Five of the Best Benchmade Folding Knives

Benchmade is known for their high quality knives that do not disappoint. At this point in time, you can get almost any style of knife from Benchmade; however, this was not always the case. When this company started they were making balisong, or butterfly, knives and that is how they became known as a company. Because of this, their logo is a butterfly. They still have fantastic butterfly knives, but they also have fantastic knives of every style. Today I have put together a list of the five most popular, best rated, and most liked knives that they have produced.

 

The 940 Osborne:

Benchmade 940BK Osborne
Benchmade 940BK Osborne

This Benchmade knife is one of the best options that you can get. Many people consider this the best Benchmade knife around. To design this knife, Benchmade co-designed it with Warren Osborne, who is an expert when it comes to everything cutlery. This knife is similar to the Griptilian, but it is smaller and lighter. The Osborne has a blade length of 3.4 inches and only weighs 2.9 ounces. This knife was first designed with S30V stainless steel, which holds an edge for a long period of time and is easy to sharpen, but to give you exactly what you want you can get the Osborne in Benchmade’s variety of steels. The tanto blade is a plain edged knife. The Osborne sports an anodized aluminum handle. This is how the knife is so light, but you don’t have to sacrifice any of the sturdiness for the lost weight. To help with sturdiness and durability, the handle boasts stainless steel liners. The Osborne has a dual thumb stud which makes this an ambidextrous opening knife. Plus, it has Benchmade’s Axis locking system and a reversible pocket clip. This knife can be modified for any of its users. As an added bonus, this knife is made in the United States of America.  You can find a full selection of Benchmade Osborne knives here at BladeOps.

Pros of the 940 Osborne knife:

  • This knife is extremely light because of the anodized aluminum handle.
  • The original S30V stainless steel knife is sharp and durable.
  • The blade is easy to sharpen.
  • If you don’t want the original steel, you can personalize this knife and get a variety of different steels.
  • This is originally a straight edged knife, but you can get it in a combo edge.
  • Stainless steel liners add durability to the handle.
  • Ambidextrous knife.
  • Made in the USA!

Cons of the 940 Osborne Knife:

  • Some people like a heftier knife for their everyday carry.
  • The included pocket clip can feel a little large and not sleek.

 

The Griptilian:

Benchmade 550-1 Griptilian
Benchmade 550-1 Griptilian

Like previously mentioned, the Griptilian knife is very similar to the 940 Osborne, the biggest difference between the two is that the Griptilian is just a little bit larger. Just like the 940 Osborne, this is one of Benchmade’s most popular knives. This knife only weighs 3.25 ounces, which is the perfect weight for an everyday carry knife. It isn’t too light and it definitely isn’t too heavy. The blade is 3.45 inches long made out of 154CM stainless steel. This steel holds an extremely sharp edge. Plus, you can get this blade in a straight edge or a combo edge, giving each user their personal favorite. What truly sets this knife apart from the others is the handle, which is a glass-filled nylon with stainless steel liners. The stainless steel liners offer extra durability. The handle is textured providing a very secure grip, making it perfect for heavier duty tasks. This knife features the Axis lock system, which securely locks the blade in an open position, which is another reason that it is such a good option for heavy duty jobs. This knife is an ambidextrous knife because you can open it from either side and switch out the pocket clip. You can also get a mini version of the Griptilian if you love the knife but don’t need it to stand up to such big tasks. All of the Griptilian knife options are made in the USA and you can get yours here.

Pros of the Griptilian knife:

  • This is an ambidextrous knife.
  • The 154CM stainless steel holds a crazy sharp edge.
  • Can get the blade in straight edge or combo edge.
  • The handle is super durable.
  • Only weighs 3.25 ounces—perfect for EDC.
  • This knife can stand up to the heavier duty tasks that it is faced with.
  • You can also get a mini version of the Griptilian.
  • Made in the USA!

Cons of the Griptilian knife:

  • The texture on the handle is rougher than it needs to be and can tend to scratch up your hand.

 

The 275 Adamas:

Benchmade 275BKSN Adamas
Benchmade 275BKSN Adamas

While many users of this knife as their everyday carry, but it can definitely be considered as a tactical blade. The blade on this knife is made out of D-2 steel. The blade is thick, yet flat, and extremely sharp. This knife has been known for holding its edge for crazy long periods of time. The blade features a drop point silhouette. A very unique aspect of this knife is the handle. It is made out of G-10, but it has three holes drilled into it. These holes are there to reduce the weight of the handle, but you keep the strength and durability of the G-10 material. The three holes also give you great grip. Along with the holes, the chunky-ness of the handle also help with grip. Because of how chunky this knife is, this is a great option for people with bigger hands, or if you have to wear gloves during your tasks. Another fantastic feature of this knife is that it comes with a reversible pocket clip. Because of how the pocket clip is designed into the handle, your blade will always be tip up while using the pocket clip.  The full line of Adamas Folders can be found here.

Pros of the 275 Adamas knife:

  • This knife has a chunkier design, making it perfect if you have to wear gloves while using this knife.
  • Is an ideal option for everyday carry or your tactical knife.
  • The blade is crazy sharp.
  • Three holes drilled into the G-10 handle, making the knife lighter, but you don’t have to sacrifice the sturdiness of the G-10.
  • Reversible pocket clip.

Cons of the 275 Adamas knife:

  • The handle is very chunky, which makes it a poor fit if you have smaller hands.
  • This is a bigger option for an everyday carry knife.

 

The 810 Contego:

This knife gets its name because Contego is the Latin word for “shield” or “protect”. The knife was designed after those two words. You can get this blade in black or gray and Benchmade has made different styles of this specific blade. Some of the styles are a combo edge, a coated blade, or a combo and coated blade. So really, you can get exactly what your heart desires. The blade is a reverse tanto style that is 3.98 inches long of CPM-M4 steel. This is actually a pretty large knife, when it is open it is 9.28 inches long and weighs 5.92 ounces. The knife can be opened with either hand, because of the ambidextrous thumb stud. The handle also sports a carbide glass-breaker, which makes this a great knife to always have on you. It can really get you out of any situation. The handle, like many Benchmade knives, uses the Axis locking system, which is a very sturdy locking system. The handle is actually very thin, measuring in at barely over half an inch, which takes away some of the weight and space that this knife would take up.

Benchmade 810BK Contego
Benchmade 810BK Contego

Pros of the 810 Contego knife:

  • The CPM-M4 steel is very durable and you can get it in black or gray.
  • Benchmade has released multiple versions of the blade, so you can pick all your favorite aspects for your blade.
  • The knife is ambidextrous, because of how the knife opens.
  • Sports a carbide glass-breaker.
  • The knife is a very large knife, but not heavy because of the thin handle.
  • Sports the Axis locking system.

Cons of the 810 Contego knife:

  • Some people don’t like how large the knife is, especially for everyday carry.
  • Because of how large it is, it can be hard to use for longer periods of time.

 

The 915 Triage:

Benchmade 915 Triage
Benchmade 915 Triage

The 915 Triage is much more than a knife, in fact, it is a superior safety tool. This knife was designed for emergency responders, but I believe that this is also a fantastic everyday carry knife. This knife is a beefier knife, measuring in at an overall length of 8.2 inches and weighing 5.1 inches. The blade is 3.5 inches long of N680 stainless steel. Benchmade then heat treated the steel, because this process adds toughness and lets the steel keep the edge for much longer. Plus, by doing this heat treatment, it makes the steel easier to sharpen when needed. The handle is made out of G-10, which you can get in black or safety orange, and also sports stainless steel liners. The liners add some weight to the knife, but it mostly adds durability and strength. The G-10 handle doesn’t look like anything special, but extreme texture has been added to the handle to give you fantastic grip. The handle is larger than some other handles, giving you a better grip, even during stressful or high intensity situations. The knife features a deep carry pocket clip, which lets it sink lower into your pocket, but you will still be able to grab it easily when needed. This pocket clip is reversible, so you can carry it ambidextrously. So far, this seems like a stellar knife, but we haven’t even gone over the extra features on this knife. The 915 Triage has a safety cutter that folds out of the handle with a hook on the end. Plus, on the butt of the handle, there is a built in carbide glass breaker.  Find the full line of Benchmade Triage knives here.

Pros of the 915 Triage knife:

  • The steel on this blade is heat treated to add toughness, edge holding abilities, and makes the blade easier to sharpen.
  • You can get this knife in black or safety orange.
  • The stainless steel liners in the handle add weight and durability.
  • The extreme texture on the handle and the larger handle size give you great grip.
  • Ambidextrous knife.
  • Features a safety cutter and a glass breaker.
  • Fantastic for emergency responders.
  • Has Benchmade’s Axis locking system.

Cons of the 915 Triage knife:

  • If you are looking for a simple knife, this does have a lot of extras.
  • The knife doesn’t look like anything special when you first see it—it has a very simple design.
  • The knife is one of your larger knife options, some might not like it for an everyday carry knife.
  • The larger handle size is not ideal for people with smaller hands.
  • This is not a good knife for intricate detail work.

 

Conclusion:

When Benchmade first hit the market back in 1979, they were solely producing high end butterfly knives and their company name was Bali-Song. These knives were a hit and Bali-Song became popular. They changed their name and started producing other styles of knives and Benchmade was born. Even though they were once known for their butterfly knives, they are now known for all of their knives. Benchmade is a trusted brand that people can rely on. Each of their knives is carefully thought out and designed to give you everything that you need. With so many fantastic knives to choose from, it is hard to know which one would work best for you. I made this list of the five most popular, well-known, most liked or best rated knives. The five best include: the 940 Osborne, the Griptilian, the 275 Adamas, the 810 Contego, and the 915 Triage. These knives all are great options, but each vary from the other. Some are made for safety purposes, some are designed to be tactical, some are ideal for everyday carry knives. I’m hoping that these descriptions and the pros and cons of each of these options help narrow down which knife you want and which Benchmade knife will work best for you. Truly, almost any Benchmade knife is going to be a reliable knife.

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A Brief History of Benchmade Knives

Benchmade Knives
Benchmade Knives

The Benchmade company started in California in 1979 and was known as Bali-Song. This all began when company founder Les de Asis wanted a knife that had a higher quality than the ones he used as a kid. His goal was to use the newest materials and manufacturing technologies to replace the poorly made butterfly knives, or Bali-Songs, that were found on the market at that time. As the company’s logo and first name reflected, Benchmade was primarily known for manufacturing butterfly or balisong-style knives. To this day, the company continues to manufacture their patented Bali-Song butterfly knives. His goal became a reality when, after using his high school shop skills, Les went to the local gun store with his prototype. After a pleasant response from the owner asking him to make more, the company began. From this humble beginning, the company went on to become known as the Pacific Cutlery Corporation.

 

-Fact: Bali-Song was the first company in the United States to manufacture the butterfly knife. This claim to fame is one of many that Benchmade can claim.

 

It was during this time that the Pacific Cutlery Corp found themselves in some trouble. Though the company under this name was short-lived, the company reorganized and launched themselves under a new name and with a new knife. Renamed as “Benchmade” the company now had the quality control of a “factory-made” product while maintaining the personalized care of a “handmade” knife. Benchmade had redesigned the knife that started them off in the first place. The Model 68 gave the company just what they needed to boost them into the powerhouse of a company they are in the knife industry today.

 

-Fact: The Benchmade Headquarters is located in Oregon City, Oregon.

 

Benchmade is made up of several different product lines that serve different purposes. Over the years, they have included the Red class, Blue class, Black class, Gold class, Hunt series and H&K knives.

Though no longer in existence, the Red class was primarily made overseas and featured more affordable knives. The most popular knives of this class found their way into the different classes and are still available for purchase.

Benchmade describes their Blue class knives as being “like your best friend.” This class contains typical everyday carry knives. As far as Black class knives go, you will find those equipped onto the belts of the professionals. This professional class is favored by policemen, emergency response teams, and others because of the quality of this class.

Next is the Gold class. This royal class features some of the rarest materials and often come in unique designs. These knives are primarily meant for show and tell. You wouldn’t want to take these beauties into the woods. What you would want to take into the woods is a knife from the Hunt series. According to Benchmade, these knives are “built from advanced materials usually reserved for spaceships and surgical equipment.” These hunting knives are built for durability and reliability while out on the hunt.

Last and certainly not least is the H&K knives. For more than a half-century, Heckler and Koch (H&K) has been a leading designer and manufacturer of military, law enforcement, and civilian firearms. Their commitment to quality, innovation, and safety makes them an industry leader in reliability and technology. Their partnership with Benchmade has been a great asset for both parties.

