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    Username Post: Kershaw VS Benchmade?!        (Topic#803397)
    tremonti_usa
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    09-19-07 15:37.35 - Post#1318445    



    So, I've been looking... I've come up with a list (sorta) of higher end steels that these two companies use. I heard Kershaw is doing wonders on their heat treats nowadays..so maybe the edge goes to them? Anyway, here are some knives that I've been looking at. Specifically folders.


    BENCHMADE:

    Rukus S30V
    Mini Rukus S30V
    960 D2
    940 S30V
    710 D2

    KERSHAW:

    Mini-Cyclone ZDP-189
    Avalanche S30V
    Blur S30V
    Leek S30V



    Out of these which would take the cake? Personally I'm leaning toward the Mini-Cyclone.. I really like the blade shape and I hear 189 is a beast. Any additions/opinions on this? The lowest price on here is 77 dollars for the Kershaw Leek in S30V. (Each manufacturer is listed in price order..top being the highest and the bottom the lowest.) The highest is 155 for the BM Rukus. I really like the axis lock though, so it makes this tough for me.



    I'd say..narrow it down to three. Best overall, best value, and whatever floats your boat. That way I have room to judge and..probably buy all three. haha.



    Edited by tremonti_usa on 09-19-07 15:38.33. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    snufferoo
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    09-19-07 16:35.07 - Post#1318509    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    Eh, I like 'em both equally...but maybe BM a bit more.




     
    tstetz
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    09-19-07 16:47.02 - Post#1318522    


        In response to snufferoo

    You'll probably find more folks giving the nod to the Benchmades but I've been very happy with Kershaws the past couple of years, especially their limited runs in higher grade steels.

    My EDC for the past year and a half has been a G-10 and S30V Leek and its been fantastic. I have BM's as well but the Kershaw is what sees far more pocket time.

    I have a few other newer Kershaws as well that I like.

    The Ruckus is a huge knife. I kinda like it but personally its too big for me to EDC. If I was going to carry a knife that big I'd just move to a 4" range fixed blade.

    There are some who call me... Tim.

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    Native Justice
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    09-19-07 17:14.55 - Post#1318537    


        In response to tstetz

    The only Kershaw I thought worthy, being a BM fanatic, was the Blur SG2.

    Never been a Kershaw fan; always disliked the anodized aluminum scales and inserts.

    This one caught my attention in a big way.

    Personally I've always thought the SGPS is superior to the ZDP189, dispite owning several in this magic steel, but have preferred SGPS after purcahsing a Fixed blade in the same steel by Fallkniven. Easy to sharpen, holds an killer edge like carbon steels, etc.

    If you haven't tried this steel in a folder, especially this Kershaw model, please give it a look, it's absolutely great!

    NJ
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    tremonti_usa
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    09-19-07 22:22.48 - Post#1318600    


        In response to Native Justice

    I'll be sure to do that.. Thanks a lot for the suggestion!
     
    Bill86
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    09-20-07 02:07.32 - Post#1318698    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    I'd have to definitely give the nod to benchmade, not too many kershaws strike me as knives I'd like to own. In fact the blur was the only one. The designs are just too weird and not something that I like. Benchmade on the other hand have TONS of knives I'd like to buy and I am doing so slowly but surely. Just bought a 913 stryker I'll review it as soon as I get it.
    -WTB Knives (NIB or LNIB)
    Benchmade 42
    Benchmade 32
    Benchmade 175


     
    tremonti_usa
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    09-20-07 02:40.50 - Post#1318719    


        In response to Bill86

    So how does the Benchmade S30V perform? Is it worth the money to pick one up? Does benchmade use anything other than D2 and S30V in the higher end steels?
     
    tremonti_usa
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    09-20-07 02:44.01 - Post#1318722    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    I'm really looking for something with corrosion resistance and sharpening ability. Sort of an "all around" good steel. It doesn't have to be "magical"..haha.

    So, the SGPS laminate steel is one of this kind? Are there any others.. ZDP-189, I assume, would also fit the bill..dispite it's high price tag.
     
    Dale_Fuller
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    09-20-07 04:59.07 - Post#1318784    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    I have and use knives in S30V from both Benchmade and Spyderco. Never had any problems with the steel or any of the blades. S30V does take a bit more effort to touch up or sharpen than VG10 or 154CM, but it also holds its edge a bit longer than those steels in my experience.

    OTOH, I do not like ZDP189. It is a beast for me to sharpen and the longer edge retention of this steel compared to S30V or D2 is not worth it to me.

    Like a previous responder, the only Kershaw that interests me is the Blur in S30V. I do not like their current trends in knife styles and I don't buy A/Os or autos... don't like 'em. Don't even want the mechanism in the knife even if it works fine w/o using the A/O system.

    So-o-o... my votes for "Which ones should I get?" would all go to the BM products.
    Regards, Dale


     
    Bill86
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    09-20-07 07:47.36 - Post#1318884    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    • tremonti_usa Said:

    So, the SGPS laminate steel is one of this kind? Are there any others.. ZDP-189, I assume, would also fit the bill..dispite it's high price tag.


    Well there are a few reasonably priced ZDP's from spyderco and kershaw. They aren't too bad, my endura is holding up like a champ. Well worth the $75 I paid for it.
    -WTB Knives (NIB or LNIB)
    Benchmade 42
    Benchmade 32
    Benchmade 175


     
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