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Benchmade 318-2 Proper Carbon Fiber

Taking a classic and making it feel brand new, if not even better than the original, is no easy task. But judging by its popularity in the EDC community, the recently released Benchmade Proper delivered as a modern version of a classic gent's folding knife with its attractive mix of a refined, timeless design and premium, high-performance materials. Now, Benchmade's newest addition to the Proper family, the 318-2, takes both style and performance to the next level. It features a more modern look and feel thanks to its lightweight yet robust carbon fiber scaling, paired with a premium S90V steel blade. For fans of the original, the Proper 318-2 debuts as a sophisticated upgrade for a classy EDC.

Despite the more modern cut of the new Proper knife, it retains its timeless modern gent's features. The blade remains a compact 2.82” clip-point, manually opened with a nick on the blade and held in place lightly with a slipjoint mechanism. But unlike your grandfather's old knife, the new Proper is made out of premium CPM-S90V stainless steel for better edge retention, and a higher hardness rating ranging from 59-61 HRC compared to the original Proper's S30V blade. Also new with this variant of the knife is its distressed stonewash on the blade, which makes for a more discreet carry compared to the original's shinier finish.

And where the original Proper knife had canvas Micarta handles, the new 318-2 features an attractive carbon fiber scaling on the handles that matches well with the darker blade and the black stainless steel hardware on the knife. The use of carbon fiber also makes the new Proper approximately 0.1 ounce lighter than the original, at 2.11 ounces in total. Either way, the new Proper makes for a very convenient carry option in your pockets, sitting comfortably until you need it.

If you've been on the fence about picking up a Benchmade Proper, this new, more modern carbon fiber variant represents the best so far. With improved steel and a look that's more modern yet still timeless and practical, this knife is a great choice for you to pick up today at the link below.

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Benchmade Bailout 537

Since its debut in 2017, EDCers have been bugging out over how good of an EDC knife Benchmade's Bugout 535 proved itself to be. It was even voted as the most popular EDC knife of 2018 with our own readers—an especially impressive feat considering the outdoors-inspired, ultralight 535 wasn't originally intended for EDC. Benchmade's new Bailout 537, on the other hand, is. It builds upon the Bugout's winning formula with a few tweaks and improvements to make it better serve as a tactical EDC. The result is a slim and light folder that's tougher, more discreet, and perfectly dialed for urban daily carry.

Similar to the Bugout, the Bailout 537 sports a slim silhouette that's low-profile enough for a tactical EDC. It tacks on a few grams over the ultralight Bugout, measuring at 0.4” thick, 4.7” closed, and 2.05 oz total, but for good reason. The added length offers a better grip for hard use while remaining fairly pocket friendly and lightweight. Other changes to the handle include a flare guard for a more secure grip during hard use and piercing tasks. Its lightweight Grivory handles now come in a discreet, tactical black as opposed to the Bugout's high-vis bright blue, and still offer ample grip with its diamond-shaped texturing. Rounding out the handle is a rear pommel for emergency applications and added carry configurations, made from aluminum for its strength-to-weight ratio.

The Bailout's blade also measures a touch longer at 3.38”, maximizing cutting edge while keeping as light as possible. A tanto blade shape and serrations at the heel of the blade give it all-round performance for piercing, slicing, and cutting through tough materials. Benchmade equipped the Bailout to handle such hard use with CPM-3V tool steel, an exceptionally tough steel that resists wear and chipping. It's even finished with tactical grey Cerakote, a durable ceramic coating commonly used on firearms.

The blade deploys quickly via ambidextrous dual thumbstuds and locks with Benchmade's signature AXIS lock, just like the Bugout and other popular Benchmade EDC knives. And when the Bailout isn't working hard, it rides inconspicuously in the pocket thanks to its slim profile and reversible tip-up deep carry clip. Its integrated aluminum pommel handle also accommodates a lanyard for more carry options. You can finally get your hands on this made-in-USA tactical follow-up to a recent crowd-favorite from Amazon at the link below.

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Benchmade 380 Aller

Compact and highly functional are two features that don't often go together, especially for a pocket tool. But if anyone can pull it off, it's Benchmade. Known best for their robust and popular knives, they designed their new 380 Aller friction folder knife with French knifemakers Patrick Famin and Eric Demongivert to be the ultimate travel companion. The 380 is a one stop shop for six essential functions, legal to carry almost everywhere, and sized in a unique form factor that's perfect for everyday carry.

