Benchmade 810 Contego AXIS Lock Knife (3.98" Gray)

MSRP: $230.00
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Item #BHQ-11162


  • Overall Length:9.28"
  • Blade Length:3.98"
  • Blade Thickness:0.16"
  • Blade Material:CPM-M4
  • Hardness:62-64 RC
  • Blade Style:Reverse Tanto
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Gray
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:5.30"
  • Handle Thickness:0.55"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:5.92 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:AXIS®
  • Brand:Benchmade
  • Model:Contego
  • Model Number:810
  • Designer:Osborne
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Product Type:Knife


The Contego 810 AXIS Lock folder has a reverse tanto CPM-M4 steel blade with a clear Cerakote coating and a plain cutting edge. Reversible deep carry tip-up carry pocket clip and carbide glass breaker. Osbourne design.


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Patrick C.
This is a great knife, I have been carrying it every day for a year. I have cut just about everything a knife can cut with this knife, and the 165 I paid for it has paid for itself 4 times now. I have other more expensive knifes that chipped or dull faster than I'd like. The contego has an outstanding edge. I have sent it back to benchmade 1 time at about the 9 month mark, and a week later they sent me essentially a brand new knife. They replaced the blade and hardware as well as profiling the angle to 17 degrees per my request. Outstanding service, and an absolutely awesome knife.
gordon v.
i got this knife for my birthday and have had it for a year but this is the best knife i own i have done everything with this knife. If more knives were made with cpm M4 to this quality there would me some competition but this knife in unbeatable. I feel like if the fixed contego had m4 it would be unstoppable. other than the slight rust it is amazing and frog lube will fix it.
nice knife well made
ken w.
After reading many reviews some good some bad i bought this and was not disappointed. The handle and scales are not as rough as many claim but in fairness I work with my hands and they are quite calloused. My only complaint with it I wish the scales where thicker perhaps someday someone will make some aftermarket scales. Size wise it is fine I don't notice it in my pocket but a small person might as it is what most consider large. M4 steel is a steel I wish more knife makes would use as it offers high carbon and strength that many knives lack.
Awesome heavy duty "940"
Anders S.
This knife is up there with with the 940 as one of my favorite knives. It to me feels just like a heavy duty 940 Osborne. At first I wasn't a huge fan of the feel of the handle but after some use and wear the roughness of the handle has gone down a bit and become much more comfortable. I have noticed that the last bit of handle after the large choil towards the blade makes a great spot for your finger if you need to choke up on the knife for more delicate work, also on the spine where the swege comes up before the tip of the blade is perfect for putting your finger on when choking up to allow you to do super fine work with this huge blade. My only concern is heavy use removing the coating exposing the blade to corrosion but I haven't had any issues yet. I would definetly recommend this to anyone who likes the 940 and was looking for a rock solid heavy duty folder
Best Folder I own!
Michael R.
I have been collecting knives now for over 3 decades and have many brands such as spyderco, CRKT, Kbar, Tops, Emerson, Ontario, Gerber, ZeroTolerance, several others and I am at 12 benchmade knives. The 810 has been my go to folder for almost 2 years now... liked it so much I also picked up the fixed blade contego which is one of my favorite fixed blades. Although I had to make a plasitic "washer" for the tension adjust screw on the sheath to prevent it from marring the blade. (C'mon Benchmade you can add one!)

Once the 810 breaks in it is so buttery smooth to open there is nothing like it. The blade weight and balance as it swings into lock is just superb.

Over time I have grown to love the unsprung tension and lack of assist that allow the blade to swing both open then closed again one handed by simply use of the axis lock lever... just like on my 915 Triage only smoother due to the blade weight. So smooth it feels like there are bearing washers even though I'm pretty sure they just use spacers.

CAUTION: THIS KNIFE DOES HAVE AN AGGRESIVE FEEL IN HAND DUE TO ALL THE MILLING ON THE G10 HANDLES...this is one of my personal favorite features, it feels like it grips itself into your hand; if you are ok with this then this knife is hard to beat. I dont know what the other review is even talking about with blade play... THIS IS A BENCHMADE... they have some of the best manufacturing and quality control on the markert, none of the 12 Benchmade knifes I own have had ANY issues... I wouldn't keep buying them if they did. I have never been disappointed with any of their knives (always razor sharp and worth more than they ask for them in my opinion) and hope to add more in the future.

Side note: I wanted to buy a knife for my Father-in-law to show how much he is appreciated and was so happy to present him with an 810 Contego... my favorite folder, and hopefully now his favorite too!
Worst folder
zion s.
It has many problems:gritty, blade play, blade centering, and axis bar moves left to right. The bottom line is Benchmade sucks. The worst $180 I ever spent.
My Zombie Apocalypse Folder
Gordon H.
I've EDC'd in and out of my rotation of knives for 3 years now and it never fails me. CPM-M4 is amazing it holds a great edge, its flexible, but it can rust where it is not coated. Also, it can take a while to get a The jimping is moderately aggressive, it feels very natural in the forward and reverse grip. The coating on the blade can chip and wear overtime, but that's to be expected. I like this knife so much I gave my first one to my GF ( she uses it for EDC and self-defense (carbide tip can also be used as attitude adjuster =] ) and bought myself another one.