Benchmade Aphid Folding Assisted Opening Pocketknives
Benchmade Aphid Folding Knives
We remember the Aphid series and we liked them a lot. These new ones are nicer, though, with a great assisted opening mechanism. Not sure why Benchmade picked the name Aphid for this knife—especially after reading about Aphids on Wikipedia. Ladybugs are a natural predator of Aphids… don’t anyone tell Spyderco. All of that silliness aside, this is a very cool little assisted opening gentleman’s tactical. We like the style, the size, the opening action, and the price. We’re just not so sure about the name…
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Here is the description from Benchmade Knives:

The slim profile and Optimiser Assist makes for easy carry and rapid deployment.


* Locking-liner with Optimiser™ Assist mechanism
* Drop-point utility blade with ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener
* 440C stainless steel blade (58-60 HRC)
* Valox® handles with reversible tip-down clip


* Blade Length: 2.38″
* Blade Thickness: 0.100″
* Handle Thickness: 0.380″
* Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel
* Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
* Blade Style: Drop-Point Utility w/ Ambidextrous Thu
* Weight: 1.65oz.
* Pocket Clip: Tip-Down, Black Steel, Reversible
* Lock Mechanism: Locking-Liner with Optimizer Assist
* Overall Length: 5.63″
* Closed Length: 3.25″
* Class: Blue
* Made in USA