Benchmade North Fork ReviewFebruary 5, 2015
- Good value
- Well made
- Dymondwood handle scales
- Works well as back-up or secondary hunting knife
- Blade is too small to be a primary hunting tool
- Feels a bit small in hand
Although I felt the Benchmade North Fork was a little small for bigger jobs—especially when out hunting—it’s a fine pocketknife that can handle any daily task or a few days in the woods. It would make a great backup blade in any longer or hunting-related excursions. It is also a steal, value-wise, and looks awesome in and out of your pocket.
CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS
Benchmade was thinking outside the box with the use of Dymondwood handle scales on it North Fork Folder—and it’s awesome. The wood grain look and feel of Dymondwood, paired with the S30V blade steel and key design aspects send the North Fork into the stratosphere.
EASE OF USE
The Benchmade North Fork is the same size as their Mini-Griptilian knife, but for some reason it felt very small in my hand where the Mini-Griptilian does not. Besides that, I had no issues using the North Fork for regular tasks, and carving up some meat. I know that seems weird to do, but I wanted to test out the jimping that Benchmade put farther down the blade (toward the tip), allowing for the user to slice fur and fat away from meat. It was a nice added feature.
STEEL QUALITY / EDGE RETENTION
The CPM S30V blade steel featured on the North Fork is one of the best of the popular blade steels out there now. It’s highly corrosion resistant, extremely durable, and will hold an edge long enough foryou to get back from a slow walk through the AT.
I gave the Benchmade North Fork a good beating before I handed it off for the holidays—and it looked brand new. Both Dymondwood and CPM S30V are designed to take abuse. The internal frame and hardware were on par with the quality we’ve come to expect from Benchmade.
Considering the materials and manufacturer, the Benchmade North Fork Folder is priced well below its worth. Get one and covet it!