Benchmade teamed up with knife maker/designer Butch Ball on the 320 Precinct flipper knife! It's a compact knife with a flipper opener paired with thrust bearing washers. The textured G-10 handle utilizes a deep finger groove for secure grip and a stainless steel liner lock tab for reliable lockup. Includes a deep carry, reversible pocket clip.
The Precinct 320 has a satin finished blade with a plain cutting edge.
This knife has turned out to be one of the best money can buy with it's features all around in my opinion. The action is smooth (both to open and close) without a spring inside, the jimping is absolutely remarkable, the G10 handles scales have superb grip (Benchmade needs to make more of their knives with G10 like this). I truly believe the first reviewer of this knife received a lemon. This is definitely a keeper.
I picked this blade up about a year ago and was immediately disappointed by its lock stick and very late lock up. I shelved for nearly a year and decided to use it for a beater when I noticed that it had a multi faceted stop pin similar to a Benchmade 761 or TSF Beast. I adjusted the stop pin and it now has early lock up and no stick. The blade has the sliciest factory edge I have ever owned (including mids/customs) and the detent/action is PERFECT. It's a great, linerless recurved flipper in a decent steel. It fits a pretty specific niche (thin stock/recurve, tough easy to sharpen stainless with moderate edge retention) but it offers a good folder with a lot of great features, when compared to competitive offerings like a Spyderco Positron.
I had been looking for a good flipper for years and when I received this knife I knew my search was over. The action is fantastic, the centering is spot on, the blade lock up is amazing and the blade play is almost nonexistent.
Not a bad knife but it falls short. Flipping action is nice but unless your hands fit perfectly in the handle you will feel uncomfortable holding it.
This knife is totally fine. I think it's actually a good looking knife despite it's strange shape. The ball bearing washers make deployment smooth and consistent. G10 is perfectly grippy, reminded me of a Yojimbo2 in texture. Benchmade also steps it up by putting the deep-carry clip on it. It disappears in your pocket. 154cm is a perfectly adequate EDC steel, actually one of my favorites. So, why the 2/5? The liner lock sucks. The first knife I got (I had it preordered since it was announced) had horrible, worse-than-an-emerson lock stick. I wrote customer service and they had me send it back. 3 weeks later, I got it back with the stop pin and liner lock "adjusted." It no longer stuck, but the liner lock would walk the more you flipped it. Literally five minutes of flipping and closing it while watching tv and the lock-up had drifted from around 25% (perfect!) to near 95%. So, if you were going to use this knife, you'd have to tighten and locktite the pivot screw. I ended up selling it. I compared it to a Kershaw skyline. The Precinct fills your hand a little better. The G10 is better. The pocket clip is WAY better. The steel is better. It flips way better and more consistently. But is it worth the price of 3 or 4 skylines? I don't think so. I know Benchmade had some problems combining a flipper and their axis lock on the 300, but I can't help but feel let down with the lock on this knife. If this same exact knife had an axis lock, I think it would be a homerun and I would have kept it. As is, I can think of 20 or 30 knifes in the $80 - $130 price range that I'd choose over this knife and as such I can't recommend it.