 

-Fact: Benchmade has produced a unique type of locking and firing mechanism called the AXIS lock. This can be found on several models of knives.

 

Of the several different knife classes by Benchmade, there are many which are notable for their quality, performance, and design. One of such is the Benchmade Infidel. The Infidel is an Out the Front auto that many find favorable. With its unique design, this powerhouse of a knife is a great choice for professionals and for everyday use. Another popular knife is the Griptilian. This model has many variations that give a wide variety of people to enjoy this knife. Similar to the Griptilian is the Barrage, another popular Benchmade product.

 

After many hardworking years by this company, you are within reach of a high-quality product. You cannot go wrong with owning a Benchmade knife. It will last you a lifetime. Here at BladeOps, we always highly recommend getting one of these beauties. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a Benchmade today.

 

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Benchmade Protagonist Fixed Blade Knife Review

Benchmade Protagonist Knife
Benchmade Protagonist 167 and 169 Fixed Blade Knives

Among the work of Benchmade’s in-house designers, a family of two new fixed-blade knives stand out as exemplars of what the company’s Black Class series of knives strives to accomplish. This product line fulfills the needs of active duty military, first responders, law enforcement, and enthusiasts whose active lifestyle requires a knife with the ability to double as both a tactical blade and an outdoor companion.

 

New for 2016, the Benchmade Protagonist family incorporates models 167 and 169, designated for the good guys: Law enforcement and military personnel. For civilian users, the Protagonist family fits in with needs of the user who’s active outdoors, perhaps in a professional capacity, perhaps purely for enjoyment. These two new Protagonist knives offer strong fixed blades, comfortable grippy handles, and the flexible convenience of built-in compatibility with the MOLLE attachment system.

Blade Profile

The Benchmade Protagonist family includes two blade profiles, each represented by a separate model number. Model 167 features a tanto-point blade, and model 169 uses a drop-point shape. Other than their profiles, these two models offer identical functionality, including full-tang fixed blades.

 

Benchmade’s Model 167 Protagonist uses a tanto-point blade shape with an angled point like a chisel, forming a secondary edge at an angle of between 60 and 80 degrees relative to the rest of the primary cutting edge. This angled point offers great strength as a piercing tool that can tolerate interaction with hard materials. Because the tanto-point blade features a flat cutting edge, the lack of curve, or belly, limits the knife’s usefulness as a general utility tool for slicing.

 

Benchmade’s Model 169 Protagonist relies on a drop-point style blade shape, so named because its spine drops toward the tip in a convex curve, placing the point below the level of the spine. The drop point ranks among the most popular blade profiles on the market, along with the clip point style. Unlike the tanto-point of model 167, the drop-point incorporates a curved cutting edge with enough belly to make the knife a capable slicing tool. The relatively broad blade tip sacrifices piercing utility for strength. This blade style offers all-purpose usefulness because of the high degree of control the user can exert over the knife, particularly over its point.

 

On both Benchmade Protagonist models 167 and 169, jimping grooves machined into a gentle thumb rise that leads out of the handle give the spine of the blade a place for the thumb or fingers to develop greater gripping pressure when you hold these knives in a conventional position. Both blade shapes incorporate a swage near the spine to reduce blade thickness.

 

Each of the two basic models in the Benchmade Protagonist family comes either with a plain blade edge or with a set of serrations on the left side occupying just under half the width of the blade. The presence of the letter “S” in the model number indicates the inclusion of serrations on the cutting edge. Models 167SBK and 169SBK include serrations, also known as rip teeth, to facilitate the completion of chores that involve cutting through fibrous materials. From rope, paracord, and string to wood, rip teeth increase the blade surface available to the material and function like a series of tiny individual blades. The area between serrations compresses the material, enabling the user to bear down on a knife and cut material that otherwise might fray instead.

 

Benchmade’s LifeSharp limited warranty enables any purchaser of its genuine products to send a knife back to the company’s Oregon headquarters for assessment, refurbishment, and resharpening, although the sharpening service does not cover the serrated portions of blades.

Blade Finish

Both the Benchmade Protagonist models 167 and 169 feature black blades with a Cerakote coating. The result is a dramatic reduction in glare and overall visibility, rendering the Benchmade Protagonist knives virtually invisible in low light because of their lack of reflective glare. The presence of the letter “B” in the full model numbers of these knives indicates the black coating applied to their blades. Unlike some Benchmade knife models and families, the Protagonist does not come with the option of a satin finished blade.

 

To identify and personalize your Benchmade Protagonist knife, choose Benchmade’s optional lasermarking service and add text, graphics, or both to the blade. The cost of this service varies depending on what you want to engrave. You can opt for lasermarking at the time you purchase your knife, or return the product to Benchmade at a later date to add your message. The process makes the personalization a permanent part of the blade, and uses the same type of laser that applies the Benchmade logo and other identifying marks during the manufacturing process.

Blade Steel

Benchmade selected 154 CM stainless steel with a hardness of 50 to 61 HRC for the blades of the Benchmade Protagonist family. This high-carbon steel is a U.S.-made product of Crucible Industries of Syracuse, New York, a pioneer in high-quality steels for various industries, including automotive parts, toolings, bushings, valve parts, and bearings. 154 CM represents a refinement upon the classic 440C alloy, offering greater hardness, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance that 440C does.

 

The alloy chemistry for 154 CM incorporates 1.05% carbon, 14% chromium, 0.50% manganese, 4.00% molybdenum, and 0.30% silicon, with a hardness of 58 to 61 HRC. Carbon, chromium, manganese, and silicon promote hardness, which measures resistance to impact using a diamond-tipped test instrument driven into samples of a material. To express the resulting assessment, manufacturers rely on the Rockwell Hardness Scales, specifically the C scale for knife steels, which use arbitrary numeric designations. Hardness trades off with toughness, the measurement of damage resistance to phenomena such as chipping and breakage. Additionally, knife steels’ specifications include assessments of wear resistance, corrosion resistance, and edge retention.

 

Wear resistance represents the ability to withstand two types of wear: Abrasion, which results from the friction generated by contact with a rough surface; and adhesion, in which bits of material transfer as a result of contact between surfaces. Wear resistance typically correlates with hardness. Carbon, manganese, and molybdenum contribute to increased wear resistance.

 

Corrosion resistance consists of the ability to minimize, avoid, or delay the oxidation response to liquid, salt, or other forces and substances that come in contact with a steel in its environment. Despite the label “stainless steel,” no steel alloy actually can avoid displaying the results of oxidation completely, but some steels offer better resistance than others. Specific minimum levels of chromium content qualify a steel as stainless steel.

 

Edge retention measures how well a blade holds its sharp edge in active use. Despite its obvious relevance to knife performance and its objective-sounding name, this assessment actually relies on subjective judgments. Corrosion resistance and edge retention exist on a continuum on which one drops when the other increases, just as hardness and toughness interact. Molybdenum contributes to edge retention.

Handle Materials

EMS Group, a Swiss-headquartered multinational company that operates 26 production locations in 16 countries, manufactures the polyamide material used as the basis of the handle fabrication for the Benchmade Protagonist family. Better known as nylon, polyamides include substances that can substitute for metal. EMS Group’s Grivory product provides a highly strong, stiff engineering plastic that resists humidity, moisture, and chemicals. Grivory retains its shape and surface appearance without warping, despite exposure to the environment. Grivory GV is a lightweight metal substitute with mechanical and thermal properties that match the specifications of some metal alloys, including the aluminum often used in knife handles.

 

Benchmade states that the form of Grivory it uses contains at least 50% fiberglass, which matches up with the specifications for Grivory GV-H. Suitable for injection molding or extrusion, Grivory GV-H is a heat stabilized amorphous polythalamide that can create parts to precise tolerances. In the handles of the Benchmade Protagonist family, olive drab Grivory matches up with black Versaflex for a contrasting two-color handle scale design.

 

Versaflex is a thermoplastic elastomer that can be overmolded onto a substrate such as a rigid plastic. It enhances grip for a softer, more comfortable knife-handling experience that increases ergonomics and reduces hand stress. Versaflex resists oil and abrasion, developing a tough bond on nylon grips. To apply Versaflex, the typical manufacturing process relies on injection molding. Most commonly, the process begins when a part is placed into a mold so Versaflex can be injected over it. Alternatively, multiple material molding uses special equipment that allows for the injection of more than one material during a single production process. The overmold adds a soft surface that gives the knife handle a rubbery feel.

Handle Design

The handle scales on the Benchmade 167 and 169 Protagonist family attach with only two Torx screws, one near each end of the handle. A forefinger groove in the handle belly continues in one flowing curve into the shape of the front choil milled into the blade itself immediately past the handle. The gently curved handle belly accommodates the remaining fingers. At the butt of the handle, a small projection incorporates the lanyard hole. At the front of the handle scales, the machined slope of the handle design transitions between the two colors and materials used in manufacturing.

Sheath and Mounting Hardware

As fixed-blade knives, neither member of the Benchmade Protagonist family includes a pocket clip. The 167 and 169 Protagonist both include a MOLLE-compatible sheath and a MALICE clip, and can accept optional Tek-Lok hardware.

 

The Benchmade Protagonist family sheath design includes the slots and grommet-reinforced attachment holes necessary for MOLLE/PALS attachment. The sheath itself is injection molded in black with two removable components, including a ballistic nylon belt loop and a locking strap.

 

MOLLE, or Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment, provides an attachment system used to incorporate equipment and storage sheaths onto gear manufactured with PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing. This system of horizontal rows of webbing provides a base on which to strap or clip compatible items. Sewn on at one-inch intervals, the PALS webbing holds items in place without the need to fasten them onto a belt or clip them in a pocket. MOLLE provides an ideal way to attach a knife sheath to the pack or vest that’s part of your tactical gear. MOLLE attachment products started out as armed forces equipment provided to NATO and comparable gear supplied to law enforcement.

 

Tactical Tailor’s MALICE clips resemble fat, wide cable ties. They snap lock onto PALS webbing and disconnect with a tool such as a screwdriver or knife. Using these clips enables you to avoid the time-consuming complexities that result when you must unmount an item from a belt using conventional slide-on loops, in which case you also must remove every item that precedes the one you want to reposition. Fabricated from injection molded plastic that offers advanced resistance to temperature extremes and corrosion, the clips come in two sizes. Long MALICE clips fit across three rows of PALS webbing, whereas the short version span two channels. You also can use a MALICE clip to attach a piece of gear in belt-loop style. The Benchmade 167 and 169 Protagonist each include one long MALICE clip.

 

The Benchmade Protagonist family also accommodates the Blade-Tech Tek-Lok belt loop mounting system designed for sheaths and holsters. This optional attachment product can enable you to carry the Benchmade 167 or 169 either vertically or horizontally. This locking piece of hardware fits belts from 1.25 inches up to 2.25 inches wide, and includes the posts, screws, and sound-silencing spacers necessary for attachment. Molded press handles on the sides of the Tek-Lok unlock the belt mount, which uses a lock bar for security.

Knife Dimensions and Weight

Both the Benchmade 167 Protagonist and the Benchmade 169 Protagonist share critical dimensions and other equivalent specifications. The knives measure 9.12 inches long overall, with a blade length of 4.54 inches, a handle thickness of 0.54 inches, and a weight of 4.23 ounces.

Other Observations

If you’re a member of the armed forces, a law enforcement officer or other first responder, or an outdoor enthusiast who needs a rugged, dependable knife with the handle comfort to accommodate long periods of use, either of the two knives in the Benchmade Protagonist family will meet your needs. Depending on the types of chores and tasks you need a knife to fulfil, choose either the tanto-point or the drop-point blade profile.

