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The Benchmade 940-2 Osborne offers the proven Benchmade Osborne design of the original, now updated with a black G-10 handle. The Benchmade 940 is a popular knife for good reason. It's a comfortable everyday carry knife with its slim design, great ergonomics and light weight. The handle is outfitted with black G-10 scales with green anodized barrel spacers. This model has a satin finished blade with a plain edge. The AXIS lock and reversible pocket clip make the knife usable for right or left-hand users.
Check out our Benchmade 940 Review for an in-depth look and test of the 940.
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Large collection of knives, but this one hasn't left the pocket in months
Out of all my knives from various price points, it's pretty easy to say this is a top contender for the best EDC ever! It's lightweight and well balanced for its size. I love the reverse tanto design in s30v. And if you like fidgeting....this action is something else, after disassembling, cleaning, and lubing its buttery smooth, the blade falls open and shut effortlessly and keeps centered well. Paired with the axis lock and smooth action its one-handed operation is addicting! For some, it may seem expensive but you won't regret it!
This is, without a doubt, my favorite knife to carry for work, can’t speak for my other fellow roughnecks though. The ergos, reverse tanto blade, and the overall length of the blade is perfect for what I need… light prying, slicing, cutting, and admittedly looking cool doing it. It also has the upside of being a very fidgety knife.
Dont let the price fool you. I thought paying this much for a knife was painful as well. But when you start carrying and using it everyday it is worth every penny. Love this knife. It has def seen some abuse over the past 2 years and still holds a great edge and works amazing.
Love this knife, I can see what the hype is about.
I purchased this knife after seeing all the reviews. This was my first 940, and I can tell you that it won't be my last. I instantly knew that this was going to be my new favorite knife. Great size, cool blade shape, feels good in my hand, and the best action out of all my Benchmade knives. If you're looking at this knife, do your self a favor and get it, you won't be sorry.
I LOVE the shape of this blade! I also love the super-smooth action, the way it fits in my hand, and everything else about it. The S30V is good steel, and the G10 scales are really nicely done. An absolute joy to own.
I have large hands and find the Benchmade 940s are super comfortable to hold and manipulate due to its well thought out ergonomics. When closed, the 940's handle fits comfortably in my hand with the base of the handle stopping perpendicular to my thumb, and the top of the handle landing near the base of my index finger. This is how I end up holding the knife when it's deployed. A good work knife should feel like an extension of you, and the fact that the 940 fits naturally into your palm well and grooves makes manipulating the knife around whatever you are cutting that much easier. The handle has a slim profile and, to me, is the perfect amount of thickness and width to allow for a strong hold while wrapping your fingers comfortably around the body of the handle. The jimping on the blade as well as the machined and smoothed edges on the body's handle all fall perfectly into place in your hand. Some pocket knives are designed in a way such that you have to "accommodate" the way you hold it or manipulate your fingers around the handle's design. But not the 940. The 940 is designed to accommodate the way we naturally hold knives, and not the other way around. With the blade length (3.4") being exactly one inch shorter than the length of the handle, holding a deployed 940 feels like second nature. The design, dimensions and weight of the 940 makes it one of the best and easiest knives to handle, so easy in fact that I can twirl it around my fingers like a pencil while it is open. The blade-to-handle weight ratio on the 940-2 (G10 handle) is balanced, which means that when it is deployed the knife does not teeter one way or the other like a see-saw. When deployed, the 940-2 feels neither top-heavy nor top-light, it is well balanced. However, the 940-1 (with its carbon fiber handle) does feel a little top-heavy and will lean slightly towards the blade end when holding it deployed in your open hand.
Great fit and finish.
The knife all around is great, really smooth opening and closing action. Fits in my pockets better then my Benchmade mini grip. The only picky negative I would give is that it wasn’t as sharp as I would’ve liked out of the box but sharpens up to what I want really easy
I think it lives up to the hype. The best action I own. This was my first quality knife and although it's not my prefered size its a great knife regardless. It would be perfect if it was a tad cheaper but hey that's Benchmade.
