Need help with Benchmade BALI-SONG

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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elwood
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Need help with Benchmade BALI-SONG

Post by elwood » Tue May 16, 2017 7:26 pm

I am hoping for some help and information on a Benchmade knife I have. I bought this knife 15 or 20 years ago. I believe it was at a gun show. I played with it a little and then put it away. I have not touched it in years. I am in the process of downsizing my collection and got this out of storage. When I tried to do some research on ebay I was surprised to see they don't allow them to be sold except as "trainers". I am including pictures to help identify the knife. I don't see a model number on it. Reading what info I could on this forum suggests that makes it a little before 2000. Any help would be appreciated. Any thoughts on value would also help a lot. thanks elwood.
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itchibelli
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Re: Need help with Benchmade BALI-SONG

Post by itchibelli » Wed May 17, 2017 4:48 am

Not an expert here but believe you have a BM 259 from around 1990. Looks like it's in fairly good shape so I think around $175 might be a starting price. Again, not an expert.
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Re: Need help with Benchmade BALI-SONG

Post by elwood » Sat May 20, 2017 8:50 pm

Thanks Mike. It was new when I bought it so I guess it must have been longer ago than I remember.

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Re: Need help with Benchmade BALI-SONG

Post by kootenay joe » Sat May 27, 2017 8:36 am

Quote: " It was new when I bought it so I guess it must have been longer ago than I remember."

The person you bought this from could have been selling knives new in box that were made 5 or 10 years earlier. I think many of us assume the year we purchased a new in the box knife was also the year of manufacture, whereas the knife actually might have been made many years previously.
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