|Founder||Les De Asis|
|Headquarters||Oregon City, Oregon|
|Jon De Asis, President and CEO|
|Products||Knives, pens, rescue tools|
Number of employees
The Benchmade Knife Company is an American knife manufacturer in Oregon City, Oregon.
Benchmade originally started in California in 1979 as Bali-Song, then changed their name to Pacific Cutlery Corporation in the early 1980s, before settling on "Benchmade" in 1988. In 1990 the company moved to Clackamas, Oregon. In 1996, the company moved to a 144,000 square foot facility in Oregon City, Oregon. Benchmade became known primarily as a manufacturer of butterfly knives, or balisongs, and they continue to be manufactured under their registered trademark name "Ba“i-Song". ”Benchmade's original Bali-Song design by Jody Samson was awarded Blade Magazine's Knife of the Year Award in 1979.
Founder Les De Asis died February 21, 2020, following a stroke. Roberta De Asis held the position of President and CEO following his death and was succeeded by her son Jon in October 2020.
In 1996, Benchmade moved to Oregon City. Apart from some Red Class products, which were produced in their "off shore facilities", ”Benchmade has produced more than 90% of its knives in Oregon City, and has succeeded in bringing others back to home production. Since 2010, all Red Class production knives have been discontinued, and as such, every Benchmade labeled knife is made in the United States.
One of the reasons the Benchmade factory headquarters and many other knife companies are located in Oregon, is that Oregon has more relaxed laws towards the ownership and selling of knives, with switchblades or butterfly knives in particular. There are no restrictions against selling a switchblade-style knife to an Oregon resident.
Blade steels such as 154CM, D2, CPM S30V steel, CPM S90V steel, CPM 20CV, N690 and M390 are used on many models. Benchmade is one of the few manufacturers to have used high speed M2 and CPM M4 tool steels in a production knife.
Benchmade receives a significant amount of revenue from selling restricted-sales knives to the military and law enforcement. They produce a diverse selection of "auto", or switchblade knives, along with a range of hunting, fishing, utility and miscellaneous knives, though balisongs remain a core product. In recent years most balisongs have been discontinued including the ever popular 51 Morpho. The only remaining Balisong in production is the 85. 
Benchmade has three different knife classes. The first class is the Blue Class, also known as the Recreation class. This type of Benchmade knife is made for typical use by the everyday person. The next class is the Black Class, also known as the Professional class. This type of Benchmade knife is made for military, law enforcement, and public safety workers. The last class is the Gold class, also known as the Collector class. This class of Benchmade knife is made for collectors and are limited edition.
Benchmade has a patent on the locking mechanism used in most of the switchblades they produce. Benchmade additionally holds an exclusive license on use of the McHenry / Williams "AXIS Lock", a spring-operated locking mechanism used in both automatic and manual action models. This type of lock also has a smaller chance of accidentally being pressed during use.
The designers are Jody Samson, Ernest Emerson, Allen Elishewitz, Mel Pardue, Bill McHenry, Mike Snody, Jason Williams, Warren Osborne, Ken Steigerwalt, and Bob Lum. Several production Benchmade models based on the work of these designers have become influential within the industry.
Some of the Benchmade knife models include:
Benchmade has won several awards and recognition for product innovation and design.
Benchmade Bedlam Auto with CM 154 steel patented Axis Lock
Benchmade 4300 CLA Composite Lite Auto. Auto knife push button operation with side-mounted safety, reversible clip. Length 7.85- inches Blade length 3.4 inches. Blade Material CM154.
Benchmade 940 Osborne folding knife
Benchmade Model 42 butterfly knife