The Best Benchmade Knives

Benchmade knives have been leading the industry since 1988. They were the first knife-makers to have laser machinery in-house, and their use of non-traditional materials and manufacturing techniques have kept them at the forefront ever since. A number of their knives have won several prestigious awards for durability and utility. Benchmade offers a huge selection of knives, but certain ones are considered more popular than others.

The 915 Triage

The Triage is more than just a knife. It is a utility tool. The blade is a modified sheepsfoot design that is foldable and utilizes the patented AXIS locking mechanism with an ambidextrous thumb-stud for quick and easy opening. It is made from durable and rust resistant steel that is virtually impossible to bend or break. Besides the blade, the Triage includes a hook-shaped safety cutter and a glass breaker. The safety hook is two inches long and a half inch wide and the glass breaker is carbide tipped, making the Triage a great addition to anybodies safety kit. The handle is a non-slip textured material and available in black or orange.

The 915 Triage has won several awards including the 2011 Shooting Industry Knife of the Year and the 2011 EMS Innovation Award. “Field and Stream” magazine also awarded the Triage its coveted “Best of the Best for Hunting” award in 2011.

Additional Specifications of the 915 Triage:

  • Blade Length: 3.5 inches
  • Overall Weight: 5.10 ounces
  • Overall Length: 8.20 inches
  • Closed Length: 4.70 inches

The 810 Contego

the best benchmade knivesThe 810 Contego is a fan favorite. The word Contego is Latin for “protect” or “shield”, and this durable tactical folder is perfectly designed with that in mind. The blade is a reverse tanto style and comes in black or gray. This knife uses the AXIS locking mechanism, can be opened with either the left or right hand via the versatile thumb-stud, and includes a carbide glass-breaker to get out of those sticky situations. Because of Contego’s popularity, Benchmade has made several different blade styles including the 810S ComboEdge, 810BK Coated Blade and the 810SBK ComboEdge Coated Blade.

Additional Specifications of the 810 Contego:

  • Blade Length: 3.98 inches
  • Overall Weight: 5.92 ounces
  • Overall Length: 9.28 inches
  • Closed Length: 5.30 inches

The 741 Onslaught

The 741 Onslaught is one of the most popular, foldable knives made by Benchmade. It was awarded the 2010 Academy of Excellence Knife of the Year and has received numerous outstanding reviews on both the Benchmade site and Amazon. As with most of Benchmade’s more popular knives, the Onslaught utilizes the innovative AXIS locking mechanism and ambidextrous thumb opener. This allows for quick and safe deployment of the blade. The black G10 handle is an aggressive and sleek design with stainless steel liners and a pocket clip. The blade is available in several styles including plain and ComboEdge.

Additional Specifications of the 741 Onslaught:

  • Blade Length: 4.28 inches
  • Overall Weight: 6.92 ounces
  • Overall Length: 9.63 inches
  • Closed Length: 5.47 inches

The 707 Sequel

This is another highly rated Benchmade knife by customers. The Sequel is a modified clip-point blade with machined aluminum handles and non-slip inlays that fits perfectly in the hand. Its blade is made of hardened stainless steel that is resistant to corrosion, bending or breaking. This knife includes the innovative AXIS locking mechanism that makes Benchmade foldable knives so popular. It also includes a reversible pocket clip for easy carrying. The blade comes in several styles and colors including plain edge, ComboEdge and satin or black finishes.

Additional Specifications of the 707 Sequel:

  • Blade Length: 2.95 inches
  • Overall Weight: 2.60 ounces
  • Overall Length: 6.75 inches
  • Closed Length: 3.80 inches

The 940 Osborne

The popularity of the Osborne required Benchmade to make several different styles available to its customers. The 940 and 940-1 have a reverse tanto blade while the 943 features a straight clip-point blade. All of the blades, however, are constructed with super premium stainless steel and use the AXIS locking system for quick deployment. The 940-1 features another difference from its cousins; the handle is created of lightweight carbon fiber and stainless steel liners. The 940 and 943 handles are made of anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Each model includes a pocket clip for comfortable and easy carrying. There are also blade type options available including plain and ComboEdge.

Additional Specifications of the 940 Osborne:

  • Blade Length: 3.40 inches
  • Overall Weight: 2.90 ounces
  • Overall Length: 7.87 inches
  • Closed Length: 4.75 inches