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The AFO-II push-button auto has become a proven tool used in all branches of the Armed Forces.
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About the product
The AFO was our first automatic platform ever and it's had some upgrades over the years, but the overall design is still the same. The AFO-II push-button auto has become a proven tool used in all branches of the Armed Forces. MOLLE® compatible. Made in USA.

Designer: Benchmade
Mechanism: Push Button Automatic
Action: Automatic-opening
Blade Steel: 154CM (58-61 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.56" (9.04cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.124" (3.15mm)
Open Length: 8.51" (21.62cm)
Closed Length: 4.95" (12.57cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.60" (15.24mm)
Weight: 5.80oz. (164.43g)

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Clip Type MALICE CLIP® (MOLLE Compatible), Standard
Clip Position Multiple
Glass Breaker No
Handle Material 6061-T6 Aluminum
Lanyard Hole Yes
MOLLE Compatible Yes
Sheath Type Cordura
Use Tactical

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A review from: Stevo D
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This is now my third time buying the AFO II for the reason of my first one getting stolen and losing my second one on a rafting trip. I went without it for a month before sucking it up and buying another. I simply could not find or think of another auto folder that met the durability and quality of of the AFO II. I did my research and shopped around to find a substitute and did not find anything that met my liking over this blade. This knife has become integrated into my kit for many different applications and has become an invaluable to my EDC system. For me, there is no substitute for this knife. It's performed for everything I've needed it to do and then some. I keep it clean,sharp,and lubed and I have no issues. I would recommend it to anyone who who appreciates a serious no B.S cutting tool. If there's one thing I could recommend, is maybe offer a few different blade steels. The 154CM is a great steel, but who doesn't like options. Long story short, you cannot go wrong with this knife. Anyone who buys this already know this. Cheers.
A review from: Amra
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I owned the original AFO years ago and had to sell it,well that is something I have always regretted.I just got the AFO II and it is definitely an upgrade from the original,not that it needed any improvements but they at BENCHMADE found the few things they could improve upon and did.I gave this knoke 5 stars across the board as it is 1 of the nicest/best knives you can buy and i don't mind paying for true craftsmanship,which is what you get when you buy a BENCHMADE knife.Thank you for such a well made product.
A review from: Zach
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I bought and carried an Adamas automatic for awhile and loved it, but wanted a push button automatic rather than the axis open auto. I was not disappointed in this Afo-II.. the mechanism is great, the 154cm blade takes an edge much better than the d2 tool steel blades. Overall I am extremely happy with this purchase, and would buy this knife again. My only gripe, which isn't really a bad thing, is it have to keep the mechanism lubed with dry graphite so as not to attract any dirt as compared to an oil lube. Still, the knife is a 10/10
A review from: Knothead
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I bought this knife about 2 years ago now and it haseems been great. I keep it in my turnouts gear because I can open it with my gloves on with no issues. So far I have used it on multiple fires and crashes.
A review from: Cody
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I had purchased one of these in 2013 and it has been a great knife. It is durable and holds an edge well. After a couple years opening with the automatic, it didn't seem to open as strong. Once I cleaned and lubricated it went right back to factory new in regards to opening. If you are looking for a good pocket knife to carry for years to come this is it.
A review from: DeckApe
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Did a lot resurch befor buying this knife, the grip is bertter than anything I have ever had or held and the quality can not be beat, NO REGRETS
A review from: Woody
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Original seven year old AFO II recently went missing, so I bought another. The new knife seems subtly different, cannot say exactly what is different...but still feels good in hand and operates with the same muscle memory. The new blade seems to hold an edge better/longer than the older version.

