Every Ben's knife is engraved with a number corresponding to when it was made in relation to the other knives. The form of the blade apparently makes it possible to recognize some of its properties (such as toxicity), while the sharpness may indicate in which period of the blacksmith's activity the knife was forged.
There are 288 different Ben's knives in total. The serial killer and blacksmith Benny Delon forged a unique knife for each victim he killed, showing that he had 288 victims. He put the knives up for sale in his storefront alongside his regular swords and other ordinary knives.
Ben's knives are known to be exceptionally sharp, enough to cut Silva Zoldyck's tough skin. At least one of them is imbued with a toxin so powerful that 0.1 mg of it can paralyze a whale. The aura of their forger remains in them about a century after his death.
Yorknew City arc
Gon and Killua discovered that these knives can be found by using Gyo to detect the aura Benny Delon unknowingly left on them. Killua explains that the knives are undervalued because of their creator's criminal history, but describes them as masterpieces that have their keen collectors. At the present time, the prices of the knives vary depending on the incised numbers, but each of them can be sold for at least 5 million.
Intertextuality and References
- In chapter 6 of the Me & Roboco manga, Bondo's mother is seen holding a Ben's knife (the same model Chrollo used).
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 85
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 98