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The AFO was our first automatic platform ever and it's had some upgrades over the years, but the overall design is still the same. The AFO-II push-button auto has become a proven tool used in all branches of the Armed Forces. MOLLE® compatible. Made in USA.

Designer: Benchmade
Mechanism: Push Button Automatic
Action: Automatic-opening
Blade Steel: 154CM (58-61 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.56" (9.04cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.124" (3.15mm)
Open Length: 8.51" (21.62cm)
Closed Length: 4.95" (12.57cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.60" (15.24mm)
Weight: 5.80oz. (164.43g)

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A review from: S.M.
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This knife was given to me by my battalion commander after returning from my first deployment to Afghanistan. I carried that knife for 9 additional deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. After my last deployment the knife went into my safe and will be given to my oldest son. I have a replacement Benchmade for everyday carry.
A review from: John
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I'm retired Air Force and supported the Military in Alaska and Kuwait. I was originally issued this while supporting the Air Force in Kuwait. I used it daily in my work (Telecommunication). The ability to use 1 hand and open the knife with the other significantly improved my efficient use of time. Many times, it meant not calling on others to help.

The knife stood up to extreme abuse with ease. After 14 years of use, I was at the factory in Oregon looking at other knives. Benchmade sharpened, and fixed a weaked spring....for free. Over the last 8 years, I have purchased 6 other Benchmade knives and love them all. They make great Christmas and Birthday gifts. My latest has been a fantastic hunting fixed blade. While some say Benchmade knifes are too expensive, having a knife that I can depend on to take abuse for now 18 years, makes the knife cheap buy comparison to any other knife manufacturer.
A review from: Tythebull
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What can I say this thing is a tank. I have used it for 7 years as a Fireman. I have cut multiple seatbelts during extractions. Recently I broke the tip . Not a problem Great warranty and fast service.
A review from: S.K.
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While assigned to a special operations unit the ambidextrous and quick opening action allowed me to perform many tasks that the average knife would not have been able to do or hold up to.From a tactical use , opening rations LOL and A force multiplier in a combat parachute resupply at night cutting thick wedding well in front of any friendly. I carry it everyon deployment/day and now my daughter does too on her deployments as a Blackhawk Pilot and her husband is a infantryman as well. Your company has supported two generations of soldiers in my family along with many of are personal uses .
Thank you For providing a product made in the USA and of such high-quality that it can be handed down to generations.There are few things in this world like that today. God bless you
A review from: Shiloh
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In over fifteen years active duty in the US Army I carried the original of this knife. It went to combat every time i have since joining the Army a month after the 9/11 attacks. I was issued this knife by the 101st Airborne and it has served me well ever since. I liked the knife so much i bought a spare and kept for delicate things and the original one I used for my day to day needs. Much like the other soldiers I used and continue to use that knife for cutting everything you can imagine and a few things you probably would not. I used these knives in conditions that ranged from down pour torrential rain to searing dry heat with sand penetrating every crevice of the knife. These knives have never NEVER let me down no matter how hard I was on them. I tried gerbers and other brands but they all came up short in comparison in some way rather it be grip, blade, sharpness or durability. From a new dirty leg grunt to a deputy sheriff these knives have been there with me every step of the way performing better than other knives. Most people cannot believe how good this knife will perform and look even after all of these years. The one i used like a utility knife still operates very well and is just now starting to show a weakened spring and I guess I will have to learn how to send it in for repairs. I used these knives in harsh conditions doing harsh missions and did not baby them what so ever. I can remember one instance where after having the knife for about six or seven years and just as many deployments I was riding in a Blackhawk and had just cut some IV cord and the craft tilted hard as we were on approach to land and out the side of the bird goes my open and trusty Benchmade. Initially I wanted to jump out with it but cooler heads prevailed. Now I never would have believed that I would find the knife nor would it be functional after wards but how wrong I was. The knife was fine aside from some scrapes and slight gouging after falling out of a aircraft moving 90 MPH and hundred or two feet in the air. I have used the knife in ways that are beyond recommended uses or even wise such as a chisel, impact weapon, round extractor, wire cutter, shrapnel excavator, animal butchering, cutting through soft shell humvees ect ect. The blade is stronger than I could have ever hoped for and keeps an edge like nobodies business. These are the kind of knife you buy and carry your whole life. I have carried the same two for almost seventeen years and would die if something happened to either one of them. You buy a Benchmade for life and you carry it with absolute faith that it will hold up and be there when you need it to be no matter what challenge lays ahead or how extreme what you may ask it or need it to do. These other soldiers are not exaggerating you can cut sheet metal, wire, rubber, canvas and flesh and never miss a beat. My grandfather use to carry a rifle and pistol that both used the same size shell and he told me you buy things that last forever and complement each other and that is what you get when you buy Benchmade. I wish I could sing their praises more or demonstrate just how great these blades really are. Try one and you will know what thousands of other soldiers and myself already know.
A review from: Joey
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I had an original AFO series and was very pleased with the quality and use of the knife. I took it with me on deployments on Hurricanes Katrina and Irma and it was a valuable tool. I wished that I could have taken on the Hurricane Michael response but it was lost during the Irma deployment. It is the best knife that you will ever buy a true treasure. Customer service department was great to work. The spring broke and I called them and sent them the knife. Within 2 weeks I had a fixed, cleaned up, and sharp knife as promised. Thank you for a great product!
A review from: steven
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I've taken my original AFO on four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and it was not babied. I've cut everything from MRE packages to DET cord to sheet metal and it still holds a good edge. The knife has never failed me and is with me or by my side 24/7. Get one, you won't regret it.
A review from: Mick Emerson
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I carried the original AFO while serving as a Marine Corps infantryman in Iraq. I carried that knife everyday while I was there, used it hard, and it never failed me. I unfortunately lost that particular knife, but I've since replaced it with a new AFOII. The quality is still top notch and I would absolutely carry this new model with me if I ever had to deploy again.
A review from: Jason
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It took me years to find the right daily carry knife for how I use them. I needed aircraft grade components and a top quality alloy for the blade and a rock solid push button release system. This knife or any other Benchmade has not once let me down after years of heavy use I was doing business near the factory and they sharpened the blade and changed the spring and screws and belt clip for free I can't think of anyone who takes care of there customers as Benchmade​ does!! Thanks guys!
A review from: Todd
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I use this as my EDC, and have used it for cutting boxes to cutting seatbelts. Easy to use, blade is solid, handle comfortable, and the clip keeps the knife secure on anything from my belt to Molle webbing.

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