I am not huge on paying a premium for cross branding on items unless I really like both companies. I do have an Orvis/Benchmade MiniGrip in my EDC rotation because it is one of the best ones out there, but I paid less than retail due to my connections to Orvis.
While I am not looking to buy the latest Benchmade/Shinola collaboration, the idea of exposing the millennial urban crowd to really cool EDC knives is something I want to support. And this one does have a few details and upgrades that justify the increase in price.
In our second collaboration with Benchmade, we’ve partnered to create the 765 titanium pocket knife, offered in an exclusive colorway in black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating with properties that boast extreme hardness and scratch resistance. The slim design fits well in a pocket, and the handle provides a comfortable grip in titanium that makes the pocket knife lightweight, super strong and corrosion resistant. Details include orange anodized spacers and thumb stud, a 3.24″ M390 steel blade and discreet Shinola branding, such as Shinola Detroit logo on the clip and signature lightning bolt on the butt of the knife. A durable flagship titanium folder and bearing washers provide an incredibly smooth, near-magic feel to the blade action.
Shinola in its original incarnation made shoe polish most notably. There used to be a phrase – “He doesn’t know shit from Shinola”. The name is now owned by a Detroit firm that is dedicated to restoring American manufacturing and sells everything from watches to bicycles to leather-goods.
The previous Benchmade/Shinola collaboration was on a special-edition 485 Valet. More of a classy knife than the tacti-cool 765 seen here.