Really great knife, axis lock is smooth and blade flip opens very nicely. Handle is very nice on hand. Deep carry pocket.
I absolutely looove this knife! I now undestand all the reviews .. It's an osborne kind of thing ... you will understand when you will have one in your hands! I would say ... go for it, pull the trigger ... thank me later, and your welcome! +++++ - ergonomics - blade size ... a lot of blade! - materials - style that fits any situation from casual to more classy days
EDC EDC EDC This knife will fit anyones lifestyle. light weight and tough construction Axis lock is so addictive to deploy. GYM Shorts,this Knife is still going with you when you need it the most. Do your self a favor and save up for this 940-2.
A classic EDC is hard to resist, and this is the best of the standard non-exclusive or limited run 940s. Just get a 940, you will likely love it. Knife perfection.
This is my first quality pocket knife and it's awesome. Fit and finish are perfect. The size and weight fits nicely in the front pocket of my jeans so I hardly notice it's there. It has a great feel in the hand and the thumb stud and axis lock function beautifully. I handeled the 940-1 in person and couldn't justify spending the extra $100. Instead I used it to buy a Para 3 Lightweight.
I'll be honest, I had no intention of keeping it, I was trying to decide between the 940-1 and the 940-2. And I ended up ordering them both for comparison. Thanks BladeHQ because now i'm out $500 because I couldn't decide which I liked better and ended up keeping them both. Out of the two I like the feel of the 940-2 better, something about the re-designed shape and the G10 just feels great in the hand. And while the 940-1 is technically lighter you can barely tell. With the more comfortable G10 handle and s30v steel the 940-2 is a great knife and the cheapest of the 940 family. You can't go wrong with any 940 but if you like G10 then this is the one for you!
I've carried this knife more than anything else in my collection, and I really like how slim this knife is in the pocket.The deep carry pocket clip is a really nice improvement, although not included, it is free if you contact Benchmade so not a big deal at all!
What a knife, purchased about a year ago and couldn't be happier with my purchase. The 940 is a must have in my opinion!
Love the slim fit of this knife in my pocket. The long blade is great for everyday tasks and I do not baby it. Very light weight with the G10 scales, but still very sturdy feeling in hand.
If you haven't owned a 940, what are you waiting for? Pick a variation you like and give it a try.
I have always carried traditional non-locking pocket knives. I wanted to try a locking knife and after reading and watching many reviews I chose the 940. Very happy so far, light and unobtrusive in the pocket and I'm very impressed with the overall quality of the knife.
looking for something small, light, and economical look no further this knife is my favorite edc for so many reasons the reverse tanto blade is a amazing slicer, the small and slim handle take up almost no room in your pocket, it feels great in your hand, and you get benchmades excellent Warranty
I think it lives up to the hype. The best action I own. This was my first quality knife and although it's not my prefered size its a great knife regardless. It would be perfect if it was a tad cheaper but hey that's Benchmade.
I was carrying a less expensive knife while wearing jeans, and a very small buck knife while wearing dress pants. I ordered the 940-2 as a knife casual knife and was planning on buying a bugout to carry in light weight dress pants. The 940-2's weight surprised me and it works perfectly in any pants. If you've never owned a "nice" knife, its hard to understand.
This is the gold standard for EDC. Strong blade, razor sharp, fit's perfect in the pocket. Well worth every penny spent and then some.
Great knife! For me, it is a must have. Some complain that it's too expensive. All I have to say is no one forced you or is forcing you to buy it. I'm glad I did.
