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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: Avery
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This is easily my favorite knife to EDC. The blade geometry is wonderful, it gives you enough belly and a sharp enough tip for anything you would want to do. Its kind of like a mixture of the warn cliff blade, and a drop point blade. The action was butter smooth out of the box and has been since I've had it...with one exception, the pivot screw loves to get loose, even with blue loctite the pivot screw will wiggle itself loose over the course of a few days. I remedied this with red loctite but I really shouldn't have to do that. My blade centering out of the box was hugging the left side, not touching the scales or anything, but off nonetheless. The edge came with a much steeper edge on the left side than the right side. I have since fixed this, but again, I shouldn't have to do that. While I know I sound nit-picky, I'm paying over $180 for a pocket knife, which I have no problem doing, as long as I'm getting a highly quality controlled knife, which I just do not feel like I got. I'm planning on sending mine into Benchmade to get a new blade (I broke my tip off), hopefully they replace the scales, washers, omega spring, screws, and pocket clip as well, I've heard they do that. I also hope when they replace the knives parts that I get a better quality controlled knife altogether. I ordered the deep carry clip and it is absolutely wonderful, I cannot recommend it enough.
A review from: Diesel
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So I have been looking at the 940-2 for a while now, and I thought to myself I already have a couple benchmades in rotation. So I needed a reason for this purchase....long story short I lost a 810 recently, well there we go, order is in and here comes the mail yesterday and what do we have here?? A BRAND NEW 940-2 OSBORNE WITH G10 SCALES ON IT!!! The fit, finish and feel of this knife is top notch and now I know why it is in the top of the list of most loved EDC knives. Very well built.....no mess with perfection!
A review from: Moepoe
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One of my most versatile in my large collection of Benchmades. Blade is amazing, color (green) is stunning, wish I had stepped up to the carbon fiber model, but really love the appearance, functionality and versatility of this knife. If I could only have one knife, it would be the 940. Thank you Warren Obsorne!
A review from: Field Season
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This has been a great knife. I have abused the hell out of it and it got me through many field seasons as a biologist. I actual broke the blade after 5 years of heavy use and it may have involved a sledgehammer.I sent it back and paid the 10 dollar shipping fee and it came back to me with what looked like a new blade and cut like a new blade. It's been a great knife well worth the mone.
A review from: Zach
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Highly recommend! Definitely worth the money! Best knife I ever had! Unfortunately I lost mine at work when the clip came loose and I didn’t know it. Hopefully will get another someday.
A review from: Joe
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I've been carrying a 940 with a cpm 154 blade since the late 90's. Blade is still fully dependable, the Axis lock is still tight and the aluminum scales are still green. I sent it back for a life sharp tune up this year...it's like a brand new knife. Looking forward to another 20 years of service.
A review from: Aaron
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This is a good quality, modern classic of an EDC knife.It came almost razor sharp, a few strops on a leather belt and it could shave hair. My only complaints are price and the handle scales. If only they made a cheaper version of this in 154cm.The aluminum handles scratch and chip fairly easily, and I sorta regret not buying the g10 version. Maybe I'll get a mini grip next time.
A review from: Adam
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I received a 940-2 on 3-16-18 and upon opening it noticed right away how the knife wasn't very sharp and also how gritty the action felt but just passed it off as it needs time to break in so I sharpened it and carried for about a week when was using closing it I felt something sharp cut into my thumb near the axis lock and noticed a big ribbon like piece of metal coming out from under the axis lock stud that must have been left in there from production and after it fell out of there you almost have to pry the axis lock to get it to close. Pretty sad as I have wanted a 940 for a very long time and when I finally got one it was of this quality! must not be any quality control department anymore, and to top it off I was supposed to cover shipping on a brand new knife that shouldn't have left the factory in the first place. Spoke with customer service yesterday and the gentleman said he would email me a return label this morning but this morning has came and went without any sign of customer service or email etc!!
