If you are looking for a top quality folding knife that has a price tag that matches the style, Benchmade announced a new Valet.
According to the company, the new Valet is “reborn as a work of art” as a Gold Class knife. The knife is made in the United States with blade steel imported from Sweden. The blade on the Valet is made of ladder pattern Damasteel that has a 58-60 HRC. The drop point blade has a plain edge and is carried tip up. The pocket clip is reversible.
As with the original Valet knife, the blade opens with a thumb stud and uses an AXIS mechanism. The AXIS is a patented system that consists of a hardened steel bar that goes through both steel liners in the handle. Springs ensure it engages the knife tang to provide a solid lock up.
Overall, this knife is 6.69″ in length and weighs less than three ounces. Although this Benchmade folder is a thing of beauty – seriously, take a look at that blade – it is not in my budget. The suggested retail price is $700. At that price point, I imagine this blade will be sold to a handful of collectors. I don’t expect to see it in the local gun shop anyway.