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About the product
The Composite Lite Auto, is our first G10 automatic. It's a great all-purpose, mid-sized platform with a drop-point blade, G10 scales (smooth or textured) and an enlarged actuation button. Made in USA.

Designer: Benchmade
Mechanism: Push-button automatic
Action: Automatic-opening
Blade Steel: 154CM (58-61 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.40" (8.64cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.114" (2.90mm)
Open Length: 7.85" (19.94cm)
Closed Length: 4.45" (11.30cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.49" (12.446mm)
Weight: 3.60oz. (102.06g)

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Blade Style/Shape Drop-point
Clip Type Deep-Carry
Clip Position Reversible Tip-Up
Glass Breaker No
Handle Material G10
Lanyard Hole Yes
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type No Sheath
Use Every Day, Tactical

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A review from: Lee
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I don't carry this knife daily only because I love my rift auto even more. Excellent for every task so far
A review from: Tino
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This knife is a slim and lightweight auto with a very useful blade profile. The tip works well for precise cutting and the high grind along the length of the blade makes slicing very easy. The black G10 scales are very smooth and help the knife slide in and out of whatever pants you choose to wear without fraying your pocket over time. I like the position of the safety and although it does have some sharp edges I haven't noticed it scraping the back of my hand when I reach into my pocket. The open spine of the handle makes blowing out pocket lint fast and easy. Overall, I'm very happy with this knife but at this price I would like to see a S30V or other higher performance stainless steel blade options.
A review from: Adam
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I bought this knife about a year ago. I am a Law Enforcement officer and I carry this knife everyday. I chose to go with the straight edge. I love the knife so much that I need to send it back to be sharpened with Benchmade's life sharp program and can't bring myself to do it because I don't want to be without this knife. I'm actually considering buying another one just do I don't have to go without it while it is being sharpened. This knife has performed so well and is lightning fast. If you purchase this knife you will be very happy with your purchase. It is worth every penny. I expected quality when I decided to buy a Benchmade knife and they delivered. I'm amazed at how well this knife held up over the last year. If you are on the fence about buying a Benchmade knife, just buy it, you'll be glad you did.
A review from: Jesse
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Bought this knife in all black several months ago to replace my Kershaw. All in all I really like it, but leaves some to be desired. The handle is excellent. Very comfortable in the hand and holds up well. The automatic mechanism is likewise flawless. The serations on the lock are a bit aggressive for my taste, but you definetly know when your on it, especially with the back of your hand in your pocket. I just leave the lock off, the guarding around the trigger does a great job and I have never had it deploy in my pocket. Also, the thing just looks sweet. Now the draw backs. For one, the coating on the blade and especially the pocket clip don't hold up what so ever. Additionally, I'm not a fan of the blade material. The edge knicks very easily and doesn't hold an edge very well. Also I can't get it razor blade sharp. These are all areas that my Kershaw with it's Sandvik 14C28N excelled! If only I could take the blade from my Kershaw and put it in this knife, that would be perfection! Alas, I still love this knife and carry it daily, but find myself wishing it was better, especially for the price tag.
A review from: Lowell
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This knife is pretty good. The G10 handle is awesome. It feels great, its super sturdy, looks great and with an open back is easy to keep squeaky clean. The auto mechanism and safety are perfect and never fail to deploy quickly. The blade steel is 154cm which although sharp and strong is not close to some of the better steel Benchmade uses. That is my only complaint about the knife and I wish Benchmade would offer an S90V steel version of the CLA. Otherwise the knife is functional and aggressive looking and offers the protection needed in any situation. Definitely recommend the CLA.
A review from: Bill
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I just purchased this knife. I like the size as it it easily concealable using the clip. I bought this to compliment my conceal gun, or where guns are not feasible. The small size fits nicely in my front pocket and is easily deployed and can not be easily detected in pocket or if needed when deployed. I like the fast auto action of opening. Will be useful in an emergency situation. I am a retired firefighter and know quality tools and this knife checks all the boxes
A review from: Smitty
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I have several other auto knives but hate that they all have aluminum handles. I use my knives and after 6 months the metal handles look as if a truck ran them over. I love the feel and look of the G10 scales on the CLA. On top of the awesome G10s, the CLA has an open-back design that makes it a breeze to cleanout after use. Benchmade hit a home run with this one!
A review from: drew
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I got this knife recently as a gift from my girlfriend. Thing only thing I can say is wow. Ive been caring a infidel for about 2 years and I loved it, once I got this I haven't stopped carrying it! its by far my favorite knife. some of my close friends have zero tolerances and I personally think this knife opens smoother than those zt's. I have the plain edge with the satin blade and black handle. This knife is very sleek and smooth. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a knife is loose. there is no play in this at all. by far my favorite knife, definetly a quality one as well.
A review from: Glenn
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I absolutely love this knife. I've got the black g-10/ satin blade configuration. It has an amazing edge right off the shelf. I've been carrying this knife for about 6 weeks now and the edge has shown no sign of wear. Until now I've carried cheap Walmart knives like Gerber and Kershaw and the edges don't last even if you don't use them. The action is extremely smooth and functional, and the lock has a very solid engage and disengage which screams quality! My only complaint it the pocket clip, while I do love the deep carry clip (cough cough)... the thing doesn't even touch the side of the knife. I find myself checking my pocket to make sure it hasn't fallen out most of the time. Benchmade had fallen short of even the cheap brands in that aspect.
A review from: Robert
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Best auto I've had from bench made yet. The G10 handles feel great in the hand and create a slim lightweight profile that carries in the pocket extremely well. Bulk and/or weight have been my biggest issues with other autos such as the auto presidio and others I used to carry. The edge, like all other benchmades I've had, holds well. The one quality issue I have is that the factory edge is not exactly symmetrical, but I have yet to find a knife that has a symmetrical factory edge and I prefer to set my own edge at 22.5 or 25 degrees anyways. The lock is in a great location and easy to get used to for everyday use. The auto function is strong and snappy requiring a good grip on the knife when opening. Not a bad thing in my mind, just something to be aware of. Biggest (really only) drawback is the price, but buy quality once and you won't have to keep buying cheaper/lower quality knives over and over.
A review from: James
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I wear this knife daily and do find it a good knife that I can depend on. Only flaw I've found is that when in my cargo pants pocket it the handle rubbing will pick up the pant color.
A review from: Marcus
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The Benchmade CLA is a solid medium sized auto.

Handle:
The g10 is on this knife is smooth but still provides good grip. I was unsure of how well the pocket clip would hold the blade in pocket but was pleasantly surprised. The clip is mounted well and feels very solid, it also has 3 holes for using different clips. Lock switch is placed in a nice location, easy to access.

Blade:
Shape is very functional and classic.I don't have experience with Benchmades black coating but it looks like it will hold up well. Blade came sharp and looks great. Push button fire is fast and consistent.

The only con I can see with this knife would have to be that it is only a tip up carry. This is not a deal breaker for me though. Benchmade knows how to make a high quality knife and the CLA does a great job of showing this.
A review from: Joseph
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You cannot beat the service team at Benchmade. I recently sent my CLA back for sharpening. I could shave with it!
Wonderful knife and knife company.
A longtime loyal user and will continue to use your tools.