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Benchmade builds knives for the most
demanding customers, from special
operations forces to elite backcountry
hunters, and building for the best requires
the best raw materials. We select premium
blade steels and pair them with
aerospace-grade handle materials to create
premium-grade knives and tools that
provide great value for our customers.

Handle Materials
Material Handle G10 990x425

An extremely durable makeup of layers of fiberglass soaked in resin, then highly compressed and baked. Impervious to moisture or liquid and physically stable under climate change. Most commonly black, but is also available in various colors.

Carbon Fiber
Material Handle Carbonfiber 990x425

A contemporary premium composite of thin strands of carbon tightly woven into various weave patterns, then impregnated with resin which is most commonly clear but can be color-tinted. It offers great looks and is exceptionally strong for its minimal weight.

Material Handle Dymondwood 990x425

A birch powder composite material backfilled with resin, Dymondwood® is much more resistant to environmental hardships than natural wood.

Material Handle Aluminum 990x425

A nonferrous metal originally developed as a premium aircraft-grade aluminum, it offers a solid handle form and function at a nominal weight. Most typically color anodized.

Material Handle Grivory 990x425

An amorphous nylon copolymer with exceptional dimensional stability. 50% or greater glass fill.

Material Handle Santoprene 990x425

A thermoplastic elastomer that is molded to specification. It offers excellent flexibility with high tear strength and fatigue resistance. Resistance to many harsh chemicals. These features contribute to improved performance in a range of tough jobs.

Material Handle Titanium 990x425

Considered an exotic metal alloy with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio that offers exceptional performance in a knife. Titanium is corrosion resistant to natural elements as well as many industrial chemicals.

Blade Materials
Material 154cm 990x425

American made stainless steel with well-rounded characteristics including good edge retention, overall toughness, and corrosion resistance. A solid choice for most applications.

Material d2 990x425

Air-hardened tool steel developed to cut other steel. This American made steel offers fantastic toughness and edge retention for hard use applications. It is, however, a semi-stainless, so care is required.

CPM 20CV 998x425

Excellent edge retention and great corrosion resistance are uncommon in the same steel. CPM-20CV offers both. A great choice for someone looking for low maintenance cutting performance.

Material s30v 990x425

American made premium powdered steel designed specifically for knives. Offering excellent corrosion resistance and superior edge qualities this steel is perfect for everyday use or specialized outdoor activities.

Material m390 990x425

Austrian powdered steel with a uniform micro-structure that provides superior levels of edge retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance, making this steel one of the most well rounded premium steels in the world.

Material s90v 990x425

Premium American made powdered steel with a uniform micro-structure that provides substantial improvements over other American made steel in wear and corrosion resistance; an excellent high-end steel.

material n680 990x425

Austrian steel developed for extremely harsh environments like salt water, it offers the best corrosion resistance available, plus ease of sharpening and a keen blade edge.

Material cpm m4 990x425.jpg

American powdered steel is the toughest available. Able to handle virtually any task, it excels in edge retention and wear resistance but requires cleaning to keep it corrosion free as it is not stainless

Material 440c 990x425

A staple American made steel in the cutlery industry. Widely used for its good balance of hardness and corrosion resistance. An excellent value priced steel for its performance.

Material Damascus

Hand crafted specialty steel that uses layers of different metal and forging techniques to create its unique look. Used in special applications this steel, while durable for everyday use, is specifically designed for its unique visual appearance.

Material Damasteel Odin Heim Pattern 990x425

The best performing stainless Damascus steel in the world using the latest gas-atomized PM technology with very high cleanliness. It has incomparable toughness and strength combined with excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance. This allows for a very user friendly Damascus steel that is made to be abused.

Material 3v 990x425

3V, a Crucible tool steel, was engineered as a solution for the high stresses and extreme force applied by industrial stamping presses.


An air-hardenable non-stainless tool steel that has improved toughness and wear resistance over D2 steel. CPM-Cruwear has vanadium to form extremely hard vanadium carbides for edge retention along with and tungsten and molybdenum to increase the working hardness without reducing the toughness.

Material CPM-D2 Blade Steel 990x425

This powder-metal version of conventional D2 steel has a much finer microstructure with smaller carbide particles than its counterpart, resulting in improved toughness and strength. A great choice for the customer who loves D2 but wants an upgrade in performance.

Material CPM-S45VN Blade Steel 990x425

The higher levels of Chrome along with the introduction of Nitrogen in S45VN allow for improved corrosion resistance over CPM-S30V and CPM-S90V, while balancing the excellent performance found in both of those steels.



The mechanics of opening and closing a
knife are essential to its function.
Is it easy to actuate?
Can it be opened with one hand?
Is it ambidextrous?
Will it absolutely not fail when need it most?
These are critical considerations when
it comes to the mechanism

Mechanism AXIS

A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS® has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100 percent ambidextrous design, AXIS® gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega-style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS® bar itself. Available in manual, AXIS® Assist or Auto AXIS® configurations.

