The Benchmade 32-81 has all the features you look for in a collectable knife: Only 100 made, every kind of high end material you could imagine, and it's a butterfly knife—the Doberman Pinscher of the knife world that bites back if you handle it wrong. It just oozes elegance and danger. I love it.
The box is an onion, lots of layers. Inside the gold box is a black presentation case, inside that is a foam cover, underneath that is a protective pouch, and inside that is the knife.
Tucked into the box is a certificate of authenticity: signed, dated, and numbered to match the knife.
The knife is light but well balanced. Some might prefer a larger knife, but I think of the 32-81 as akin to a Swiss watch or a piece of jewelry: the small scale only makes it that much more precious.
The outer box is a slightly nicer version of Benchmade's basic sleeve box design. Apart from the gold color, it is only differentiated by some nice debossed text on the side; unfortunately, it uses the same fragile paper tabs that the basic boxes do. These very quickly fold away to nothing. Fortunately, the inner display box is much better. This is made of a thicker soft-touch material and has two magnetic living-hinge lids. Inside is a custom foam lining cut to the shape of the knife.
The knife is very well built. Flipping it open is silky smooth and very controllable. It feels dampened (in a nice way), although that may be a byproduct of the smaller size and lightweight carbon fiber handles. It doesn't "clink" the way its bigger brother the Benchmade Model 42 does. Think of a BMW car door - there's certain type of "thunk" that says: quality.
For a production knife, it doesn't get much better than this. Sebenza, eat your heart out. This is a true unicorn, a rare knife in an already niche category. It was a treat to own it for 10 years, and if the fact that it sold for twice its retail price is any indication, this is a very special knife.