 

 

 

167 Protagonist

 

169 Protagonist

 

Weight 4.23 oz. 4.23 oz.
Overall length 9.12″ 9.12″
Closed length N/A N/A
Blade length 4.54″ 4.54″
Blade thickness 0.124″ 0.124″
Handle length 4.58″ 4.58″
Handle thickness 0.54″ 0.54″
Handle material Grivory with Versaflex overmold Grivory with Versaflex overmold
Handle color Two tone black and olive Two tone black and olive
Blade material 154 CM stainless steel 154 CM stainless steel
Blade hardness 58-61 HRC 58-61 HRC
Blade style Tanto-point Drop-point
Blade grind Flat Flat
Blade finish Black (167BK and 167SBK) Black (169BK and 169SBK)
Blade edge type Plain (167BK) or serrated (167SBK) Plain (169BK) or serrated (169SBK)
Pocket clip N/A N/A
Opener Fixed blade Fixed blade
Sheath material Black injection molded with tension screw, ballistic nylon removable belt loop, and removable locking strap Black injection molded with tension screw, ballistic nylon removable belt loop and removable locking strap
Benchmade product class Black Black
User Right-handed or left-handed Right-handed or left-handed
Best use Outdoor, tactical Outdoor, tactical
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices 167BK and 167SBK: $155 169BK and 169SBK: $155
Extras Large MALICE clip included Large MALICE clip included
Options Compatible with Tek-Lok attachment system Compatible with Tek-Lok attachment system
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Benchmade 928 Proxy Knife Review

The Benchmade 928 Proxy fits into the well-respected Oregon knife-maker’s Blue Class of products. Along with the company’s Black Class, aimed at armed forces personnel, law enforcement, public safety workers, and others with demanding performance expectations, the Blue Class lies at the heart of Benchmade’s offerings. Within the Blue Class, Benchmade’s products fulfill the day-in, day-out objectives of people who rely on knives to support their work, hobbies, and recreational enjoyments. Like many of the products in the Blue Class, the Benchmade 928 Proxy makes a rewarding choice for people with everyday, outdoor, and tactical needs.

 

Benchmade 928 Proxy
Benchmade 928 Proxy Knife

Benchmade extends the design reach of its in-house team through partnerships with leading custom designers. The products that result from these collaborations expand Benchmade’s palette of materials and innovations into exciting new realms of knife technology. The Benchmade 928 Proxy represents one of the fruits of those collaborative efforts.

 

The form and function of the Benchmade 928 Proxy come from the artisanal craft of designer Warren Osborne. With 17 designs in Benchmade’s 2015 catalog, including Blue Class and Black Class products, Mr. Osborne exemplifies his commitment to quality and the benefits of his broad experience as a custom designer in every knife he creates. The 928 Proxy stands as one of Warren Osborne’s two Benchmade designs introduced in 2016.

 

Warren Osborne grew up in the farming and ranching business, with three brothers who shared his interest in blades. Among the four of them, they amassed a substantial collection of cutting tools. Along with using knives, Mr. Osborne demonstrated an early interest in making them as well. He crafted his earliest creations using materials salvaged from other bladed objects, including saws of various kinds, as well as from found pieces of steel.

 

Working as a ranch hand in Australia and a horse trainer in the U.S., Mr. Osborne turned his interest in knife making into a pastime, using an electric drill and a file to form and sharpen his designs. When Mr. Osborne transformed his spare-time avocation into a career, he began producing pocket knives, joining the Knifemakers’ Guild in 1985 as a probationary member one year after he turned knife making into his full-time profession. From the pocket knives with which he began his career, he branched out to creating interframes as well.

 

His devotion to the quality of his designs, the standards to which he holds his hand finishing work, and the elegance of his creations also emerge in the production designs he creates for Benchmade. From his studio in Waxahatchie, Texas, he creates knives that are meant to be used as well as appreciated. His Benchmade 928 Proxy features a modern look built from the combination of outstanding materials.

 

Blade Profile

The drop-point blade of the Benchmade 928 Proxy forms a downward curve toward its point. Part of the strength of a drop-point blade derives from the convex profile it presents. In use, a drop-point blade behaves much like a clip-point design, but the extra thickness at the tip of the knife makes the drop-point less suitable as a piercing tool than a clip-point knife would be. Drop-point blades are single edged.

 

On the Benchmade 928 Proxy, a generous back extension of the blade helps protect the user’s hand from sliding onto sharp steel. A small semi-circular indentation called a choil defines the beginning of the cutting edge of the blade.

 

You can opt for the Benchmade 928 Proxy with a plain edge or one that’s partially serrated. The serrations appear on the left side of the blade and occupy only a portion of the cutting edge.

 

Blade Finish

Unlike some Benchmade designs, the 928 Proxy comes only with an uncoated satin blade finish. The Benchmade butterfly logo appears on the left side of the blade, with the name of the knife’s designer and the designation of its steel alloy inscribed on the right side.

 

If you’d like to personalize your Benchmade 928 Proxy with text or graphics that either identify it as yours or commemorate something special in your life, Benchmade’s optional lasermarking service can add a message or image to your knife using the same permanent inscription process that adds the company’s logo to its blades. This service carries an additional charge. No need to make up your mind in advance of purchase, however, as you can opt for lasermarking after you receive your knife.

 

Blade Steel

For 2016, Benchmade introduces four knives, including the Benchmade 928 Proxy, that feature blades made from Crucible Industries’ CPM 20CV steel alloy. CPM 20CV is a high-carbon (1.90%) premium stainless steel that typically contains 20.0% chromium, 4.0% vanadium, 1.0% molybdenum, 0.7% silicon, 0.6% tungsten, and 0.3% manganese, with a hardness that measures 59 to 61 HRC on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. The addition of vanadium increases toughness, along with wear resistance, and boosts edge retention. Molybdenum also contributes to edge retention and tungsten to wear resistance. Silicon increases hardness and resistance to pitting. Manganese promotes hardness, wear retention, and tensile strength.

 

Five qualities quantify and describe the performance of the steels used to create knife blades. Hardness measures how well a steel or other material resists the force of an implement called an indenter that’s driven into it on a test instrument in the lab. Toughness, a less-standardized measurement than hardness, describes damage resistance, including the ability to bend rather than break, and to avoid chipping and cracking in use. Toughness and hardness exist on a continuum, so an increase in one of these two properties signals a corresponding decrease in the other. Wear resistance represents the ability to avoid the two forms of wear: Abrasive, which occurs when a surface encounters a material rougher than itself; and adhesive, in which material transfers from one surface to another. Hardness tends to correlate with wear resistance. Corrosion resistance refers to the ability to tolerate exposure to environmental elements without developing oxidation. Finally, edge retention stands as a subjective assessment of how well and how long a blade remains sharp despite seeing consistent service in use.

 

Along with serving as a material for knife blades, CPM 20CV also sees use in the fabrication of injection molding and food processing equipment. Thanks to CPM 20CV’s healthy inclusion of chromium, this alloy offers outstanding corrosion resistance that makes it an ideal choice for use in environments that present metal-hostile elements, including wetness as well as saltiness. CPM 20CV also ranks highly for its edge retention. Despite CPM 20CV’s vanadium content, the alloy’s toughness lags slightly behind that of other steels. Nonetheless, it shows high resistance to the kinds of lateral stresses that can flex a blade until it breaks.

 

The abbreviation “CPM” stands for Crucible Particle Metallurgy, a patented manufacturing process proprietary to Crucible Industries of New York. The traditional, time-tested methods of conventional steel production start when the metal melts in an electric arc furnace. The molten metal is refined in a secondary decarburization step before it moves from furnace to ladle and into the molds that form it into ingots. Molten steel remains a homogeneous mixture of the composite elements in an alloy, but as traditionally manufactured steel cools down, its granular structure becomes coarse and segregated. Additional processing can overcome some of the effects of this microstructural change, but in high-carbon steels and those with multi-element alloy formulations, segregation continues to cause degraded mechanical properties.

 

To overcome these limitations, Crucible’s CPM process replaces the molding step with one in which the molten steel sprays through a small nozzle. High-pressure gas breaks up the metal into tiny particles that solidify quickly, forming minute droplets. Even after they cool, these miniature spheres turn into a powder that retains the homogeneity present in the metal’s molten form. Within this powder, every particle constitutes its own individual ingot.

 

The final steps in CPM production take place in sealed containers that undergo exposure to pressure and to temperature roughly equal to the heat required for conventional forging. Under pressure, the tiny ingot-particles bond together into a steel with a finely grained, homogeneous microstructure. Compared to traditionally produced steels, CPM steels exhibit improved wear resistance, reduced chipping, easier sharpening and resharpening, and consistent behavior in response to heat treatment.

 

Although its CPM 20CV blade means that the Benchmade 928 Proxy may require infrequent sharpening, its alloy may present a sharpening challenge for the less-experienced knife user or those who lack the necessary sharpening tools. Under the terms of Benchmade’s LifeSharp warranty, you can send your knife back to Benchmade’s Oregon headquarters for sharpening (and refurbishment, if it demonstrates wear) at the hands of dedicated expert technicians, provided that you include the original bill of sale and prepay for shipment.

 

Handle Materials

The handle of the Benchmade 928 Proxy combines two high-tech materials into one integrated design. With one scale fabricated from G10 laminate and the other from 6AL-4V titanium, the knife melds two distinct appearances together to create a handle that offers the best of both substances.

 

Fabricated of contoured G10 in desert tan, the left scale of the Benchmade 928 Proxy incorporates a molded-in checkered texture for improved grip, with a smoothly chamfered surface on much of the side of the scale. G10 consists of continuously woven glass fabric that’s soaked in an epoxy resin, molded under high pressure, and baked into its final form. The resulting lightweight composite demonstrates a marked degree of hardness and strength. It resists liquids, demonstrating a virtual imperviousness to water that makes it a first-choice material for the fabrication of printed circuit boards. G10 also resists chemicals, humidity, and the kinds of flexing that can damage other materials.

 

Benchmade crafts the left scale of the handle of the Benchmade 928 Proxy from milled and sandblasted billet 6AL-4V titanium. This highly strong, lightweight, corrosion resistant alloy sees wide use in the medical industry because of titanium’s compatibility with human tissue and bone. 6AL-4V also earns high marks for its ability to provide critical weight reduction in aircraft, aerospace, automotive, and marine parts and equipment without compromising structural integrity.

 

Handle Design

The Benchmade 928 Proxy uses the company’s patented monolock design. In a monolock or framelock knife, a slot cut in the left scale of the handle transforms part of that scale into a lock bar that engages behind the the blade to hold it open. To close the blade, you press the lock bar back toward the handle until it resumes its original position. In the Benchmade 928 Proxy, thrust bearing washers support blade movement. An adjustable lock face enables you to customize exactly how far the blade opens before the monolock engages.

 

Including the blade pivot, the Benchmade 928 Proxy assembles with five Torx screws. The design does not incorporate a lanyard hole because the feature would fall in the same area as the pocket clip attachment. A wide, gentle forefinger groove, enhanced by the size, shape, and position of the blade’s back extension, leads back to a handle butt with no rear quillon. Chamfering on the sides of both scales yields additional support for the fingers.

 

Pocket Clip

A stainless steel split arrow pocket clip, polished but not painted, provides a tip-up carry position for the Benchmade 928 Proxy. The clip attaches with three Torx screws. It offers a reversible design to accommodate either right- or left-hand pockets and right- or left-handed users.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weight

With its blade open, the Benchmade 928 Proxy measures 8.85 inches long. Closed, it measures 5.09 inches, the same as the length of its handle. The blade itself measures 3.87 inches long and 0.150 inches thick. At the handle, the knife measures 0.5 inches thick. It weighs in at a mere 4.86 ounces.

 

Other Observations

Whether you choose the Benchmade 928 Proxy to use as an everyday carry, to support outdoor work or play with a tool that can handle anything from bushcraft to dressing game, or as a tactical weapon for military personnel, law enforcement, or public safety workers, you’ll derive exceptional use from this outstanding Warren Osborne design. Its light weight, rugged materials, exceptional edge retention, and high level of corrosion resistance make it easy to carry and maintain.

 

 

 

928 Proxy

 

Weight 4.86 oz.
Overall length 8.85″
Closed length 5.09″
Blade length 3.87″
Blade thickness 0.15″
Handle length 5.09″
Handle thickness 0.5″
Handle material Desert tan contoured G10 and 6AL-4V titanium
Handle color Tan and titanium
Blade material U.S.-made CPM 20CV stainless steel, Crucible Industries
Blade hardness 59-61 HRC
Blade style Drop-point
Blade grind Flat
Blade finish Satin (928 and 928S)
Blade edge type Plain (938) or serrated (928S)
Clip Reversible stainless steel split arrow tip-up pocket clip
Lock mechanism Monolock
Sheath material Sheath sold separately
Benchmade product class Blue Class
User Right handed or left handed
Best use Tactical, outdoor, survival
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices 928 and 928S: $295
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Benchmade 119 Arvensis Fixed Blade Knife Review

Thanks to Benchmade’s tradition of pairing up with world renowned custom designers to offer production knives that uphold traditions of innovation and material excellence, the company has brought many popular product models to market bearing names familiar to those who study the work of artists and artisans in the field of knife making. The 2016 Benchmade lineup is no exception.

