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Benchmade Surprises With 2017 Discontinued Knives

The onslaught of discontinued knives continues.

So far, most of the discontinued knives haven’t been that surprising, whether it’s due to upgraded models or lagging sales. But Benchmade shocked the knife community with the immediate discontinuation of its entire Heckler & Koch line.

We’ll keep up the tradition writing obituaries for certain models getting the axe (according to Knife News).

Benchmade 586 Barrage


The Barrage has quietly become one of my favorite knives over the past few years. I like the premium versions of the Barrage—the 581 and the 586 mini—because of the aluminum bolster and M390 steel. Now, Benchmade is doing away with the mini version of its assisted-opening Barrage.

From the sound of it, the 581 will still be available, but as someone who lives in Los Angeles at the moment, I appreciate all the blades under 2.91 inches that comply with the carry laws. For now, you can still pick up the knife in the 3.6 iteration, but the smaller version will be missed.

Benchmade Presidio


According to Benchmade, the Presidio is one of the most recognizable tactical Benchmade knives. Well, not anymore.

The entire Presidio line is getting discontinued. This includes all styles, sizes, and models. If my calculations are correct, that’s a little more than a dozen models not coming back next year. It’s odd to see the entire family put out to pasture, but it may point to the imminent arrival of a replacement line.

For now, you can still find Presidio models at Knife Depot but not for long.

Benchmade 786 Mini Onslaught


The larger Onslaughts were discontinued a while back, so it was only a matter of time for the Mini Onslaught to join its bigger brother in the dirt. That time has come.

The Onslaught was a Bob Lum design with a unique modified clip point blade profile. The curvy handle was black G-10. Knife Depot still has the Benchmade 746 Mini Onslaught and the 746BK Mini Onslaught in Black.

Benchmade 900 Series Stryker


The Stryker is a very popular automatic knife from Benchmade. It was one of the few families to have auto, assisted, and manual versions. Alas, Benchmade got rid of the manual iteration of the knife.

Despite being such a well-respected auto, the knife simply never made a big splash as a manual folder. There may be too many similar models out there from Benchmade for people to have made the switch to any from the 900 series for their EDC.

Benchmade 665 APB


The APB was billed as the first truly ambidextrous push-button automatic knife and the 665 APB was an assisted-opening version of the knife —it even used the same button lock.

Even though it just came out in 2015, the 665 APB is no more. The auto version of the knife seems to have been well-received with a number of positive reviews. From the looks of it, not many people opted to pick up the assisted-opening version of the knife.

Heckler & Koch (HK) Line


I felt a great disturbance in the knife force, as if dozens of knife models suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Yes, like the Death Star, Benchmade got rid of the entire HK line in one fell swoop. This isn’t happening next year either. It took effect immediately.

It’s hard to say exactly why Benchmade did this, but I can think of a few reasons. The HK knives were a low-cost alternative to some of the more expensive Benchmade models, so the company is likely trying to bring everything back under its main brand. It’s possible you may see some of your favorite HK designs rebranded under Benchmade in the future.

Another reason is that Benchmade probably didn’t want to keep licensing the HK name from Heckler & Koch. Benchmade could save money and make more money by bringing everything under the butterfly logo. Of course, that does mean more of the cost will be passed along to consumers.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. Is this a sale? If not, why not? Why not cut to the chase (bottom line on page 3)?
    We’re all knife lovers here of course, so it is always more honest for a knife store to SELL knives rather than create faux tragedies as the prelude to something else….so how about foregoing this implication that We (the buyer) are so easily taken in by incessant up-valuing of a product as if we “know nothing about reality at all”, because it is so wrong to do this, and on so many levels…

  2. Wow!!!!! They are discontinuing some of my favorite models. The mini barrage was the first American made Benchmade I owned after they discontinued the red box line. I have to say that I am disheartened by their choices here. From what I read, they don’t have much to offer in their 2017 line up either.

  3. I suppose they are going to be “made in China” from right now? (equals=crap) Because of minus 0,35$ per piece in pruduction line? I’m from a country that doesnt’t give a f*ck where knives are made – it’s Poland (no knives made up here expect of customs), but I really liked the US made autos like 14430 – fit and finish was MUCH more above the Chinese workers could ever achieve, and the price was still sffordable (for me) c.a. 100$.

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