A review from: Trevor
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Long-time Benchmade owner; I have owned several makes over 15 years and my 943 has been my absolute favorite. Over the last few years though I’ve felt their quality and control dept have seriously dropped the ball, the customer service dept is the only reason why I keep buying.
My most recent purchase was a 940-1 which replaced my 10 year old 943 that I unfortunately lost.
The 940’s grind was horrible, blade was obese, not centered, the plunge line was off, and the action was sticky. Lifesharp replaced the blade on my dime for “cosmetic” reasons, blade still sticks a bit but I’m happy with it.
Overall the 940 and 943 still remains my favorite EDC, it’s a great design, but I hesitate to recommend it due to the cost and QC issues. If I had been a first time buyer I’m not sure if I’d buy again. If you do buy one, please buy direct from a dealer so you can see what your purchasing. The design itself is truly wonderful so I hope mine was an “oops” and isn’t becoming BM’s QC norm.
A review from: John
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I have the aluminum handle and I love it. I like the way it is balanced and the way it rides in my pocket. I have the deep clip on mine. I carry it every day and with just a light touch up from time to time it remains very sharp. It is an extremely well made knife and I would definitely recommend it to others.
A review from: SnootyJim
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I certainly waited too long to own a knife as nice as this. I recently bought the "162 bushcrafter" Benchmade and was so pleased with it that the 940 quickly became my next obsession. I have to say, the green aluminum finish is holding up well. It feels wonderful in the hand and is better than I anticipated. I love the reverse tanto blade. I carry this on me daily and the only detraction I can possibly muster is the clip is tight on jeans pockets. I am reluctant to stretch it out for worry that it won't be secure on thinner pockets. I highly recommend this knife. I have several friends who are very much impressed who say they are looking to buy their own. I have seen knives cheaper, they were cheaper knives. This is by far the best balance of materials, workmanship, and smooth function, I have ever owned in a knife. The Axis lock is a terrific feature. Makes assisted opening a non desired feature as the axis is secure and tight when opened and can be closed without assistance. It deploys to open with a flick. There can be no uncertainty with jurisdictional laws. This is a manual knife that performs better than an assisted or automatic without subjecting you to interpretations of laws. I am retired law enforcement and this is my EDC knife.
A review from: Connor
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after years of carrying lower value knives from other companies, I settled on this one with the green handle and reverse tanto blade.It has been a daily carry for over a year and finally is growing dull enough to need to be sent back for sharpening. I have used this knife for everything from daily use cutting cardboard boxes open to a back up on a hunt when my typical skinning knife went missing. I have no complaints with it and feel Benchmade makes some of the best knives on the market. If you don't own a Benchmade this a great starter and a knife to have around for years of hard use and dependable service.
A review from: George
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One review mentioned play in the blade. There is a star screw in the handle near the blade. This controls the amount of play. If it's too tight you can't flip it open and closed easily, if it's too loose you'll get some blade play. But its adjustable and it holds it's position. I have over a dozen Benchmades and I've gotten everyone easily adjusted to a tension where it flips open and closed quickly and easily, but there is no play in the blade. All you need is a "star" screwdriver.
A review from: Jason
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I've had my 940-1 for 2 years now and it has made almost all of my other knives obsolete. After carrying the 940-1 and using it daily, there just isn't a whole lot that I can fault it for. It honestly does everything really well. I work in the industrial services field and I spend a lot of time onsite, which means that my knives see a decent amount of use, and more than just cutting cardboard and opening letters. I actually picked up this knife for more casual use but I wanted to see how it would handle heavier tasks. And now I just can't find a reason to carry any of my other knives. I figured what the heck, it's a Benchmade and everyone says they'll fix anything if you break it.

