For a good, but not quite custom level, tactical knife, Benchmade is one of the top companies in existence. They are not cheap or inexpensive in general, but for good quality, a variety of patterns and styles, and an array of steel types, Benchmade cannot be topped. Most of their models are in a tactical style, but there are a few that are more unique. Their Benchmade Griptilian model is one of the absolute best buys in a general purpose utility/outdoors knife. Its great design and moderate price make it an excellent working or outdoors folder. The Rukus and Skirmish, both now discontinued, were huge and strong folders capable of almost anything a folding knife should be able to do and a number of things that they should never do! If you wanted a folding fixed-blade, these knives fit the bill. The Rift is one of the new contenders in a similar class. The Benchmade 710 Mchenry and Williams is a large, yet slim and sophisticated pocket knife that will do the hard work, but still look great with a suit.
Benchmade offers several major classes of knives. The Gold Class knives are basically very fancy semi-custom knives with a correspondingly high price. Most are intended for collectors, although they are very useable. Blue Class knives are the normal hard-working knives of the bunch. They are all made in the United States, and are great values, although not inexpensive. Black Class knives are intended for military, police, rescue teams or other public service group. Most are available to the general public as well. There used to be a Red Class that was made outside of the United States, but these knives have either been eliminated or modified and made in the U.S.A. Many of the old Red Class models can be found in the H-D and H&K lines from Benchmade and represent excellent value!