A wise man once told me “Always carry a knife.” Well, over the years, I’ve taken that to heart and carried a plethora of knives. But these days I usually carry one of the Harley-Davidson knives shown here. There are about a dozen different Harley-branded knives to choose from, and the two shown are the Mini-Hardtail (#13150, $200) and the Nitrous (#13710BK, $150). Made by Benchmade Knife Company, which has been making quality knives since 1988, the company’s simple philosophy is “Make it cool, make it solid, make it happen, and definitely make it Benchmade.”
All Benchmade products feature world-class craftsmanship and are proudly made in the US. These two knives are similar in size and weight, but boast different finishes and features. Also, be warned that they are amazingly sharp when new. The Mini Hardtail (far left) has a D2 high-grade tool steel modified clip-point blade and a patented AXIS locking mechanism. It measures 7-1/2″ open with a 3-1/4″ blade, 4-1/4″ closed, and weighs in at 3 ounces. The body of this knife is machined from billet aluminum and features G-10 inserts with skull designs. The steel carry clip is reversible, and the blade opens manually with ambidextrous thumb studs. I opted for a plain edge and no coating on the blade for this knife.
The Nitrous (left) offers a 154CM premium stainless steal clip-point blade and a modified locking-liner. This knife weighs in at 2.7 ounces and measures 8″ opened with a 3.4″ blade, and 4-1/2″ closed. It snaps open thanks to the Nitrous Assist opening mechanism, and looks pretty cool with its black G-10 handle and milled flames. On this particular knife, I opted for a plain edge and a proprietary BK1 black, corrosion-resistant-coated blade.
Overall, both of these Harley-Davison knives feature the superior quality and finish that I would expect from a company like Benchmade. If you carry a knife, I highly recommend either of the two you see here. AIM
–Joe Knezevic as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.
Benchmade Knife Company