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.
If you've been wondering...yeah, it's that good!
I am a little new to the knife world. I bought this as something that I could feel comfortable bringing to the office and the couple times I have used it people asked what it was and complimented me on it. super sharp and very fun to flick open. highly reccommend!
One of my all time favorite knives so far. The action is so smooth and the blade came super super sharp. Great deal for Under $130 for this knife
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 blue 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!
This is my first WE knife, I decided to buy it after doing some research and all the great reviews on the Banter. Its a great size I barely notice it in my pocket and I love the flick action on this knife, its a bit addicting to play with. Over all this is a solid knife.
A perfect edc knife. Like the size and design. Took out the pocket clip and hung a lanyard.
This is a true EDC, appropriate for many task. Perfect size for me; I wear a medium Glove. Feels great in the hand and the materials feel quality, Smooth flick to open with a smooth close, feels great in the pocket with the deep clip. This knife is very well thought out. This knife also came with a small zipper case and a cloth to clean the knife with. Very impressed and stoked to own one of these.
The WE Banter is a fantastic knife. It came perfectly centered with a very smooth action. A must buy when in stock.
I don’t really use a lot my 100+ knives but this knife is really good and fidget friendly!! I actually might get one more the blue one.
Great knife. Perfect for EDC. Knife is sharp, action is smooth, and fits great in the hand. Looks very clean too. Highly recommend.
Got this last week and it hasn't left my pocket. Except to use it, of course. Stout little blade, lightening-quick deployment and drop shut out of the box!
Unbelievably smooth action. Centered perfectly. Sharp and with even grinds. Grippy but not tear you pants up grippy. I did not even have to adjust the clip tension. Love this latest We Knife/Ben Banter Knafe!
Smooth action, high quality, great small EDC knife! Really nice fit and finish. This makes a great lightweight carry that doesn't take a lot of space in the pocket! My first WE knife. I will be buying more.
There was a ton of hype over these knives and often highly praised items come up pretty underwhelming. This knife lives up to it. Unbelievable value for the money. Great size for every day carry. Great ergos. Great looks. The pocket clip could be a bit more substantial in my opinion, but that's personal preference as the stock clip performs well. Definitely recommend picking one up if you've got interst.
This is by far my favorite knife. It carry’s nicely and looks great too. Build quality is A+. You won’t be disappointed.
This knife lives up to the hype for sure. Beautiful, simple design. Buttery smooth action out of the box. Awesome deep carry clip. Honestly haven't found a single thing about this knife I don't like yet. Will pick up a blue one when I can.
This knife is incredible for your everyday tasks. It's made out of premium materials and can take a beating. Two things I would love to see in a new version of it would be a flipper tab and a thumb stud that would stay blue for longer. I've had the Knife for over a month now and the blue of the thumb stub and now faded to more of a gray with a blue accent. Overall, this knife is awesome, it's made out of premium materials and is only 100 Dollars.
Like many people who have watched Blade Banter it was exciting to see Ben's knife released. I chose the black/black option. It's small size is deceiving. The action is really smooth, comes very sharp and feels good in the hand. The drop point/spear point is less threatening looking even being all blacked out. This is my first S35VN blade. So far quite impressed. The G-10 is nicely contoured and well finished. The knife disappears when clipped to your pocket. I like the pop of color the blue thumb stud gives. The WIUG is subtle but a nice homage. Normally I like satin blades but the black blade hides the slick grinding to the blade. Wish it was made in the USA but that's a small concession for an overall well made and functional knife. If you get the chance try one out, they sell out fast.
Super smooth, super light, such a great knife designed by Ben. Im regretting not buying this in both colors! Great blade overall... everyone should get one of these!
I have a collection of some more expensive knives, but this one is one I find carrying more and more. I love the pop of blue on the thumb stud. The black blade itself is why I choose the black over the blue version of this knife. I enjoy the blade's texture, it is very smooth and does not show any print or grease marks when touched. The action is great with the thumb stud, and flies open when you flick it with your thumb or middle finger. I am considering buying the blue one!
This is a pretty wicked blade, where the hype matches it's utility. The ergonomics are just right, it fits in your hand like a glove. Its opening action is fast and smooth, with solid lockup and no lock stick. And don't get me started on the sharpness and cutting abilities. Woooooo buddy it glides through anything you cut, cardboard, food, paper, fruits, kimchee. Whatever you cut, it will do so with grace and ease. I highly recommend this budget friendly knife. Best Damn Edc knife money can buy without breaking the bank.
Gorgeous fit and finish. Quality materials. Amazing design. Incredible value. This EDC has it all. I have a small, but fairly respectable, collection of pocket knives. Benchmade, Spyderco, Microtech, Zero Tolerance, etc. This WE Knife blade ranks right up there. Hands down, a no-brainer choice for anyone looking for a phenomenal blade to carry around.
Normally, my reviews carry quite a bit of detail, but I'll save you some reading this time around. This knife is a little on the plain (or boring?) side, and does everything it's supposed to do, while remaining compact and good looking. If that's what you're looking for in a knife, it's definitely worth the money. I should have gotten one sooner, but I let the price tag play too much into the decision. You won't regret it, if you do decide to purchase one.