 

Benchmade 119 Arvensis
Benchmade 119 Arvensis

Custom knife maker Shane Sibert of Gladstone, Oregon, became involved in the art and business of designing knives after spending time at the Benchmade shop as a teenager. His knife making career began in 1994 and became his full-time profession 10 years later. Most of his designs represent fixed-blade models.

 

Benchmade’s 2015 lineup incorporates six examples of Shane Sibert’s work, including the Blue Class 757 Vicar clip-point liner lock, the Blue Class 162 Bushcrafter and 162-1 Bushcrafter EOD drop-point fixed blades, the Black Class 275/2750 Adamas family drop-point manual and automatic AXIS locks, and the Black Class 375 Adamas drop-point fixed-blade family with serrated spines.

 

The Benchmade Blue Class supports the needs of recreational users who want reliable, durable everyday carry knives suitable for work and play. The Benchmade Black Class aims at fulfilling the expectations of professional users, from armed forces personnel to police officers and other first responders. These knives and tools also meet with approval from recreational users who subject their tools to the kinds of heavy use that typify professional implementation.

 

With the Benchmade 119 Arvensis, new for 2016 and positioned within the Benchmade Black Class, the company introduces a Shane Sibert design meant for tactical, outdoor, and survival use. Arvensis, a Latin adjective that means “in the fields,” also appears as part of the scientific names of various plants and birds, which makes a highly suitable appellation for a knife that will see plenty of use in the great outdoors. The 119 Arvensis represents a fixed blade with heavy duty reliability, poised to stand up to the challenges of surviving in the wilderness or in the line of fire.

 

Blade Profile

With a clip-point or slant-point profile, the Benchmade 119 Arvensis displays a blade shape that represents a variant of the normal or straightback profile. A clip-point knife handles in a manner reminiscent of a drop-point blade, but the thinned area at the clipped part of the spine yields a weaker point than a drop-point blade offers. The flat clip point of the Benchmade 119 Arvensis forms a diagonal that stretches across roughly half the front-to-back dimension of the spine of the blade. The swage on the clipped area of the Benchmade 119 Arvensis creates a false edge.

 

The Benchmade 119 Arvensis incorporates a full-tang blade that projects at full thickness beyond the butt of the knife handle to provide a persuader (sometimes known as a talon or skull crusher) that offers an additional striking surface. The persuader features unsharpened serrations that increase the knife’s ability to chop, pound, or strike when you hold it in a reversed grip. The shape of the persuader constitutes a direct extension of the geometry of the butt of the knife handle.

 

Benchmade offers the 119 Arvensis in versions with a plain edge or one that also includes a series of serrations, or rip teeth, on the left side of the blade just in front of the handle. Rip teeth make quick work of tasks that involve cutting rope, string, paracord, or other fibrous materials. Look for the letter “S” in the model number to identify the versions of the 119 Arvensis that include serrations. Models 119S and 119SBK incorporate this feature on blades with different finishes.

 

On the cutting edge of the blade of the Benchmade 119 Arvensis, you’ll find a choil positioned in front of the front quillon of the handle and just behind the blade’s serrations (if you opt for a version of the knife that includes them), or the beginning of the sharpened edge of the blade if you choose a version of the 119 without serrations.

 

Blade Finish

The Benchmade 119 Arvensis comes with either a satin-finished blade or one with a black coating. Look for the letters “BK” in the model number, designating the coated version. Models 119BK and 119SBK incorporate this feature on blades with plain and partially serrated edges respectively.

 

To personalize and identify your knife, Benchmade’s optional lasermarking service can add text, graphics, or both to the blade of the 119 Arvensis. This service also can be applied to the handles of some Benchmade knives, but not to the 119 Arvensis because of the materials and surface texturing used in its contruction. Benchmade adds its butterfly logo, patent numbers, custom designers’ names, and steel alloy designations to its blades with the same laser engraving process used to apply customers’ text and graphics. The laser leaves a distinctively contrasting area on coated or uncoated steel as a permanent part of the blade surface.

 

Blade Steel

For the full-tang blade of the 119 Arvensis, Benchmade chose U.S.-made 154 CM stainless steel from New York’s Crucible Industries. The modern-day Crucible Industries traces its history back to 19th-century England and forward to a 13-company merger among crucible steel companies at the beginning of the 20th century. Crucible’s involvement in the production of knife steels began at the turn of the 21st century, and drew on the company’s history in producing alloys for use in the automotive industry as well as in more exotic applications, including the implantable artificial heart designed by Robert Jarvik.

 

For Benchmade, Crucible provides a 154 CM alloy that incorporates enough carbon (1.05%) to qualify the result as a high-carbon steel. At between 58 and 61 HRC on the Rockwell Hardness Scale, 154 CM can take a pounding without sustaining damage. The alloy’s 14% chromium content qualifies it as a true corrosion-resistant stainless steel, and means the alloy offers additional hardness beyond what carbon confers. 154 CM owes its edge retention to 4.0% molybdenum, which also contributes to high-temperature strength. With 0.50% manganese, 154 CM exhibits hardness, tensile strength, and additional wear resistance. At the same time, 0.30% silicon promotes hardness and helps protect against pitting. 154 CM sees close comparisons to 440C, a long-popular stainless steel alloy with 3.5% more chromium and no molybdenum. In that comparison, 154 CM wins the edge retention crown thanks to its addition of molybdenum, and holds its own in the corrosion resistance department despite its lesser chromium component.

 

Heat treatment spells the difference between a stainless steel with a well-regarded name and a knife blade that lives up to the performance characteristics of that alloy. Benchmade’s carefully developed secret heat treatment recipes enable the company to produce blades that offer the toughness, hardness, and edge retention you expect.

 

Despite its excellent edge retention, even 154 CM requires periodic sharpening, although the Benchmade 119 Arvensis may not need this kind of attention for a long time after you acquire it, even in heavy use. If you want to return your 119 Arvensis, or any Benchmade knife, to its factory sharpness, take advantage of Benchmade’s LifeSharp warranty. Ship your knife back to Benchmade and let the technical specialists in the company’s Oregon headquarters sharpen it for you, with the exception of the serrated portions of any blades that include rip teeth.

 

Handle Materials

An ideal knife handle offers light weight, keeps its shape regardless of environmental temperature, resists humidity, moisture, and chemicals, and provides overall strength and durability. For the 119 Arvensis, Benchmade selected G10, an industrial-grade laminate composited from layers of continuously woven glass fabric soaked in epoxy resin. After placing the fiberglass/resin mixture in a mold and subjecting it to high pressure to make it take its working form, the composite undergoes a baking process that gives it its final hardness and strength. This same composite material forms the basis for many printed circuit boards and other electrochemical components, in part thanks to its moisture resistance.

 

Handle Design

The handle of the Benchmade 119 Arvensis incorporates large, nearly symmetrical front quillons to protect your hand from sliding forward onto the cutting surface of the blade. At the butt of the blade, an asymmetrical rear quillon assists in maintaining grip and in facilitating the use of the knife in a reversed position. The belly of the handle features a long, smooth curve that accommodates the width of four fingers. The handle includes a molded in checkerboard texture that helps increase and support your hand’s grip. At the top and bottom edges of the handle, smoothly machined edges keep your hand from developing fatiguing hot spots if you work with the knife for long periods of time.

 

Tube pins made of flared titanium fasten the handle scales to the full blade tang, and give the side of the knife handle its distinctively punctuated appearance. Inserted into the handle under heavy pressure, these titanium tubing fasteners provide lightweight strength through a material with corrosion resistance. They keep the handle scales from separating away from the blade tang under heavy lateral forces. You also can use the tube pin holes as lanyard holes and lashing points.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weight

The Benchmade 119 Arvensis measures 11.72 inches overall, with a blade length of 6.44 inches and a handle length of 5.28 inches. The handle measures 0.75 inches thick; the blade, 0.193 inches.

 

Sheath Material and Configuration

Benchmade fabricates the sheath for the 119 Arvensis from Boltaron PVC/acrylic material. Boltaron offers superior resistance to cracking in cold environments, outdoing even Kydex in that regard, and displays a high degree of imperviousness to impact force and abrasion. This fire retardant, rigid, thermally formed plastic comes from the manufacturer in sheet form. Although Benchmade chose an appropriate basic black for the sheath of the 119 Arvensis, Boltaron makes this thermoplastic in an unlimited range of colors, patterns, and metallic surfaces, with 16 standard textures as well as custom options. Along with knife and gun sheaths, Boltaron’s implementations include components for aircraft, rail car, and mass transit interiors.

 

With the sheath of the 119 Arvensis, Benchmade introduces what it quite rightly describes as an innovative attachment system. When you attach a belt-mounted sheath using slots through which you thread your belt, you can’t simply attach and reposition the order of your gear. Instead, you must slide each item off your belt until you reach the one tool sheath you want to remove. The sheath of the Benchmade 119 Arvensis solves that problem.

 

The Boltaron sheath attaches with two Chicago screw posts to a patented AMSPRO Belt Mounting Clip made in the U.S. by American Sportsmen’s Products of Hubbard, Oregon. The clip, which comes with the sheath, incorporates a locking gate that fits over any belt up to 2.25 inches wide. The gate slides over the back of the belt and locks in place. When you press on the two releases positioned at the bottom of the clip lock and pull up a tab, the mounting clip opens so you can remove the case to which it’s attached without having to remove any other gear from the belt first. To adjust the height at which the sheath and the Benchmade 119 Arvensis sit, simply adjust the position of the Chicago screw posts.

 

To mount the AMSPRO Belt Mounting Clip and the attached Boltaron sheath to MOLLE straps, secure the clip to PALS webbing the same way you would lock the clip onto your belt.

 

The repositionable Chicago screw posts can attach to either face of the sheath, making the combination suitable for right- or left-hand use. Depending on how you orient the Belt Mounting Clip, you can attach clip, sheath, and knife horizontally or upside down. To secure the knife in a variety of carry positions, the AMSPRO Belt Mounting Clip includes a reversible tension strap. The AMSPRO Belt Mounting Clip measures 3.25 inches long by 1.5 inches wide.

 

The sheath incorporates a quick-release snap closure. Slots and grommet-reinforced holes around the perimeter of the sheath accept lanyards and lashings for extra stability and alternate attachment points.

 

Other Observations

Shane Sibert intended the Benchmade 119 Arvensis to feel light in the hand despite its imposing size. Achieving that kind of balance requires careful attention to the location of the center of gravity of the knife, placing weight either toward the front to facilitate cuts that require assisted pressure, or farther back to keep the knife comfortable in lengthy use.

 

Benchmade and Shane Sibert kept the design and appearance of the 119 Arvensis simple and straightforward. The modern, clean lines, uncluttered handle, and the distinctive look-through appearance of the flared titanium tube pins that secure the handle scales all add up to a big, bold statement in a knife that can save the day wherever it you take it.

 

Like its smaller cousins, the 162 Bushcrafter and 162-1 Bushcrafter EOD, which debuted in 2015, the Benchmade 119 Arvensis is meant to appeal to those who want to experience the outdoors without carrying an extensive set of tools. Its heavy duty design gives it the rugged ability to withstand abuse out in the wild, in survival situations, or in tactical scenarios. If you were waiting for a bigger version of the Benchmade Bushcrafter knives, the 119 Arvensis may be just what you hoped for. With the addition of the AMSPRO Belt Mounting Clip, the Benchmade 119 Arvensis gives you what you want in terms of carry options, too.

 

 

 

119 Arvensis

 

Weight 11.74 oz.
Overall length 11.72″
Closed length N/A
Blade length 6.44″
Blade thickness 0.193″
Handle length 5.28″
Handle thickness 0.75″
Handle material Black contoured G10 with surface texture
Handle color Black
Blade material U.S.-made 154 CM stainless steel, Crucible Industries
Blade hardness 58-61 HRC
Blade style Clip-point
Blade grind Flat
Blade finish Satin (119 and 119S) or black (119BK and 119SBK)
Blade edge type Plain (119 and 119BK) or serrated (119S and 119SBK)
Clip AMSPRO Belt Mounting Clip
Lock mechanism N/A, fixed blade
Sheath material Black Boltaron
Benchmade product class Black Class
User Right handed or left handed
Best use Tactical, outdoor, survival
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices 119 and 119S: $200; 119BK and 119SBK: $215
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Benchmade 320 Precinct Knife Review

Benchmade collaborates with a roster of leading names in the design profession to produce knives that present fresh perspectives in materials and mechanisms. These knives feature the best of Benchmade’s manufacturing processes, quality control, and marketplace presence, giving custom designers access to a wider customer base and enabling Benchmade to offer new design ideas in a production package.

