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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.

Designer: Benchmade
Mechanism: AXIS® Assist flipper
Action: Assisted-opening
Blade Length: 3.20" (8.13cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.090" (2.290mm)
Open Length: 7.72" (19.61cm)
Closed Length: 4.52" (11.48cm)
Blade Steel: CPM-S90V (59-61 HRC)
Handle Thickness: 0.48" (12.192mm)
Weight: 2.88oz. (81.65g)

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A review from: frank
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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! !
A review from: Bryan
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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.
A review from: Patrick
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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
A review from: Patrick
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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
A review from: CJ
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I have owned a knife since I was 6 years old. They have been in all manner of shapes and sizes but I have never owned a better knife, it is not close. The knife comes sharp and nicely centered. With a good sharpening system it becomes extremely sharp and holds that edge well. I gutted and skinned an elk this year by myself without resharpening, touched it up on a crock stick and it was back to razor sharp. The knife is all it is claimed to be. I carry it everyday.
A review from: Paul
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Has NEVER failed to deploy. Strong, high speed flips with no stiff detent. The safety on this knife is a real plus, I would not own an assisted knife this good without a safety. Very light weight for it's size. Handle fits the hand quite comfortably. Wish there was a handle material other than Aluminum, slippery & shows wear easily. Handle length is also a bit intrusive in the pocket if not 100% knife dedicated.

Beautiful blade shape, thickness & grind for an EDC. Great pocket clip,accomadates all weights & thickness of pants fabric easily & with good retention. Very easy to close for an assisted knife.

If your hands are weakened with age or you just want a flipper knife that deploys 100% of the time; get this 490 Amicus its the best one.
A review from: Jakob
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I purchased this knife on Cutlery Shoppe's website, but only because I couldn't wait for Benchmade to have them in stock on the website here! I'm glad that I couldn't wait, because this is an amazing knife! I was worried that the aluminum handle scales would be slick, but they provide enough traction to do any cutting task you need. Speaking of cutting, the blade comes hair shaving, razor sharp out of the box; and is perfectly centered. The action is smooth, and the assisted opening mechanism requires just enough pressure on the flipper that I feel totally comfortable putting the knife in my pocket without engaging the safety. If you love Benchmade, you're love this knife. Perfect for slicing, with a wicked sharp tip, the Amicus is the perfect (though pricey) high-end EDC/Gentleman's folding knife. It is functional, smooth, and elegant, made from premium materials that I bet will last a lifetime! You get what you pay for, and I have no regret for paying good money for a great knife from Benchmade!
A review from: Thomas
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I received my 490 about a week ago, I have not stopped being amazed. I own many Benchmade knives, this has quickly become a favorite.
It is a great edc for an office person. Barely even notice it in the pocket it is so light. The blade is a premium steel and sharp as a laser.
It may not be for the field or bushcraft, but it will slice your apple at your desk like nothing else. Sticky envelope. ..lookout.
Great utility blade for the rigors of suburbia.
Highly recommend the 490.
It is sleek, light and sharp. Wonderful purchase.
A review from: ScottsBad
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Bought my Amicus is Carmel CA. Love at first sight. #37 first production. fantastic S90V steel. It is scary sharp, sharper than ANY new blade I've ever purchased. The knife styling is much more beautiful in person than in pictures. This is an Assist knife with no thumb studs and it is one sleek looking knife. It is also a flipper with a covert flipper button that works beautifully. Folding is easy too with the AXIS lock which is my favorite blade lock on the planet. For a smaller knife the handle fits my large hands perfectly, as the handle is shaped to accommodate all four fingers comfortably. And Finally, it is feather light at less than 3 OZ. Amazing knife. Great job Benchmade.

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