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About the product
Highly regarded as one of the most quintessential EDCs of all time, the 940 and 943 are slim, stylish and after over a decade have performed in just about any situation imaginable.

Designer: Osborne
Mechanism: AXIS®
Action: Manual-opening
Blade Length: 3.40" (8.64cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.115" (2.92mm)
Open Length: 7.87" (19.99cm)
Closed Length: 4.47" (11.35cm)

Aluminum Handles
Blade Steel: CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC)
Handle Thickness: 0.41" (10.41mm)
Weight: 2.90oz. (82.21g)

Carbon Fiber Handles:
Blade Steel: CPM S90v (59-61 HRC)
Handle Thickness: 0.44" (11.18mm)
Weight: 2.44oz. (69.17g)

G10 Handles:
Blade Steel: CPM S30V (58-60 HRC)
Handle Thickness: 0.44" (11.18mm)
Weight: 2.65oz. (75.10g)

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Clip Type Standard
Clip Position Reversible Tip-Up
Glass Breaker No
Lanyard Hole No
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type No Sheath
Use Every Day, Outdoor
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A review from: Devin
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Many discuss the price point of a blade like this when writing about it, however I will say little about it: You're buying something that truly is high end. Honestly, I can see spending more if needed to fulfill my desires of achieving a knife that will truly last. Really, you wont regret spending so much when you realize the only thing that will feat you is misplacement.

I carry this everyday, and its been all-around excellent. I won't list everything that I love about the product, that will likely take far too long. Instead I will discuss the minor imperfections:

-First, the sharpness out of the box. The same day I bought this I purchased a Kershaw for $20. The Kershaw was able to give me a nice arm shaving, while the Benchmade fell short in this respect. It is plenty sharp, however the term they often use, "Razor sharp" doesn't quite accurately describe the state of the edge out of the box. I will note however, what I stated above: This is a "minor imperfection" as 1) It still is proficient, and 2) I can easily make it sharper.

-Second, the clip. On the blade its self I have a very nice satin black coating which holds up quite well. The clip however, has not done the same. Functionally its impeccable, however cosmetically it flaws extremely easily. I think Benchmade, if possible, should apply the same coating from the blade on the clip. I hear Benchmade will replace clips if needed, so that problem solves as well.

That's really all of the criticism I have for my new EDC, I highly recommend just for that: EDC use.
A review from: Jackiee
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The texture of the knife is amazing. I got this as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it. It's very sharp and makes thin cuts, highly satisfied.
A review from: Jordan
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I wish it didn't say benchmade.com/pat on the blade it ruins such an awesome blade
A review from: Hicks
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Hands-down, without a doubt, an absolutely wonderful knife. The price is right, the lines are sexy and it's SO fun to use. Seriously, people... this knife is worth it's weight in diamonds. If you appreciate fast, balanced and classy toys this knife is a great choice. Treat yourself today. Forever. Because that is how long these knives will last with their LifeSharp warranty. Benchmade is a fantastic American company. Buy a fantastic American knife.
A review from: Juan
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I bought the 940-1, carbon fiber scales, serrated edge. The blade is not properly centered between the scales. The liner screws protrude inside the scales reflecting shoddy craftsmanship. The Benchmade S90V steel doesn't hold an edge as I had expected. It's a shame that a light knife with a great blade design and rather sturdy and practical lock leaves the factory half baked.
A review from: Tim
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It's no secret that this knife is one of the best EDCs money can buy. The ergonomics of the 940 just fit. The handle fits the hand like a glove and the blade shape lends iteself to so many tasks with its flat and light belly. I'm glad that BM moved from the original 154cm to S30v. S30v is a bit harder and holds an edge better. I own 3 940s and have carried them on and off for 13 years. I own 20+ Benchmade's and without a doubt the 940 is a legend in the BM lineup. I hope to never see it discontinued like the legendary 710 that BM dropped this year.
A review from: That guy
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I've carried my 940 everywhere with me longer than I've been married. It's become an appendage and I feel strange if it's not riding with me. It's been a letter opener, box cutter, utensil. I've gutted fish in the Pacific with it, repaired my car on the side of the road, smuggled it through security checkpoints, field dressed wild game, had to reclaim it from the police and lent it to people with inferior blades when theirs failed them. Not my Benchmade. It shows honest wear now, the anodizing is gone on parts of the handle, a screw backed out of the clip but it rides with me every day without fail. Unobtrusive on my right side and unfailing in it's performance.
Long after the shine of newness wears off, the assurance that the blade will perform, the lock will hold and the craftmanship with endure are why I trust this essential piece of kit.
A review from: Matt
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The Benchmade Osborn 940

