WE Knife Co. Banter Liner Lock Knife Blue G-10 (2.9" Bead Blast) WE2004A

Item #BHQ-105270
MSRP: $128.00
Our Price: $108.80
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  • Overall Length: 6.50"
  • Blade Length: 2.875"
  • Blade Width: 1.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11"
  • Blade Material: CPM S35VN
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Bead Blast, Stonewash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 3.625"
  • Handle Width: 1.125"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.45"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Blue
  • Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 2.61 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Brand: WE Knife Co.
  • Model: Banter
  • Model Number: 2004A
  • Designer: Ben Petersen
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Spear point blade made of CPM-S35VN steel.
  • Dual thumb stud openers with caged bearing pivot.
  • "Ben Blue" G-10 handle scales with gentle texturing.
  • Steel liner lock mechanism with a jimped interface.
  • Recessed deep-carry pocket clip with recessed screws.


Fans of Blade HQ can all relate to the feeling of excitement that immediately follows Ben Petersen greeting you with his iconic "What iiissss up guys!!?!" at the beginning of Knife Banter. Ben is off to new adventures now, and we miss him dearly, but a little piece of him will live on in the knife world with the Banter! Ben teamed up with WE Knife Co. and designed the Banter to meet his exacting specifications; a deep carry pocket clip with recessed screws, a blade that passes his finger test, easy one-hand operation, and a price accessible to a cheap sucker.

Like the Banter? It comes in lots of colorways to fit your style. Like smaller knives? Check out the CIVIVI Baby Banter for more!

Customer Reviews

Good Little EDC
David T. on Sep 3, 2020

Glad I bought the All Black and Blue one. Now I have one of each! Solid little knife for EDC and comes very sharp. Lightweight but doesn't feel cheap.

Perfect knife for everyday use.
Evan M. on Oct 9, 2020

Wonderful little knife that feels quality in almost every way. Fits in fine in an office setting and doesn't scare people off but is still incredibly useful. Love the aesthetic and the extra deep pocket clip.

This Basic is Perfect
Irvin A. on Jun 25, 2020

Everything is perfect, no trouble at all. Opening, centering, fit and finish, clip, carry is perfect. I would rather have this than the bugout. Not scary looking so that's a plus, even mom likes it. So yea, great over all, even the price.

Amazing Knife! My New Favorite Brand!
Tyler H. on Oct 27, 2021

This is the intro cost knife for We Knife Co, but don’t let the affordable price tag fool you. This knife singularly convinced me this is one of the best companies in the knife business today. The action is like butter, the blade is sharp as a razor. From my experience, they are an industry leader in both regards by a long margin. It also has a solid liner lock. I own Ultratechs, Benchmade, Spyderco, along with CRKT, Gerber, and Kershaw knives - most of the major brands competing in the market - and I’d take this little thing over most other knives in my collection most days. It and its black counterpart haven’t left my pocket and they will be my EDC of choice for the foreseeable future. WE Knife Co makes a special product. It is made with high-quality material, expert craftsmanship, functional and aesthetic design. If you’re reading this review buy this knife!

My Favorite Knife
Jacob S. on Mar 5, 2021

This knife seems worth every penny to me. I mostly love the design but Ben didn't just put form over function. Sharpening choil, relatively thin grind, surprisingly good ergonomics, smooth action, good pocket clip with recessed screws. My knife came with great quality control, perfect blade centering, no blemishes on the blade finish, no blade play, good detent strength, 50% lockup when deployed and locks up consistently every time even on lighter openings. I've tried scratching the stone wash finish with my keys and it doesn't scratch very easily.

Love It!
FRANK R. on Feb 2, 2021

I agree with all the reviews of this knife. There is nothing negative I can say about it! It's nicely designed and is perfect for every day carry. The clip itself is kind of cool also. Part of the clip has a rectangular cut out exposing the two screws which hold the clip on to the case! This is just one of the small details that were put into this knife which in my opinion really looks great! Without a doubt, I would buy this knife again! Right now it is one of my favorite knives in my collection!

James B. on Jun 28, 2020

Excellent little knife. Very crisp action and good ergonomics. Extremely well made by WE. Although I generally buy black knives, I had to get “Ben Blue” out of respect. Thank you Ben and BladeHQ.

Great little knife!
Adam R. on Aug 3, 2020

Ben did a great job. The knife is simplicity and synergy at its best. The blade stock is thin enough to actually slice things and with a touch of lube on the detent, the action is butter smooth and punches above its price point.

