|The left side showing the famous Benchmade butterfly.|
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I got my first Bob Lum knife by accident. I saw Spyderco’s Chinese Folder and fell for the leaf-shaped blade and green handle and bought it.
I’m not a big collector of Lums. I like the functionality and graceful lines but it’s difficult to justify custom knife prices, so I settle for selling the factory versions of them. You might uncharitably call me a knife pimp - I make a little money from the transaction, but I thoroughly enjoy getting quality knives into appreciative hands.
I’m quite excited about Benchmade’s Mini-Onslaught that just arrived today. It’s a Bob Lum design and it’s quite a little charmer. One side of the blade has the Benchmade butterfly logo and the other side has Bob’s chop.
The 3.45-inch blade is sharpened from 154CM steel with a Rockwell C hardness of 58-61. The curved grip is black G-10 which is reinforced by stainless steel liners. I looked at the handle and I would swear it’s micarta. Of course, G10 has changed over the years from short chopped fibers in resin into glass fabric.
I really like the Axis lock Benchmade uses. The modified clip point blade simply glides open and the thumb hole (licensed from Spyderco, I understand) is 0.43 inches in diameter. That’s large enough to easily capture your thumb for opening. Benchmade says the Mini-Onslaught weighs in at 3.9 ounces.
Benchmade retails the knife for $170 on their website. I suspect I’ll be able to do better.
Sadly, Bob Lum passed away Dec 2007. In his thirty years of knife making, some of his designs were never released to the commercial market. It’s kind of nice knowing that even after he’s gone, we’ll still see a few new Lums in the future.