Benchmade Boguszewski Spike Automatic Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on July 17th, 2010

The Phil Boguszewski designed Benchmade Spike is one of the most iconic early models in Benchmade’s history, available in both an automatic and manual version. The Benchmade Spike was a simply designed knife with a thin spearpoint almost dagger-like blade.

This is the automatic version, which uses a simple button firing mechanism and button lock. The knife is perfectly symmetrical when opened, giving it the look of a dagger, and earning its namesake. You will notice that the pivot is off-centre which makes the blade stop portion of the tang to be exposed when the knife is in the closed position. This makes the closed knife not look as nice as many others.

The blade on this Benchmade model 1000 is ATS-34 stainless steel, fully flat ground to a razor sharp edge. The aluminum handle is machined, and annodized black. At the time these knives were made, the quality is quite exceptional, however newer machining quality has improved in USA made knives.

The Butterfly logo has the old “Bali-Song” text written on it instead of the newer “Benchmade” text, and instead has Benchmade U.S.A. written underneath it. This knife was from the old days when Benchmade knives were all made in the U.S.A.

The knife handle does not offer much grip, even with the fluting in the sides, which does help some, but does not help at all with forward grip and retention, which are important with a stabbing motion, something this knife should be good at.

However, its a cool design, with a great iconic look that most people recognize and appreciate. The Benchmade Spike is a great collectors knife, and not so much an EDC knife. Like most of Benchmade’s older products, however, it does have very good fit and finish.

Blade Length: 3.625″
Overall Length: 8″
Weight: 3.4oz
Blade Steel: ATS-34
Handle Material: T6 Aluminum

2 Responses to “Benchmade Boguszewski Spike Automatic Knife”

  1. William Matthews Says:

    I have one of the early manual Benchmade Boguszewski Spike (small version) knives and I was wondering if anyone knows who can restore the handles on this knife to their original condition from everyday pocket wear. Also, does anyone know the value of this knife? I agree that this is a great knife but it does have it’s limits. I use mine as a “defensive” option and don’t use it for any “utility” work. It sharpens easily and holds a razor sharp edge very well. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  2. corwin99 Says:

    Not an easy knife to get replacement handles for. You’d probably have to approach a custom maker that does that kind of work but it would cost more than the knife is worth likely..

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