 

In 2011, Benchmade partnered with three designers whose initial work for the company debuted at the SHOT Show in January of that same year, including Butch Ball, Paul W. Poehlmann, and Bill Harsey, Jr. Of these three designers, Butch Ball remains associated with Benchmade.

 

Currently based in Floyd, Virginia, Butch Ball became fascinated with the design and production of knives when he was still in his youth. In 1990, while he was living in Florida and working in a machine shop, Mr. Ball began creating knives himself based on his own designs. After relocating to Virginia, Mr. Ball built his own workshop and resumed the craft of knife building in 2001. His custom work features exotic decorative materials including pearl and abalone. His work include folders, flippers, fixed blades, and tactical blades, with one-of-a-kind blades as well as limited editions. For Benchmade, Mr. Ball’s first collaborative design resulted in a push-button clipped-point knife that could serve either as a fixed blade or as a dagger. Along with knives, he also loves American bulldogs.

 

Benchmade reserves the designation Black Class for a series of knives dedicated to meeting the demanding needs of armed forces personnel, law enforcement, public safety, and civilians interested in a no-compromise blade for tactical or everyday carry use. The company’s Blue Class provides EDC knives for work, hobbyist use, and recreation. Within both classes, some blades represent the design work of Benchmade’s own in-house personnel, whereas other products result from the company’s partnership with noted custom designers.

 

Benchmade 320 Flipper
Benchmade 320 Precinct Flipper Knife

In Benchmade’s 2015 product lineup, Mr. Ball’s work consisted of the Blue Class 300 Axis Flipper, an AXIS-Lock drop-point knife with a textured G10 handle and 154 CM stainless steel blade. For 2016, Benchmade’s Black Class includes the Butch Ball designed 320 Precinct, also built as a flipper suitable for tactical use or as an everyday carry.

 

Blade Profile

With compact dimensions and a light overall weight, the Benchmade 320 Precinct incorporates a blade with a drop-point profile. The spine of the blade curves downward toward the tip in a convex shape that adds strength. Because this blade shape includes a belly, or curve, along the cutting edge, it effectively offers more cutting surface and greater cutting capabilities than it would with a flatter-edged shape.

 

When you deploy the blade of the Benchmade 320 Precinct, jimping grooves on the subtle thumb rise located on the spine of the blade next to the end of the handle offer traction without digging into your fingers. The blade includes an ample curved back extension that triggers the opening mechanism. This extension arcs in a shape that matches the curve of the forefinger groove on the handle. Jimping grooves run from the pointed forward tip of the back extension almost all the way around the curve that nestles into the forefinger groove.

 

The Benchmade 320 Precinct comes either with a plain flat ground edge or with a set of rip teeth, or serrations, occupying roughly half the length of the open blade. These serrations offer additional cutting power to handle fibrous materials, including rope, string, paracord, and wood. Look for the letter “S” in the model number to indicate the serrated option. Models 320S and 320SBK include serrations.

 

Blade Finish

Choose your Benchmade 320 Precinct with either of two blade finishes. The standard satin finish shows off the sheen of uncoated stainless steel. With a black coating, the blade reflects less light and, as a result, may offer a slight stealth advantage in a tactical situation. The designation “BK” at the end of the model number indicates a black coated finish. Models 320BK and 320SBK include black coated blades.

 

Benchmade 320 Knife
Benchmade 320 Precinct Knife2

Blade Steel

Benchmade crafts the blade for the 320 Precinct from 154 CM stainless steel, an American-made premium-grade alloy produced by Crucible Industries of New York. With roots in 19th-century England as well as in the United States, Crucible produces a roster of super steels along with more than noteworthy but less exotic stainless steels such as 154 CM, which is widely used in knife production. Along with 1.05% carbon, this high-carbon alloy’s formula includes 14.0% chromium for tensile strength and hardness as well as for corrosion resistance; 0.50% manganese for hardness, tensile strength, and wear resistance; 4.0% molybdenum for high-temperature strength and edge retention; and 0.3% silicon for hardness and protection against pitting. 154 CM’s hardness measures 58 to 61 HRC on the Rockwell Hardness Scale.

 

154 CM constitutes an upgraded version of 440C, another popular stainless steel, with better edge retention than 440C can offer thanks to the addition of molybdenum, and equivalent corrosion resistance despite containing 3.5% less chromium than 440C.

 

Many aspects of 154 CM’s performance depend on heat treatment. Benchmade has developed proprietary heat treatment recipes for each of the steel alloys it uses, enabling each metal to develop the molecular structure that produces the desired toughness and other attributes. With 154 CM, the outcome of Benchmade’s process displays good hardness and edge retention.

 

If keeping a fully sharp edge on your Benchmade 320 Precinct challenges the extent of your sharpening skills and tools, remember that Benchmade offers a lifetime sharpening service as a part of its LifeSharp warranty. Simply ship your knife prepaid and insured to Benchmade’s Oregon headquarters, along with proof of purchase and your original bill of sale, and Benchmade’s technical specialists will disassemble, clean, refurbish, and sharpen your knife. Note that the sharpening service does not cover the serrated portions of knife blades.

 

Handle Materials

Introduced in the 1950s, G10 consists of an extremely durable industrial-grade fiberglass laminate composite that assumes its final form through molding and heat exposure. To create it, the manufacturer soaks continuously woven glass fabric in an epoxy resin and forms the combination into its final shape in a mold exposed to heavy pressure. After baking, the resulting part exhibits a high degree of hardness and strength in a material that’s also very light in weight. During the molding process, G10 can be formed with checkered texturing that gives gripping surfaces the ability to develop additional friction in the hand, making a G10 knife handle easy to grab and hold. G10 also maintains a resistance to water, humidity, and liquids, and keeps its form in changing environmental conditions. Because of its virtual imperviousness to water, G10 provides the substrate on which many printed circuit boards are built. G10 can be machined to tight tolerances for use in electrochemical manufacturing. The black coloration used in the handle for the Benchmade 320 Precinct represents G10’s most common appearance.

 

For a tactical folding knife such as the Benchmade 320 Precinct, G10 makes an ideal choice as a handle material because of its strength, durability, dimensional stability, environmental and chemical resistance, light weight, and its ability to assume any desired form during the molding process. Despite its decades of availability, G10’s performance characteristics make it a forward-thinking choice for the new 320 Precinct.

 

Handle Design

The Benchmade 320 Precinct incorporates an ergonomic finger relief handle with a forefinger groove into which your index finger naturally positions itself as you grasp the knife. The belly, or curved bottom edge, of the handle, suits the curves of the fingers whether you hold the knife conventionally or reverse your grip. Instead of grooves for the individual fingers past the index finger, the belly of the Benchmade 320 Precinct handle provides a shared curve for the remaining digits. This enables the knife to suit a variety of hand sizes without positioning the fingers awkwardly and uncomfortably or forcing the pinky finger off the handle. A front quillon protects the hand from sliding forward off the handle onto the blade when you use the knife in a stabbing motion or bear down hard to apply considerable force. The quillon’s effect is magnified by the back extension of the blade that extends below the quillon and shares the same curvature.

 

The handle of the Benchmade 320 Precinct features a textured surface on both outer edges of the scales, but not on the spine or finger edge. This subtle checkering improves your grip without introducing hot spots that consistently rub at and irritate your hand. A mere three Torx screws secure the knife together, further reducing the feel of hardware under your fingers.

 

In a handle fabricated from G10, the introduction of surface texture requires no complex machining or milling, as the checkering becomes an integral, permanent part of the surface of the material when it is molded. The edges of the Benchmade 320 Precinct’s handle include smooth machined curves that introduce subtle chamfering. The handle design features an open look that shows off the contrast between textured and machined surfaces.

 

If you prefer to carry your knife on a lanyard or paracord, or to attach a dummy cord to make it more difficult to misplace, take advantage of the lanyard hole positioned near the end of the handle on the Benchmade 320 Precinct.

 

Pocket Clip

The Benchmade 320 Precinct offers you the option of carrying it either in a right- or a left-hand pocket, thanks to its reversible tip-up deep-carry steel clip. The black painted pocket clip fastens with Torx screws, as does the rest of the knife’s construction.

 

Liners and Locking Mechanism

Benchmade uses 410SS stainless steel for the liners of the 320 Precinct’s handle. This low-carbon alloy features a high percentage of chromium. Its chemical composition promotes hardness, tensile strength, and corrosion and wear resistance. Depending on how it’s fabricated, 410SS can incorporate 0.080% to 0.150% carbon, 11.50% to 13.50% chromium, up to 1.0% manganese, up to 1.0% phosphorus, up to 1.0% silicon, and up to 0.030% sulfur. This basic stainless steel excels in the fabrication of parts that must withstand high stress. Its typical applications include fasteners, turbine blades, kitchen utensils, and valve parts, as well as knife handles. The liner lock in the Benchmade 320 Precinct must be able to endure repeated movement back and forth during the processes of opening and closing the knife, which validates the choice of a stainless steel capable of tolerating high stress as the material for the liners.

 

Liner lock knives operate similarly to the mechanisms employed on monolock designs, except that the handle liner, not the handle itself, serves as the lock that holds the blade open. On a monolock knife, the lock is an integral component of the handle itself. A slot or cut in one handle scale enables part of the scale to engage behind the tang of the blade and prevent it from closing.

 

To disengage the liner lock on the Benchmade 320 Precinct so you can close the blade, press the lock toward the left side of the handle with the edge of your thumb until the lock becomes truly parallel with the interior of the handle. The deployment mechanism uses thrust bearing washers. Despite the smooth action and speedy movement of its blade, the Benchmade 320 Precinct qualifies as a fully manual action knife.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weight

The Benchmade 320 Precinct weighs in at a mere 3.42 ounces. Open, the knife measures 7.78 inches long; closed, it measures 4.48 inches. The blade runs 3.30 inches long and 0.124 inches thick. The handle measures 4.48 inches long and 0.48 inches thick. Although either right-handed or left-handed users can operate liner lock designs, and the Benchmade 320 Precinct includes a reversible deep-carry pocket clip, the location of the liner lock favors a right-handed person.

 

Other Observations

With a high-performance stainless steel blade and a high-tech handle made of fiberglass laminate composite, the Benchmade 320 Precinct provides the sleek good looks, light weight, and smoothly operating blade deployment that make this knife an easy choice as an everyday carry with tactical applications. Especially if you prefer a manually operated blade, this new offering from Benchmade’s Blue Class may suit your needs and lifestyle as an everyday carry with the good looks of a custom design at a production-knife price. If you’ve wanted a custom knife but couldn’t justify the expense, the Benchmade 320 Precinct offers you the best of both worlds.

 

 

 

320 Precinct

 

Weight 3.42 oz.
Overall length 7.78″
Closed length 4.48″
Blade length 3.30″
Blade thickness 0.124″
Handle length 4.48″
Handle thickness 0.48″
Handle material Black textured G10 with 410SS stainless steel liner
Handle color Black
Blade material U.S.-made 154 CM stainless steel, Crucible Industries
Blade hardness 58-61 HRC
Blade style Drop-point
Blade grind Flat
Blade finish Satin (320 and 320S) or black (320BK and 320SBK)
Blade edge type Plain (320 and 320BK) or serrated (320S and 320SBK)
Pocket clip Steel, reversible, tip-up deep-carry
Lock mechanism Liner lock
Sheath material Sheath sold separately
Benchmade product class Blue Class
User Right handed
Best use EDC, tactical
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices 320 and 320S: $140 320BK and 320SBK: $155
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Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock Knife Review

Benchmade 765
Benchmade 765 Min Ti Monolock

Unlike Benchmade’s Black Class, designed for tactical use among armed services personnel and law enforcement, or the company’s Gold Class, with its luxurious materials and limited-production designs, the Benchmade Blue Class features knives crafted to provide durable, reliable service as everyday carries for people who rely on cutting tools for their work, relaxation, and hobbies. These Blue Class knives use high-quality materials, feature innovative opening mechanisms, and reflect Benchmade’s focus on offering the premium attributes of custom designs in the more cost-effective form of production knives. Just because they’re meant to become a reliable part of your every tool kit doesn’t make these knives ordinary, however, and the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock is no exception. With the introduction of this new monolock, Benchmade doubles the number of its knives that feature titanium handles and frame lock mechanisms.