I was pretty worried at first because this thing weighs almost nothing. The carbon fiber scales, which are the best I've seen on any store bought production knife, almost make this thing feel fragile. I can assure you that it's not fragile in any way. The blade steel is amazing - 1st, it still holds a serviceable edge from the day that I bought it. 2nd, it is extremely corrosion resistant. It didn't come from the factory with a hair splitting edge but I've never had an issue cutting anything. S90V is hard to work with and doesn't like to take a mirror polish but that's fine for my type of use. I'm not sitting at a desk slicing paper all day so this blade steel was ideal for my particular usage.

Using the axis lock is like second nature from day one. Once you learn the "axis flick" to open and close you'll be able to open the knife, cut, and then close the knife unbelievably fast. The knife has been very easy to clean and service. A small bit of advice, use a tiny drop of blue loctite on the pivot screw. Adjust tightness to zero blade play while the blade still drops free if the axis lock is pulled. After adjusted, let the loctite sit overnight and your knife will have zero blade play for several months.

This knife is great for whatever you might be doing. I'm totally confident in this knife regardless of what I'm wearing or the environment that I'm working in. Reasonably large blade, perfect handle size, amazing quality and materials...carry one of these for a week and see how hard it is for one of your other knives to get into your pocket.
A review from: Ed
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I've had my CF version of the 940 for over a month now. It's replaced my Anthem for the time being as my EDC. Unlike my Anthem this knife was perfectly centered and built. This knife disappears in the pocket, fits perfect in the hand and is truly ambidextrous (I'm left handed). Came super sharp and still is. It took a couple weeks to really loosen up. Flicks open with easy using the thumb stud or just pulling back on the Axis lock and give a wrist flick. This has essentially become my new fidget toy. In terms of value, I rated this 5 stars simply because I was able to get mine through the Military Exchange at nowhere near the normal retail cost. Thank you Benchmade for allowing the Military Exchanges to be Authorized Retailers. (I also go a Freek through the exchange and it too is an awesome knife). The green aluminum is a great value as well, but for the money and quality, get the carbon fiber version.
A review from: Mike
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I bought mine around two years ago. the S90v with the carbon fiber grips and I cant say enough good things about it. It holds and edge unlike any other knife I've owned. Way better than my other work horse Benchmade in D2 (though I love that knife too). It takes a fair amount of abuse, as I use it daily and just because there may be a better tool for the job, this knife is what I had handy, and let me tell you it delivers.

The downfalls.... SV90 Does not like to be sharpened. If you somehow dull this guy, expect to spend some time to get it back in shape. Diamond stones are about the only thing you can use on this stuff to not spend an eternity getting an edge back.... Good thing it holds an edge! If I had to hone on this as often as I do the D2 steel, I'd cry. That said... with the tools I have available, I can put a nicer edge on the D2 than I can this S90 but the S90 will still give a nice clean shave.

A review from: Scott
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It is all true. I read where benchmade had amazing products and customer service. I had owned my 940 for over a year, it was my all time favorite knife to carry. I own many knives, including Benchmade, Spyderco, Buck, Ect. close to 3 dozen pocket and 2 dozen fixed blades. I really like my Griptilian but the 940 is just the best! I love the blade design and versatility of the reverse tanto. Sharpens like a razor and holds for a week of use. My 940 blade got in a place it should not have been and the tip chipped. Sent it into Service and expected to pay for a replacement blade. THEY REBUILT THE WHOLE DANG KNIFE and sent it back to me FOR FREE! Thank you Benchmade. So as a thank you, I went out and purchased a Bugout, which they can hardly keep in stock. It is an amazing knife too! Thank you again Benchmade. Before I purchased my first Benchmade, I thought "that's some coin" but the value you receive is ten times the purchase price!
A review from: Rick
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Just received my 940-2 3 days ago. It's probably my 5th or 6th Benchmade; I'm semi-retiring my 710 after almost 6 years of everyday carry, including 3 years in Afghanistan, and I wanted a lighter, smaller EDC. This 940 is without a doubt the sharpest out of the box knife I've ever owned, and I've owned a bunch if knives over the decades. It's always been my habit to "touch up" a knife when I receive it new, because they're never sharp enough for my liking, but this one needed nothing! Very, very impressive. Whichever one of you guys or gals at the factory sharpened this one...good work!
A review from: Tomo
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After using virtually every affordable EDC on the market, I finally looked to Benchmade for a quality knife. For some perspective, I couldn't ever imagine spending more than 60 bucks on a pocket knife. I figured they were pretty much all the same, knife steel was knife steel and why pay more for a "luxury" knife? I was skeptical as this would be my first knife purchase to exceed 200 dollars, so I did a ton of research. I pored over all the youtube content I could find, reviews, practical tests, torture tests, and one model number kept coming up: the Benchmade 940.

