Benchmade Valet AXIS Lock Knife Gray G-10 (2.96" Satin) 485

MSRP: $200.00
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  • Overall Length:6.69"
  • Blade Length:2.96"
  • Blade Thickness:0.10"
  • Blade Material:Bohler M390
  • Hardness:60-62 RC
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:3.73"
  • Handle Thickness:0.45"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Gray
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:2.18 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:AXISģ
  • Brand:Benchmade
  • Model:Valet
  • Model Number:485
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


The type of knife a person carries says a lot, so be sure you're saying the right thing. Benchmade's 485 Valet is an everyday-friendly size AXIS Lock folder with an impressive M390 steel blade and a gray contoured G-10 handle with stainless steel liners. Premium materials and Benchmade's distinguished build-quality make this classy mid-sized knife ready for your everyday lifestyle.


Customer Reviews

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Decent Knife
Matt D.
I carry this knife in in the office with me. My only complaint is the non-countersunk pocket clip screws, but this knife works perfectly as a clipless knife. The M390 steel is prefect for everyday tasks.
My first Benchmade
Paul P.
My first ever Benchmade folder, which led to another Benchmade purchase.

I consider myself a Spyderco fan, but Benchmade really knows how to separate themselves from other knifemakers in making premium series blades.

The Valet is a great everyday size, and Bohler M390 stainless is a charm to sharpen and hold a great edge, even when sharpening free-hand.

As I mentioned, this led me to pick up a Griptilian (in CPM-20CV). On the larger size for me. I end up carrying the Valet more, especially when Iím dressed for special occasions. Itís that nice looking of a folder!!! Fancy fancy, lol!
Everything I want in an EDC!
Douglas M.
I purchased this to replace a Kershaw Ken Leek that I had carried for years. I really like the ease with which it can be flipped open. (I lubed and worked it a bit initially). The quality is top notch. The blade is strong and maintains its edge. I've been carrying it for more than a year and am completely satisfied.
One of my favorite little EDC blades!
Bryan B.
This knife disappears in my pocket! Has quickly become one of my favorite little EDC blades. Love the M390 blade steel and the grey G10 scales. Would love to see this in more color/scales options. Another winner from Benchmade!
EDC with minimal intrusion and class
Steven T.
Firstly, I recently became the happy owner of a Valet. Now this is coming from someone who doesn't own 'a lot' of knives, but I have several very decent knives. That being said, I got the Valet to replace my SOG flash 1, very old, very used, very tired. Also it was tiny, but for EDC it was useful.

I was over assisted blades, I wanted a benchmade again. I had one once upon a time ago, I think it was a mini grip, but it was very long, about 12 years, and it was fantastic but was stolen 4 days after purchase and I couldn't justify $200 again.


yes, it is small. But larger than my SOG flash 1, so it is not fiddly at all to me. Yes quality control is iffy at best, buy two and return one or get one in store. Check blade centering and the SS liners for clean edges. I had a bad grind that literally was a curved blade making the centering weird on the left side (looking at it point down and closed).
I have no problem with the thumb stud. I don't have fat hands though, and I keep my hands hydrated to a reasonable extent. Pocket clip gives me no problem.. Once the clip edges get a little polish from use it slides right in. Nothing a little sand paper wouldn't speed up greatly..

Having addressed those issues- on to my love for this bit-of-kit!
This slender knife is a dream. Truly disappears in your pocket and is out in a flick of you need it. I used Finish Line bearing grease (tiny bit) to free up the axis plane and make it buttery smooth, also on the washers. Tuned it so the blade free falls closed with a very gentle flick, I don't like them overly loose. Also there is NEGLIGABLE blade play in either direction in my experience.

Came shaving sharp out of the box.
Best of luck
not scary
bashar a.
While I was once waiting for the bus there was a bag I was attempting to open. I failed. I reached for my benchmade folding adamas and the people near me backed away when I opened the knife. I knew I needed a smaller edc knife and I knew where to go. The quality cutting tool known as the valet. This impressively light and good looking knife is constructed with enough quality to accomplish anything.
light, compact, and convenient
markus t.
The valet is an excellent every day carry knife. Its thin profile fits perfectly into any pocket. The axis lock is so easy to use and makes this blade very strong for its size. The scales as well as the overall size and appearance of the knife make it dressy and formal enough for any occasion without it losing its superb practicality. The blade style of this knife is amazing. it gives it enough of a belly to cut through any obstacles. the tip is also perfect for edc due to its flawless puncturing qualities. This is an amazing deal for this absolutely perfect knife. It is a must have for anyone looking for a small, dressy, practical, everyday carry knife.
The search continues
Joe M.
Still looking for the ideal EDC. Got this one hoping it would be the one...nope. Ok knife but too hard to flip due to tight detent and poor thumb purchase. Screws prevent pocket clip from seating all the way down for deep carry. Blade has both vertical and horizontal play when deployed....its a fair blade but in no way worth the price paid...
Similar to 470 Emissary, but worse in every way
tyler s.
I own and enjoy my 470 very much, which was actually the main reason I was attracted to this blade. Very similar style, but slightly thicker and with g-10 making it a little more rugged.

Liked: Aesthetics, size, blade steel, axis lock

Disliked: Terrible thumb stud location, almost impossible to get your finger between handle and stud. Overly tight detent spring or hinge. Can not do the axis-lock pull and flip open like with griptillian or other non-assisted axis lock knives.

Like the other reviewer stated, grind wasn't high quality like you would expect from Benchmade. Returned for store credit.
Nice knife, great materials, poor quality control
Jonathan H.
The example I received had a defective tip and the grind was less than stellar. It was rather dull out of the box. It seems like Benchmade was in a hurry to rush these out. Thankfully, BladeHQ has excellent customer service. Regretfully returned for refund.