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Benchmade NSNs

Often, I’m told by service members who read SSD, “yeah, that item is cool, by does it have a National Stock Number?” When I question them about this, I’m told that their supply office won’t buy the item, unless it has an NSN. Although, nothing could be more Cold War (and lazy) than that approach, I’ve been keeping my eye out for gear that has an NSN. For example, here is a chart from Benchmade that has NSNs.

2016 NSN Flyer


11 Responses to “Benchmade NSNs”

  1. Jeff S says:

    I miss my Auto Stryker… 🙁 Left the damn thing in a locker at ATC Harpers Ferry and it subsequently vanished.

    What’s the story on the Infidels? Do they hold up? I was looking at a Microtech OTF, but the Benchmade discount (and customer service) always calls me back.

    • straps says:

      BM Infidels hold up well.

      I have had zero durability/reliability issues with my Infidel. That said, I treat it as a fighting knife should be treated (and not as an EDC should be mistreated). I got it moondusty enough to foul it once but it cleaned up fine with compressed air and some kind of sketchy downrangey parts cleaner. This will happen to ANY machine you mistreat, and it’s worked flawlessly since.

      They do not come from the factory as sharp as Microtechs (on Sunday, September 9th, 2001, my commander convinced airport security in Raleigh to let him board a plane with his Microtech OTF–what mostly freaked them out was the surgical sharpness of the blade–my how times have changed). However a good bladesman can put an almost equivalent edge on a BM, which will hold.

      My favorite auto–bar none–is my BM Auto Presidio, an EDC that I’ve been misusing and abusing for almost a decade.

      • The Auto Presidio is tits, fantastic kinfe.

      • Jeff S says:

        Good to know, thanks.

        My Stryker replacement is an Emerson/Pro-Tech CQC7A… Found a pretty decent deal on it. It’s been great thus far.

        I’ll definitely have to check out the Presidio down the road.

        • straps says:

          I should add that when fouled, The Infidel deployed and locked fine. It would not retract and lock until cleaned. There is real enginerding in that knife.

      • Invictus says:

        Auto Triage here, the automatic rescue hook is awesome, as is the hardfiring main blade. Definitely one of my favorite knives ever.

  2. Dev says:

    Truth. Nothing makes me want to bash the Quey’s head in when he goes: yeaaaaah but does it have an NSN mate?

  3. darrel says:

    My supply doesn’t order anything no matter if it has an NSN or not!

    When it takes seven months for your command to just get safety boots I don’t think it would be worth the effort to order something as expensive as an auto knife…

  4. I use Protech exclusively and not one of their autos has ever failed me…and I have a few to say the least. Probably THE fastest opening auto on the market built in the USA not far from our office. Been to their shop on numerous occasions, top notch and the owner Dave is superb.

  5. Ed Hickey says:

    dig my Infidels & after the torture test I’m impressed