Benchmade - 940 Knife, Reverse Tanto
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- HIGH-QUALITY: The CPM-S30V stainless steel blade is extremely well-balanced, offering superb edge qualities and rust resistance. The 6061-T6 aluminum handle offers solid form and function at minimal weight.
- WELL-DESIGNED: Benchmade's AXIS lock is exceptionally strong and fully ambidextrous. The 940 is a manual knife that can be opened and closed with one hand.
- COMFORTABLE: The 940's lightweight design makes it comfortable to hold and use. The reversible pocket clip offers ultimate accessibility.
- VERSATILE: The reverse tanto blade style is great for everyday applications and outdoor use. The 940 is Benchmade's top choice for everyday carry.
- GUARANTEED FOR LIFE: Benchmade's limited Lifetime Warranty and LifeSharp Service keep your knife in the best condition. If your knife needs repair or sharpening, Benchmade will take care of it. Available for knives purchased from an authorized dealer.
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Highly regarded as one of the most quintessential EDCs of all time, the 940 and 943 are slim, stylish and after over a decade have performed in just about any situation imaginable. Features a supremely durable anodized aluminum handle.
Blade Steel: CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC)
Blade Length: 3.40” (8.64cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.115” (2.92mm)
Open Length: 7.87” (19.99cm)
Closed Length: 4.47” (11.35cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.41” (10.41mm)
Weight: 2.90oz. (82.21g)
Color: Plain Edge/Coated Finish
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I've handled others of this same knife and they functioned much better. So I know what to expect.
I had heard Benchmade is having issues with quality control or maybe still are, so I guess if you're looking at the details you might not be happy. If you don't care about the details the knife would probably work fine but I didn't pay the price for a sub-par knife.
I'm returning it
I got a second one and after removing the pivot and blade and flipping one of the washers so they were symmetrical and the blade centered. I was also able to adjust the pivot so it moved as I expected. Great knife now.
It is beautiful, not too threating looking, lightweight, and has a super thin pocket profile. This is my second Benchmade (the first was a mini grip) as I am more of a Spyderco fan. A Spyderco Delica 4 (with a blade that I polished) or a Swiss Army knife make up my usual EDC, so this is the point of reference that I pit this knife against.
The only think that the Spyderco is better at is slicing, and that is due to the fact that it is made of a thinner blade stock, and is a full flat grind. This Benchmade has a more aesthetically pleasing blade design with the multiple grinds, and a prettier handle. The blade design has some positives and negatives. It has a stronger tip than the Delica 4 (but really if you are using a knife in the way they are supposed to use them - as in not prying - then this makes little difference. It also had thicker blade profile than the Delica, so the angle of the blade and the of edge are fatter than the delica and the swiss army knife. This means that the edge is stronger, but that it won't slice as well as the Delica 4 (which is further improved by the mirror polish that I spent a good while putting on it.
Overall a very beautiful knife that I imagine that I will hold onto for a long, long while, and don't imagine that I would ever sell.
I was surprised how slim and lightweight it actually was. Weighing in at 2.9oz, it essentially disappears in your pocket when carrying. I have used in on a variety of tasks at work so far--no problems! If you're looking into this knife, the chances are you've already watched a ton of videos on YouTube. If you're wondering... yes, it's worth it!
Note about the pictures: they were taken about a week and a half after purchasing and carrying daily.
A Year Later (UPDATE):
Still a GREAT EDC knife. Honestly, it's still probably my favorite combination of color/weight/edge length/overall feel. However, I've run into a few things since my initial review. The aluminum in particular is of note. The anodized aluminum is fairly grippy, and I've never had it slide out of my hands. However, this thing takes a beating in your pocket. I carry it in my right front pocket, and it's taken a beating from my keys. Because it's aluminum, it's begun to show the wear and tear associated with that. I feel like the G-10 versions (940-2 & 940-1501) will hold up better if being carried in the pocket daily. Ditto for being placed on other hard surfaces. I work in an industrial environment, and all of the steel around has a tendency to leave marks. Otherwise, I've been extremely satisfied with it!
It’s made in Oregon, USA by American Manufacturers and is well worth the extra cost to buy a modern day American Classic. This knife is a heritage of modern craftsmanship that you could pass down for generations. Benchmade also offers lifetime sharpness guarantees so if the blade ever becomes dull you just ship it to them and they’ll re-hone the factory sharpness and grind absolutely free every time. Also their customer service is so fantastic and accommodating that you could come to them with any knife issue be it a lost clip, a broken knife, etc and you know you’ll get your issue resolved professionally and timely. I recommend Benchmade knives as well as the Benchmade company to any one who wants quality craftsmanship and a dollar well spent into American manufacturing.