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Benchmade 710 – Get The High End Multi Purpose Pocket Knife

The next few paragraphs offers important tips and advice that could help you successfully pick a pocket knife for your needs. Find the best pocket knife and it will serve you well for years to come.

The Benchmade 710 was designed by custom knife makers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams. It is the end product of their hard work over the course of 4 years. The popular AXIS lock makes it possible for easy one-handed opening and closing of the blade without your fingers ever being in the path of the blade. The lock was also designed by Bill and Jason. The lock design is straightforward to activate without directions needed on how the knife works.

As simple as the lock is, perhaps its major selling feature is its brute strength. In testing, the lock supported a negative load of over 200 pounds with no damage. After the lock finally failed, the liners simply cracked over the locking pin but in no way would the blade have closed on the user hand in testing.

For great functional redundancy, the AXIS lock features two Omega shaped springs. The springs are lightly stressed and tests demonstrate they should last indefinitely. Even though one spring fails, another will still operate without any problems.

It is difficult to say if this is the most durable lock made in folding knives. The manufacturer states the Benchmade 710 is more robust than any other knives on market. The sizable 3.9″ D2 Tool Steel blade of the 710 features a reverse-curve grind for better cutting ability.

On the butt end of the knife, there is a detachable stainless steel pocket clip. The butt end position of the clip is required as a result of the locking system. If the clip were positioned on the pivot end, the knife would stick out much very far out of your pocket.

The belt clip is reversible and feels natural in hand. I have the 710 Benchmade and use it for everything – cutting paper and cardboard, cutting string, heavy duty plastic box straps, cutting into the occasional snack, etc. It holds its edge very well.

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History of Knives By Rajkumar Jonnala on February 23, 2010 0

Knives as Tools

Knives have always been an extremely useful tool to have. They are probably one of the only tools that we use daily that were used by our distant ancestors. The Bronze Age brought about the first significant change to knives, though since its softer structure didn’t make the strongest of knives, many still preferred the “older” stone tool. Stone blades and knives really remained the preferred material up until bronze was replaced with iron which was considerably stronger than bronze.

First Improvements

Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations are credited with the first folding knives as well as knives with ivory blades. It’s believed that this was a result of the popularity of cut fruits – ivory blades prevented the transfer of the taste of rust (or metal).

Manufacturing Knives

Between 1095 and 1272 there were a number of Crusades launched by the Europeans. During this time they traveled to all corners of the earth fighting for ground and more. Like so many other conflicts, this created an opportunity. France began its manufacturing of cutlery offering blades of various sizes and shapes and in a variety of materials. France had a corner on the cutlery market (including knives) until about 1789 and even today, you’ll find several cutlery manufacturers still in France.

The “Pocket” Knife

Today’s pocket knife is believed to be started sometime during the 15th Century – again out of necessity. Remember, knives were the main tool at that time, there was no cutlery, as we know it today – people ate their meals with the blades of their knife. This is when it is believed that multiple-blade knives made their first appearance and most likely resulting in more folding knives.

Material Improvements

While most early knives were created from carbon steel (or iron), today’s blades are made of surgical steel, carbon steel or from martensitic stainless steel. What has not changed much is the overall design of knives.

Nearly all collectible knives and Scout knives are created from carbon steel. The reason behind this is believed to be that while this knife can oxidize easily, it’s less expensive to manufacture, it’s very easy to sharpen and once sharpened it has a great edge.

Useful Knives

It seems like today you can find a knife for any purpose including fighting, multi-purpose knives, hunting knives and more. This development really came about during the 19th Century, material was readily available and more people were adept at creating knives. Whether you are looking for a simple purpose knife or a collectible folding knife, today you will have no trouble locating them. Whether your tastes run to plain handles or intricately designed handles, there is a knife available to suit your basic needs, or your desire to collect a piece that displays exquisite workmanship.


Today pocket knives are available for a fraction of the cost of what they used to be. You’ll find people from early teens to older adults, men and women sporting a pocket knife. Because of the impeccable record keeping that began around 1900, collectors have an easier time valuing and dating previously created knives, and particularly those rare hand-crafted ones. Knives are often used for wedding gifts, promotional items and more.

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dg asked What knife sharpener should I get?

I bought the Gerber ultimate survival knife from my friend. And he is stupid completely ruined the diamond steel that comes with it. So I wad wondering what is a good sharpener…….preferably one at walmart.

