BENCHMADE MEATCRAFTER
Knives Illustrated|September - October 2020
BENCHMADE MEATCRAFTER
EQUALLY AT HOME IN THE FIELD OR IN THE KITCHEN
ZACH KERSEY
Benchmade Knife Company has been building excellent hunting knives for years. Whether it’s folding knives like the Crooked River or Grizzly Ridge, or fixed blades such as the Bushcrafter or Leuku, Benchmade’s hunting and adventuring models have gained a stalwart reputation among outdoorsmen.

So, when the company began working with Meateater’s Steven Rinella, it’s safe to say that it had a reputation to uphold. Benchmade was looking to design the perfect knife that could be used in the field on your hunt and all the way back to your daily kitchen needs. Steven wanted to make sure this knife could be used for skinning, gutting, and boning.

“All while maintaining great edge retention, the perfect kind of flex and durability you could live with for years, like your favorite hunting knife,” Steven says.

A great partner for this knife, Steven is the star of the Netflix show MeatEater and the MeatEater podcast. He is also the author of six books about wildlife, cooking game, and bestseller “MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler.” This is a great collaboration with Steven’s hunting and cooking background.

The completed design meeting these high standards is the Benchmade Meatcrafter 15500-1. The Meatcrafter utilizes a trailing point style blade with a length just over 6 inches and a new premium steel for Benchmade, CPM-S45VN, a steel providing the perfect balance between a fine grain and sharp edge with engineered blade flex.

CPM-S45VN is newer steel from Crucible designed to offer improved corrosion and wear resistance over CPM-S35VN. The rebalanced chemistry of CPM-S45VN (slightly more carbon and chromium than S35VN) produces an excellent combination of edge retention, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, and toughness.

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September - October 2020