The Benchmade Proper 318-2 is the first ever slipjoint made by Benchmade. You open this gentleman's knife with two hands and it doesn't have a lock: a slipjoint. Ideal as a stylish gentleman's knife that won't scare anyone. Think of peeling an apple or cutting a nice juicy steak. In addition, a slipjoint can legally be carried in many places in Europe.
This version of the proper got quite the upgrade. The blade is namely made from premium S90V-steel, and the handle from carbon fibre. The S90V steel ensures that the blade retains its sharpness for a long time. Only few types of steel can beat that. The blade has a classic design. The contours in no way resemble the rest of the modern Benchmade range. The clippoint blade you see here might remind you of the classic Barlow-style traditionals. Within this category of slipjoints you won't find a lot of pocket knives enhanced with such a great type of steel. In addition, many enthusiasts will appreciate that Benchmade gave the Proper a stop-pin that prevents the spring from closing. It definitely fixes a problem many had with other simple slipjoints.
The handle is made from carbon fibre. This material is incredibly light and very strong. Because of the braided fibres a carbon fibre handle often has a three-dimensional effect. A nice detail are the bronze-coloured PVD-coated steel liners. These might remind you of the messing liners you often see on many traditional gentleman's knives.