1, 2013
    Benchmade responds on their Facebook about the donations. Here is what they said:
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    When asked specifically, Les stated, “Our recent political contributions have been in favor of state-level legislation supporting a strong manufacturing and business environment here in Oregon while protecting knife owners across the United States in the form of the Interstate Transport Act.” The Interstate Transport Act would have created a federal protection for knife owners, to learn more, see comments.

    Thank you to our loyal customers for your continued support. We hope this brings clarity to the situation, and we look forward to serving you.

    The Interstate Transport Act would have created a federal protection for knife owners, allowing legal interstate travel with knives, provided the knives are transported to and from states where the law allows possession of said knives, and they are transported in locked containers. This is an act we’ve been trying to see into law over the last five years. While it did not pass in 2018, we hope to see it through into law when it is reintroduced this year.
     
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  8. needler420

    needler420

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    Apr 29, 2011
    I stopped liking benchmade when their lifetime warranty replaced my broken international with a $75 dollar gift card that can only be used on their website where everything cost MSRP. Their lifetime warranty means nothing to me. Snap on and Craftsman have better lifetime warranties.

    Those guns are likely to be destroyed either way. As soon as they hit auction there is more people willing to spend high amounts just to have them destroyed and those will be the winning bids. The people who just want them re-homed and to remain in circulation aren't likely to pay much more then the market value of them.. So it shows where one political side will win. One side is going to pay any amount just to send a political message.

    This will eventually blow over as anything does. Look at Nike. But I'm sure stocks are down with benchmade.
     
  9. ursamajor

    ursamajor

    Oct 27, 2010
    AZ has both the best knife laws, and the best gun laws in the nation...nay the world. Hell, you can even carry a cane sword, or legally conceal a Katana, highlander style. Take a look at the guy on the lightrail in Phoenix.

    No need to “grease” with anti 2-A politicians either.

    It’s a bogus excuse.
     
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  10. Cypress

    Cypress

    Jun 22, 2009
    Here’s Les responding to the issue. And by “responding” I mean “completely dancing around the issue without giving any answers whatsoever, and constantly patting himself on the back.”

    Bonus for the world’s worst audio. If they’re trying, they ain’t trying hard.

     
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  11. tokerblue

    tokerblue

    May 1, 2010
    I'm happy to see Benchmade further explain their donations. Unfortunately, the ability to cross state lines with knives isn't worth any type of Anti-2A legislation that comes along with those politicians.

    Not to mention that if those local politicians valued Benchmade as a home state company, they should have done it regardless.
     
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  12. 357snubnose

    357snubnose

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    Jul 1, 2013
    This whole thing would have died instantly if they had just issued a statement saying: (1) We exercised poor judgment in helping the police cut up the guns and it won't happen again. They could have even blamed it on a low-level employee, and (2) We were involved in a variety of lobbying efforts with the intention of helping knife owners and advancing pro-knife legislation. We recognize that some of our gun-owning customers are offended and for that we are sorry and will consider their wishes when making future donations.

    Seriously, it would have been dead by lunchtime on Thursday.
     
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  13. 357snubnose

    357snubnose

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    Jul 1, 2013
    I never knew that that crossing state lines with a knife was that big of an issue. Any idea how many people have been arrested for it in the past few years?
     
  14. cbrstar

    cbrstar

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    Sep 7, 2015
    I must be missing something. The Senator that introduced S.1092 Interstate Transport Act of 2018 was actually a Republican named Micheal B Enzi. Yet Benchmade never donated a single dime to support him instead decided to support the opposition.
     
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  15. needler420

    needler420

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    Apr 29, 2011
    People probably get arrested everyday for it. One knife in one state is legal and then when you cross states its illegal. Like Balisong or switchblade etc.
     
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  16. MittenStateMashers

    MittenStateMashers

    271
    Dec 12, 2018
    That cut up mess of a “video” is a joke. Les, didn’t answer one of my concerns much less all he and Benchmade as a company have been accused of. This “video” seems more like incoherent rambling. What exactly was his “perspective”? I didn’t quite catch it. I don’t think this helped anything.
     
  17. 00ChevyScott

    00ChevyScott

    Dec 3, 2010
    Maybe you should be President at Benchmade. You typed that up in 5 minutes and it was worlds better than the guy that founded the damn company. It’s almost like he doesn’t care.
     
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  18. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Don't think I would want that law. I can transport knives right now with out them being in a locked box. If this is passed I could see dealers shipping out of state having to ship them in locked boxes.
     
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  19. Randy3000

    Randy3000

    811
    Jun 3, 2017
    Read the comments from gun owners directly

    https://www.ar15.com/forums/General/Founder-CEO-of-Benchmade-Responds/5-2196739/

    My favorite comment:
    "Comments disabled, that company knows they're done"
     
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  20. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    As a service to Blade Forum members that are no longer able to stand owning Benchmade knives, I will buy them at 5% of their retail value, assuming the knives are in good condition.

    You're welcome!

    (I reserve the right to refuse any offer for whatever reason I feel like :p )
     
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