I've been carrying this for a couple weeks now and I really like it. It's definitely going in my regular rotation. I do wish that benchmade would make some canvas micarta scales like the Proper or mill the g10 differently to have a bit more grip to the knife. That's really my only complaint about this knife.
there's a reason its so popular, its a perfect EDC knife
I wish I could do a 4.9 star vote. I love this knife. I carried it as my working blade/EDC for a year. It broke down boxes, stripped wire, scraped crud, and everything else I could throw at it. The only complaint is after the year I noticed the the blade centering is way off and it has scuffed the blade up on one side. But a trip up to BM should fix that. It’s not a looker anyway after how I treated it this last year
This 940 is the best version hands down. This knife is great for EDC, camping, harder use, etc. this knife is a must have for any collection
This knife became my go-to EDC blade. The good: there is a lot of blade here. So much fits into this package. Its super lightweight and is the best pocket ride of any knife I own. I constantly forget I have it. The bad: the blade could have been sharper. Not sure why but these 940s don't come quite is sharp as other BM knives. This was the second one I've bought like that. Also, you kind of have to play a bit with the retention screw to get blade centering right. These are all minor gripes from a knife perfectionist. All in all a real winner of a knife. One of my favs from BM for sure.
This is the one that started it all for me. I purchased it elsewhere for my 17th birthday. I really didn’t know anything about steel, locks, handle material and the other necessities, but I guess beginners luck carried me through.
If I had to leave my home and could only grab one personal item, it would be this knife.
I had been interested in the original 940, but never pulled the trigger. I thought it was a little too expensive and the Green Goblin aluminum scales didn't do it for me. The 940-2 update fixes the scale issue and even reduces the price somewhat. I'm glad I bought it. It is light, low profile, has a good lock, good steel, carries well, and stands up to decent abuse. The quality seems very high and this is a very pretty knife. I find myself carrying this knife more than almost any other, which is saying a lot as I own probably 50+ knives. Even if it should probably be about 35-40 dollars cheaper, Benchmade has great customer service. This knife is the measuring stick of a good EDC blade.
I LOVE my Benchmade knifes! So much so that I bought it in black and green scales. My favorite is the black g-10 with green spacers, but the beater 940 is my green handle beast. These knifes are usable and dressy. Slim in the pocket enough to slip in and out of the packet a big phone like the iPhone 8+. The S30V keeps a great edge and cuts its way through my work day nicely, and also polishes up nicely to impress the guys at work. Highly recommended, even if it’s slim nature takes a little getting used to.
I already own a 940 and after watching some YouTube reviews I got this G10 version 940-2. Has a different feel, balance point is different then the original 940 and the flow through design as well makes it feel different in hand. Again, came shave sharp, centered and flys open.
Was very concerned by all of the reviews and comments about recent poor QC on Benchmade's part. The model I got was absolutely perfect - a beautiful well put together knife. Was very pleased by the fast and free shipping as well. Will be doing business with you guys again.
I have multiple 940's, 2 of the g10 version. Not overhyped in any way.it is just not for everyone. Is it not awesome we live in a time where there are SO many choices of style and brands to choose from? I say yes. It is a great size for EDC use, especially if pocket space is a concern. For those on the fence, I suggest you read the overwhelmingly positive reviews this knife has for years, it is NOT a new design and is still selling for a reason.
No where to even begin with how amazing this knife is. Benchmade hit every sweet spot. Burly and gentleman's carry all at once. Big and hefty yet sleek and elegant at once. The green barrel spacers set it off with a tip of the cap to the one before him. Came sharp as hell....and centered perfectly I might add. This is a lifetime carry no doubt. Knocked it out of the park, city and state
Unbelievable construction!!! Great knife. It’s a little smaller than I thought it was going to be but that’s not a bad thing. Highly recommend this nice!!
Is it expensive? Sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely. If I lost this knife I would order a new one immediately. I may order a second one out of pure paranoia. King Arthur didn't pull a sword from the stone, he pulled the benchmade 940-2. Samson didn't slay the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass, he did it with the benchmade 940-2... Buy this knife, and you too can become a legend.
