Obscure Object of Desire: Shinola/Benchmade one-of-a-kind 485 Valet folder


The new 485 Valet from Shinola and Benchmade

Shinola is a Detroit-based luxury goods designer best known for their (mostly) American-made watches and bicycles. However, they partner with small manufacturers all over the country to produce these and other items such as leather journals, shoe polish, pet items, and now through a partnership with the Benchmade Company, knives.

The Shinola/Benchmade knife features Dymondwood composite scales. Each set has a variable color and grain pattern which makes each knife unique. It features a reversible pocket-clip for our left-handed friends, and a quality, 2.96″ M390 steel blade.

According to Zvisoft’s steel app, M390 is a very high quality stainless commonly found in limited edition folders of this type. It can be hardened to 62HRC, but is more typically found in the 60HRC range. A solid choice for a knife like this.

If you would like to read more about it, you can visit Shinola’s website. It is available for purchase there for a $200MSRP.



  1. Mike L says:

    “…other items like..shoe polish ”

    Wow, Shinola is one of the iconic brand names of the last century. So ingrained in American culture it has its own place in street argot, “you don’t know xxxx from Shinola “. To relegate Shinola shoe polish to “other ” is just giving in to the ignorant iPhone generation LOL.

    1. Touche’

      I understood the name, and while I toyed with the idea of explaining the history of the name, even tried composing a few sentences. I couldn’t tweak it into something that didn’t seem to be tangential. I probably should have in hindsight.

      1. That being said, I can’t remember the last time I have put anything other than NikWax on footwear. My wife touches up my Wing Tips and Gillie Brogues (kilt shoes) once or twice a year when I need them. I couldn’t tell you what she uses (she polishes her shoes for her job)

  2. cmeat says:

    they might have named the company “hole in the ground” too. millenials seem to find ironic branding appealing.
    i just noticed the valet in benchmark’s catalog. i’d like a reverse tanto, but they seem pretty loong for edc. drop point is fine. and the shinola version is priced the same as regular versions.

  3. Major_Northeast_City says:

    I’m favorable towards M390 and spear points, but ‘Dymondwood’ is crapola.

  4. Sam L. says:

    I remember an editorial cartoon from the mid-’80s: Jihadi, labeled Shiite, and shoe polish in Shinola can.

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