But since there is no grip on the sharpener
my house is made of (pink,red) sandstone and there are extra stones and I was wandering if I soak those would that be ok?

And got the following answer:

I have a Lansky sharpener set. It’s EXTREMELY easy to use and works wonders. It is a little pricey, but hell, I’ve made many a knife sharper than a razor blade with it! My Kershaw K1014 hunting knife is currently the sharpest, and on more than once occasion I’ve used it as a shaving blade due to me forgetting my razor at home on extended hunting trips. It’s easy to keep blades sharp as well, and if you keep them sharp at all times (sharpen it immediately after some use) it’s much easier to keep the blade’s edge and cutting angle.

Doom Potatoe asked So I’m looking for a good multi-purpose hunting/survival knife?

Background: Me and some of my friends are planning “A week in the wilderness” with minimal supplies (eg. a good knife, a canteen, first aid kit, etc.) and I’ve been looking for a knife I could use. I’m looking at a price range of about $200. Some of the features I’d want is like a removable flint in the handle to strike fires, serrated or half-serrated blade, etc. Survival-y stuff =)

If you guys have any questions, I’ll add it to the details, but I’m looking for suggestions of where I could buy a knife like that, or specific knives you’d like me to look at.

Thanks in advance!
It doesn’t really matter what kind of knife, just as long as it’s very functional and not overly expensive

And got the following answer:

What are these ‘multi-purposes?’ Must the knife split wood? In that case I like Cold Steel’s Recon Scout…before anyone asks, I bought it on clearance for about $40 normal street price is $80-90. For $40 I’m happy…but it is basically a very thick, very heavy bowie-style knife. It’s sharp, it’s heavy enough to chop and split, one could presumably dismantle a car body with it, and unless you put a lot of effort into it or it were really cold, it won’t break. Not to say there aren’t other knives, but it’s the one I’ve used to cut wood and chop Romex, and I’m still impressed.

IMHO, I’ve never seen the need for gizmos and gadgets integrated into a knife. At least not a $200 dollar knife. If there’s an accessory pouch, sure, load it up. But on the knife, there’s little I can see adding that would really work well, and not just obstruct the knife. The one knife I will make that exception for is the ToolLogic lockback knife with the flint rod in the handle. I think it may be discontinued, but it was just that, a lockback with a spark-producing rod in a little holder integrated into the handle. the BEST part of the package was the serrated notch at the choil, seperate from the blade, for the express purpose of using to make sparks. It worked like…awesome. Oh, it also has a whistle built in too.

My thought? If you have $200…

Buy a good lockback. Doesn’t have to be big. It’s gonna be cutting all the string and other little things and you should end up carrying it in your pocket all day every day for the rest of your life. As long as it’s decent steel, and/or made in US, you’re good. I like Gerber, CRKT, and Kershaw.

Buy a multi-tool, a Gerber, a Leatherman, etc. The pliers are one thing you can’t really replace. Use them to lift hot pots, bend metal, pull splinters, crush nuts, and etc. Plus you have other survival tools like wire cutters, screwdrivers, files/saws, another knife blade, and most importantly, CAN OPENER.

If you have some money left, you can buy either a decent fixed-blade knife, a machete, or a folding saw…or some thereof. A heavy bowie-type can both chop and cut…I used the Cold Steel to dice up a beef roast for chili…after chopping wood and then washing it. A machete is somewhat lighter, more utilitarian, less brittle (but harder to keep sharp-sharp) and better at big sweeps like grass and brush. That, and cheaper. Either CS, Ontario, or some other reputable brand. Machete can also dig and do other ‘don’t do this to a knife’ jobs.
A saw is the best way to make precision cuts in wood (For tools and furniture), and is a safe way to cut wood in general. Props to Gerber’s “Gator” model saw with the interchangeable blade. It does the job.

Last, but not least, make sure you have enough money, buy a real knife sharpener and learn how to use it. I say get either a two-sided whetstone, a flat diamond hone, or one of the kits from Lansky or the like if you get spendy. A dull knife is USELESS and DANGEROUS. As for your ‘survival’ a small flat-rock and perhaps a Smith’s diamond-hone pencil will serve to keep the edge keen.