Mechanism AXIS Assist

Easily opened, quickly and with one hand; this evolution of the AXIS® includes a spring that helps to fire the blade into the open position once the user pushes it beyond a certain point manually. The AXIS® lock also has the added benefit of “suck-back,” which encourages the blade to stay in the closed position. AXIS® Assist knives also feature integrated safety lock systems.

Mechanism Monolock

The monolock mechanism is basically a locking-liner on steroids. The knife liner is one in the same as the knife handle and thus it is designed and made to function as the locking mechanism. Subsequently, a thicker material is used to provide enough surface area to be a functional handle and in turn creates a larger surface area to lock the blade with. If executed properly, the monolock design rates very highly in strength and function.

Mechanism Nak lock

Built from the framework of the locking-liner with some innovative updates. The lock engages using tensile strength, compared to the compression hold of more traditional locking-liners. With the Nak-Lok®, the possibility of personal injury is greatly reduced with the opening finger never crossing the blade's path.

Mechanism Nitrous

Another patented Benchmade exclusive, the Nitrous boosts the blade with ease. As the blade is closed, the two torsion arms that run the length of the handle liners are secured in place and make contact with the blade tang. As tensioned against the blade tang, the user rotates the blade open to a 30-degree angle, the torsion arms take over and continue the blade opening process on its own. The huge advantage to the Nitrous design over other similar concepts is that the blade must be rotated open to beyond a 30-degree angle which offers added user control.

Mechanism Bali song

As much an art form as it is the ultimate example of form following function. The Bali-Song, or butterfly knife, is of Filipino ancestry dating back to nearly AD 800. Its basic form consists of a pin-hinged, two-piece handle which when closed encases the blade for carry. Opening and closing can be accomplished with a single hand, making the tool that much more utility capable.

Mechanism AXIS Auto

Auto AXIS® — Strong, reliable, fast, and AXIS® lock through and through, this locking mechanism fires the blade open 100% mechanically when the AXIS® bar is pulled downwards. Auto AXIS® also features integrated safety mechanisms and the added safety of “suck-back.”

Mechanism AXIS Dual Action

Dual-action knives come in multiple forms, but only one group features the strength and ambidextrous versatility of the AXIS® lock. The AXIS® dual-action automatic mechanism allows the user to open the knife like a regular AXIS®, but there's a secret. Pull the AXIS® bar further down in its stroke and a spring takes over and fires the blade automatically.

Mechanism Push button Auto

Push the button and the blade fires into the open position. Our push-button mechanisms are not only fast and convenient, they are extremely strong. Most also feature integrated safety mechanisms.

Mechanism Ambi Push Button

While push-button automatics have traditionally been single sided, Benchmade also has ambidextrous push- button autos that feature push-buttons on both sides. This mechanism is also available in assisted-opening.

Mechanism Out the front

Our OTF mechanisms are mechanical masterpieces. Slide the lock button towards the top and the blade fires straight out. Pull the button back to the bottom and the blade returns to the handle.



The Benchmade factory employs modern
laser cutters and CNC machining centers
that offer control and tolerances commonly
found in the aerospace industry -
often to tolerances half the width of a human
hair. Our commitment to modern machining
techniques and rigid quality control has
allowed Benchmade to bridge the gap
between custom and manufactured


In comparison to Benchmade's traditional sharpening method, SelectEdge™ is a smoother, and ultimately sharper edge designed to improve cutting performance on products where a fine cut is the primary goal. SelectEdge™ features a standardized 14­­° per side, 28° included angle.



Benchmade knives are all supported through a
team of skilled technicians. Their only function
is to ensure your Benchmade is in optimal working
condition for your entire life. This service is called LifeSharp®.
A name that speaks for itself. When you send your
knife to the Benchmade LifeSharp team, the knife is completely
disassembled and all worn parts are tuned or replaced.
The knife is then lubricated and reassembled, a sharpener
applies a factory edge to the blade and the
knife is shipped back to you. All at no cost to you


"So i was coming home late from picking up my sister at her work a couple nights ago (I live in Quebec, Canada). As we were driving off the bridge and starting to merge on the highway, I notice a car in the ditch, smoking. I decided to stop just to have look and I found that there was an unconscious women inside. I ran back to my car to grab the first thing I could to break the window (which was my car wrench in the trunk) and ran back while yelling to my sister to call the police. I broke the back window as quick as I could and unlocked the car. The women was heavy and leaning in a way that prevented me to undo her seatbelt so I grabbed my 550grip that I always have on me and slipped the seat belt and pulled her out. She was not breathing and bleeding from her forehead so I got my sister to come help me (because my sister is trained in CPR) and tried to reanimate the women. About a minute after as we were hearing the police coming the women woke up and threw up all over my sister. A little after as the women was being carried away by emts, a police officer came by talking to me and my sister asking about what happened. As soon as I mentioned the knife he wanted to see it (because knife laws are very weird in Quebec and especially around Montreal where it is unofficially completely prohibited). After looking at it for a few seconds the cop gave it back to me and told me "good thing you had it" and left to got talk to the other cops. We left short after but got news of the women the next day, she was recovering! I just ordered a mini grip for my sister! :)"

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