Last weekend I took in a pair of Benchmade red box Pikas with stainless steel sides.
They are displayed but never used knives. I wanted a chance to play with them and see how they compared to Spyderco knives that I regularly sell.
I generally liked the mini better as it is about the size knife I generally carry. (I most often carry a Ken Onion designed Kershaw Leek or Scallion.) I like slender knives with clips that are short enough to not pop free of my pockets when I sit or get in/out of cars.
The mini fit that bill. I am not a big fan of serrations as one of my main uses of my EDC knives is opening boxes and cutting boxes to fit for shipping. Spyderco’s 50/50 serrations are bigger and less given to clogging in what I use a knife for.
I would keep the mini if it had a non-serrated blade because I liked the sizes, blade shape, overall thinness and weight.
The Pikas are currently sold under the Heckler & Koch label with polymer sides and can be had without serrations.
They have a graceful modified Bowie profile.
They are made in China and appear to have the same level of build quality as Spyderco’s made in China value line(Ambitious, Tenacious etc.) I will be pricing them in the $50 range.
I’m not planning on carrying Benchmade but I am glad to have had the chance to check out a couple of knives from their value line. Getting to evaluate products we sell is a real perk of doing the weekly shows. Along with getting to hold guns we’ve read about or heard about in either the magazines or on TV.