Before your outing, make a plan. Make sure you are close enough to safety that you can get out if things get too tough (storm-of-century, forest fire, break leg, etc.) Bring water, it’s pretty much the only thing that over the short term you will absolutely need but can’t necesarily find everywhere. Practice your ‘skills’ in your backyard. And bringing ‘backup’ is not chicken, it is SMART. Do you think the survival expert on TV would be rubbing two sticks together in a pile of pocket lint and assorted loose hairs if he had a Bic lighter, or a Zippo/Ronson lighter and a tin of fuel, or a thermite grenade, and starting that fire were crucial?

daintyjane asked Where can I get my sewing scissors sharpened?

Apparently, my fabric store doesn’t sharpen scissors and can’t even make a recommendation.

And got the following answer:

Some brands, like Kai and Gingher, will accept scissors back for resharpening for a small fee… I think it’s $5 and postage for Gingher, just postage one way for Kai. Otherwise, there are independent scissors and knife sharpeners around — make sure they understand they’re working on sewing scissors rather than, say, haircutting shears as the angles are different.
Here’s one gentleman that I know of, but there are many more:

Some scissors probably aren’t worth sharpening, like the Fiskar’s look-alikes that you can get at Walmart for a few bucks.

There are a couple of tricks that might “sharpen” your shears a bit. One is to wipe down the blades with a scrap of cotton fabric soaked in 70% rubbing alcohol or unflavored vodka. This can get some goo off the blades that tends to build up after awhile — particularly when the scissors are also used for stuff like adhesive tapes or embroidery stabilizer. The other thing is to make sure the pivot area of the scissors is clean and wiped down, with a tiny drop of sewing machine oil placed at the pivot. Dust and yuck in that area can force the blades apart enough to affect cutting.

FWIW, my favorite shears, hands down, are Kai, and I prefer the standard to the “professional” line because they’re lighter in the hand. Excellent balance, not very expensive. Buy the biggest ones you can open nearly to the pivot. Ship them back to the Kai/Kershaw plant in Tualatin, OR for resharpening when they need them — in my experience, not very often. I routinely cut 6-8 layers of cotton twill at a time with mine. My only connections with the brand are 1) I use and like them and 2) I know where the plant is in Tualatin.

Me asked Need guy advice- Best quality pocket knife?

I am wanting to surprise my husband with a good quality pocket knife for christmas. I know he likes benchmade, spyderco, and kershaw brands. He likes the blades made of d-2, but Ive read that 154c stainless steal is really good too.
He likes the kershaw junk yard dog ll, is it any good?
I was also thinking about the spyderco manix 2 g-10 plain edge knife
It doesnt matter price, just want it to have good quality blade, durable and for him to love it. Please help, thanks
he just wants a good quality pocket knife for everyday use. Something a little bulkier then a swiss army knife. The leathermans are nice but he already has something like that

And got the following answer:

You pretty much answered your own question… You said, ” I know he likes benchmade, spyderco, and kershaw brands.”… Then just get him a knife made by one of these companies…. You can figure that any knife by these, or other “quality knife companies”, will be a “good knife”…. I’m a CASE knife fan myself…but I’m sure anything you get him he will like.

Another suggestion… If he already has pocket knives and/or sheath knives, that he likes, then get him a GOOD quality knife sharpener or sharpening system. Even the best knives need sharpening from time to time…. Here is a good place to look for sharpeners…just type “sharpeners” in the search bar…

Angirocks asked What kind of knife set to get for husband for birthday?

He wants the best knife set. I see knife sets everywhere I go, target has rachael ray knives, QVC sells designer sets. What is the criteria for choosing a quality set?
We have a ginsu steak knife set but he wants the whole deal of knives.
Not concerned about the knife holder because he wants to magnetic wall mount them.

And got the following answer:

Actually the “best” knives don’t usually come in sets, both because they’d be way too expensive and because most chefs and cooks who know a lot about cooking actually use only a few knives (but good ones).

By far the most important knife, and the most expensive, will be the “chef’s knife.” They come in several lengths –I’d suggest a 10″ unless he wants smaller or longer one– and in various styles.
In addition to a chef’s knife, most cooks will want a decent “paring knife,” a long and serrated bread knife, and perhaps a “boning knife” if they’d use one a lot.
(Again, the only one that needs to be really expensive would be the chef’s knife… good quality paring, boning, and bread knives can be purchased for a lot less).
…I might add a “cleaver” to that list too for a few specific uses but quite good ones can be found inexpensively at Asian stores and in other places.

