Anthem® Family - Every Day Knives
The first ever single piece, billet titanium AXIS knife. Queue the music. Made in USA.
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Posted onrecommended to everyoneThis knife is a work of art to me, i purchased one a few weeks ago and i was so scared to scratch it up because of the price that i had to get another one that i could abuse. I LOVE THIS KNIFE
Posted onSo good I may buy another oneBenchmade Anthem 781 Review
I pulled the trigger on the Anthem after watching Nick Shabazz’ review of the knife, I wanted a couple of integral knives in my collection and as I stick to Benchmade and Spyderco it made sense to go for this and also the Spyderco Paysan.
The Anthem is by far and away my favourite knife, the fit and finish on mine was 100% perfect (ordered from Heinnie Haynes in the UK) blade centering is spot on, lock up is solid and the deployment of the knife on bearings is smooth, requiring little effort. At first you could feel a slight bit of roughness through the bearings, but this is getting noticeably better over time.
What I love about this knife are the unique little touches that set it apart from other knives in the BM line-up, for example the thumb studs and axis studs are unique to this knife and have a cog or sprocket design milled into them, for a biker of 25 years this has more significance than most, but it’s a nice touch that they didn’t have to do.
The axis lock mechanism is also something to note, no omega springs here! Instead BM have designed a spring and rod system which is mounted to a block inside the handle, I have found this works well and does away with any concerns about fragile omega springs. The allen screws that hold this in are partially hidden in the milled-out design along the spine of the handle.
The blade shape is beautiful and reminiscent of the Chris Reeves Sebenza, 20CV steel is a great choice and the stonewash finish is well done, however I can’t help but wonder what this piece would have looked like with a satin finish blade?
Finish on the handle is anodised, but it isn’t gold looking or bronze , I would say it more closely matches a traditional titanium finish, there is a very subtle bronze hue to it, but in the flesh the finish looks much less ‘yellow’ than in some of the first published reviews of the knife. This was a positive for me as I prefer the subtleness of the titanium colour.
The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the clip, I knew this before purchase and had plans to change it. The stock clip is milled from titanium and includes the chevron pattern seen on the handle, but the shape of it does kind of look phallic, my wife thought it looked like a bowling pin (which is a concern) It works fine and carries fairly discreetly, but because of the spring tension, apparently it was designed to sit slightly proud of the handle, this and the overall design wasn’t to my taste, so before ordering the Anthem, I had already placed an order for the excellent MXG Gear clip. Once fitted this completely transformed the knife into something extra special, it fits perfectly and the stonewash is indistinguishable from the blade finish, so much so it looks like it came from the factory. A cheap mod which pushes this knife from 90% to 100% for me.
This is an expensive knife, there is no doubt. With UK prices and the MXG clip factored in it’s in excess of £500 ($620!) but overall, I’m happy to pay that much if I see value in the knife. This is currently the second most expensive knife in my collection after the Paysan, but I prefer the Anthem due to the fidget factor of the Axis lock and the fact that this is more of a user’s knife than a straight up collectors piece. Apparently, these can be picked up for around $350 in the US at dealers, at that price this knife is a no brainer – just buy one.
Posted onWorth every pennyMy EDC used to be 940-1 (carbon fiber handle). I now carry the Anthem 781. The blade is perfectly centered, evenly sharpened, and sooo smooth when opening with a flick of the wrist. Blade is more resistant to rust than 940. I have no cons with this knife, only pros. I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
Posted onDisappointing QC on a great knifeI bought this knife as a present for myself for my birthday since it has always been my grail knife. I bought a serrated version since it was cheaper and sent it in immediately to get the blade swapped. When I got the knife back from the warranty department after nearly a month, I noticed some very frustrating issues. The blade was horribly off center, there was significant lock rock, the blade was sharpened so poorly that it had a slight recurve, and to top it all off, the person that replaced the blade didn't even tighten the pivot all the way. You could push the pivot about 3mm side to side. Keep in mind these problems all came with the blade replacement since I checked for them when I bought the knife. It was a pretty big slap in the face to send away a perfect knife and recieve a trashed one in return. It looked like they pulled the blade from the reject bin to me. I have addressed some of these issues my self but I never should have had to touch the thing at this price.
Now that I have it mostly tuned up I love the knife and carry it almost every day. The only knives that it competes with for pocket time are my 940, 917, and pm2. It has beautiful action and the blade steel seems wonderful so far. I'm very happy that they went with a relatively thin blade stock at .112 as this makes a huge difference in the way a knife cuts.
Overall this is a great knife but Benchmade really needs to pull it together in the quality department. This has been everyone's main gripe with them for years so the fact they haven't changed a thing is just embarrassing for them at this point. Regular people don't buy an anthem to cut drywall and hack branches. This is a knife that mostly hobbyists are going to buy so at 430 dollars it needs to be perfect every time and anything less than perfection is just laziness on Benchmades part. If Kershaw can make a 30 dollar knife in China with none of these problems Benchmade should be able to do it in America for 430 dollars.
Posted onFantastic knife, sux it ain’t that the blade is not centered .Love my Anthem, love the weight, love to play with it. But when paying the high price I expect it to be more almost perfect. It annoys the shit out of me that the blade is way shifted. The blade is laying to far to the right when folded up. It is not centered, and at the price I payed I expect it to be flawless. It does not scrap the edge, but still, I expected more.
Posted onTired of being descriminated agenst? me too!!!I tried to customize my knife.... My mistake I guess. After 2 hours of trying to find an image with a transparent back ground, (paying $10 for the image). I was very pleased with the look of my order, just one problem, the company wont print a picture of a leaf. 420 life.
Posted onBest pocket knife I have owned!Blade perfectly centered, awesome sharp, Great Knife Steel,great handle,awesome balance light weight, extremely strong, the great axis perfect pocket clip. Is their anything else required to be perfect? I love it!
Posted onBalanceBalance is perfect!
Posted onThe best manual pocket knife ever made.Excellent super steel in blade, chipping is not a danger. Butter smooth action. brilliant titanium scales. Perfect pocket clip. All bythe finest knife designer of all time. Too bad it is final design. It is worth every penny!
Posted onOverpriced but high qualityI own 10 Benchmades and this is probably the best in terms of action and blade steel. The bearings are smooth and blade came razor sharp and remains that way after a couple months of use. Only gripe I have is that it’s been quite off-center since purchase and for a nearly $500 knife, I expect perfection. I’ve tried to adjust the pivot to no avail. I understand that the integral titanium is what I paid for, but I still expected higher QC from such a high priced product with less than 18 parts.