 

Although Benchmade holds a patent for its monolock design, the company isn’t known for making many frame lock knives. In fact, the 761 Ti Monolock, introduced as a new model at the tail end of 2014 and dubbed Benchmade’s flagship folder, represented the sole frame lock design in the company’s entire 2015 catalog. The public reaction to the debut of the 761 Ti Monolock mixed considerable enthusiasm with a small measure of controversy, the former for the knife’s chamfered styling and the latter for the thinness of its blade and frame lock. Some hailed the 761 Ti Monolock as a welcome new direction for Benchmade, whereas others expressed more critical assessments of its likely durability, especially in the heavy duty use to which many people subject an EDC.

 

Now, with the introduction of the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock into the company’s lineup, a smaller sibling takes its place next to the 761 Ti Monolock. If you’re already familiar with the 761 Ti Monolock, you’ll find the new Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock’s design surpassingly familiar, from its drop-point blade with thumb stud opener to its titanium handle and frame lock. The 761 Ti Monolock’s modern look, its easy-opening blade, and its thoughtful design touches all appear here in the more compact package of the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock.

 

Many of Benchmade’s best-known, best-selling designs reflect the company’s tradition of partnering with leading custom designers to produce knives that pair the exclusive features and innovative materials typical of limited editions with the manufacturing capabilities, production quality control, and marketing reach of a big company with a well-established network of dealers. In the case of the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock, however, the look and the feature set all come directly from Benchmade’s own in-house team. The same home-grown roots hold true for the 761 Ti Monolock, the larger knife that’s the antecedent of and the inspiration for this new design.

 

Blade Profile

The Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock features a drop-point blade shape. In this configuration, the spine of the blade curves down slightly toward the point, in a convex shape that offers greater tip thickness than other designs often selected for EDC use, such as the clipped-point. Single edged, with a relatively generous belly curve on the cutting surface of the blade, a drop-point makes a strong choice for users who face a wide variety of cutting chores. Look for this blade profile among hunting knives, tactical blades, and tools designed for chefs. A side-mounted thumb stud opens the blade of the 765 Mini Ti Monolock, which moves smoothly and swiftly on thrust bearing washers. You may feel compelled to compare the blade deployment on the 765 Mini Ti Monolock to the responsiveness of an automatic mechanism.

 

You’ll find a plain cutting edge on the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock, unless you opt for Model 765S, which includes serrations, or rip teeth, on the left side of the blade. Three groups of teeth occupy just under half the cutting edge of the model 765S Mini Ti Monolock, giving it an extra advantage when you’re faced with rope, paracord, wood, or other fibrous materials to cut.

 

Blade Finish

The Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock’s drop-point blade features a satin finish, reducing reflective glare without adding an overall coating. To personalize your knife, opt for Benchmade’s lasermarking service, which can add a commemorative message or symbolically important graphics to the blade or handle of most Benchmade designs at an additional charge. You can select this option when you purchase your Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock or add it later.

 

Remember that Benchmade’s LifeSharp warranty service can restore the factory sharpness to your knife if and when it loses its edge. Ship your product back to Benchmade’s Oregon headquarters, and a dedicated team of technical specialists will disassemble, clean, and refurbish your knife, as well as sharpening it to its original performance. Note that the LifeSharp service does not apply to the serrated portions of Benchmade blades.

 

Blade Steel

Two of Europe’s leading steel companies, Austria’s Bohler and Sweden’s Uddeholm, merged to form Bohler-Uddeholm. This European steel producer created M390 using third generation powder metal technology. The result is a super steel with superior corrosion resistance, hardness, and wear resistance. Bohler refers to M390 as “Microclean” in reference to its ability to achieve a true mirror finish in applications that require it. Frequently used in creating surgical blades, M390 can be somewhat difficult to sharpen, although other steels far outdistance the challenges it presents. This high-carbon stainless steel alloy incorporates 1.9% carbon, 20.0% chromium, 0.3% manganese, 1.0% molybdenum, 0.6% phosphorus, 0.6% tungsten, 4.0% vanadium. Thanks to the addition of vanadium, M390 measures 60 to 62 HRC on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. The high chromium content well exceeds the threshold for stainless steel and points to M390’s excellent corrosion resistance. Chromium also increases tensile strength and hardness. Molybdenum contributes to edge retention, as well as high-temperature strength, while tungsten boosts wear resistance, especially in combination with chromium and molybdenum.

 

Handle Materials

Like its bigger sibling, the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock features a sandblasted, oiled handle that’s milled from 6AL-4V billet titanium. The finish gives the handle a textured feel under the hand, similar in tactile qualities to the sensation of touching a powdercoated surface.

 

Benchmade chose 6AL-4V, a Grade 5 titanium alloy, for the strength-to-weight ratio this lightweight exotic material offers, as well as for titanium’s corrosion resistance in exposure to the natural environment or to production chemicals. Titanium weighs 60% more than aluminum but offers twice as much strength. It’s 45% lighter than low-carbon steels, with greater strength, and can be used for surgical implants because the human body doesn’t reject it. This versatile metal owes the start of its prominence in today’s industrial use to the boom in titanium production during the 1950s, as aircraft and aerospace manufacturing emerged in importance and titanium became useful in structural components, hydraulics, and engine components for aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft.

 

Titanium alloys fall into three major categories, including alpha, alpha plus beta, and beta, depending on the types of elements added to these alloys as stabilizers. As the name of this particular alloy shows, its formula incorporates 6% aluminum (an alpha stabilizer) and 4% vanadium (a beta stabilizer), making 6AL-4V an alpha plus beta alloy. Unlike alpha-phase titanium, which demonstrates strength, and beta-phase titanium, which can be made extremely thin because of its ductile qualities, alpha-beta-phase titanium combines both strength and ductility. 6AL-4V exceeds the strength of pure titanium, and offers the same stiffness and thermal properties as the pure substance. This particular alloy accounts for more than half the titanium used in production, thanks to its high strength, light weight, corrosion resistance, and suitability for use in multiple types of production methods. It can be rolled, forged, pressed, drawn, extruded, or milled, and it also demonstrates increases in strength after suitable heat treatment. Benchmade machines the handles for the 765 Mini Ti Monolock from billet titanium alloy rather than casting them, which contributes to the smooth lines of the chamfered design.

 

Handle Design

You can sum up the hallmarks of the handle design on the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock in one word: Precise. From the crisply rendered chamfering inside the lanyard hole to the chamfered milling on the gripping surfaces of the handle, both scales feature a look that’s long on clean lines and easy in the hand. Benchmade uses billet titanium and sophisticated 3D milling to produce these parts, which renders them in the modern design that also characterize the 761 Ti Monolock. The final finish owes its character to sandblasting, giving the handle a relatively non-reflective character consistent with its natural color.

 

The basis of a monolock or frame lock design renders the lock bar as an integral part of the handle itself. When the Benchmade 761 Ti Monolock debuted, some reviewers thought it used too thin a lock bar for the sturdy, enduring service that should characterize an EDC knife, but the mechanism has proven itself in the year since the 761 came on the market. Like the 761, the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock incorporates an adjustable stop pin to customize how far the blade opens. The entire body of the knife holds together with a minimal collection of hardware, including only three Torx screws along with the blade pivot. Inside the open design, scalloped standoffs add to the distinctive look of the 765 Mini Ti Monolock, which adds a custom look to a production knife.

 

On the spine of the blade just inside the handle, jimping grooves set flush with the back of the handle and align with the jimping grooves on the inside of the open design. The geometric symmetry of this functional feature enhances the appearance of the knife.

 

Pocket Clip

The Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock features a sandblasted, oiled titanium pocket clip attached with two Torx screws. Like its bigger sibling, the 761 Ti Monolock, the new 765 features a clip that covers the blade pivot. Unlike the 761, however, the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock includes a reversible tip-up or tip-down pocket clip, a feature that some reviewers criticized the 761 for failing to include.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weight

The dimensional differences between the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock and the 761 Ti Monolock define the principal distinctions between these two closely related products. At 7.46 inches long open and 4.22 inches long closed, the 765 Mini Ti Monolock runs 1.14 inches shorter open and 0.65 inches shorter closed than its larger relative. Its blade runs 3.24 inches long, 0.49 inches shorter than the 761 Ti Monolock. It weighs in at 3.16 ounces, or 1.2 ounces less than the 761 Ti Monolock. The two knives feature almost identical blade thicknesses, at 0.115 inches for the 765 Mini Ti Monolock and 0.12 inches for the 761 Ti Monolock. Likewise, their handle thicknesses also match up closely, at 0.41 inches for the 765 Mini Ti Monolock and 0.42 inches for the 761 Ti Monolock. These sets of similarities point to the functional equivalence of the knives’ monolock mechanisms.

 

Other Observations

If you’re looking for a compact folding knife with a precision milled titanium handle and a smooth, quick opening blade action, the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock may be just the ticket to become your next everyday carry. This new Benchmade design packs the same level of precision and performance that you’ve seen or heard about in the 761 Ti Monolock, but in a smaller size with the flexibility of a tip-up or tip-down pocket clip. With two blade finish options, including either a plain edge or the convenience of left-side serrations, the Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock pairs the good looks of precision millwork with the high performance of thrust bearing washers on a frame lock knife. Of course, a monolock with a thumb stud doesn’t lend itself to ambidextrous use, so if you’re not right handed, you may want to look elsewhere for an EDC.

 

Shipped stowed away inside a protective layer of plastic within a microfiber storage bag tucked into Benchmade’s trademark Blue Class box, the 765 Mini Ti Monolock is the only frame lock knife among Benchmade’s new introductions for 2016. Reviewers found much to like in the looks, feel, and performance of the 761 Ti Monolock when it came on the market for 2015, and the the new 765 Mini Ti Monolock looks ready to repeat that noteworthy introduction.

 

 

 

765 Mini Ti Monolock

 

761 Ti Monolock

 

Weight 3.16 oz. 4.26 oz.
Overall length 7.46″ 8.6″
Closed length 4.22″ 4.87″
Blade length 3.24″ 3.73″
Blade thickness 0.115″ 0.12″
Handle length 4.22″ 4.87″
Handle thickness 0.41″ 0.42″
Handle material Machined and sand-blasted 6AL-4V billet titanium with thrust bearing washers Machined and sand-blasted 6AL-4V billet titanium with thrust bearing washers
Handle color Titanium Titanium
Blade material Bohler M390 Microclean super premium stainless steel Bohler M390 Microclean super premium stainless steel
Blade hardness 60-62 RC 60-62 RC
Blade style Drop-point Drop-point
Blade grind Flat Flat
Blade finish Satin Satin
Blade edge type Plain (765) or serrated (765S) Plain (761) or serrated (761S)
Pocket clip Titanium, tip-up or tip-down Titanium, tip-down
Lock mechanism Monolock Monolock
Sheath material Sheath sold separately Sheath sold separately
Benchmade product class Blue Class Blue Class
User Right handed Right handed
Best use EDC EDC
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices 765 and 765S: $355 761 and 761S: $390
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Benchmade 2551 Mini Reflex II Knife Review

Benchmade 2551
Benchmade 2551 Mini Reflex II Knife

The Benchmade Mini-Reflex II introduces a new, improved, and updated edition of the enduringly popular Benchmade Mini-Reflex, Benchmade’s best selling automatic knife. Within the Benchmade Black Series, aimed at professional and those who treat a knife as a serious investment in everyday utility, the Mini-Reflex II can excel at tactical tasks as well as serving as an everyday carry.

 

Blade Profile

 

The Benchmade Mini-Reflex II continues the subtle drop-point blade profile of the original Mini-Reflex. The name “drop-point” signifies the curve that runs, or drops, along the spine of the knife toward its point. The convex curve of the cutting edge of the blade strengthens it at the same time that it produces the belly that expands the amount of cutting surface. With a tip that runs thicker than that of a comparable clipped-point or slant-point blade, the drop-point offers more strength at the expense of reduced piercing capability. The single flat-ground edge makes quick work of both push- and draw-action cutting and carving tasks.

 

Benchmade offers two variations on the blade profile of the Mini-Reflex II. Model 2551 uses a straightforward drop-point shape. Model 2551S includes a series of serrations placed on the left side of the blade behind its belly and just in front of the handle. This placement near the handle increases your ability to bear down and apply leverage when you use the blade. Also called rip teeth, these serrations come in handy when you tackle chores that involve sawing or cutting through fibrous materials such as wood, paracord, or rope.