At 5.9 decades, old, and soon to be 6.0, I’ve had some experiences with sharp objects of all kinds. Some more friendly than others. I was given my first pocket knife at age six, by my Dad, and have since learned how to cut myself less frequently, and how to apply band-aids if needed! The main and only lesson I received the day I received that first knife was, “Don’t cut toward yourself.”
From fixed, to folding, having delved in the knife making realm, bits and blades are important to humans at large, and in particular to me. After owning dozens of knives over the years, noting the steel types that really get sharp and stay sharp…or not, premium steel blades are like a trolling lure to me.
I’ve whittled since I was a boy. Carving propellers, play wooden fixed blade knives, little caricatures; spoons and spatulas while out camping, and simple whistles from branches of trees, I know how to use a knife. To “not have” a knife on my person is worse than forgetting to put a belt on.
I’ve received knives as gifts, and purchased them on a whim. But I gotta have my knives!
Back tracking my knife carrying habit a few decades, I carried an Old Henry lock-back for ten or so years as an EDC (every day carry) knife. In the mid-90’s I began carrying a Swiss Army Climber. I went through three of the Swiss Army knives (seems people like them). Presently I am moving back to the single blade due to better steel, and a bit more blade length. I have good commentary on for each of these knives, they all served me well.
Once I decided I was going to purchase a fancy knife, I realized I did not want to pay retail for a new one. I also realized that a used version of the knife I wanted would likely be in great condition due to the initial build quality. So I purchased a pre-owned knife. Enter, Benchmade 940 Osborne green aluminum handled model.
The knife came in its original bag, no paper work. There were dings and scrapes on the handle, the blade appeared practically new. The lock functioned amazingly. I was beyond thrilled with this knife.
After sharpening it to “thin paper slicing” capacity, oiling and snugging the pivot, the knife truly functions as new. The “Axis lock,” which Benchmade uses on so many of its premium knives, is a simple and functionally brilliant blade lock. Lefty’s or righty’s will really appreciate its smooth reliable way.
Carrying the knife is a pleasure. The carry clip (stainless steel painted black) works well. I hear there are other clips, this one is fine for me, though a titanium one would be sweet. I do truly wish it was tip up or tip down carry with the clip. Alas, it is tip up only, but for left or right pocket carry. The knife is slim in the pocket, and large in the hand. One can truly work with the knife for long periods of time and not regret having to do so.
Using the knife exposes its excellent work ethic. This piece of cutlery will work in the kitchen or the campsite with equal ability. The only real limitation is the ability of the user.
There is a noticeable user learning curve for carving smallish items. I was carving a spoon about 2” long including the handle, and the bowl about ¾”. The reverse Tanto blade can be used for such work, but choking up on it requires gripping the edge; not something the neophyte will embrace without care. Still the blade is very universal given its 3.4” of very useable length.
Form follows function for the serious knife user. Functionally this knife is sneaky sweet, but it is as handsome as it is functional. At this writing the 940 Osborne has “Status” as a highly desirable everyday carry knife. It’s been around for well over a decade and is still sought out. After having purchased this knife used, I would now purchase one new. Yes I would even pay the retail $215.00. There is an S90v steel version that is stunning with a carbon fiber handle it is about $100.00 more if you so choose.
For us who may think I’m somehow hating on knives that are more money friendly, not true! There are days that I carry my $30.00 Swiss Army knife because it will perform tasks that the 940 simply cannot perform. As the man (Steven Furtick) said, “The death of contentment is comparison.” Get the knife you can work with. Keep it with you. Keep it sharp. Use it with respect.

