Benchmade Infidel: Novelty or True Tactical EDC?

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    Benchmade Infidel: Novelty or True Tactical EDC?

    The Benchmade Infidel is an intriguing knife. It has a D2 blade but it is thin, albeit double edged. It's usefulness as a defensive knife is rather lacking given it's apparent effectiveness for stabbing/jabbing rather than slashing. Is there any practical use in your opinion, aside from being the flashiest looking letter opener?

    I personally favor the Tanto given the slashing and penetrating superiority.

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    Probably a good defensive knife, but way, way overpriced.

    I got away from tanto blades a long time ago opting for a more functional blade shapes such as spear point, drop point, clip point and a few others over the tanto blade shape.

    To me, the tanto belongs on a sword.
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    No matter how good the infidel might be and how cool it looks, I can't justify that much for a knife, even with the military pricing Benchmade offers.
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    It's usefulness as a defensive knife is rather lacking given it's apparent effectiveness for stabbing/jabbing rather than slashing.
    Can you explain what you mean by "defensive knife"? The stiletto design of the Infidel is perfectly suitable for defensive purposes. I have a "truck knife" of similar design I keep onboard for trouble situations.

    Let's imagine you are an aggressor. You are going to grab and manhandle a woman walking back to her car in a parking lot. As you approach her, she produces the Benchmade Infidel and starts to swing and poke-stab at you with it. I'm not clear on how a Tanto-blade would be superior in this scenario.

    From an offensive perspective, a larger, heavier blade can do more. Your plan might involve coming in and slashing tendons and ligaments, executing "comma" cuts above joints. There, a drop point or bowie-style blade is good, and the tanto is a mixed-bag design, a sort of jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.

    Of all my blades, I have only one in the Tanto config. The best defensive blade in my estimation is the Cold Steel Ti Lite, which is a bayonet design - excellent for dissuading an attacker. The problem I have with the Infidel is that it's an OTF knife. These are generally novelty items and not fighting tools. The Internet is filled with hundreds of pages of arguments back and forth about the utility of liner-lock blades. Compared to an OTF, a liner-lock is a fixed-blade Ka-Bar. Any criticism of a liner-lock goes 1000 times against an OTF.

    Like a switchblade, an OTF's primary value is intimidation. The "snick" action will either frighten the attacker or have no effect. You'd be better off with a Balisong.
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    I think it's largely a novelty. It's illegal for most jurisdictions as both a "switchblade" and a "dagger", has the aforementioned iffy locking mechanism, and only opens from a relatively small lever that would be easy to miss when you're trying to deploy the blade under stress. Now add that it's completely ridiculously expensive and it's a big, fat thumbs down from me.

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    Benchmade Infidel=Junk...I sold mine to a co-worker and never looked back.
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    Do yourself a favor and as the guy on the video says in the 1st minute.....just go buy a Microtech
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    The OTFs are fun to play with but, I'd pass & ditto DIABLO9489 and opt for a Microtech. It's a wiser investment.
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    Defensive carry that I was referring to was the ability to block an attack and counter with a slash. The point, I can see as a stabbing motion only. I like the Tanto given the ability to penetrate based upon its design, in addition to an ability to slash. I personally see more effectiveness in have options for striking and counterstriking with an edge, as well.

    I also question the reliability of the Infidel's locking mechanism.

    Which specific model do you refer to regarding the Microtech?
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    Besides the novelty and high price...they are just freaking cool. LOL My buddy has one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    Defensive carry that I was referring to was the ability to block an attack and counter with a slash. The point, I can see as a stabbing motion only. I like the Tanto given the ability to penetrate based upon its design, in addition to an ability to slash. I personally see more effectiveness in have options for striking and counterstriking with an edge, as well.

    I also question the reliability of the Infidel's locking mechanism.

    Which specific model do you refer to regarding the Microtech?
    For Microtech your best bet would be any variety of the Ultratech. They offer a couple different variations, single edge, double edge, tanto edge, with/without serrations. You can pick one up from a bunch of online websites, I bought mine from http://www.notyourmamasknives.com/ for around $230.....Here is a picture of mine (Double edge w/ serrations) with my other EDC gear.....


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    Expensive letter opener. Before I got THAT, I'd get THIS: http://www.milestactical.com/SHIVA.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    No matter how good the infidel might be and how cool it looks, I can't justify that much for a knife, even with the military pricing Benchmade offers.
    I got one through an online site in hong kong. DHgate.com $61.00. It looks and feels like the real thing and functions well.I do not know if it is a genuine knock-off or if Benchmade has some sort of deal with them. I am in the army reserves and in california, so not too worried about legalities as is it is only used while on duty. California law says if the blade is 2" or less it is legal. This of course is not at 4". Maybe not the greatest knife overall, but good self defense in a pinch. I definitely would not pay $400 for it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    No matter how good the infidel might be and how cool it looks, I can't justify that much for a knife, even with the military pricing Benchmade offers.

    Me neither. If I had the price of this one or the Microtech, I'd buy another gun and continue carrying my Gerber Covert.
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    Gerber Applegate/Fairbairn Combat folder with the upper edge sharpened.
    Well made and has a very nice pocket clip. A little work on it, and it is very effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    The Benchmade Infidel is an intriguing knife. It has a D2 blade but it is thin, albeit double edged. It's usefulness as a defensive knife is rather lacking given it's apparent effectiveness for stabbing/jabbing rather than slashing. Is there any practical use in your opinion, aside from being the flashiest looking letter opener?

    I personally favor the Tanto given the slashing and penetrating superiority.
    Practical use, no. Automatic knives offer nothing that assisted-opening or waved knives don't give you, with the triple added disadvantage that the lock mechanism is necessarily more fragile, that there is no way to manually open and lock the knife if the mechanism breaks, and that they are illegal in many places to carry and possibly even to possess.
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