This is my first WE knife and it hasn't left my pocket since I got it in the mail. This thing is super smooth, came extremely sharp, and perfectly centered. It's definitely worth the hype.
I was pretty stoked to see Ben design his own ideal every day knife. I have to say he did incredibly well, and WE really did a great job executing his vision. The fit and finish is top notch, great contouring on the G10, the action is great and mine flicks open super smooth and drop shuts with ease. The blade centering is also spot on as well. Great little knife.
Right out of the box, the Banter is amazing. It's super snappy and SHARP!!! The opening action is mind-blowing. Do they even make autos this fast? Super lightweight but furiously fast deployment. For some knives, you can tell that the blade only swings open because of the weight of the blade. For some knives, you can feel the heavy detent that builds up the energy needed to fling open the blade. But the Banter, you barely have to touch and it--seemingly magically--flies open. Again, AMAZING!!! For a medium/large hand, I get a 3-and-1/2-finger grip. The jimping on the spine is barely noticeable until you dig in and add some pressure with your thumb. Then, you quickly notice the traction. The jimping is subtle, but you can feel the difference along the spine where the thumb easily slides up and down on the smooth portion--even with digging in and adding pressure. Did I mention SHARP?!?!! It's sooooooo slicey. I got the scar to prove it. D'oh! I'm digging the black on black, but I really like that splash of blue with the thumb stud. And while it's a minor detail, it's still enough to break the monotony of the always popular blackout look. Simplicity and functionality must've been the driving forces behind this design. It's classic, yet elegant. It's casual, yet sophisticated. Hell, this could easily be considered a gentleman's carry just as much as an EDC beater. While there's nothing fancy that stands out about this knife, it still stands out from the rest. If you want a reliable EDC, make the Banter a part of your collection. Enjoy the slice!
Super happy with this purchase. I think this is the best EDC knife 108 dollars can buy. Sub 3 inch S35VN blade with G10 handles and deep carry pocket clip, all in nice minimal design for $108. Love the snappy action and the grippy G10. I've purchased multiple G10 knives recently and they're all too smooth, but the G10 on this knife is perfect, it's grippy and exactly what I expected G10 to feel like.
This is a superior knife by far. Opening and closing the Banter feel more satisfying by far. The caged ceramic ball bearing pivot action is just smoother than the phosphor bronze washers on the Bugout Mini. In hand the Banter feels better balanced. I have medium sized hands and I can get a full 4 finger grip on both but it just feels better to work with the Banter. From the factory the Banter came sharper than the Bugout Mini as well. Kind of like how Doug Ritter's RSK-mk1-g2 is a better version of the the current run of Griptilians, WE knives made something better than than the Bugout Mini. If you look at Ben Peterson's drawings of the prototype on his blog and saw how he begged for a Bugout Mini for years he had an axis lock type mechanism on his prototype. I'm glad WE Knives convinced him to agree to moving away from the axis-type lock on his personal branded knife. The liner lock on Banter is easy to release and when it locks up it looks like a nice 40%'ish lockup which is more reassuring for harder tasks (that you could reasonably expect from a knife this size). If you're mulling a choice between the Bugout Mini and the Banter, choose the Banter.
The fit and finish on the Banter is great. Occasionally I need to slightly tighten the pivot to get blade center after opening and closing a lot thru the week. I just find this is always in my pocket for all the small cutting task I do thru the day.
Incredibly happy with my purchase. Spent a lot of time researching knives online. And this one caught my eye. I loved the murdered out, compact and minimal design. Some people call it boring, but I think it looks plain awesome. Great fidget factor, awesome deep carry clip. Overall, I would recommend this knife to anyone as an EDC, especially if you're new to the knife game like me, you can't go wrong with this.
This is my second WE knife. Got it today in the mail and it is definitely going to get a lot of pocket time. The size is perfect and it opens like silk right out of the box. I love the weight and how discreet the color scheme is. Just Fantastic !!!!
This knife looks great. I really like it, however I feel it is a bit small. My hands are medium sized, yet this knife gets lost in my hands... If it was just a bit bigger, it would be perfect.
Just picked this up during cyber week and have handled it for a few hours. Fit and finish seem on point with the other WE and Civivi knives I own. Solid build quality, great centering, and a great edge. My only complaint is with the blue thumb studs. They are not even close to matching the vibrancy that's in the picture. Much lighter blue and they do not "pop" at all. A minor complaint, but if not for that I'd give this blade 5 stars so far.
There is a lot to love about this little knife, but it could use a few minor improvements. The action is smooth and super snappy. When I first opened the knife I thought that it might be spring assist, but no, just sooper smooth. It's also super sharp straight out of the box. The deep carry pocket clip is quite strong. I wasn't super happy that I had to slightly bend the clip to be able to get it to clip to my pant pocket. There is jimping on the back of the blade just below the thumb stud, but this is about 1.5-inches too low on the blade to be useful. It would be really nice if there was some additional jimping about an inch back from the tip. I'm also not a fan of liner locks, but that is a personal preference. All that said, I can see this knife sticking around in my regular rotation for quite a while.