Arcane® Family - Every Day Knives

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AXIS® Assist... with a flipper. It’s the best of everything in a slim, lightweight, every day carry. Easily operated and carried on either side, the speed and function of AXIS® Assist, the convenience of a flipper. Made in USA.
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    Absolute best pocket knife I've ever owned.
    The Arcane is simply the best pocket knife I've owned to date. The 7075-T6 Aluminum handle and S90V blade steel are a perfect combination with the AXIS Assisted flipper, making the knife ultra light weight and extremely durable. This is the perfect deep carry everyday use pocket knife.


    I've been a knife collector/enthusiast for over 30 years, and own high end pocket knifes from several manufacturers.
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    As a retired Texas Game Warden, this is, by far, my favorite EDC. Please read more.
    As a retired Texas Game Warden, I am very familiar with fine cutlery. Ever since a fellow Game Warden introduced me to Benchmade back in the 90's, it's been my choice. I currently own 6 Benchmade knives, four pocket knives and two fixed blades, this is by far my favorite EDC knife. It's thin and lightweight and very easy to carry. And, of course, it holds an edge and is always up to any required purpose. The blade shape and needle point are extremely functional and eye pleasing.
    I, personally prefer assisted open or automatic opening knives because of the quickness and one handed ease of operation. I have tested other flippers, but this is, by far, the smoothest I've experienced.
    I have never been disappointed in any of my Benchmade knives, however, one option I would like to add is a different handle that would not be quite as slick when wet. If or when this becomes available, please let me know..
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    STILL my favorite EDC
    Sooooo... It's been ANOTHER year and a half that I've owned my Arcane/Amicus, and it's STILL my favorite EDC. Works perfectly, and STUPID sharp. Spyderco Native 5, and Cobratec Deadpool OTF, a distant 2nd place for EDC.
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    Slick handle and chrome clip prevent this high quality knife from being perfect. Slides out of pocket easily
    Slick handle and chrome clip don't secure knife well in pocket. It slides out of pocket easily when sitting and I am afraid I will lose it as a result. Both the clip and handle are proprietary to this model and no other replacement options are available. Other than that the knife is perfect. Very sharp. Flips out easily and locks solid. Great quality and light weight.
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    Best gentleman's pocket knife I have owned!
    Mine was perfectly made. Great knife!
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    Best gentleman's pocket carry on the planet.
    Super premium steel blade, perfect gentleman's length. Light weight, super fast smooth flipper. excellent. perfect handle design and deep carry clip. Love it! Wife too, in her purse.
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    I love this knife it fit's like a glove in my hand frankly
    I bought a week ago I fell in love with it fits like a glove in my hand ,it' light and sharp real sharp !!! Super quality I was looking for and let me just say I found it!!! Buy from benchmade for quality, warranty and last but not lest looks ,it just butiful pic do's not do it justice I would recommend this 490 and the benchmade brand looking forward to my next benchmade! !
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    Arcane
    This is my 6th Benchmade. I absolutely love all of them. This knife the Arcane is pretty much a work of art. Super balanced, very light. Very well designed. My only issue is that it’s aluminum handle is so smooth that it feels slick it my hand.I've asked Benchmade via Email if they could remedy this. So we’ll see.
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    Freaking Outstanding!!
    I have owned and carried this knife for a year and a half now (EDC) and it only gets swapped out for a Spyderco Native 5 (S110V blade) from time to time. Definitely my favorite pocket knife. While I own several other top notch knives (mostly other Benchmades), this model, the Arcane, gets more use than all the others combined. Excellent shape/ergonomics, fantastic quality and design, and just a stupid sharp blade that holds it's edge like you cannot believe. No, really... You won't believe it. It stays razor sharp through cardboard box after cardboard box, cleaning a hog, etc. I've only sharpened it twice (really just a very minor touch up each time), twice since I bought it. Weighs so little that I can wear it in my pocket while exercising and not even notice it. The blade deploys only marginally slower than my mini barrage, which is to say, it still opens with authority. Pricey, but worth EVERY penny.

    Patrick
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    Freaking Outstanding!!
    I have owned and carried this knife for a year and a half now (EDC) and it only gets swapped out for a Spyderco Native 5 (S110V blade) from time to time. Definitely my favorite pocket knife. While I own several other top notch knives (mostly other Benchmades), this model, the Arcane, gets more use than all the others combined. Excellent shape/ergonomics, fantastic quality and design, and just a stupid sharp blade that holds it's edge like you cannot believe. No, really... You won't believe it. It stays razor sharp through cardboard box after cardboard box, cleaning a hog, etc. I've only sharpened it twice (really just a very minor touch up each time), twice since I bought it. Weighs so little that I can wear it in my pocket while exercising and not even notice it. The blade deploys only marginally slower than my mini barrage, which is to say, it still opens with authority. Pricey, but worth EVERY penny.

    Patrick

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