Excellent attention to details
Mike P. on Jul 8, 2020

The more I carry the Banter the more it grows on me. When I first opened it I was a little disappointed with the thickness of the handles versus the overall length, but I've come to really appreciate the added ergonomics the thickness gives the knife. The action really surprised me out of the box, usually blades this short don't have enough mass to sling open this smoothly but it definitely impressed me. Pocket clip suites the knife perfectly and I dig the flush fit screws. The thumb studs are a beautiful combination of gripy enough for your thumb to bite into but not rough enough to tear up your skin. I've seen some people comment in videos of how the Banter looks too plain for their tastes but I think the beauty of this knife is in how it nails all the basics perfectly without being overly flashy. Well done Ben, I hope we get to see some sprint runs in different colors/handle materials in the future!

Amazing knife!
Jeremiah R. on Dec 13, 2021

This is one of my all time favorite knives. It's a nice size, comfortable grip, excellent blade centering, deep carry, decently customizable. We knives co. Has always made quality knives, and this is no exception. Great buy, 10/10, couldn't recommend more.

Favorite Knife
Glenn M. on Oct 16, 2020

Ben did not disappoint. This knife moved up to #1 on my favorites list real fast. Great size, great design, fast, smooth - it's the perfect EDC I'm getting the black as soon as possible!

Banter is awesome!
Robert S. on Aug 14, 2020

I have received my WE Banter in Ben Blue and have to say that it is awesome! Very surprised how well it works and the quality of it for this price. I have a large collection of knives much higher priced than the Banter, however it finds its way to my pocket a good amount of the time. The size is perfect for summer, being small and light. I would highly recomment and am waiting for the Black model to come into stock for a second order!

Hardly ever leaves my pocket
Mitchell W. on Aug 7, 2020

What a great, simple, well-built knife. You can tell Ben put a lot of thought into this (recessed pocket clip screws, S35VN steel, deep carry pocket clip, etc.). The fit and finish are top-notch - centering was dead on, the action was super smooth, liner lock is easy to close, textured G-10 makes it easy to grip...just great! I think there could have been just a tad more gimping on the spine up past the thumb studs but that's just me.

timothy f. on Oct 5, 2020

i love it its actually a bit bigger than i thought. great materials and workmanship!!! get one guys you will love it!

Perfect EDC Size
Wesley R. on Aug 24, 2020

The Banter is a great little edc knife. Good size and high quality steel you can't really ask for much more. Smooth action and overall great WE Knives quality. Ben did a great job designing this, very simplistic and clean design.

One of the best EDC blades I own
Mike A. on Jul 31, 2020

After watching Ben's videos for quite some time, I knew that I would have to pickup his first entry into the world of blade design. I also have been wanting to add a WE to my collection so this was like two birds with one stone! The blade itself is on the small side (not a bad thing). The size in addition to the really well executed deep carry clip makes this thing a dream for a relatively incognito EDC blade. My only gripe is that it was a little stiff out of the box. After fidgeting with it for a few hours it loosened up considerably. Since then I disassembled the whole thing and threw some oil on the bearing and now it is like butter. The liner lock is still a little too stiff for my preference, but that is literally the only negative thing I have to say about this blade.

Highly Functional EDC
Tim S. on Oct 6, 2020

Full disclosure, this is my second Banter purchase. I've got to hand it to Ben, he designed a handy little knife. The action on this thing is very fast (ball bearings instead of washers). As a desk jockey I found this knife to be highly functional for most tasks that I typically need a pocket knife for, such as cutting boxes, cutting fruit, and slicing frozen lunch packaging. I have also been using this in the garden to harvest some items. It has decent edge retention and isn't very noticeable in an office setting. I like the black with the blue of my first knife, but the blade coating always looked dirty whenever it got the smallest amount of gunk on it. The plain blade should be better with that, and the blue and silver looks nice also. My only complaint is that I have issues closing a liner lock one handed. Since this is my second Banter, I guess that wasn't as much of a deal breaker as I thought it would be, given the other great qualities of this knife.

Great Knife
Andy P. on Jul 31, 2020

Love the action. Very fidget friendly, satisfying snap open. Good ergos, fit and finish. Please make a flipper variant next

Almost perfect
Casey H. on Jun 25, 2020

I have been very excited to get this knife since the announcement and it did not disappoint. It's light, carries well and has great action. It fits a little small in the hand though making it a little unwieldy. Make it a half inch longer and add a flipper and this would be a perfect EDC.

Nice knife
David I. on Sep 4, 2020

My first WE knife. Checks most of the boxes for me; blade length (I like small blades), steel, handle material, deep carry pocket clip and comfortable in hand. Not the most stylish knife and I think the lock bar access could be better but I would recommend buying this.

Great value, not perfect
andrew y. on Sep 6, 2020

First off, other than the knife you also get a zipper case and a cleaning cloth. It's always nice to get extras. But there is one things that I can't let you get that last star. I don't know what it is, but I seem to half open this knife while it's in my pocket and I need to use that pocket for something other than the knife. I haven't has this problem with other knifes with thumb stud only but it happens here so it is what it is. Other than that, great knife and you get a ton for what you are paying for. I wish it was a little less angular, and came with some options in handle material. Great job Ben.

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