Benchmade Deploys An Ultra-Exclusive Rose Damasteel And 24K Gold Saibu Knife

Nov 17, 2020

Category: Gear

Unveiled in the Spring of 2018, Benchmade’s 486 Saibu was a mid-sized folder designed by renowned Japanese knife maker, Seiichi Nakamura that featured a unique design with a drop point 20CV blade and G-10 handles with Cocobolo inlays. And though the original Saibu has since been discontinued, Benchmade has now opted to revive the Japanese-American folder, this time delivering an ultra-top-shelf, ultra-limited-edition version of the Saibu from the Oregon City outfit’s prestigious Gold Class.

Inspired by Japan’s traditional ornate temple shrines, the new model 486-201 Saibu retains its predecessor’s dimensions, measuring 6.79” when open and barely tipping the scales at just 2.70oz. The 2.98” plain drop point 20CV blade has been replaced with a Rose pattern Damasteel construction, which is now mated to an ivory G-10 handle with crimson G-10 inlays. The elite blade steel upgrade is complemented via 24-karat gold-plated hardware, a gold-plated AXIS locking mechanism, and a gold-plated thumb-stud with a matching crimson inlay. The back-spacer also sports gold-plated inlays and even the lanyard loop is plated in the precious metal. Appropriately translating to “details” in Japanese, the Saibu’s Gold Class-spec is limited to only 250 units worldwide. Slated for a release just in time for the holidays around the weekend of December 11, the Benchmade 486-201 Gold Class Saibu is priced at $750.

Purchase: $750

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