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Old 02-26-2019, 8:28 AM
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Default Benchmade Benchmite 10610

I recently picked up this Benchmade in the local thrift store. I didn't think much of it at the time. I gave it a few passes on the Sharpmaker, and it's scary sharp. It's interesting in that it locks closed and locks open. It seems to be a very solid knife. It's not the type of pocket knife I would carry, but the price was right, and it's a Benchmade (although imported). Since the blade is under 2", I was wondering if anyone sells a conversion kit for it?
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Old 02-26-2019, 2:46 PM
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I have the Benchmite original in auto and manual. They were made in the USA. Yours is the Benchmite II. They are great little knives and the auto opens with a strong snap. I have never seen a conversion kit for them. I have bought a couple of Chinese knockoffs of the auto. They are OK for what they are.

The difference between the Benchmite and Benchmite II is country of manufacture, blade steel and the rear scale. The original Benchmites rear scale is not solid like yours. It has decorative cutouts.
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Old 02-26-2019, 4:13 PM
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Default Thanks for the response.

Thanks for the response, and for educating me. I've been reading up on them a bit. I initially believed that there was a coil spring under the pivot; like most Benchmades. However, I've since learned that is not the case. They actually have a Bar-Spring. On one of the knife forms, several guys were saying that they bought the knock-off autos and and used the "bar-spring" from the knock-off. They say it makes the Benchmade Benchmite 2 a snappy little auto. The blade is well under 2" so it's reportedly completely legal in California. They are an interesting knife. Since being discontinued, they sell for up to 10 times what guys paid for them. Now I need to find a knock-off. Thanks again.
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