Benchmade Damascus Steel and Gold 'Proper' Is a Premium Gentleman's Knife

Take your EDC game to the next level with this blinged-out blade.
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Benchmade's $150 Bugout folding knife is already featured on many of 2020's everyday carry roundups, but the Oregon-based company's Limited Gold Class 319-201 Proper seeks to take "modern gentleman's knife style to 11." 

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From front to back, the tricked-out tool features a 2.82-inch steel sheepsfoot blade crafted from Munin-patterned Damascus steel and embossed with the brand's logo, a wood grain-like composite Mokume bolster, and a black woven Micarta handle. Jeweled liners and 24K-gold plated hardware round out the luxe design. 

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Hi Consumption reports that the blingy edition elevates Benchmade's Proper 319 while maintaining its weight, dimensions and slip-joint locking mechanism. 

While that base model is readily available for $150, the Limited Gold Class version's production is capped at 500 examples that'll cost $1,000 a piece when they go on sale in early March. 

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If you're looking for an EDC Damascus steel pocket knife that's in a more reasonable price range, France's Deejo sells tattoo-style models that can be heavily customized for $80 or less online. On the other end of the spectrum, this diamond-encrusted "Platinum Mamba" from Sandrin Knives and Cabot Guns will run you an eye-watering $150,000. 

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Visit Benchmade's website to get a jump on the Limited Gold Class 319-201 Proper's drop with an email reminder.