Monday Night Knife Fights: Benchmade HF Ally Knife
Fifty Shades of FDE
I have a great appreciation for high end blades; that is, I like to pick them up at the store or a show and have a closer look. You will not find in my inventory of knives anything worth more than $75. The knife I’m writing about today costs less than half that. Back when I could afford high end knives, they became safe queens due to my fear of losing them.
I’m not a knife fighter. Knives, to me, are tools and are only utilized as weapons when all other options are exhausted. My knives, for the most part, are used to open packages and boxes with something that contains an item in FDE.
The last fancy blade I had (keyword: had) was a Benchmade Infidel OTF with a price tag close to $300. I carried it a lot for a few months, then it lived in my safe because I dropped it a few times and was terrified of losing it. I started to carry it again because what good is a tool if I’m not going to use it? Not long after its reinstatement, it became MIA. To this day, it hasn’t been found. It was a hard pill to swallow and since then, I set limits on how much to spend.
After researching replacement EDC knives, I chose to go with the Benchmade HK Ally Knife. You might be shocked to see that it isn’t in FDE. I’ve carried it since then, and it continues to serve me well. It’s a relatively small tactical folding knife when compared to others I had before, which makes it light and easy to carry.
Here are the specs:
Blade Length: 2.8″
Handle Thickness: 0.3″
Weight: 2.68 oz.
The AUS-8 stainless steel blade is half serrated, a feature I prefer in my blades because I don’t spend much (or any) time maintaining my knives. Serrations give me the ability to cut through objects, even when the rest of the straight edge gets dull. Like all Benchmade knives I’ve had, the Ally’s blade came sharp out of the box and still is, without me ever sharpening it. Benchmade has a life sharp program; they will sharpen your knife if you send it to them, something I might do in the future.
The feel and quality of the little folder is solid. The handle is one-piece 420J stainless steel. Once the blade is locked in place, there’s little play. The belt clip is rather large for a small folder but does its job well and hasn’t lost any tension over the years. My $300 Infidel’s clip, on the other hand, did poorly, and I lost it because the clip failed to secure it in my pocket. But enough with my bitterness. It’s gone.
Another feature I wanted to have was a glass breaker, which the Ally has. However, it is minuscule and has questionable effectiveness. I tried breaking an aquarium that was going into the trash and had some pathetic results with the glass breaker. Then again, my expectations were too high for such a little knife that barely fills my palm when folded.
Overall it’s a great EDC blade and I plan on carrying it until the day I lose it. When that day comes, I’ll be a lot less upset than I was losing its predecessor. The HK Ally Knife has since been discontinued but you can still find them new online. If you’re looking for a high quality blade at a great value, it’s a great choice.
-Fifty Shades of FDE
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