I ended up purchasing the 940-2 model with G10 scales and S30V steel. I was completely impressed with the quality of the knife when I first opened it, it was like no other knife I had ever owned before. The action is smooth and consistent, I really like the AXIS lock and how fast the blade can be deployed. The G10 scales are perfect, not too smooth but rough enough for good grip. I was a little curious about the "reverse tanto" style blade, but it has grown on me and it performs very well.

I only have one complaint on this knife, and it may just be how I carry, who knows. Sometimes when I walk, the knife will hit my leg and the blade will "tap" on the scales when closed. It makes an audible sound so that tells me there is blade play, however I think that's a fair trade for such a smooth action. The play is minimal, and after regular use I haven't seen any loosening of any hardware.

Overall, I'm more than pleased with this knife. The price is high, but you do get what you pay for, and I promise this will blow any 60 dollar knife away. This blade made a lifelong customer out of me!

A review from: Joseph
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Bought a 940-1. Expensive knife. But by far the nicest I have ever seen.
A review from: Elisha
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I love absolutely everything about this knife. The only thing bad about it is, it attracts knife theives. I recommend everyone who wants a good and fashionable edc knife to get the 940 series.
A review from: colin.p
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I bought the 940-2 this past week and am absolutely blown away by this knife, fit and finish is spot on. It literally is the quintessential EDC knife. I have the blade able to free fall closed, it really is that smooth. Someone said it is like the blade is suspended between two magnets, with no discernible friction at all. BM knives are expensive, but I feel that they are worth every penny. I also bought a mini grip back in June and it is a gem also (thanks Nick).
Now I have to stop looking at this website as I CAN'T buy any more knives!!!! sigh, ya right...
A review from: Jeff
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I've carried the 940 Osborne for several years now. I can say with no equivocation that it is the best pocketknife I've ever owned. I'm an avid knife collector and have a multitude of folding and fixed-blade knives. Somehow, the 940 always makes it into my pocket when dressing each morning. It opens almost as quickly as an automatic, the steel holds an edge forever and it just plain feels good in the hand. Buy this knife--you won't regret it!
A review from: Kaden
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I have heard many a tale of people saying there knife is off or not centered perfectly but mine was perfect. Not a bad thing about this knife I would say it is definitely worth your money. Just buy it on a website like bladehq.com for a discount.
A review from: David
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I just bought my 940 in green and satin. It exceeds every expectation I had for it.
A review from: RAYMOND
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The thumb screw is too small to open the knife. This knife is not sharp. I can get a much sharper edge on my $20 knives. I sharpen this blade and screwed it up so now I have to see if I can buy a new blade. I am really sorry I spent $170.00 on this knife. I can't see the difference between this and a 40.00 knife.
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: Rob
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I received this knife for Christmas a few years back, the Harley Davidson version. This was by far my favorite knife until it was stolen. Once I drove up to a deer that was in the road after getting hit by a car and used this knife to put it out of its misery. Pretty much cut the things head off. It's a very quick knife, works great... just wish I could find another one like I had.
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: William
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I bought an Osborne model First Production 0949/1000 in 2003. I carry it every day and do not hesitate to use it for any need. All I have to say is that it is the best knife I have ever owned! It's exactly like the 940/943 model. I have many knives but the one knife I carry everyday is the one I spent the most on and it's worth it. My Benchmade!
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.