Sometimes, you need a big knife that is capable of doing almost anything you may need done in the outdoors or in rough working conditions. Benchmade always has at least one big, tough hard-working (but still very sophisticated) knife and one of the current variations is the Benchmade 950 Rift. In the recent past, the models that fit this bill best were the recently-discontinued Rukus and the Skirmish, both of which had a blade slightly over 4″ and were very strong knives. Since neither of these models are produced any longer, the Rift is one of the best options currently available from Benchmade.
The Rift has a 3.67″ long reverse tanto blade, so it is definitely not a small knife, although not as large as the Rukus and Skirmish. The blade shape is unusual and, while it may take a while to get used to it, the reverse tanto is a very useful blade. I don’t like it quite as well as a drop point, but it does the job just fine. The Rift has a good 154CM blade, which is an excellent overall steel, identical to the Griptilian. It utilizes the axis lock, which is the best lock available in my opinion. The blade action is somewhat tight when new – it loosens correctly for most people quickly, but a few users have reported that they could never get the action like they wanted. The thumb stud works well, but for me, takes a little practice. Once you get used to the action, the Rift opens like butter. The handles are constructed of textured G10 and it has reversible tip-up pocket clip. The Rift is a very solid feeling knife! Models are available with a coated black blade or an uncoated blade.
Everyone has different priorities and requirements for a knife, but if you have need for a very tough tactical folder and don’t mind paying a little for it, the Rift would be an amazingly good choice!