It’s okay to be dubious about gun-branded knives, especially when they’re a backup to your gun-branded gun. Plenty of smart gunnies carry Smith & Wesson handguns, but the S&W knives you see at gun shows are just garbage. Heckler & Koch makes particularly nice handguns if you have the means, and they’re no stranger to the term ‘badge-engineering’ either.
But H&K’s rebranded gear is first-rate. If you need an example, think Benelli shotguns. And Benchmade knives.
The 14410 Soldat model shown above is made in the US of A with an N680 blade (I dare you to get it to rust) and Grivory handles. With a curiously Spidey-looking opening hole and a reversible tip-up pocket clip, it’s a perfect EDC for CCW option.
Benchmade’s MSRP for the Soldat is $70, but you don’t have to be much of a bargain hunter to snag it for $50.
But why carry a knife that’s already broken in half? If your jurisdiction (or your CCW permit) allows fixed-blade carry, this fixed-blade ‘Plan D’ is another great choice despite its funky looks. It’s also Made In America with an N680 blade, and costs about the same as the Soldat.
If price and country of origin are prime considerations in your knife purchases, these rebranded Benchmades might just punch your ticket. Even if they do sport the trademark of a notoriously snooty foreign gunmaker, there aren’t a great many US-made knives with good steels and good reputations at prices like this.