The Benchmade Balisong

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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.

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