The Benchmade Knife 3000 Automatic Folder Mel Pardue Satin Plain Edge. The 3000 automatic is a discontinued model designed by Mel Pardue. Side opening, coil spring. Satin finish standard edge blade ATS-34, Stainless steel clip. Has not been in circulation for many years. There is wear on the black finish of the scales, but the blade appears almost brand new with just minor blemishes near the tip.