What you're looking at is a one-of-a-kind collector's dream piece! I sent pictures of this to Benchmade headquarters where the guru's could take a look at it, and the same guys who were sipping tea with old Ernie Emerson back in the day had only heard of this piece, and had never even seen it!
They did however validate that it is an official Benchmade product, but it is the prototype to the titanium blade that even has the thumb disc custom welded on instead of screwed on. This is a truly unique original that is quite frankly priceless to the right owner! Sorry to see it go, but I've been out of work for quite some time and can't justify holding on to it. Hope the new owner appreciates it for the absolute piece of artwork and history that it is!
Note to all prospective buyers, please make serious offers only. And to those contacting me with such ignorant statements like one recently advising me that "these aren't that rare", you clearly don't realize that they only made 1,000 titanium blades all together, and according to BENCHMADE HQ not me! , this was likely the very first titanium prototype, of which they said they MAY have made up to 5 originally, but this is the only one they've ever had come across their doorstep, so IF they made more, it's very unlikely there is another mint condition one like this anywhere on the planet.
Well, I dont have much info to pass along on this knife other than it is very rare, basically a one of kind knife! So again, if you don't see the value of something so clearly unique in Benchmade history, please feel free to go back in your cave, grab a beer and slice of leftover pizza, and waste your time trolling on some forums about it, but please don't waste any more of mine, thanks! Thanks for understanding, I just don't want any problems down the road.
The item "ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL BENCHMADE Emerson CQC7 ST Prototype COMPLETELY UNIQUE" is in sale since Friday, June 3, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Folding Knives\Modern Folding Knives\Factory Manufactured".The seller is "pricejh" and is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.