Back in 2007 representatives from Benchmade were attending the 2007 Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Georgia—the home of the U.S. Army Ranger School. The Best Ranger Competition is an Olympic-level military competition, in which only the very best trained and physically conditioned Spec Ops troops participate. At the competition was Major Jeff Struecker, who served in the US Army from 1987 to 2011, most of that time with the Rangers. Major Struecker, then a squad leader, took part in the battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, made famous by the movie Black Hawk Down. He also served in Operation: Just Cause in Panama, Operation: Desert Storm, and Operation: Iraqi Freedom. To top that all off, he won the Best Ranger Competition in 1996.
Major Struecker had been a fan of Benchmade for a long time, always deploying with at least one of Benchmade’s knives. Shane James, who works at Benchmade and is a former Ranger, was a medic with Struecker in Mogadishu. James is the man who introduced Struecker to the folks at Benchmade, and Struecker asked if Benchmade would consider working on a knife project to help raise funds for the Ranger Assistance Foundation.
You can just see the oil impregnated bronze washers that make opening and closing the 275 Adamas folder so smooth and easy. The open construction of the 275 makes it easy to clean, if any dirt or sand gets into the handle.
Part of the Ranger Creed is that they will “never fail their comrades” and they will “never leave a fallen comrade.” This extends to the family members of wounded or fallen Rangers. The Ranger Assistance Foundation’s President is another Ranger Neal Gentry (Ret.), who was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in its first year back in 1993.
STEVE WOODS PHOTO Back in 2007 representatives from Benchmade were attending the 2007 Best Ranger…
by Fred Demara / May 1, 2012