There are plenty to details in the 380 Aller that reflect the thoughtfulness put into its design, but its most upfront striking feature is its size. When closed, the knife is a mere 3.3”, smaller than just the blade of most production knives. But even while closed the 380 packs a feature punch thanks to a screwdriver/pry tool with built-in bit driver and a bottle opener built into the blade's tang, which also acts as its deployment mechanism. Applying pressure to this exposed tang swings out the 380's 1.6” CPM S30V wharncliffe blade, a premium steel with a good balance of toughness, wear, and corrosion resistance in a versatile shape ideal for precision cuts.

The blade's compact length and non-locking design also lends itself adherence to knife laws the world over, supporting the knife's role as a travel essential. The 380's blade and tools extend from textured G-10 handles, offering a familiar and resilient grip, and a reversible pocket clip and lanyard hole round out its EDC carry options.

Whether looking for your next jetsetting essential or looking to consolidate your everyday tools into a compact, tough platform, the Benchmade 380 Aller is built for everyday versatility. Add one to your pockets by picking it up from Amazon at the link below.

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Benchmade 818 Mini Loco

They say a sharp knife is a safe knife. But even better is a sharp knife that's both easy and comfortable to control. Benchmade's Mini Loco 818 brings thoughtful ergonomics and an overbuilt design to their usual premium materials and quality USA-made construction to handle your daily tasks. This new mini version of the Loco keeps its uniquely useful blade shape and dials in the rest of the proportions to be smaller, lighter, and more EDC-friendly overall.

The Mini Loco features a premium 3.38” CPM-S30V blade with a unique reverse tanto blade shape that lets you put immense pressure on the tip without having to worry about chipping during piercing tasks. But unlike with a regular tanto blade, the Mini Loco's shape is far more versatile because it still has a curved belly that lets you slice, too. That well-rounded design is complemented with the easy one-handed manual opening afforded by the large thumbhole set into the blade itself.

With its curved shape that conforms to your hand with enough thickness at 0.59” to have full control, the Mini Loco has the ergonomics to let you hold onto the blade while in use. That overbuilt quality extends to the stainless steel frame and spacers in the handle as well. And the hallmark Benchmade AXIS-lock system gives you the confidence that the blade won't snap shut on you even during the roughest of use as well. Plus, for a tactical knife, the Mini Loco's G10 scaling and overall aesthetic actually looks quite elegant in hand. But with its reversible tip-up deep-carry pocket clip, it can also let you run incognito when you need it.

The Benchmade Mini Loco's compelling mix of thoughtful design and capability make it a great choice for everyday carry. Pick it up at the link below.

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Benchmade Mini Crooked River

All too often when you look for a pocket knife with the right modern features and performance to be your daily driver, you'll find your options skew towards the tactical side of things. But if a tactical design doesn't suit your needs or style, what's left? Hunting knives offer a more traditional style, but they're usually too big for EDC and lack common features from modern blades. So leave it to Benchmade with their decades of experience in American manufacturing of both tactical and hunting knives alike to fill the void with the Mini Crooked River. It's a scaled down and more EDC-friendly version of their original Crooked River hunting knife, which paired classic styling with premium materials and modern features.

Although it might look like it upon first glance, The Mini Crooked River isn't your grandfather's hunting knife. You'll find modern materials throughout the knife: aluminum bolsters, contour-stabilized “Dymondwood” handles, and high-vis hunter orange details in the G10 backspacer and pivot accent. It still features a classic clip-point shape on its 3.40” blade, but it comes in a premium CPM-S30V steel.

Materials aside, the Mini Crooked River operates and performs like a present-day knife thanks to its ambidextrous thumbstud manual deployment and AXIS lock mechanism. Slight jimping near the spine of the blade offers a bit more control, but its otherwise smooth handles and sweeping lines result in an elegant overall aesthetic. Its tip-up pocket clip makes it easy to carry and retrieve while its 4.5” closed length, 0.5” handle thickness and 3.3 oz weight keep bulk to a minimum too. For an EDC experience from Benchmade that's less tactical and every bit as practical, check out the Mini Crooked River at the link below.

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