Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

The Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. is a relatively new organization. It was founded in 1988 in California as a manufacturer of Bali-Song (butterfly knives). The business was moved to Oregon in 1990 where the company’s dedication to quality and customer service enabled it to grow rapidly and expand its product line. In the early 1990’s the Designer series was introduced, which laid the groundwork for what Benchmade has become today.
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Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:11 pm

So I’m a bit OCD and I pick up on patterns. I watch eBay knife auctions daily and I have noticed that there are a lot of slightly used Benchmades for sale. Why is that? They aren’t worn out and many say just carried and never or slightly used. When you look at the photo’s you see the pocket clip is usually showing wear.
Do people buy these and then have second thoughts about spending so much money on a knife? Or what is the reason that people give these up after only using them so little? Most blades show no sign or little wear so they aren’t used up. Just trying to figure this one out.
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:55 pm

Benchmades and Spydercos are two of the most commonly counterfeited knives. It would not surprise me at all if those are $30 knives from AliExpress and DHGate that are then sold on Ebay for the bargain price of $150...
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby gsmith7158 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:23 am

To me tactical knives are all the same. I really don't see the need for so many variations. Now don't get me wrong, I think Benchmade makes a great knife but drop point, clip, ran to, black, silver blades what's the difference? Not much in my opinion. People buy several different kinds and discover they are really all the same. At least that has been my experience with tactical knives. Figure out whether you want an auto or manual serrated or smooth blade and buy one. Then spend the rest of your money on old classics ::nod::
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:28 pm

I didn’t consider the counterfeit option. If you look at the auctions during the day, you really see a lot of these slightly used Benchmades and a fair amount of ZT’s. Very curious why there are so many? Many times the seller will say “carried but never used”, what the heck does that mean? It makes me think that some of this has to do w/ the price that is paid. And you may be right and that once they get it they realize that a less expensive knife will do and they can’t bring themselves to use the knife.
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby Railsplitter » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:06 pm

I sometimes do something similar with new knives.

Sometimes I have to carry a newly purchased knife in order to determine whether I want to keep it or not. In those cases, I won't use it unless I know that I'll be keeping it. Carrying it around for a day or two helps me make that decision.
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:59 am

Just watching the auctions again and see 4 Benchmades and 2 ZT’s for sale w/in 1 hour, all slightly used. When I checked the other items that this seller has, they are all being sold by one person, he has a lot of used knives selling in lots. They look like TSA confiscations. That could explain why there are so many of these. People weren’t changing their mind, they had it stolen from them at the airport by TSA.
If I took a Benchmade through security and they took it from me, I would change my flight and keep the knife.
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:10 am

Many people now travel on economy tickets that cannot be changed. You might be looking at $300+ dollars to buy another ticket vs $300+ to replace the knife. And, if they are traveling on business (meaning someone else is paying for the ticket), they might not want to explain why they missed their flight to their boss - or to their wife...

I once walked all the way back to a far away stadium parking lot to put my $30 pocket knife in my car when they wouldn't let me bring it into a concert. I had meant to leave it in the car but had forgotten. My wife just shook her head at me...
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby eveled » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:18 am

They should have a quick ship desk to send them home to yourself for a fee. Or better yet just give it back after the flight. Actually there is no way you will get into a cock pit anymore just let everyone keep their knives. We’ve given up so much in the name of security.

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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby royal0014 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:08 am

Just a theory here ....

So many 'tactical' knives out there, and they are mostly a sales gimmick.
How often do you find yourself in a 'tactical situation' ?

I surmise that many of these knives are purchased in keeping up with the Jones.
Once in hand it is realized how impractical they are day to day. . . ::dang::
So they are eventually sold off in order to finance something usable .....
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby edge213 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:35 am

royal0014 wrote:Just a theory here ....

So many 'tactical' knives out there, and they are mostly a sales gimmick.
How often do you find yourself in a 'tactical situation' ?

I surmise that many of these knives are purchased in keeping up with the Jones.
Once in hand it is realized how impractical they are day to day. . . ::dang::
So they are eventually sold off in order to finance something usable .....

I respectfully totally disagree with this post.
I have hundreds of traditional folders and hundreds of "tacticals". Even though I have never (knock on wood) found myself in a "tactical" situation I find them extremely practical in day to day life. Being able to have them handy clipped to my pocket, one hand open, one hand closed. Probably more practical than traditional folders.

I spent 34 years as a career firefighter, I found them quite useful being able to deploy one handed while the other hand is busy.
Even though now retired I still have one in my right front pocket. Very useful while working on vehicles, home repair etc.

Definitely not keeping up with the Jones. Maybe "tactical" is just a bad name for them.
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby royal0014 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:17 pm

Welp, to each their own. Obviously others share your vision, otherwise
there wouldn't be a market for them.

Oddly, I am hooked on Kershaw SpeedSafe, at least 5 in my EDC pile.
Never really considered these 'tactical' but I suppose they are in a sense .... ::doh::

That is all,carry on . ::handshake::
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Re: Why so many “slightly used” Benchmade on eBay

Postby kingknight » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:46 am

My EDC are tacticals. Either a Emerson Sheepdog or a Benchmade Torrent is in my front pocket. Both are easily accessed and opened with one hand. I use them in the kitchen, outdoors, and occasionally at a resturant cutting up a rare rib-eye. Sometimes a tactical goes in my boot and a pen knife in my watch pocket. I've considered a sword but the scabbard is a nuisance. To each their own.
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