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About the product
AXIS® Assist... with a flipper. It’s the best of everything in a slim, lightweight, every day carry. Easily operated and carried on either side, the speed and function of AXIS® Assist, the convenience of a flipper.

Designer: Benchmade
Mechanism: AXIS® Assist flipper
Action: Assisted-opening
Blade Length: 3.20" (8.13cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.090" (2.290mm)
Open Length: 7.72" (19.61cm)
Closed Length: 4.52" (11.48cm)
Blade Steel: CPM-S90V (59-61 HRC)
Handle Thickness: 0.48" (12.192mm)
Weight: 2.88oz. (81.65g)
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Blade Edge Plain
Blade Finish/Color Satin
Blade Style/Shape Drop-point
Clip Type Deep-Carry
Clip Position Reversible Tip-Up
Glass Breaker No
Handle Material 7075-T6 Aluminum
Lanyard Hole Yes
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type No Sheath
Use Every Day, Tactical
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A review from: Tim F.
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This is a superb every day carry, and everything you'd expect from Benchmade: excellent materials, superb precision craftmanship and excellent steel. The aluminum handles are very smooth with makes for a great companion in your pocket, but this can make drawing the knife a little more difficult. Either very dry or wet hands might be slippery. The spring assisted flipper action is strong. You can physically stop the blade half way out and the spring is strong enough to continue the deployment. The flipper tab is diminutive, which is nice for not snagging your hand when reaching in the pocket for other items, but is another reason this would not be a good tactical knife. Lockup is crisp and strong. I haven't fully tested the CPM-S90 steel, but out of the box it is razor sharp.Love this knife.
A review from: tetvet
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I purchased the 490 as an addition to my Benchmade 'collection', this being #21. I find the general look and feel of the knife to be of superb balance and nicely weighted. The blade is exceptional for sharpness and for edge retention. The flipper action is magic. Absolutely warm butter in a hot skittle. The handle scales are beautiful and nicely sculpted. My beef? The handle scales could have used some checkering, even slight checkering like that on the front strap of a semi-automatic. Other than that, this is a great knife.
A review from: Scott
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As my 21st Benchmade knife purchase, this is a jewel. The assisted flipper action is smooth and easy. The blade steel is amazing. The aluminum handle scales are gentle to the touch. A great knife. Although, IMO there 'could' be some checkering on the scales for a 'better purchase' of the knife under differing conditions. That being said, I can't fault the knife. It is a true 'gentleman's knife.'
A review from: B-real
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The 490 is a nice knife. I love the flipper and I am impressed with the smooth opening of the blade.

I would of preferred a textured handle though. The aluminum handle is quite slippery. If it wasn't for the pocket clip on the other side against my finger, it would interesting trying to keep the knife secure in my hand.

One unfortunate thing I noticed when I opened the box for the first time was that the blade had a few chips in it along the edge. I read that the stronger blades seem to chip easier than the soft ones, but having it chipped out of the box is saddening.

Overall, I'm happy but not as happy as I thought I would be. The chips kind of chipped my excitement for my first Benchmade knife.
A review from: Fia
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Love the assisted flipper action. Light weight and thin. Very sharp. Comfortable in the hand. Will probably become my go-to EDC. When I seen this on BladeHQ for pre-order I knew I had to have it. I have been looking for a thinner auto assist knife and now I have found it!!!