Product Review (submitted on January 20, 2017):
The Benchmade Osborn 940
At 5.9 decades, old, and soon to be 6.0, I’ve had some experiences with sharp objects of all kinds. Some more friendly than others. I was given my first pocket knife at age six, by my Dad, and have since learned how to cut myself less frequently, and how to apply band-aids if needed! The main and only lesson I received the day I received that first knife was, “Don’t cut toward yourself.”
From fixed, to folding, having delved in the knife making realm, bits and blades are important to humans at large, and in particular to me. After owning dozens of knives over the years, noting the steel types that really get sharp and stay sharp…or not, premium steel blades are like a trolling lure to me.
I’ve whittled since I was a boy. Carving propellers, play wooden fixed blade knives, little caricatures; spoons and spatulas while out camping, and simple whistles from branches of trees, I know how to use a knife. To “not have” a knife on my person is worse than forgetting to put a belt on.
I’ve received knives as gifts, and purchased them on a whim. But I gotta have my knives!
Back tracking my knife carrying habit a few decades, I carried an Old Henry lock-back for ten or so years as an EDC (every day carry) knife. In the mid-90’s I began carrying a Swiss Army Climber. I went through three of the Swiss Army knives (seems people like them). Presently I am moving back to the single blade due to better steel, and a bit more blade length. I have good commentary on for each of these knives, they all served me well.
Once I decided I was going to purchase a fancy knife, I realized I did not want to pay retail for a new one. I also realized that a used version of the knife I wanted would likely be in great condition due to the initial build quality. So I purchased a pre-owned knife. Enter, Benchmade 940 Osborne green aluminum handled model.
The knife came in its original bag, no paper work. There were dings and scrapes on the handle, the blade appeared practically new. The lock functioned amazingly. I was beyond thrilled with this knife.
After sharpening it to “thin paper slicing” capacity, oiling and snugging the pivot, the knife truly functions as new. The “Axis lock,” which Benchmade uses on so many of its premium knives, is a simple and functionally brilliant blade lock. Lefty’s or righty’s will really appreciate its smooth reliable way.
Carrying the knife is a pleasure. The carry clip (stainless steel painted black) works well. I hear there are other clips, this one is fine for me, though a titanium one would be sweet. I do truly wish it was tip up or tip down carry with the clip. Alas, it is tip up only, but for left or right pocket carry. The knife is slim in the pocket, and large in the hand. One can truly work with the knife for long periods of time and not regret having to do so.
Using the knife exposes its excellent work ethic. This piece of cutlery will work in the kitchen or the campsite with equal ability. The only real limitation is the ability of the user.
There is a noticeable user learning curve for carving smallish items. I was carving a spoon about 2” long including the handle, and the bowl about ¾”. The reverse Tanto blade can be used for such work, but choking up on it requires gripping the edge; not something the neophyte will embrace without care. Still the blade is very universal given its 3.4” of very useable length.
Form follows function for the serious knife user. Functionally this knife is sneaky sweet, but it is as handsome as it is functional. At this writing the 940 Osborne has “Status” as a highly desirable everyday carry knife. It’s been around for well over a decade and is still sought out. After having purchased this knife used, I would now purchase one new. Yes I would even pay the retail $215.00. There is an S90v steel version that is stunning with a carbon fiber handle it is about $100.00 more if you so choose.
For us who may think I’m somehow hating on knives that are more money friendly, not true! There are days that I carry my $30.00 Swiss Army knife because it will perform tasks that the 940 simply cannot perform. As the man (Steven Furtick) said, “The death of contentment is comparison.” Get the knife you can work with. Keep it with you. Keep it sharp. Use it with respect.
A dull knife is like a dull life. It just doesn’t cut it.