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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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A review from: Ostie
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From the blade geometry, to the action, to the feel in your hand, everything about this knife is perfect. A week of carrying this as my EDC convinced me to buy one. The quality and balance are amazing, it's everything you would expect from a Benchmade and is absolutely worth every penny of the price. I 100% recommend this knife.
A review from: Sam
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I purchased this knife to replace the mini-barrage I carried with me everyday for 9 years. I wasn't sure I could like a knife better than the one I had but I was wrong. This knife exceeded my expectations and I am very impressed with the craftsmanship. The mechanism works flawlessly and just the same as the first time I engaged it over a year ago. The handle is very slim and lightweight. It has a good ergonomic feel while in use and barely noticeable when clipped in the corner of your pocket. You can't go wrong with this product.
A review from: Hunter
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Perfect size, light in the hand, and a crisp, strong opening action. As with all Benchmade knives, I give this a 10/10.

A review from: Vinnie D.
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This is my first EDC and my first Auto knife. I have a few fixed blade Benchmade knives and have always been impressed with their quality so I decided to give them a shot for a EDC/Auto pocket knife. After doing my research and comparing several knives on this website, I decided to go with the CLA. This is one outstanding knife.

What I really like about it
- overall build quality
- very solid opening mechanism
- razor sharp right out of the box
- no blade wiggle when open
- Incredibly good looking durable handle with an open back for easy cleaning
- perfect size for EDC
- nice locking mechanism
- nice solid (reversible) belt clip that runs to 50% of the handle
- perfect for right hand opening by using thumb to open

What I don't like (and these are really picky)
- awkward left hand opening having to use index finger
- somewhat sharp edges on the safety lock button

I am extremely happy with this knife, Benchmade has created a masterpiece with the CLA, perfect balance of durability, quality, looks, size, weight, balance and price. I highly recommend!

A review from: MJ
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Received this knife today and I must say that I am beyond impressed!! The fit and finish is fantastic, the quality is great. I look forward to carrying this knife for many years to come! Thanks Benchmade!!! It's not just a knife, it's MY BENCHMADE!!
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.

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