Benchmade represents one of the most recognizable brands in the knife industry. Benchmade knives are manufactured in a sprawling 144,000 square foot facility located in Oregon City, Oregon. Benchmade was the first company to utilize high-speed laser cutting allowing the knife industry to advance into steels that were too hard to machine stamp. The company also became the world leader in automatic knife manufacturing (still true to this day) and began to supply military units. In many ways Benchmade sets the standard for what a quality pocket knife should be.
Benchmade began when Les de Asis wanted to replace the cheap butterfly knives he played with as a kid. Les incorporated as Bali-Song®, Inc. and rented a small shop in a second story mezzanine in California. The initial company failed but Les learned from the experience and in 1988 reintroduced a new company and Benchmade was born. To this day Benchmade continues to focus on bringing the highest quality products to the world's elite. The Benchmade butterfly logo pays homage to the founding inspiration of the Bali-Song knife.