Benchmade CLA Drop Point Automatic Knife Black G-10 (3.4" Stonewash) 4300

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Benchmade CLA Drop Point Automatic Knife Black G-10 (3.4" Stonewash) 4300
MSRP: $240.00
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Item #BHQ-26910


  • Overall Length:7.85"
  • Blade Length:3.40"
  • Blade Thickness:0.11"
  • Blade Material:154CM
  • Hardness:58-61 RC
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Finish:Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.45"
  • Handle Thickness:0.49"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.47 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Automatic
  • Opener:Push Button
  • Brand:Benchmade
  • Model:CLA
  • Model Number:4300
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Product Type:Knife


The 4300 CLA Composite Lite Auto is a quick-deployment automatic knife that is sized for everyday carry comfort while providing the performance professionals expect from a Benchmade Black Class knife. The CLA has a contoured black G-10 handle that is both lightweight and strong. A reversible, deep carry pocket clip offers increased discreetness and a proper fit. This model, the 4300, has a plain edge, satin finished modified drop point blade with push button operation and a front-mounted safety switch.


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Safety Location
Darren W.
I have several Benchmade knives and love them all. Recently bought this one and sent it back. I do not like the location of the safety. I would prefer it be on the spine like in other fully auto BM knives. With this model the safety switch is actually higher than the open/ release button. Why is it there? I donít want to feel the safety when Iím trying to fire the blade. Also, the safety does not move smoothly. I would love this knife without the safety (really donít want the safety on any knife). Other than that itís a sweet package like most BMís.
Great knife when shopping on the next level
Paul D.
Not an avid collector but have enjoyed collecting older pocket knives or lower priced models when I've seen them while travelling. Decided to step up and purchase this knife after reading reviews to see what next level knives are really like. Very cool to hold this in your hand and see and feel the craftsmanship that went into making it. Not sure I'd pay hundreds more for some of the other models on this site but this knife is right in my budget/quality wheelhouse
Wonderful Knife
Zach M.
Iíve been carrying this for a few months now and I feel comfortable rating it and the Microtech LUDT as the top two autos on the market. What puts the CLA above the LUDT, in my opinion, is the lack of proprietary hardware. Anyone with a torx set can open this bad boy up and give it the spa day it deserves. The centering on mine was dead perfect with no play. It has an incredibly strong action, good steel (made better by Benchmadeís heat treat), and can somehow still be closed easily with one hand. My only request would be for Benchmade to make a mini version with a 2.9-3Ē blade.
Great EDC knife
Daniel S.
This knife is a great all around knife.
Top of the line
Carl M.
I've owned a lot of knives automatic and assisted opening. When I first got this knife I thought it felt cheap because it was so light.
I was very wrong. I own a farm and carrying a knife is an essential tool to carry. This knife has held up as well as any knife I've ever owned. I would suggest to anyone looking at it to buy it.
Robert W.
Great knife and great service will definitely buy again
Awesome knife!
Michael S.
Michigan just legalized auto knives and I decided to spend a little more for the quality of a Benchmade. Love It! Awesome knife, serious performance and amazing feel, fit and finish!
Highly recommend!
Kenyon V.
Hands down(or up) this is one of the best knives I've owned. And that's owning several benchmade and other arachnids. Would recommend to anyone that asks
I Love This Knife
Thomas W.
I have been sitting on the fence for awhile thinking about this knife. I own a bunch of auto's, Protech, Microtech, Kershaw, Piranha, Spyderco and although I love my Benchmade folder/flippers I just did not expect this CLA to be that great. It was not cheap either. Now that I have it I can't put it down. It had a little vertical play but I was able to adjust that out and it's fine now. This knife is definitely near the top of my auto collection. Good job Benchmade.
Awesome Knife
Dale H.
This is my 1st Benchmade and I love it. High quality steel blade, light and durable grip. Well made, extremely sharp out of the box. Opening is quick and forceful. Blade does not wiggle at all. Highly recommend this knife!
Fantastic knife
Alan E.
Very impressed with the quality and the attention to detail on this knife. It's light but tough. This is my second benchmade, the other automated knife I received when I was with the Police Dept. about 20yrs ago. It still works just like the day I got it. The people at Blade HQ, are very helpful and the lady I talked with went out of her way to make sure I got the knives I wanted. (more knives are on the way).
New #1
Cody W.
I've owned many benchmade knives over the years and still do. I am a heavy researcher and know what I want. The CLA is clearly my new favorite. It is perfectly sized, balanced, and it opens strong. The G10 handle is exceptional just like my Volli. The CLA is rock solid and ready to work. Another fine product by fine craftsmen.
Great knife
Jim S.
I have quite a few benchmades and others but this knife is a notch above. It's fast, well made and very light. The blade is the perfect size for pocket carry and it's extremely easy to sharpen and it holds an edge very well. Very strong.