$220 Benchmade Pocketknife

Gentlemen, are you looking for a pocketknife that can express your high-end tastes while also functioning as well as it looks? Oregon’s Benchmade Knife Company may have the product for you. Its new 480-1 Shoki knife has a 3-inch steel blade and is housed in an anodized titanium liner with a carbon-fiber handle.

This $220 knife oozes elegance the way a Ducati motorcycle or Pinarello road bike might — undeniably exotic and desirable. For the last few months, I’ve carried the blade and gotten “I-want-that!”-type responses most every time I show it off.

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Benchmade Knife Company’s 480-1 Skoki pocketknife

At just 1.8 ounces, it’s lighter than it looks, and it carries like a much smaller knife. Though it is too small for serious cutting jobs, the Shoki has worked fantastic as an everyday blade.

A decorative thumb stud for one-hand opening and matching bolt heads add to the knife’s aesthetic. Benchmade’s blade-locking mechanism, which is actuated by a svelte little decorative knob, felt secure and safe.

Honestly, the only thing I found to dislike about the knife was its price. But for those who can afford luxury-class items, this is a solid, beautiful blade. It’s made in the USA and comes with a leather sheath for toting the elegant little knife on your belt when you’re out and about.

T.C. Worley is a professional photographer based in Minneapolis.

Posted by Shawn - 03/08/2011 11:54 AM

Two hundred and twenty bucks for a 3-inch pocket knife? For when I’m camping in my Armani sleeping bag?

Posted by KnifeGuy - 03/08/2011 12:34 PM

That eyelet on the back end is a really obnoxious feature considering that a hole drilled all the way through the liner and scales is a time-tested means of accomplishing the same function without having an unnecessary goo-gaw hanging off the knife. They put a lot of effort into making the knife worse in that regard.

Posted by tom faranda - 03/08/2011 10:34 PM

I suspect my under $20 kabar dozier folder will cut just as well. Of course it does weigh two tenths of an ounce more. …

Posted by Dan - 12/30/2011 09:02 PM

This is really a knife for real enthusiasts. Is it the most practical knife? Probably not. But it’s a USA made piece of functional art. Sure, your $20 dozier will cut just fine, but some people appreciate a nicer knife and Benchmade really offers some special products for those people.

Dan @ BladeReviews

Posted by Matt - 01/20/2014 12:52 AM

The Shoki is an amazing knife. The ergos and performance are excellent. I love your comparison to Ducati elegance. Although the price tag is high, I’d say it’s easily one of the best pocket knives around from a looks standpoint. Benchmade totally got this one right. If I had one wish, it would be that Benchmade add a flipper to this knife.

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