Reviewed 07/16/2011 by Tony
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months
I purchased 585SBK several months ago, along with it I purchased a 587-1 SBK Warm (as a birthday gift for my son).
Generally the knife is great, the action works flawlessly and at there size they do make for a very reliable spring assist pocket knife for ever day use.
However my "Pet Peeve" was the CHEAP Valox Plastic Grips on the 585SBK.
This brakes down to two main issues, firstly the CHEAP Honeycombed Injection Molded Valox Grips just don't stand up well to every day ware (even a drop on the ground will gouge them or worse).
The other is they are too light to soak up the springs recoil (they really just don't feel like value for money in your hand, if you know what I mean).
The bottom line here is what my Late Father use to say back in Australia, it's am matter being "Penny Wise and Pound Foolish", the reality is that this just pulls the knife up short from crossing the line to being a truly great knife.
Benchmade should really take a good hard look at it's self, it's customers needs, wants and it's competition. I have spoken to Benchmade regarding this and they give two reasons for the using the Valox.
The first is cost and that the knife would be fare more expensive with G10, there Asking Price is $145.00 and you get Cheap Plastic Grips.....!!!
The other reason is that some customers want a lighter knife, this may be so but I do find it a little hard to believe after comparing the above.
I was fortunate because I had purchased several (including a 587-1 for my son) I simply swapped the G10 Grip to the 585SBK that I wanted for myself and gave my son the 587-1 with the Valox and end-up with the perfect knife for me and what a difference .50 of an Ounce makes WOW..!!(but this is not an option that most people get).
As to the horrible ware that shows up with Benchmades Black Clips, I have found the perfect solution. Just call them they will send you a FREE a Silver Split Arrow Clip that will not show up the scratches and that problem is forever solved...!!!
The bottom line is that Benchmade's Axis Lock is in my opinion the best on the market, but that is not an excuse to cut corners. At the prices they charge there is no good reason to do so and is only going spoil what is a good knife and is NOT good business.
Comment by 01/18/2014
I have handled the 581/586 (newer 580/585 with G10 and better steel) and the feel IS far better, it certainly IS noticeably heavier though. As far as the black clips, I agree they scratch and scrape. I just took mine off the knife and polish off the coating with some fine w/d sandpaper, = silver clips.