Valet Family - Manual-Opening Knives
A Benchmade designed, AXIS® gent knife, the Valet is comfortable to carry in slacks and ready to get the job done when called upon for bigger tasks. Designed and manufactured in the USA with Austrian blade steel.
Posted onNearly PerfectI have been a huge fan this knife since it was released. I had always liked the aesthetics and size Mini-Emissary but I prefer manual opening knives. especially for EDC, and did not like its aluminum handles. Thus, this knife was a dream come true as it's essentially manual Mini-Emissary with a nice blade profile and nicer G-10 handles.
The only issue with this knife is that the thumbstud is a little small and can be a tiny bit uncomfortable after multiple openings in quick succession compared the standard Benchmade thumbstud. Even with that issue, it was my favorite Benchmade until the 698 Foray came out, and I have purchased three (regular for EDC, first production, and Shinola w/ cocobolo handle). I still carry the Valet occasionally, but it has largely been replaced by the Foray for a number of reasons.
The Foray is slightly longer, but not as long as many of Benchmades full sized folders which are too large for me to EDC. It has a very stout blade thicker than the Valet and many of the full-sized knives. Both are made of the same steel (for the most part). Although not too much larger, the Foray is considerably heavier and feels sturdier. All these reasons make the Foray well worth the extra $20. It's a shame Benchmade discontinued the Foray already.
I am still a huge fan of this Valet and would recommend this to any one who wants a compact, quality EDC that is small enough that it doesn't look threatening when opening it in public.
Posted onThe Perfect Knife (For Me)I’ve been hunting for a decent knife awhile ago around the $200 price range. This knife was the first one that caught my eye and I wish I would have bought it then and there.
I watched several reviews about the Valet and the only thing preventing me from pulling the trigger at first was, 1) The price, and 2) The complaint about the Axis-Lock size/ opening and closing action.
First right off the bat this blade is a pricy one. You could say it’s the M390 steel And you get what you pay for but in reality the price is BS. HOWEVER. I had no problem buying this blade and I’m glad I did because it is by far, and will always be the most attractive knife for my taste. The Color, Blade length/ Style, Handle simplicity and martial, all perfect. It is exactly what I wanted in a blade, and If you don’t think so then done bother with this knife. After all, why would you buy a blade if you were just “meh” it looks okay. Price was given a generous 4 but the value/ satisfaction I get from is is a solid 5 out of 5.
Second is the complaint about the size of the lock and functionality of the action. If you have large hands, you may try to weild this knife but most likely your may want something larger. For me and my grip this blade/ lock action fits in my hand like the final piece of a puzzle. The opening and closing of the blade improves over time. But if you want the 940 free-swinging knife, just get the 940. This blade requires more work/ practice , and one would argue that small nimble finders is a necessity. I would agree to that and again I am only satisfied with the solid action because my nimble hands allow it.
This knife makes me happy. The design is like none other to me. And you can really feel the quality/ agents the money you pay. You must appreciate and be physically made for this knife. If that is true, I’m sure you will appreciate it as much as I do. If not, you may get it as an beautiful display knife or simply keep on searching for your own perfect blade.
Posted onStickyThis is a beautiful knife. I love every aesthetic about this knife. I often find myself cleaning the blade, everything seems to stick to this m390 steel. There's almost always a stubborn residue after every cut, no matter the material. I've also scratched it a few times with improper sharpening motions. Other than that, this knife has met all expectations. Custom lasermarks were perfect. The knife doesn't grab attention. It's easy to sharpen. I've had no problems with rust. Sometimes I scratch whatever I'm sitting on, the clip is so aggressive. I love the AXIS and I love the manual opening action. Perfect EDC
Posted onSmall and Clean Great EDC For WorkI own a number of small folders that could work as an EDC. When you work in an office, a "full sized folder sticks out like a battle axe:" I work as a CPA in an office, and no one has even noticed the Valet in my pocket....which wasn't the case with Benchmade/Emerson CQC-7 that I carried for close to twenty years. I am shocked at how much better at holding an edge the M390 steel in this blade is relative to the ATS-34 steel in the 1990's CQC-7.
If you need an EDC that no one will notice, but you will be thrilled with, this is your knife.
Posted onOutstanding EDCScrutinized the measurements for weeks before deciding on this as small and subtle enough for EDC in all environments. Sweet and smooth opening. Solid and smooth lock. Exceptional in every way! Great job Benchmade! You don't disappoint.
Posted onno possible way to be betterThe 485 valet is a perfect for anyone looking for an amazing and formal edc knife. the spear point/drop point blade style leaves an amazing amount of belly on the blade that is very utilitarian as well as having a sharp tip perfect for any piercing task you may encounter. m390 is the best steel that i have ever come across. this is an immensely light and slim knife which is perfect for my needs. it is very comfortable to hold and use with a perfectly shaped finger groove in the handle. i would recommend this knife to anyone who wants a light, functional and very formal edc knife. There is no room for improvement