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Benchmade Emissary 470 Osborne


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  • S30V Blade steel
  • AXIS lock with assisted opening
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 470
Item Weight2.2 ounces
Product Dimensions6 x 3 x 1.5 inches
Item model number470
Item Package Quantity1
Blade EdgeBlunt
  
Additional Information
ASINB004RS6RS0
Best Sellers Rank #294,769 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 ounces
Date First AvailableMarch 12, 2011
  
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Product Description

The Benchmade 470 Emissary is the newest in the assisted lineup. The 470 features S30V, milled aluminum handles, AXIS lock, and ambidextrous thumb stud. It is a pocket knife designed for a gentlemen but has the Warren Osborne flare with a super quick assisted opening mechanism. The 470 is thin and lightweight without sacrificing strength and durability its a true every day carry with class.

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You can barely feel it in your pocket.
RussH11
The blade of the Emissary is nicely shaped, takes a very sharp edge, and comes to an unusually sharp point.
DocB
Lightning quick open, faster than any of my assisted openers.
V. Jan

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bergevin VINE VOICE on April 11, 2011
The Emissary was designed based on the 771 model Benchmade produced, and discontinued, years ago. I always liked the design and am glad to see it surface in such an innovative package. This knife is short, thin, light, and hides well. I don't want to whip out a massive folder and prune a plant or open a box, so this is perfect for my regular uses.

The Emissary can best be described as "semi-auto" as it is spring-assisted (two springs, one for the Axis lock and one for the blade pivot) but it deploys smoother than most automatics I have handled.

This is not a hard use knife for taking on a camping or hunting trip. The Emissary is an urban knife all the way, from its look to its feel to its deployment and locking mechanisms.

In all I love this knife and it is destined to become a classic as I doubt Benchmade will keep it in production. I hope I'm wrong, but most of my favorite Warren Osborne designed Benchmades have been discontinued. So if you're on the fence, I wouldn't wait too long, or you might miss out on one of the more advanced and stylish knives Benchmade has produced.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RussH11 on August 15, 2011
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A meticulously manufactured instrument. The machining is exquisite. All mating surfaces match flawlessly and the mechanisms slide smoothly in your hand. The weight is deceptively light. You can barely feel it in your pocket. However, as the assist-open snaps the blade quickly open and the axis lock closes, the Emissary feels solid in your fist.

A beautiful design and flawless in its execution, Benchmade made a Gentlemen's knife that few if any could match for the price. Maybe out of the price range for some, but if you want a pocket knife you can pass down to your kids, this would be the one. Benchmade's LifeSharp program will help you keep this knife maintained for many years to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Jan on July 1, 2011
Got this for a lot cheaper than listed here. But it is still worth the full price. Lightning quick open, faster than any of my assisted openers. Very small, can stick it behind my pant on the belt line and cant even feel it. Like the above guy said, dont hesitate and just buy this beauty. Feels like titanium, and not a anodized aluminum it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J13_VET on March 10, 2012
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I have many EDC-type folding knives, mostly SOG and Spyderco but, at the recommendation of a friend, started looking at Benchmade knives recently. I ordered the Emissary and a 555HG Mini-Griptilian. Upon receiving the knives, the packaging was similar to the other manufacturers except the Benchmade knives come in small drawstring bags which feel like they're made from the same type of material as Oakley glasses bags - a nice touch.

The Emissary is a small knife, but entirely appropriate as a "business EDC" - the dark gray matte coating (darker than I thought it looked online) and slim profile ensure a very subtle appearance on belt or pocket in an office or corporate style environment.

It comes as a tip-up carry, which I prefer and has an easily-disengaged safety lock on the blade - I'm not usually a huge fan of safety locks but I just managed to put a hole in my hand taking a SOG Spec Elite Mini off my belt recently (the thumb stud caught on the lower edge of the belt, opening the knife!) and have had problems with a SOG Visionary opening itself when clipped to a belt. So, let's say I'm gaining a new appreciation for them.

Deployment is very smooth with a nice spring assist. Disengaging the Axis lock is a bit creaky for now but I'm 99% sure this will get smoother with time.

The blade comes razor sharp. I haven't tried to sharpen it yet (I use the Edge Pro sharpening system), but would be tempted to send it back to Benchmade, at least the first time, to see how their LifeSharp system works.

Very happy with it - I suspect I'll be getting more Benchmade knives. The additional premium you pay for the Benchmade knives over some of the other comparable brands seems to be worth it when you see the workmanship and quality in the product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor P. on December 25, 2011
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S30V alloy was the most important feature to me. Fairly sharp out of the box but spent some time honeing to 17 degrees with a Lansky kit. Holds edge very well and has a great ergonomic handle. A little more radial and axial play then I would expect for the money but not more than a very minor distraction. Assist spring is strong and gets better with time. Blade lock works well but I never use it. All in all, great product. Compare with Kershaw Blur S30V.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nash Campbell on November 19, 2012
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I carry this knife on average 5 days a week. It is incredibly light and comes razor sharp. I bought this knife because I have to wear a suit/dress slacks everyday to work, and I wanted a nice, lightweight blade that was reliable but does not scare people when I use it. This blade fit that bill. The craftsmanship is excellent. The aluminum handles are great looking (almost look like titanium), but they do seem to get scratched easily. I almost gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of how easily it gets scratched, but I enjoy the knife enough to the point I got over it. I do remember to keep my keys in my other pocket now to avoid scratching it though. The s30v steel seems better than the s30v steel on my ZT0350, or at least it holds an edge longer. I guess benchmade has a better heat treating process. If you are ready to buy a serious gentleman's folder, I can't think of a better blade for the money. I know $150 (+/-) isn't cheap, but I plan on using this blade for a lifetime. If you don't have the cash for a $375 small sebenza, I would recommend you buy this one. This knife has certainly made me a benchmade fan. The spring assist is absolutely great. Very strong and fast. I love the axis lock as well. I was skeptical at first because I always appreciated a sturdy liner lock, but I was shocked at how little movement there was with the axis lock.
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