The 9170 Triage is an automatic version of Benchmade's extremely popular folder. This rescue automatic knife will be welcome among first Responders, where speed and safety are of the utmost importance.
The Triage Auto has an AXIS lock with pull-release and an integrated safety. The hook-shaped safety cutter features automatic opening as well with a slide release/lock. The black anodized aluminum handle is outfitted with black G10 inlays and a carbide glass breaker tip. The N680 stainless steel blade is black finished with a plain cutting edge.
Maybe I should elaborate... this knife met my expectations for a Benchmade Auto. Perfect smooth as butter action right out of the box, not only for the main blade but the "seat belt cutter" as well. Zero play in any direction once deployed. Excellent/clean sharpening the entire length of the blade as well as the auxiliary cutter. Sharpening is consistent as with all benchmades. I really love how well sharpened the auxiliary cutter is and how it locks once deployed. It definitely was not an "afterthought". Everything was perfectly straight and aligned (as usual). I only had two real concerns ordering this knife - that the limited G10 scale area would make the knife unusually slippery (which was absolutely not the case); and that the auxiliary cutter was going to be half-assed in some regard. I was wrong on both accounts. I am NOT using this knife for my profession, so EMTs, law enforcement, bounty hunters with mullets, etc., take this with a grain of salt. I just wanted the auto upgrade of the trusty manual Triage model as a new EDC. If you can afford it, legally and financial, I completely recommend the auto Triage family.