Benchmade Mini Osborne 945BK1 open on white background

Benchmade just unveiled their brand new 2021 knives, and we’ve got the scoop. In addition to combat knives, EDC knives, and hunting knives, Benchmade also doubled-down on new versions of some of their most popular designs, with significant material and aesthetic upgrades. Read on to take a closer look.

New Benchmade Bugout Knives

Benchmade 535-3 with carbon fiber handles, white background

First up, the Bugout family will be adding a few new members this year. The 535-3 sets a new high water-mark for the Bugout, with a luxurious contoured carbon fiber handle, aluminum backspacer, and stonewashed S90V blade. It’s really the perfect material combination for the design, upgrading the strength, feel, and cutting performance without sacrificing the ultralight DNA that made the original Bugout such a hit. 

Benchmade Bugout aluminum handle white background

Also new is the 535BK-4 Bugout: a flashy configuration with a milled titanium handle, black hardware, and a black DLC-coated M390 blade. The “sunburst” pattern really pops, and the broad bevels on the handle give the handle a little extra comfort, too. Even though the solid aluminum adds a little weight, the knife still only weighs 2.5 ounces — hardly a boat anchor in the pocket!

Benchmade Mini Bugout all black colorway, white background

The Mini Bugout sees one new addition, too. Like the full-size Benchmade Bugout before it, the Mini will soon be available with upgraded CF-Elite scales, which is an advanced plastic material reinforced with carbon fiber. Not only is it stronger/stiffer than the standard fiberglass-reinforced scales, it’s also lighter! If you’ve been on the fence about the Mini Bugout in the past, the new CF-Elite is worth trying out. It’s almost unbelievably light and strong — you have to feel it to believe it.


All-New Mini Adamas

Benchmade Adamas Mini with desert tan handles, white background

The Benchmade Adamas has a well-deserved reputation for being bulletproof. Battle-tested and proven, the Adamas is a tank of knife, with a chunky handle big enough to fill the largest tactical gloves, and an overbuilt blade that laughs off rough work. 

This year, Benchmade is revisiting the Adamas design. The ergonomics have been tweaked slightly, with subtle contours and chamfers that should make the knife even more accomodating and easy to operate. The blade steel also sees a nice upgrade, from D2 to CPM-CruWear: an outstanding tool steel with a killer combination of toughness, edge retention, and ease of sharpening. 

The biggest news, however, is the surprise addition of a new Mini Adamas, which tempers the overbuilt original just enough to be more EDC-friendly. With 3.25 inches of blade, it’s not exactly what I’d call “mini,” but it’s definitely a meaningful step down from the hulk-like dimensions of the original. And like the redesigned full-sized Adamas, the all-new Mini version also features CPM-CruWear steel. Available in two attractive colorways, the Mini Adamas sets out to exceed your high expectations.


Meatcrafter – Hunting Knife or Kitchen Knife?

Benchmade Meatcrafter fixed blade, orange handles, on sheath, white background

With a name like “Meatcrafter,” you can guess that this fixed blade is more camp kitchen knife than survival knife. The 6” CPM-154 blade is optimized for super-smooth slicing performance, with Benchmade’s SelectEdge geometry for an extra-keen edge. It’s thin enough to have a little flex in it without feeling “bendy” like a dedicated fillet knife — the perfect thing for processing proteins! 

Orange santoprene handles ensure a good grip and high visibility, and the boltaron sheath secures the blade with a satisfying “click.” Built for the hunt, yet at home in the kitchen, the Meatcrafter is the perfect addition to Benchmade’s hunting knife lineup.


Benchmade Claymore

Benchmade Claymore, black partially serrated blade, white background

The all-new Claymore is a push-button automatic knife that carries light and fires hard. With just over three-and-a-half inches of blade, it’s reasonably sized for everyday carry, but plenty big enough for tactical duty as well. The prominent finger guards on the handle should help you keep a secure grip in a thrusting cut, and the sliding safety complies with military standards for automatic knives

Like the Adamas, the Claymore also receives a new (to Benchmade) blade steel, in this case CPM-D2. The “CPM” designation indicates that it is made with a powder-metallurgy process, which ensures fine, even distribution of the alloying elements within the steel, resulting in a final product with significant improvements in toughness and edge retention over traditionally smelted D2. 


Benchmade Fact Auto

Benchmade Fact auto, carbon fiber scale, black blade, white background

The Benchmade Fact is straight to the point: a long, lean stiletto design with almost 4-inches of blade made from super-premium S90V steel. Originally only available as a manual knife, this upcoming auto version delivers that authentic stiletto experience, with snappy automatic deployment that can be actuated from the left side just as easily as it is from the right. Surprisingly light (3.11 oz.) and easy to carry, this new Fact is worth waiting for.


Benchmade 945 Mini Osborne – Classic Green Aluminum

Benchmade Mini Osborne 945, green aluminum handles, white background

As soon as Benchmade announced the first Mini Osborne, we had a feeling this was coming. Few knives are as iconic as the original 940 Osborne. I think it’s safe to say that it’s still Benchmade’s flagship model, even after all these years — it’s an intoxicating mix of dress knife and work knife, with an inimitable personality all its own. I think some of its enduring appeal comes from its unique colorway; with green aluminum handles and a purple backspacer, it doesn’t look like any other knife on the market. 

The latest 945 Mini Osborne faithfully recreates the look of the original, with the exception of purple standoffs instead of a backspacer. With a 2.9 inches of blade and that iconic reverse tanto shape, it’s the same 940 you know and love, just smaller!

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Seth Vietti

After surviving a career in the music industry, Seth co-founded KnifeNews.com in 2015 to share his lifelong passion for knives with other enthusiasts online. There, his incisive coverage of knives, knife makers, and the knife industry caught the attention of the KnifeCenter, who recruited him to join their team in 2019. These days, in addition to his work here on the blog, he runs the KnifeCenter’s social media channels, where he is always happy to answer your cutlery questions.

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