Make no mistake about this knife: It is a large folder, and fills the hand well. It is a wonderful tool for reasonably discrete carry on your body/gear.
A review from: MORGAN
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Benchmade has done it again. They have made another great knife for field use or everyday use. The craftsmanship on these knives are fantastic. They have a life time sharpening program. What more could you ask for. The auto action on this knife is fast and locks up tight with no play. This knife came razor sharp from Benchmade. I would recommend this knife to any one that wants a great knife for tactical or everyday use.
A review from: Papa Joe
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I was issued an AFO II back in 2002, just before my unit deployed to Afghanistan. After carrying and using the knife for the next 2 years, I got to keep it upon my retirement. I worked in the Personnel Protective Security business after leaving Special Forces and the knife was still part of my "Kit". The knife was low maintenance and kept an eadge which made it invaluable as a tool I could use daily. I recommend this knife to all active duty and contractors and recommend you make it a part of your kits. BenchMade has won my endorsement and loyalty when it comes to knives. I give their products a 10!
A review from: Craig
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I have wanted the convenience of an automatic knife for a while now and I own 2 other Benchmade knives which I am extremely happy with. The feel of this knife in my hand is great. It has the right weight and balance and the build quality is top notch. I carry this knife with me every day now. I have not subjected it to any hard use yet but I am sure that the quality of the Benchmade name and product line will prove this to be a useful and durable companion both on the street and in the wild. Highly recommended!
A review from: Matt
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Ive had this knife for awhile its been to hell and back sharpened many times and still holds an edge best knife ive had
A review from: R.
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When I first purchased the AFO II six years ago as a personnel defense knife ,it was my intention to use it only in an emergency. Yeah right, that plan lasted about a week. Since then it has been used and abused. It goes with me everywhere from daily carry to outdoor activities. It has seen edge destroying materials from cardboard to hardwoods, even stone counter tops , working on vehicles stripping wire. It has been used. It is still as reliable as the day I bought it, although the blade has diminished noticeably and the once sharp angle of the Tanto tip blade has become rounded over the hundreds of sharpening, it functions perfectly. After 6 years of pocket carry it was rather slow so I opened it up earlier this evening for the first time to find that 6 years of pocket carry, with minimal exterior, cleaning it had become clogged up with pocket lint and other debris. I was very impressed with the quality of the components and the precision machine work, no tool marks, the pivot surface on the blade was a mirror polish It cleaned up well with mineral spirits and applied a very light film on all of the metal on metal moving parts.Re assembled and it is as fast if not faster than new. Great product, a knife of a lifetime.
A review from: Greg
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Solid lock up, nice tacky almost sticky finish. Thin enough to skip into my front pocket without a bulky feeling all day. That is until l use it. Then it has a nice purchase weight and feel. With a blade this hard l dread the day l have to dress the edge. I have an Adamas with the same awesome blade. Trust me guys, they are a bitch to dress. I had to clean up the Adamas a bit once in three years of daily use. That knife has been put in the backpack it is a bit too bulky for edc. This evening my wife discovered the AFO II and clipped it into her jean pocket. As I'm sure l will only see the clip of my favorite knife hanging out of HER pocket, I will order a twin tomorrow. This is a great knife. Thanks Benchmade for a great knife.
A review from: Jay
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My first AFO has a blue anodized handle, apparently Benchmade made a few colors years ago, like 25? I think. It did not come with a pocket clip, and Benchmade wouldn't put one on, so I had my father in law put one on, he was a tool and dye craftsman. It still holds well. My second one I gave to a friend going to Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer School. I assume he is still using it in his new career as a police officer. These are great knives but my favorite is still the Presidio 5000!
A review from: ken
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Most people have never needed to rely on a simple device like a knife , I have, A friend talked me into purchasing one of these blades at the Houston NRA. I now own two. Service has been outstanding from Benchmade. This is a tool that you can rely on in truly life altering moments. Good stuff isn't cheap and there is nothing cheep about the performance of this Knife. It is like a razor out of the box and stays that way for a really long time despite abuse.
A review from: Eric
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This review is for both the afo and afo 2, as well as a touch on the axis lock knives I own.
I had a 9050 afo that I bought in 2002 and lost two years ago. I used and probably misused that knife daily for that time. Firefighting is my primary job and is why I bought it and subsequently is how I lost it. However it went with me everywhere.
I recently replaced it with an afo 2. It is an improved model and I do like the larger auto button however I do believe it should come with a 3.75" blade or even 4".
I have found this model as well as the axis design to be superior in the field. Wildland firefighting is a very good test on knife design in my opinion as the exposure to dirt, ash, and all other natural elements are always present. I've never had any of these knives fail and am especially impressed with the afos' as they are autos and must have more moving parts. That original afo was never serviced, oiled, or any other way maintained besides the blade. It never needed it.
After losing that original knife I have tried replacing it with several different Benchmade knives in the last two years. My primary will always be the afo2 but I am very happy to have high quality knives in case of another loss.
The quality of Benchmade knives and quality of their customer service have been seriously the best I've ever experienced across the board. I also spend all my extra time in bike and ski shops or especially on bikes and skis. I do have ample experience dealing with products and using them hard.
This review I believe is a "thank you" to the people I have dealt with at Benchmade. Thank you!
A review from: Tim
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I purchased the AFII about a month ago. It is satin blade , no serrations. I love the size. It comes razor sharp.
The knife is high quality all the way. It is a little pricey, but if anything ever happens to this one I will get another one real quick.