The top brands for chef knives are Henckels, Wusthof, and Kershaw Shun… Victorinox Forschner knives are the best deal since they’re less expensive but still have consistently scored top ratings in Consumer Reports and Cook’s Illustrated.

You might also want to check out my answer in this previous question about buying knives:
Here are some other links that could help:

It can be a great idea to look up each particular knife you’re interested in at too, then read the Customer Reivews for it. Lots of helpful info there.

I’d also suggest buying him a Chef’s Choice electric sharpener (3-slots is best) if he doesn’t want to go the whole “sharpening stone” and “honing steel” thing himself.
It isn’t cheap but Chef’s Choice is the only sharpener actually advocated by those who know about these things for people not using hand-held equipment:’s+choice

And if he doesn’t already know the tips and tricks for chopping/slicing etc. efficiently with a chef’s knife, check out the info in my answer in this question too:

Diane B.

Sam Rifai asked Can i send my Kershaw knife to Kershaw to get it sharpened?

Can I send it in or do I have to sharpen it myself

And got the following answer:

Yes you can!
With my Kershaw Skyline they had a note in the box that the knife came in that said that Kershaw would (if you pay to have it sent in to them) sharpen my knife for free.
Although if I were you i would learn how to sharpen a knife or buy a spyderco sharpmaker or something.

I would call or email them before you send it in just to make sure they don’t charge you for something that you thought was free.

Hope this helps 🙂

P.S. If you want your knife to last don’t buy the cheap stones or the cheap carbide pull-through sharpeners because they will take away so much metal and not even come close to getting your knife to a factory edge.

kitty asked Again with the knives just a little help!?

All I want is like a folding knife like a classic one. I would like one with the “stag” I think like handle. And easy to sharpen and I don’t just want it “sharp” I want it “It will shave the hair off a baby a$$” sharp. A link to a website to bye the knife would not hurt and a link/links to where to buy it and a link to where I can get a really good sharpener/sharpeners if needed.

Breakdown: classic folding knife (like a gentleman’s knife) with really good steal easy to sharpen.

a good sharpener/sharpeners and links to websites where I can buy them trust me Iv searched the web and have not turned up any thing and dint give me the “whys the lady need a knife” to cut things jerks!
ahh go fuck your self awftx Im just as capable as a man to use a pocket knife I have since I was 14 years old to bad your so grouchy because Iv killed and skinned more deer then you have SEEN squirrel tell your boyfriend I said hi.

And got the following answer:

There are dozens of different steels used in knife blades, each with different characteristics. You might look at this site for a general description, and then look for a knife with the type(s) of steel that work best for you:

Once you decide on the type of steel, you can then look at various websites (Buck, Case, Schrade, Kershaw, etc) for a model using that steel. Most quality pocketknives will tell you exactly which steel they use. If they don’t …. you should look at another brand.

There are so many good-quality knives out there that you should have no trouble finding something that meets all your requirements.

Everyone seems to like a different brand, just like people like Ford, or Chevy, or Dodge. Usually it’s just what they’ve had before and liked, rather than based on a lot of wide comparison with different brands. Personally, I’ve had Case, Buck, Schrade and AG Russell, among others, and can’t find fault with any of them.

I do encourage you to look at the AG Russell catalog, either online or paper. They have a huge selection of different knives, from inexpensive to screaming high-end stuff, and they generally tell you exactly which kind of steel in each model. Their catalog has a lot of really useful information about steel & knives in general, and is worth looking at just for the education alone.

Sharpening is a real art, and the quesiton of how sharp a blade will get, and how easy it is to sharpen is more a matter of your own skill and equipment than anything else. Keep in mind that usually the harder a knife is to sharpen perfectly, the longer it will hold that edge, so there’s a definite trade-off there.

Good luck. Personally, I think anyone, male or female, isn’t properly dressed unless they have a knife in their pocket, or on their belt. And especially a female. When my wife was 16, she was attacked in a parking lot, but her one-hand-opening Case folder sent the guy to the Emergency Room, where he got to meet some new friends in blue uniforms, after they put 43 stitches in his arm and stomach.

Just remember — keep slashing, and slashing, and slashing !