 

Blade Finishes

 

When it comes to blade finishes, the Benchmade Mini-Reflex II offers two choices that constitute separate models. Model 2551 includes no blade coating, whereas model 2551BK sports a black coating. This finish reduces glare off the knife and can be a critical consideration in some usage settings.

 

In addition to models of the Mini-Reflex II with a blade coating, Benchmade also offers model 2551S, with an uncoated serrated blade, and model 2551SBK, with a serrated and black coated blade. All told, the Mini-Reflex II comes in four model choices.

 

Both the coated and the satin-finished versions display the knife’s model number on the left side of the blade directly below the distinctive Benchmade butterfly logo, with the 154 CM blade steel identified on the opposite side of the knife. The Benchmade Mini-Reflex II ships sharpened and ready to use. Thanks to its outstanding edge retention, you may find yourself able to set your whetstone aside for longer periods of time between sharpenings. Keep in mind that Benchmade’s LifeSharp warranty qualifies every purchaser of a Mini-Reflex II (and all Benchmade knives, for that matter) to ship the knife back to Benchmade for a complete reconditioning that also includes a fresh factory-quality sharpening. The LifeSharp service does not apply to the serrated portion of Mini-Reflex II models 2551S and 2551SBK. You’ll find the warranty information inside the box in which the Mini-Reflex II ships from Benchmade.

 

Blade Steel

 

The Benchmade Mini-Reflex II uses the same American-made steel as its predecessor, the Mini-Reflex. Crucible Industries’ 154 CM stainless steel qualifies as a high-carbon alloy with more than enough chromium to add hardness and tensile strength along with corrosion resistance. Manganese also promotes hardness and tensile strength, adding wear resistance at the same time. Molybdenum helps the Mini-Reflex II demonstrate excellent edge retention and high-temperature strength. Silicon adds to the blade’s hardness and gives it resistance to pitting.

 

Even stainless steel blades, including those with high degrees of corrosion resistance, can fall afoul of the ill effects of exposure to moisture in your environment. Benchmade ships the Mini-Reflex II with a coating of oil, enclosed in a plastic bag inside a microfiber pouch with a quick-opening bead on its drawstring. These protections help guard against the potentially corrosive effects of humidity. Drying your knife immediately after any task that gets it wet, and oiling the blade lightly on a periodic basis, can help protect the Mini-Reflex II from any hint of corrosion.

 

Handle Materials

 

Like other Benchmade products that feature the design creativity of master Alabama knife maker Mel Pardue, the Benchmade Mini-Reflex II features a handle crafted from black anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum, the same material incorporated in the handle of its predecessor, the Mini-Reflex. The handle wears beautifully because unlike paint, its finish becomes an actual part of the aluminum itself in the course of the electrochemical process that converts the surface of handle parts into an integral layer of aluminum oxide. At the same time, the matte surface of the anodized aluminum helps increase grip on the handle and prevent slippage with wet hands. Unlike the handle finishes on other knife brands, Benchmade’s finish avoids the chalky feel that makes a knife uncomfortable under the fingers, without any hint of the surface slickness that could make the Mini-Reflex II difficult to grip.

 

Unalloyed aluminum offers the lightness you want in a knife blade handle, but the metal runs too soft for heavy use. The 6061-T6 aluminum alloy in the Benchmade Mini-Reflex II handle exhibits strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance thanks to its magnesium and silicon content. Benchmade machines the handle parts for the Mini-Reflex II out of billets of aircraft grade aluminum alloy. Unlike casting processes, machine fabrication gives these parts their crisp lines and precision surfaces.

 

Handle Design

 

At 4.16 inches long, the handle of the Mini-Reflex II incorporates a forefinger groove into which your index finger naturally slips when you hold the knife with the blade facing forward. At the same time, grooves on the sides of the handle increase grip and leverage regardless of the position in which you wield the knife. Front and rear quillons help hold your hand in place and prevent it from sliding off the blade, either to the front, with the attendant risk of injury, or to the rear. These curved quillons also bracket the hand friendly shape of the underside of the handle, which many users point to as an emphatic plus of the design. Of course, if you reverse your grip to place the blade into a downward striking position, the forefinger groove now becomes the location for your little finger and your forefinger stops next to the rear quillon. The finger grooves also provide a safety feature during field use, helping protect your hands from cuts caused by your own blade and the prospect of fluid transfer into those cuts. This consideration holds special importance for law enforcement personnel who find themselves tasked with extracting an injured stranger from a vehicle.

 

If you’re accustomed to hearing Mini-Reflex owners talk about how well the knife favors and fits into the hand, expect to hear the same kudos from owners of the new Mini-Reflex II. Both men and women emphasize this design advantage, which underscores the knife’s suitability for people with hands of virtually all sizes. Because your forefinger fits into a single-digit depression and the remainder of your fingers float between the forefinger groove and the rear quillon, the Mini-Reflex II provides comfortable, secure service for a wide range of users. With the blade closed and the knife held in a reversed position, the end of the handle can serve as an impact tool in some situations. To carry the Mini-Reflex II outside a pocket, Benchmade incorporates a hole near the end of the handle through which to string a lanyard. You also can insert a dummy cord through the hole to make the knife easier to find and harder to lose.

 

Benchmade doesn’t machine the pattern of notches, crosscuts, or cross hatching known as jimping on the spine of the Mini-Reflex II or on the back of its blade. Not to be confused with filework, which adds decorative patterns to blade or handle and can require an artist’s touch to design and apply, jimping aims solely at the practical objective of increasing grip and leverage. In the case of the Mini-Reflex II, the balance and grip of the knife itself eliminates the need for other design features to make the knife feel secure in the hand and eliminate slippage. If you’re accustomed to blades with thumb wraps, you probably won’t miss that feature on the Mini-Reflex II because of its outstanding balance and feel.

 

If you’re right handed, the Mini-Reflex II makes an easy choice as a tactical knife with EDC characteristics or vice versa, provided, of course, that you either live in a state that allows you to use and carry an automatic knife, or you’re an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces or law enforcement with appropriate identification credentials. Some states allow you to carry an automatic knife if you’re also licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Check your state’s laws, and any applicable local regulations, to determine whether the Mini-Reflex II makes a good fit for you.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weight

 

Updating and improving the Mini-Reflex to produce the new Mini-Reflex II resulted in slight changes to the dimensional and weight specifications of the knife. Overall length increased by three one-hundredths of an inch in the Mini-Reflex II, from 7.32 inches to 7.35 inches. At 4.17 inches, the closed length measures one one-hundredth of an inch greater on the Mini-Reflex II. The blade length and handle thickness also increased by one one-hundredth of an inch to 3.17 inches and 0.48 inches respectively. At the same time, the overall weight of the knife decreased by 0.12 ounces, from 2.70 ounces in the Mini-Reflex to 2.58 ounces in the Mini-Reflex II.

 

Updated Push-Button Automatic Package

 

Benchmade has introduced an improved spring-loaded push-button automatic blade deployment package for 2016, and the Mini-Reflex II becomes a beneficiary of this updated mechanism. Even the previous design showed no signs of blade movement in the open position, and the Mini-Reflex II continues that unyielding ability to lock tightly open. The blade deployment mechanism triggers the blade instantaneously, at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.

 

Because the design of the Benchmade Mini-Reflex II places the pivot screw and the automatic blade deployment button close together, plan on engaging in some blade-action practice if you’ll need to open the knife quickly without looking at it. Some users of the Mini-Reflex have pointed out that because of the small diemnsions of the knife handle, even experienced knife owners could mistake the screw for the button in a stressful environment without proper illumination, or in a situation in which you must wear gloves, either to protect your hands or to avoid contaminating work materials. If you carry the knife with you consistently and use it as your everyday carry, you can train your hand to identify the control button purely by feel.

 

Removable Pocket Clip

 

The Benchmade Mini-Reflex II features the same black-finished steel pocket clip found on the Mini-Reflex. The clip attaches to the handle of the Mini-Reflex II with three Torx screws and holds the knife in a tip-up position. Some Mini-Reflex owners have observed that the recurve on the end of the clip placed limits on how they could carry the knife. Attached to a right-hand pocket, the clip could become caught on a driver’s side seatbelt and impede quick access for use. Likewise, if they carried the Mini-Reflex in a pocket, the clip could scratch the face of a smartphone or other objects made of less hardy materials than the steel clip itself. These problems typify belt clip use in general, however, and aren’t unique to Benchmade’s design.

 

Because the painted finish on the standard clip doesn’t offer the same degree of wear resistance as the anodized finish on the aluminum handle itself, some Mini-Reflex purchasers obtained a replacement clip from Benchmade, designed with an oxidized finish that resists chipping and fading. This replacement part ships at no charge as part of the company’s LifeSharp warranty.

 

Safety Mechanism

 

The Benchmade Mini-Reflex II incorporates a spine-mounted spring-loaded safety lock that holds the blade either securely open or securely closed. It features jimping grooves to simplify its use, requires significant pressure to engage or disengage, and operates with a ratcheting action that makes a clearly audible clicking sound. In response to the conscious action involved in activating or deactivating the safety lock on the Mini-Reflex, some knife owners preferred not to use the feature because the lock became an impediment to rapid deployment. If you work in law enforcement, public safety, or the armed forces, you may find that these considerations cause you to think twice about engaging the safety, even if you carry the Mini-Reflex II in your pocket.

 

Other Observations

 

In a tactical role, you may find the length of the Mini-Reflex II’s blade too short for some defensive uses, limiting the reach of sweeping or thrusting motions. As an everyday carry, the Mini-Reflex II may offer more blade length than you need in the types of controlled uses and movements that typify EDC use. Before you choose this knife for either or both of these roles, correlate the blade measurements with your expectations and your experience with other knives. Chances are that you’ll find it to be a high-quality, beautifully made, efficient compromise between the limits and extremes of other blade profiles, sizes, and types.

 

 

 

2550

 

2551

 

Weight 2.70 oz. 2.58 oz.
Overall length 7.32″ 7.35″
Closed length 4.16″ 4.17″
Blade length 3.16″ 3.17″
Blade thickness 0.098″ 0.097″
Handle length 4.16″ 4.17″
Handle thickness 0.47″ 0.48″
Handle material Anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum Anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum
Handle color Black Black
Blade material 154 CM stainless steel 155 CM stainless steel
Blade hardness 58-61 RC 58-61 RC
Blade style Drop-point Drop-point
Blade grind Flat Flat
Blade finish Satin (2550 and 2550S) or Black (2550BK and 2550SBK) Satin (2551 and 2551S) or Black (2551BK and 2551SBK)
Blade edge type Plain (2550 and 2550BK) or serrated (2550S and 2550SBK) Plain (2551 and 2551BK) or serrated (2551S and 2551SBK)
Pocket clip Black, removable, tip-up Black, removable, tip-up
Lock mechanism Auto open with safety Auto open with safety
Opener Push button automatic Push button automatic with larger button
Lock type Plunge lock Plunge lock
Sheath material Sheath sold separately Sheath sold separately
Benchmark product class Black Class Black Class
User Right handed Right handed
Best use EDC, tactical, law enforcement EDC, tactical, law enforcement
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices 2550 and 2550S: $200 2550BK and 2550SBK: $215 2551 and 2551S: $210 2550BK and 2550SBK: $225
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Benchmade 3551 Stimulus Auto Knife — New Product Announcement

Benchmade 3551
Benchmade 3551 Stimulus Auto Knife

Based in Oregon, the epicenter of U.S. knife production, Oregon City’s Benchmade ranked second when Knife News conducted a brand-awareness survey of blade enthusiasts in 2015. Formulated and refined over Benchmade’s 30-year history, the company’s strategy applies state-of-the-art manufacturing and production processes to custom knife designs from industry-leading knife makers, making high-quality implements available to a larger customer base than previously could obtain them and at price points that reflect higher-scale production. Benchmade also elevates the standards applied to everyday carry knives, transforming production hardware into gear that meets the standards often applied to custom equipment.

 

Benchmade founder Les de Asis’ knife-making history began in 1979 when he embarked on an effort to improve upon the butterfly knives he had used in his youth. After some setbacks, he applied the Benchmade name to the second of his cutlery companies, reflecting the combination of handmade quality with precision-fabricated materials. Relocated from California to Oregon to take advantage of the acceptance of styles of knives that face legal restrictions in other jurisdictions, the company pioneered the use of laser cutters to work with steels that were too hard to produce with stamping equipment. Benchmade earned, and still holds, a world-leading position in the manufacture of automatic knives.

