Product Review (submitted on March 15, 2016):
The Benchmade CLA is a solid medium sized auto.
The g10 is on this knife is smooth but still provides good grip. I was unsure of how well the pocket clip would hold the blade in pocket but was pleasantly surprised. The clip is mounted well and feels very solid, it also has 3 holes for using different clips. Lock switch is placed in a nice location, easy to access.
Shape is very functional and classic.I don't have experience with Benchmades black coating but it looks like it will hold up well. Blade came sharp and looks great. Push button fire is fast and consistent.
The only con I can see with this knife would have to be that it is only a tip up carry. This is not a deal breaker for me though. Benchmade knows how to make a high quality knife and the CLA does a great job of showing this.