I love it
A review from: Opie
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I was given a benchmade 12 years ago and took it everywhere, I recently lost it on a training mission and I am very upset, best knife I've ever had.
A review from: Garbini
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I was given a AFO II a few years ago as a gift and loved it. I kept it as my everyday carry and for the years I owned it I never left the house without it. A few weeks ago I lost it on my birthday and was devastated. I literally traced my steps for the entire night and asked every restaurant I visited and friends if it had turned up (absolutely not realistic but still had to try). I knew while I owned the knife that it was a great knife but you don't realize how much you like something until it's gone. I felt empty without it. A buddy of mine got me another one and I was like a kid at christmas. It's hands down the best knife I own (small collection but all high quality) and is still my everyday carry and will be. Good size, quick reaction when opening, comes sharp as hell and is perfect for everyday carry. The friend of mine that gave it to me carried it while deployed and swore by it. I've actually considered purchasing another one as a back up in case I misplace it again in another few years...don't want to go without it again. If you have the money you cannot go wrong with this AFO-II.
A review from: Joseph
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I bought this knife a few months back I could not wait to get it. When it finally showed up I was like a kid at Christmas I owed a few other Benchmades and always wanted an automatic. This knife is my everyday carry and work knife I beat the hell out of this knife takes a licking and keeps on ticking! I will be a Benchmade owner for the rest of my life if you're looking for a great pocket knife you have found it.
A review from: Philip
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As everyone else is saying. They have had a few pocket knives over the years in the low end dollar amount Then they would up grade to a Gerber,or a Kershaw.Been there did this. I've always wanted a Benchmade folder,ever since my brother in law allowed me to use his. Wow what a knife! His was a Styker mini. I came into a good amount of money recently. So I went on a hunt for a great folder. I went to every knife blog I could find about tactical folders. What intrigued me was that Benchmade made tactical automatic folders. Then I went to a local gun shop to look @ there stock of Benchmade tatical autos. I looked @ the Stryker,Barrage,& the AFO II tactical auto in the Tanto Serrated 3.56" black coated configuration. Wow! What a knife! It fit just right in my hand.The big button to engage the blade was just right. The blade was scary sharp. I mean if you looked to cut something with it. By the time the thought cleared your mind the item was cut clean through! I'm not in the military,nor am I a tactical law enforcement officer. However there has to be a good reason why the Benchmade AFO II tactical auto folder is their knife of choice through out the world over. All I can say is don't look @ the high cost of this tactical folder. Look @ the knife it self. How it feels,How easily it opens. The quality of the materials used in making it. How scary sharp it is.How well it maintains this sharpness. How well the clip holds onto all clothing material,even nylon shorts. Then consider the company's support you get after the purchase. Benchmade customer service is top notch. The Knife Sharp warranty is top shelf as well. I could go on,& on about my Benchmade AFII Tactical Auto,Tanto Serrated 3.56"black coated folder. Just free up the money. Make the investment in the last knife you'll ever buy. Then pass it on to your son. So then he to too can experience owning a Benchmade tactical folder.
Sincerely;
Philip J Scalici.
A review from: Luke
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I have been beating the heck out of this thing for almost two years. It has held up great and is no worse for the wear. The action is beautifully smooth and super easy to actuate one handed, even with gloves on. The glass breaker on the back of the handle works fairly well, just no where to hit the window for best results.