Benchmade founder Les deAsis began building handmade custom Bali-Songs in the 1980s. In 1987, the Benchmade Knife Company was founded on the belief that real quality means forever, and on a strong commitment to product quality and customer relationships. Today, Benchmade continues to focus on innovation, customer needs, responsible business ethics, and operations to bring the highest quality products to the world’s elite. Benchmade produces an extensive offering, including folding knives, kitchen knives, hunting knives, tactical knives, knife sharpeners, and multi-tools. Benchmade is known for its most popular models like the Mini Crooked River, 940, and Griptillian. Benchmade stakes its reputation on you carrying the best.