A dull knife is like a dull life. It just doesn’t cut it.
Matt Gruver


A review from: Keely
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First benchmade knife I have owned. Fantastic knife. Use it for edc. Fits great in pocket-you don't even know it's there. Super sharp,high quality and fits great in your hand. I highly recommend this knife
A review from: Sam the cook
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I've been carrying an Osborne 940 for more than 11 years. I say off and on because I'm on my 3rd knife. First knife was lost in the Cleveland OH metro parks. The second was left at the YMCA never to be seen again, and the 3rd I've been carrying since 2012. It is by far the best balance of features for an everyday carry knife I've ever had. The edge has never chipped or broken. the coating has held up reasonably well, and the half serrated edge is my choice for the overall best set of features. On a weekly basis I use this knife to cut open cardboard boxes, whittle wood, cut lamb and beef and pork roast for the grille, use it as a food knife at lunch time, cut rope and Para cord and many other daily tasks. With all this type of daily use, I use the Lansky Diamond/Ceramic 4-Rod Turn Box sharpening system to bring the knife back to shaving sharp testing it on my forearm. I don't know what angle Benchmade MFG's the knife edge at but I sharpen it at 20 degrees using this system and it is exceptional. The only detractor, for my own personal use, is the design of the pocket clip. the first two knives I lost, I'm fairly confident that I snagged the clip on a tree branch or on something and it came out of my pocket. This does happen from time to time but I usually catch it and pick the knife back up. 4 years of abuse on this, the pocket clip screws are beginning to strip. For pictures of my knife and a head to head comparison against Spyderco go to http://samthecook.tumblr.com/post/98065605008/samthecook-looking-for-a-great-every-day-carry. Great job Benchmade. If I loose the knife again, which I hope I don't, I'll buy it again...its that good.
Sam the cook.
A review from: Carl
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I cannot say enough good things about this knife. I own several benchmade knives and several spyderco knives. I carry a knife everywhere so usually i look for lightweight folders for athletic shorts for running and biking etc. The benchmade 940 will simply disappear into anywhere. It is so light you forget you put it there. For being such a slim knife it is incredably sturdy, not to mention a great design too. I have the 940-2 which has g10 handles and the satin reverse tanto. I would have gotten the regular 940 if i wasnt going to use it. I like the 940-2 because its lighter than the other 940's (except for the carbon fiber) and it isnt as expensive as the carbon fiber model. The carbon fiber model's balance point is a bit off because the handle is so light. The g10 balance point is just about perfect. The benchmade 940 competes with the spyderco delica 4 which is cheaper and about the same weight.
A review from: Ernest
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I bought the 940-1 with some hesitation due to some negative chatter on the net. But I read more positive reviews than bad and having experienced nothing but quality knives from Benchmade in the past took the plunge and pulled the trigger. I am so happy that I did so.. The knife is a beauty, fit and finish is outstanding. The blade was centered and sharp. The bevels on the blade were even. Lightweight but feels substantial in the hand. The carbon fiber scales are a thing of beauty. Sorry Chris Reevs but a knew dog in town just took over for the Sebenza 25. Yup I like the knife a lot.. Don't listen to the naysayers on the net the knife is a thing of beauty.. Loving it.. Gotta go play with my new toy.
A review from: Aroadkinger
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Just purchased the 940 with clip point and satin finish. Great size/weight ratio, great steel, poor factory edge sharpening-uneven and not symmetrical.
A review from: Mark
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Great knife! It is a good sized EDC that I am not self-conscious about using due to it's subdued appearance. (Larger, more aggressive looking blades can catch bystanders off guard.) It's expensive for a EDC blade, but the quality and craftsmanship are all well worth it.
A review from: Jeremy
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I waited 5 years to get this knife. I spent more money on lower quality knives trying to convince myself that the 940 was just a luxury. After every knife purchase I felt cheated. All the crazy marketing games of magic steel, assisted opening gimmicks, and poor quality finally pushed me over the edge to put a 940 in my pocket as an EDC knife. 5 years of wishing is finally a reality and I couldn't be happier. This blade is truly a work of art. Solid lock up and quality materials. Anyone who knows quality will be able to tell the difference once you hold one, this knife is second to none. I have compared this knife with other higher end offerings and i'm happy that I reside in the Benchmade corner. Thanks for a quality product that I will have for years to come.
A review from: PAUL
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I didn’t expect to dig the Osborne 940 as much as I do and now understand why so many people go bananas over it. First off, the 940 is gorgeous. The fit and finish radiate quality from the moment you take it in hand. The blade is perhaps the sharpest out of box of any knife I've ever owned. I shaved a little with it, just to see if I could. I wouldn’t recommend this as a general practice, but damn, that’s a sharp knife. The Axis lock allows for lightning-fast deployment and locks up rock-solid. Again, now I understand why so many people dig the Axis lock. Given the speed and reliability of deployment, I would absolutely feel comfortably defending myself with the 940. Thus so far, I’ve been able to avoid danger and haven’t had to put the 940 to use in this capacity. In the meantime, it’s been great for opening boxes, cutting tape and a thousand other day to day cutting tasks that seem to come up.

