Brand new, direct from Benchmade out in Oregon, the 908 AXIS Strykers are the newest variations of this awesome tactical folder. The 154CM steel drop point style blade has dual thumb studs to complement the AXIS lock and reversible tip-up carry pocket clip – making this knife truly ambidextrous. The new textured G10 handle features a different grooving pattern, but still provides excellent purchase in any grip in almost any conditions. Benchmade, as always, delivers another first class design with these new Strykers – now with deep carry pocket clips. See them now at www.knifecenter.com.
The Mini-AXIS Stryker may be a smaller version of the original but don’t underestimate this little guy, he is just as rough and rugged as his big brother. It’s an excellent size if you prefer compact EDC blades and is definitely a fun knife to play with and to use. Comfortable ergonomics, textured G10 handles, smooth Axis lock, and functional drop point blade are standard. The new deep carry pocket clip is a huge improvement over the standard painted clip on the original, see the new Mini-Strykers at www.knifecenter.com.
Superb balance and the awesomely fun AXIS lock – what else need we say about the new 484 Nakamuras from Benchmade. This is the 4th model in the series and even if you buy this knife strictly as a collectible piece, I feel like you might get your money’s worth because of how much you’re gonna play with it. The blade, like that of the 940 Osborne folder, has an excellent EDC/utility shape and it flips in and out of the handle with the slightest wrist movement. This knife probably has the best jimping of any Benchmade knife – great angle at which it contacts the thumb and perfectly done for maximum purchase. Finger grooves are perfect for medium sized hands and it comes with a reversible split arrow pocket clip. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
The Barrage was Benchmade’s first ever AXIS lock model to incorporate an assisted opening mechanism and it’s continued to be a very popular design, even four years later. The model 581 was introduced in 2011 with the same specifications as the model 580 but with some nice material upgrades. The FRN handle was changed to G10 with stainless steel bolsters and the blade steel was upgraded to M390 super steel, providing a much better using steel while losing little of the stainless qualities 154CM steel provides. Now, in 2013 you can get the Mini Barrage with the same upgrades as the model 581 – the new 586. They’ve got 2.91″ drop point blades with either a nice stonewashed finish or the black BK2 coating. You can’t go wrong with any Benchmade design but if assisted openers are your thing, then the new model 586 is a superior EDC choice. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
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Very reminiscent of the Benchmade Adamas series, these stout tactical knives from Heckler & Koch give you tons of functionality at a very reasonable price point. The 5mm thick 9Cr13 stainless steel blades will sharpen up to a great edge and with the coating are very unlikely to corrode or rust. Available in a folding model with titanium frame lock and 3.6″ drop point blade or a fixed 4.8″ tanto model, both sport highly textured G10 handle scales, a large index finger choil, and good functional jimping. The fixed model comes with a friction fit polymer sheath and a skull crusher handle with lanyard hole. The H&K Conspiracy knives are excellent duty use tools with their tactical features and for a price that you won’t feel bad using and abusing them. Check these out at www.knifecenter.com.
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Building off the overwhelming success of the Model 42, the newest Bali-Song from Benchmade is an absolute beaut. The 62 keeps the same Weehawk blade shape, now made from D2 tool steel and measures in at 4-1/4″. The handles are now made from stainless steel for a heavier knife which means easier flipping. The latch mechanism on this butterfly is the T-latch which comes attached to the bite handle with torx screws and is both reversible and removable. This knife is true Benchmade quality, making for an excellent collectible or usable bali-song and it comes with a soft nylon carry sheath. Get your 62 before Benchmade discontinues it at www.knifecenter.com.
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New for 2012 in Benchmade’s Blue Class is the 483 Shori designed by Seiichi Nakamura. This joins his overwhelmingly popular 480 Shoki design, 2008 IWA Knife of the Year, and the 482 Megumi as some of the most elegant gentleman’s folders produced by Benchmade. Excellent size, weight and materials are the heart of the knife, but the ergonomics are it’s soul. For a small knife without any jimping, the knife locks into place very well with minimal fear about your fingers sliding forward onto the blade. The other aspect that sets the Nakamura series of knives apart is their use of the Nak-Lok, which acts like a cross between a lockback and frame lock but has a button you push to actuate. This design allows for ultimate strength in both the upward and downward direction of the blade and keeps your fingers clear from danger when closing the knife. The Shori is an excellent knife and you can find it at www.knifecenter.com.
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The model 940 from Benchmade could very well be the perfect EDC knife. I honestly can’t find a single negative thing to say about it. The materials, craftsmanship, ergonomics, and attention to detail are all absolutely superior. Take all this and multiply it ten-fold for 2012, introducing the Gold Class model 940-121 by Benchmade. This knife, already near perfect, gets a true overhaul sparing no expense by using the best premium materials available on the market. The CPM-M4 super steel blade is finished in a clear protective coat called Cerakote and paired with the green titanium handle and carbon fiber bolsters, it creates a very pleasing look. If you’ve ever handled any of the 940-943 series of knives, you’ll know I saved the best part of it for last; the size. For a blade just a hair under 3.5″ and weighing in at only 3.2 oz., this knife absolutely disappears in your pocket. When closed, the knife is only 1-1/8″ wide at it’s largest point so you can slip your hand, phone, keys, or another knife into your pocket without obstruction. Gold Class knives are truly custom level production blades, see for yourself at www.knifecenter.com.
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Enter another limited edition knife from Benchmade, the 746-1201 Mini Onslaught. Exclusively available to attending dealers of the 2012 Shot Show, the 746-1201 features major upgrades to the mini Onslaught introduced in 2011. It keeps the same wicked tactical blade shape, now with D2 tool steel, perfectly centered between handsome carbon fiber scales. The knife is accented with black coated hardware, liners, and AXIS lock mechanism, plus beautiful blue anodized barrel spacers. Limited production of 500 pieces, all knives are individually numbered on the blade. You can see this at www.knifecenter.com.
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