Benchmade 940 Review
The Benchmade 940 has been a Grail knife of mine for a few years now. Something about the knife just speaks to me and when I finally got one in my hands I wasn’t disappointed. The Benchmade 940 was the brain child of late knife designer Warren Osbourne and since it’s release in 2000 it has been a staple of Benchmade’s line-up.
Benchmade 940 Stats
- Blade Length: 3.4″
- Blade Thickness: .115″
- Open: 7.87″
- Closed: 4.47″
- Weight: 2.9 oz (Featherweight Alert!!!)
Benchmade 940 Ergonomics
- Good feel in hand and comfortable in all grips.
- Excellent jimping
- Needs better reliefs for the thumb studs.
- The aluminum scales provide decent traction but the grippiness in this knife comes from the handle design.
Benchmade 940 Blade
- Reverse Tanto is just plain bad ass. It looks like something a Klingon would use in hand to hand combat! The reverse tanto is supposed to keep the tip in line with the pivot for enhanced stabbing power and put extra steel at the tip for greater strength.
- The blade is made from CPM-S30V which is a purpose made cutlery steel. It is a collaboration between Crucible Industries and Chris Reeves of Sebenza fame. It holds and awesome edge but can be a bear to sharpen.
Benchmade 940 Lock
- Benchmade’s AXIS lock is among the BEST lock that you can get in a folding knife. It is buttery smooth and locks up rock solid.
- Every collection should include at least one AXIS lock knife.
Carrying the Benchmade 940
- Left or right hand carry but Tip up carry (The way God intended) only.
- So super lightweight that you won’t even notice it in your pocket.
- Under hard use it is holding up like a champ but taking a bit of a beating cosmetically. I’m admittedly hard on blades since I carry them at work and this is tearing me up a little bit since I really love this knife. I’ve thought of getting aftermarket scales but I figure I’ll scrape up the funds and get a 940-1 or a 940-2.
- The painted pocket clip is getting beat up as well. I would really like to see a deep carry clip on this knife too!
- The 940 falls into upscale EDC for me. It is tough enough for everyday carry for me but seeing it getting blemished is killing me.
- I like to think of it as Gentleman’s Tactical.
Spyderco Endura 4 FFG
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- similar capabilities
- looks good beat up
Benchmade 810 Contego
- Younger, buffer, meaner brother
- Similar ergonomics
- Has held up better
- Same price
- Available on Amazon!
Neither is as elegant!
- Well designed
- Aluminum Handles get beat up a bit under hard use.
- For me it is better suited for non-work carry.
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