As every reviewer has the obligation to say, “What iiiiiiis up, guys?!”. In an ode to Ben Petersen, former marketing guy at BladeHQ, I just feel the need to throw out the infamous intro he used in Knife Banter YouTube series. Ben definitely had his hands on more knives than most of us ever will, and with the 8 years of industry networking, he teamed up with WE Knife to make his personally designed knife, the Banter.
Wait…so anyone can design a folding knife these days? Surely that’s reserved for those industry legends like Hinderer, Reeve, Glesser, Onion, Sinkevich and those newer Danish sounding dudes like Anso and Voxnaes? Well, mostly yes. But Ben’s debut experiment here has proven that most anyone can conjure up a basic design and partner up with one of the low cost (aka Chinese) producers who can spin up some CAD files and pump out 200 units or so with remarkable efficiency. Okay well maybe not anyone but you get the idea.
What we’re seeing here is another step forward towards increased democratization of an industry that was once dominated by a handful of giant players. Of course it’s one thing to bring a knife to market but it’s another to have it be a success. A quality product obviously helps but the marketing effort plays a role here too and Ben is no stranger to that.
They are a little more critical of the knife than I was in my print review in the August issue. I really didn’t find the small handle that problematic, precisely because it is tall and slab like. I found that it gave me enough purchase to use the knife comfortably.
But I can see each of their points, pro and con, having tested this knife thoroughly myself.View Linked Article