Benchmade - Contego 810 Knife, Reverse Tanto
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- HIGH-QUALITY: The CPM-M4 stainless steel blade has excellent wear resistance and toughness. The G10 handle is durable, impervious to moisture, and stable under extreme temperatures.
- WELL-DESIGNED: Benchmade's AXIS lock is exceptionally strong and fully ambidextrous. The 810 is a manual knife that can be opened and closed with one hand.
- ALWAYS READY: The 810 is large yet comfortable and easy to hold and use. With a carbide glass breaker on the pommel, the Contego 810 is ready for anything.
- FOR TACTICAL USE: The reverse tanto blade style allows for maximum force to be applied to the tip, making it easy to cut. It's designed for tactical applications.
- 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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In 1988, we set out to make the best knives in the world — and that’s exactly what we did. We’ve grown a lot since then, and while we’ve expanded to provide tools for elite tactical operators, first responders and even collectors, our goal remains the same: make the best knives in the world.
About the Product
The Contego folder is a tactical knife through and through. Our hardest blade steel in a big knife with aggressive handle texture and a glass breaker on the pommel. A Warren Osborne tactical masterpiece. Intended for Tactical use, our Contego family has a carbide glass breaker and a reversible tip-up deep-carry pocket clip. Specifications: Designer: Osborne | Mechanism: AXIS | Action: Manual-opening | Blade Steel: CPM-M4 (62-64 HRC) | Blade Length: 3.98" (10.11cm) | Blade Thickness: 0.156" (3.96mm) | Open Length: 9.28" (23.57cm) | Closed Length: 5.30" (13.46cm) | Handle Thickness: 0.55" (13.97mm) | Weight: 5.92oz. (167.83g).
Color: Plain Edge/Coated Finish
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No vertical blade play, extremely slight to no horizontal blade play (confident enough to not have any doubt if I ever need to use it in a defensive situation).
The grip isn't nearly as bad as many people complain it is. It is extremely secure and shaped to not come out of your hands. However, if you do use it for over an hour a day for cutting/other tasks, you will probably get one or two callouses on your hand after a couple days. But it is not at all painful or anything when you hold it, unless you have more delicate hands than the average person. And the "jimping" on the metal liners is very unique and effective.
I'm not sure if the glass breaker would last after several very strong hits, I have seen the benchmade video testing it successfully but I haven't tested it myself. I'm sure it would knock out a few people trying to mug you though.
Overall very good, just intimidating to some people if you use it in public, as with most cool things.
EDIT: After owning this knife for several months and carrying it every day to work (Chick fil a), it is still my favorite knife. The action is still perfectly smooth and as is blade centering.
Do not buy this knife unless you also plan to buy and use oil regularly to keep it from rusting. Personally, I coat the blade every night with 3-In-One and put a drop over the axis pin to keep the action smooth.
In the event that the butterfly logo or Osborne logo rusts, use Barkeepers Friend and a toothbrush to scrub it for a couple minutes and it will look brand new again.
The only complaints I have are:
•Intimidation Factor (already mentioned)
•Wearing down pants- After carrying it many times in my Levi's, the top of the pocket has begun to fray which will essentially make me buy new expensive jeans whenever it gets too bad. However, it hasn't worn down my Chick fil a pants despite being clipped there much more often than on my jeans.
•Unwieldiness- this knife is fine for tasks like cutting rope and cardboard, but if you need to awkwardly maneuver your hand into a confined space, you'll have a more difficult time using this knife than a smaller one.
Cons: pocket clip is already starting to have the black paint chip off. I wish they'd nitride these things.
I don't consider this a "con", but I did end up sanding down a bit of the grip under the pocket clip. The reason being is that I wear dress pants half the time, and it was so textured that it was starting to damage my pants. I don't see this being an issue with jeans or sturdier materials. Otherwise, unlike some other reviewers, I like the grippiness (not a word, but should be) of the handle.