The Benchmade Balisong
It all started in late 1979, with the desire of one young man. Les de Asis wanted to make a knife that he remembered from his childhood.
The company he founded, Benchmade, has become instrumental in the history of the balisong. Originally established as Pacific Cutlery Company in California in 1988, the company changed its name to Benchmade following its move to Oregon in 1990, and has, from its beginnings, established itself as the first reliable source for quality balisongs in the USA.
This long history has always placed Benchmade on the cutting edge of balisong development and set a high standard—often emulated but rarely replicated. Even the iconic butterfly logo of the company, etched into every blade, plays respectful homage to the instrumental role the balisong knife played in the history of the brand.