Reviewed 01/09/2010 by JM
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months
I just recently got my Benchmade Ti Pika. All around it's a pretty solid budget knife. The make a version in FRN, but the Ti feels much more stout to me,
The knife is reasonably light, and resembles the Benchmade AFCK. I really like the blade shape, the Ti feels nice in hand, and the knife is visually appealing.
The blade is made out of a chinese steel. It is ok, but I've had to sharpen it since I got it. It does take an ok edge and is easy to sharpen.
I do have some complaints with the knife though. I gave the knife a 6 in ergonomics because when wet, it does get slippery. There is absolutely no texture on the handle. I also do not like how the lock on this knife allows for up and down blade play when fully locked out. The knife was designed to have this, and it is not a fault of poor tolerancing. A knife with blade play is never confidence inspiring to me.
Overall, the knife is pretty well build. This is especially true when compared to knives built in China. This knife does cost 50 or 60 bucks, and for what you get, I think the Spyderco Tenacious is a better knife at half the price.
I really wish Benchmade would make an Axis lock or liner lock version of this knife with G10 and decent steel. Oh wait, they already did. It's called the AFCK, and it is a very difficult knife to find.
Anyways, this knife is cool for EDC and general use, but it will get slippery in wet conditions.