Benchmade has swung for the fence again with another of their products for 2009–the NimCub II. It’s due out in the next few weeks. Actually a more tactical design having been put together in collaboration with military airbone personnel, we still see great potential for the NimCub II as an outdoors knife. Its compact size makes it an easy knife to pack for the ultra-light people, yet it still retains all the best qualities of a fixed blade. It comes with a fitted sheath we are told can be attached to different types of gear which would make this a great companion for whether you’re a day hiker or a through-hiker. It has a deep finger guard that allows for a strong grip to be had, and it boasts a blade made of 154CM steel–one of our favorites! We’ve been told that Woods Monkey has been added to the list for a demo unit so we can give our readers a hand-on review of this great-looking new product.
With an MSRP of about $135.00 U.S., it’ll actually hit the streets for a little bit less. As some would say, “Black is in when it comes to knives”, I can’t help wondering what this gem would look like with a high visizibility handle in orange/red and with a regular satin blade finish instead of the black coating. It might be a more appealing product to the regular outdoors recreation crowd. But, beauty comes through in function, and soon, we’ll have a good idea of what role it can play in the backcountry!