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It's been 16 (almost 17) years since I got my first Benchmade Ares.
I've been obsessed since.
I don't know what it is about this knife.
Really when you look at it it has a lot of faults:
-Blade length to handle ratio isn't visually appealing.
-Fits my hand, yes, but it no guard to keep the hand from slipping onto the blade.
-Modified spear point isn't really too useful for most knife chores other than sticking it into flesh
-The heel of the spine is left exposed when the knife is folded, giving it a broken silhouette.

But still, there's something indescribable about the Ares that keeps me fascinated and interested in the knife. I have hundreds upon hundreds of knives, many have come into my collection but sold because I haven't found another pattern that can replace the Ares.

And the myriad variations that have been available. Maybe it's because--like relationships--it's the chase that is the most fun. But unlike many unhealthy relationships, I have yet to get tired of it after the conquest.

Here's my four EDC Ares. If you run into me, there's a 99% probability that one of these are in my pocket.

Top to bottom:
-An original 730SBT with ATS34 steel.
-A 732 with 154CM steel that was an exclusive batch made for Moteng North America--a sporting goods distributor.
-A heavily modified 732DTBT, one of 85 total made. It was in poor condition when I got it, stripped and etched the blade, reprofiled the edge, replaced the scales, screws, clip, and standoffs.
-A lightly modded 730 1303 that I got from a fellow member here. It was already used and sharpened, and the tan G10 had a small nick in it. I changed the screws to gold/bronze titanium that I flame anodized. The clip is a lightly ano'd titanium as well.




And the whole family.
I'm still missing a very rare 735 variant made for the California Fish and Game Wardens. I've only seen one owned by a fellow member at the BKC forum but another went on sale a month or so ago on ebay and I totally missed it. Sold for 200 bucks but I would've given triple that just to have it.




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No doubt you know what you like! :-D


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I looked for years for the rosewood and carbon fiber bolstered version. My wife let me over pay to get it. I love that knife. If I was rich I would own multiples and that would be an EDC. Nice collection.
 
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Impressive collection.

Bought my first Benchmade about 16 years ago as well, a 943 Osbourne. I like it because it's thin and carries easily. I've managed not to lose it after 16 years of EDC.

I picked up another 943 a few years later, but stopped at that point. I have a couple Griptillians which I use purely for utility since they are cheaper.
 
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There were a lot of Ares being produced when I got interested in Benchmades, but for some reason, I never bought one then. Now, the prices tend to be higher than I am willing to pay for clean examples.

I have to admire your persistence, Agony.




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Funny, back when they were still in production I spent all my search time looking for the rare limited variants and prototypes. My thought was that I'd eventually get the regular production models later on. Sadly when the Ares was discontinued the supply dried up quickly and the prices went up almost as quickly.




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I have one of the purple ones, always pissed at myself for getting it, as I liked the green handled one's better, but they all had the un-coated blade.


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I found a third 730-1303 (tan, limited edition, like one of the four that I edc) in a number that matches some of my other limiteds, so I'll be selling the one I bought originally.

If anyone wants a tan one, holler at me.




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I found an old beater Ares 735BT.
I had some custom scales made in black canvas micarta.
Etched and stripped the blade, blackened and aged the hardware. Then I re-did the edge geometry, removed the chips in the edge and then resharpened to a scalpel-sharp mirror finish.
Voila, a new Ares for the pocket.






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That looks cool!
The black micarta, etching and the aging are subtle, but add so much to it!

Looks like a grayscale photo but then realize it’s not.

Thanks for that



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Holy cow man, that's a lot of Benchmades!

Eek



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Originally posted by Skins2881:
Holy cow man, that's a lot of Benchmades!

Eek


And that's just the Ares. There are others.




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Are the new scales thinner than the factory ones? They look good.




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Very nice!




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Nice collection!



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Are the new scales thinner than the factory ones? They look good.

Yes, but not by much.




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What’s your next model to collect in a similar fashion?




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What’s your next model to collect in a similar fashion?


I'm not much of a collector as I am a hoarder. Nothing else really strikes my fancy, at least in regards to knives. The Ares is the only thing I've ever really obsessed about completing, although I do have a thing for Spyderco hawkbill knives. I may complete that collection sometime in the future.




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