My one gripe is the black painted coating on the clip. I'd love to have a non-coated "BENCHMADE USA" clip on this thing. But I’m nit-picking.

I categorically recommend this legendary knife.
A review from: Jason
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I bought this knife when I graduated from Ranger School in 2002. It has been my everyday knife since then and done me well everywhere I have been since that day.
A review from: John
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I liked this model so much I bought 2 the green scaled with black tonto blade and the black scaled satin blade, both are light and have solid lock ups, deploy easy and make for great EDC blades
A review from: craig
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I have the 940 black edition. Bought the knife on amazon and have no regrets. I am a pipe-fitter and use this knife for everything on the job. From cutting of insulation to scraping off gaskets from flanges, this knife has taken the best I can throw at it. Just sent it back to Benchmade after two years just for a sharpening, to my surprise they replaced the springs and axis lock. Great job Benchmade, you have a customer for life.
A review from: Joe
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I've owned and carried this model for about ten years now. It held up great to anything I could dish out. Just recently sent it back to Benchmade because I had sharpened it so much over the years that the blade didn't really look like it did when it was new. Benchmade replaced the blade, upgraded now to S30 steel, and custom laser marked it for less than the cost of a Chinese knife from Walmart! They also tuned up the rest of the knife like brand new. It carries so well in my pocket that I forget it is there. I can't say enough good things about this knife. I own 12 other Benchmade knives, but this model is my favorite.
A review from: Jacob
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The 940 in any configuration is the quintessential every day carry blade. Lightning fast when opening and closing. It has handled everything I can throw at it with ease. The first thing I did upon losing my first 940 was order another directly from Benchmade.I will always have a 940 on my side.
A review from: Milton
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I have carried this knife everyday for almost a year.Have used it on almost everything imaginable.It is as tight as the day I bought it and shows no signs of wear what so ever.One tough knife!
A review from: Paul
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I purchased this knife 4 years ago and it goes everywhere I go. The clip is tight and the knife has never come loose, even when wearing nylon material hiking pants, which tend to be slippery. The Axis mechanism is awesome and actually almost as quick as my auto knife. I tend to be tough on knives because I use them. One might be inclined to baby this blade because of the price but this is one bad ass tough knife. No wiggle after four years! If you had to pick one knife for everyday carry. this is the one, in my humble opinion. These folks know how to build a knife!
A review from: John
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Got to say, this is one of my favorite EDCs, the lock up from blade to Handel is super tight, it's a sleek design and perfect for EDC, deff recommend this blade.