 

Among its products, Benchmade offers three separate hand-assembled knife series, each made in the U.S. and crafted to match the expectations of a differing group of users. Benchmade’s Blue Class targets the recreational knife enthusiast who needs a blade for tasks that qualify as light duty. Benchmade’s Gold Class consists of custom-made, limited-edition creations. The Black Class aims at professionals, including those who work in law enforcement, public safety, and the military. In establishing its product lineups, Benchmade has partnered with numerous master designers, including Mel Pardue of Repton, Alabama, the senior-most custom craftsman associated with Benchmade, with a 40-year career filled with outstanding knives. Pardue’s offerings through Benchmade highlight clean lines and upscale simplicity, along with a diligent focus on hard-working utility.

 

Within the Benchmade Black Class, the 3551 Stimulus is a Mel Pardue design that represents a refinement of the popular 3550 automatic knife that preceded it. With a new name and an enhanced feature set, the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus continues to constitute an everyday knife with tactical capabilities—or a tactical knife suitable for use as an everyday carry. The Benchmade 3551 Stimulus features the lifetime LifeSharp warranty coverage that accompanies all Benchmade products. Under this program, an owner can ship a Benchmade knife back to the company for a complete reconditioning process, provided at no charge by a technician team dedicated to this service. Each knife undergoes complete disassembly, after which a technician replaces or tunes up any parts that show signs of wear. Lubricated and reassembled, the knife receives a factory sharpening prior to shipment back to the customer.

 

 

Blade Profiles and Finishes

 

The Benchmade 3551 Stimulus continues the Benchmade 3550’s spear-point blade design. Spear-point blades offer a symmetrical profile that narrows to a tip positioned at the midpoint of the blade height. They combine much of the strength of a drop-point blade with some of the piercing ability of a dagger-like needle-point profile. A spear-point blade may not offer the expanding cutting surface of a blade with a large curved belly, but spear-points serve a specific need and purpose for users who want to combine cutting and piercing capabilities in a single knife.

 

Like the 3550, the 3551 comes in models with plain edges or with one partially serrated edge, and in satin or coated black finishes. It favors the right-handed user in the placement of its automatic controls.

 

Blade Steel

 

Benchmade’s 3551 Stimulus uses Crucible Industries’ U.S.-manufactured 154 CM stainless steel. Currently based outside Syracuse, New York, Crucible Industries traces its history back to late 19th-century England and forward to a merger among 13 crucible-steel companies at the turn of the 20th century. This merger produced a steel giant known as the Crucible Steel Company of America.

 

Crucible began creating steel for knife makers early in the 21st century. By this time, the company had invested many innovative decades in the creation of alloys for use in the manufacture of tools and automobiles. Crucible also excelled in the production of more-exotic materials, such as a titanium alloy for use in Robert Jarvik’s implantable artificial heart design. As the years progressed, the company’s fortunes reflected the ups and downs of the industries it served and the world economy as a whole, culminating in the emergence of what had been the Crucible Specialty Metals Division as Crucible Industries in 2009.

 

Crucible’s 154 CM formula adds a mixture of carbon, chromium, manganese, molybdenum, and silicon to the iron that forms the basis of stainless steel. At 1.05 percent carbon, 154 CM qualifies as a high-carbon steel. The inclusion of carbon in a steel alloy raises the hardness and increases the wear resistance of the resulting metal at the potential expense of reduced toughness. At 14 percent chromium, 154 CM exceeds the minimum of 12 percent to 13 percent that qualifies an alloy as a stainless steel. Thanks to chromium’s ability to raise a blade’s corrosion resistance, stainless steels have become mainstays of knife production. Chromium also heightens tensile strength and hardness. Additionally, the 0.50 percent manganese in 154 CM fosters hardness, tensile strength, and wear resistance. With 4 percent molybdenum, 154 CM gains high-temperature strength and demonstrates improved edge retention. The addition of 0.30 percent silicon also helps increase hardness and ward off pitting.

 

Crucible’s 154 CM consists of a variation on the high-carbon martensitic stainless steel alloy called 440C. The terms “martensite” and “martensitic” reference a very hard crystalline structure in a steel produced by a diffusionless transformation, or phase change, that occurs when the molten alloy quenches rapidly enough to produce a metal that is supersaturated with carbon. The production of martensitic steel begins with austenization, a high-heat process that changes the crystalline structure of the alloy. The quenching techniques that produce martensitic steel follow this heating process. The corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and hardness of 154 CM exceed the equivalent properties of 440C, an alloy often used in knife blades because of its high level of corrosion resistance.

 

At 58-61 RC on the Rockwell HRC scale, a measure of hardness, the 154 CM stainless steel alloy in the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus blade offers the toughness and edge retention that combine to make a knife reliable in two respects: Resistance to chipping and other forms of damage that can plague overly hard blades, and the ability to hold a sharp edge well. The tougher the steel alloy, the more difficult it can be to sharpen, but the payoff comes in the durability of that edge sharpness. The Rockwell C measurement scale determines material hardness through a laboratory test that involves indenting the steel with a test instrument and measuring how far the instrument penetrates the surface of the metal.

 

The combination of noteworthy hardness and edge retention with good toughness have made Crucible’s 154 CM a popular choice in knife production, as well as in the manufacture of valve ports, bearings, and bushings. Along with the chemical composition of this alloy, the nature of the heat treatment applied during production makes or breaks its attributes and determines its suitability as a knife-making material.

 

To protect knives made out of 154 CM from the corrosion that can accrue on this alloy, keep your Benchmade 3551 Stimulus dry and away from humidity. Particularly in humid climates, periodically apply a light coat of oil to keep oxygen away from blade metal.

 

Handle Material

 

The Benchmade 3551 Stimulus features a black anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum handle similar to the handle on the Benchmade 3550. 6061-T6 constitutes a heat-treatable wrought aluminum alloy that incorporates magnesium and silicon. It excels in applications that require both strength and toughness, additionally exhibiting high degrees of corrosion resistance in atmospheric conditions and in salt water. The suffix “T6” in the alloy designation shows that it was solution heat-treated and artificially aged.

 

In its pure form, aluminum displays too much softness to make it a viable choice for parts such as knife handles that see use in a wide range of ruggedly demanding scenarios. As an alloy, however, 6061-T6 offers the durability produced by the addition of other elements in a metal with a high strength-to-weight ratio that makes it ideal for use in aircraft and boat construction, heat exchangers, piping, tubing, and bicycle frames, as well as knife handles.

 

Perhaps the most famous application of 6061-T6’s lightweight strength came when NASA chose it as the material from which to craft the gold-anodized plaques for spacecraft that explored Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus beginning in the early 1970s. Launched in 1972 and 1973 respectively, Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 included plaques fabricated from 6061-T6, and engraved with pictorial representations of human figures, a diagram of the solar system, a drawing representing the Sun’s position relative to the center of its galaxy and 14 stars, and a chemical schematic, all drawn by Linda Salzman Sagan, then the wife of the late astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan. In the event that the Pioneer spacecraft reached any destination that included intelligent life, the plaques were meant to serve as a pictographic introduction to the Earth, its location, and its dominant species. NASA used 6061-T6 aluminum in a far more exotic application than a knife handle, providing a testament to the lightness and durability that also make this alloy an attractive choice in more mainstream production situations.

 

As a billet aluminum part, the handle for the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus takes its shape not through a casting process but by machining the parts out of a bar of aluminum alloy. Billets are cast or extruded into flat and cylindrical shapes. Creating the handle from billet aluminum produces highly precise fabrication, smooth surfaces finishes, and greater structural strength than a cast part could offer. Benchmade uses CNC machining equipment and advanced manufacturing techniques to produce handles that display absolute adherence to specifications, beyond the fidelity that cast parts could accomplish. The Benchmade 3551 Stimulus also includes a lanyard hole positioned at the end of the handle.

 

The anodized black finish on the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus handle comes from an electrochemical process that adds a protective coating of aluminum oxide to the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. This finish contributes to corrosion resistance and abrasion resistance. To apply an anodized finish, aluminum parts are immersed in an acid electrolyte bath through which an electric current passes. Oxygen ions from the chemical solution combine with the aluminum atoms on the surface of each part. Aluminum oxide runs thicker than aluminum itself, so the anodizing process actually adds fractionally to the dimensions of the part. The durably hard coating it produces neither peels off nor wears out. Because of its strength, the coating is applied only after a part is machined, reducing the amount of effort required for tooling and the potential wear and tear on production equipment. Ironically, this desirable finish actually constitutes a controlled form of naturally occurring oxidation, the chemical process that underlies the corrosion that all knife owners try to keep from encroaching on their blades.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weight

 

Like the 3550, the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus packs big performance into a small (and now a little bit lighter) package. Its lightweight handle and flat blade profile put a versatile tool in your hand without any excess weight or volume.

 

Slightly thinner and lighter than its longtime predecessor, the Benchmade 3550, the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus measures nearly the same dimensions as the 3550. Overall length stays unchanged at 7.1 inches, as does closed length at 4.1 inches. Blade length on the 3551 Stimulus runs one one-hundredth of an inch longer at 2.99 inches, and blade thickness runs two one-hundredths of an inch thinner at 0.088 inches. Handle thickness also decreases by one one-hundredth of an inch on the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus to 0.46 inches. Subtle changes in design dimensions put the 3551 Stimulus at 2.71 ounces, down from 2.8 ounces on the 3550.

 

Updated Push-Button Automatic Package

 

The Benchmade 3551 Stimulus combines a slim shape with a flat profile and a responsive automatic blade action. Benchmade has updated the push-button automatic blade action on the 3551 Stimulus to offer greater reliability than the version found on its predecessor, the 3550. The new design enlarges the side-mounted pushbutton, making it easier to operate. The spine-mounted sliding plunge lock safety mechanism combines quick, smooth functionality with the security you expect on an automatic knife.

 

Reversible Pocket Clip

 

Mounted with a trio of Torx-head screws, the reversible, removable pocket clip on the Benchmade 3551 Stimulus accommodates tip-up or tip-down use.

 

The Long and Short of It

 

The Benchmade 3551 Stimulus evolves and refines the design and materials used in the company’s popular 3550 automatic knife. It may not appeal to the general-purpose knife user, but for the professional who needs its specific strengths, it can combine everyday carry adaptability with tactical functionality in a sleek, compact, lightweight package.

 

 

 

3550

 

3551

 

Weight 2.80 oz. 2.71 oz.
Overall length 7.10″ 7.10″
Closed length 4.10″ 4.10″
Blade length 2.98″ 2.99″
Blade thickness 0.09″ 0.088″
Handle length 4.10″ 4.10″
Handle thickness 0.47″ 0.46″
Handle material Anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum Anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum
Handle color Black Black
Blade material 154 CM stainless steel 155 CM stainless steel
Blade hardness 58-60 RC 58-61 RC
Blade style Spear-point Spear-point
Blade grind Flat Flat
Blade finish Satin (3550 and 3550S) or Black (3550BK and 3550SBK) Satin (3551 and 3551S) or Black (3551BK and 3551SBK)
Blade edge type Plain (3550 and 3550BK) or serrated (3550S and 3550SBK) Plain (3551 and 3551BK) or serrated (3551S and 3551SBK)
Pocket clip Black, removable, tip-down Black, removable, reversible, tip-up or tip-down
Lock mechanism Auto open with safety Auto open with safety
Opener Push button automatic Push button automatic with larger button
Lock type Plunge lock Plunge lock
Sheath material Sheath sold separately Sheath sold separately
Benchmade product class Black Class Black Class
User Right handed Right handed
Best use Tactical Tactical
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price $200 $210

 

Interested in owning your own Benchmade Stimulus knife?  Check out our product page here and pick up one for your collection.

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Benchmade Gold Class Stryker II Knife

Just in is the newest Benchmade Gold Class offering–the 908-151 AXIS Stryker II knife.  This knife features a Chad Nichols Starfire Damascus blade.  The pattern on this Damascus is stellar.  The blade is hand convexed and polished .

Benchmade Styker II
Benchmade Styker II Gold Class Knife

The knife also boasts hand blended lightning strike carbon fiber scales.  The pivot ring and backspacer are matched to the handle.

This knife will instantly take center stage in any fine collection.  It uses the patented AXIS lock mechanism that also has blue anodized titanium accents.  Only 200 pieces were made and each bears the serial number on the back of the blade.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade Length: 3.57″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.124″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.545″
  • Blade Material: CHad Nichols Starfire Damascus premium steel
  • Blade Style: Drop Point, Plain Edge
  • Weight: 5.52 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 8.29″
  • Closed Length: 4.87″
  • Class: Gold
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