I've only had this knife for a couple weeks but it's by far the nicest knife I've ever owned! It's super sharp and will hopefully stay that way with the S30V steel that it has. When I got it the action was a little tight so I just adjusted the pivot screw slightly and now it super easy to open and close with one hand. The design is beautiful and I love the length of the blade. It is the most expensive knife I've ever bought but it's well worth it!
I have had over 10 spydercos, zero tolerance, ESEE, boker, buck, benchmade, CRKT, Kershaw, cold steel, microtech, etc. and nothing has come close to this EDC knife, not even the same planet. Of course it wont have the strength and power of an ESEE fixed blade, but thats not what its meant for; The right tool for the right job. As for EDC, this is the top dog; the crème de la crème. Get this knife. Get two, one as a backup. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Bought this to replace my 940-1 that was stolen a year ago, still miss that knife. Since I didn't want to pay the same price tag, this seemed like a good compromise. I love this knife just as much as I loved my 940-1, feels great in hand and pocket. It's a classic, every knife enthusiast should own, or at least try one. You wont be disappointed!
In the month that I've been carrying this knife, it has become an indispensable tool. I reach for it all the time, and can count on the blade to handle whatever I throw at it. Since my tasks aren't that heavy duty, the blade shape seems pretty perfect. Using the point to pierce and then following with the rest of the longer portion of the blade, it's just a nicely designed and useful shape. The weight and ergos of this knife both in the pocket and out are spot on, and I don't mind the clip that comes with the knife, as it shows off a tiny bit of the cool green barrel spacer at the top of the pocket. For the option, I did ultimately call BM for the deep carry clip and they sent it for free, which is great too! Out of the box there was zero blade play and the blade was well-centered, maybe favoring the non-clip side by a hair. It has taken a few weeks and a small amount of Nano oil to break in the one-handed flick and close. It was super tight at first, and I considered sending it back, but since many reviewers said the same thing, I gave it a chance to break in, and it seems to be working in beautifully. It's sort of like a pair of work boots that take a few weeks to feel right. Oh, and I love the AXIS lock too. It keeps your fingers out of the way as the blade closes. Smart design. I have quite a few knives, but this is the one that rides with me most days. It's just an easy choice. Go for it.
I was a little hesitant on buying this knife but after reading other reviews I went ahead and ordered it and I'm glad I did the only thing that was wrong with the knife when I received it the blade was a little loose but that was an easy fix just about half a turn on the adjustment screw took care of the problem so now it's almost near perfect so if your thinking about purchasing this knife stop thinking about it and go ahead and get you one you won t regret it
This is a great knife, fits your hand perfectly but yet it's impossibly small in your pocket. The blade I would call elegant but also very tough that I'd trust it with just about any edc task. This knife is worth every penny!
I fell in love with the Benchmade 940-2 right away when I purchased it. Its slimness and its light weight make it easy to slip into your pocket and forget about it until you need it. Benchmade's Axis Lock is one of the best in the industry, and there's nothing like it in terms of ease of access. If you like to fiddle with your knives and don't own an Axis Lock knife, you need one. The 940 is an iconic Benchmade design, and if you're looking for a lightweight, slim knife, I couldn't recommend it more.
Hands down my favorite knife. Light weight, sharp as a laser, comfortable, disappears in the pocket, what's not to love?
Love this knife. Best combination of design and materials. Great value.
Awesome knife! Well worth the $$$$. I was hesitant at first but after receiving the knife I’m glad I pulled the trigger.
I'm gonna have to say probably yes. This bad boy is incredibly light and disappears in your pocket. Which is great because you'll never know it's there until you need it. Why just the other day I was minding my own business in my kitchen going through the refrigerator. When suddenly I came acros a wild pack Of wild jalapeno cheese no knife in my kitchen Could contend with this beast. Luckily at the last minute I realized my 940 was in my pocket I whipped it out with its lightning fast deployment And with one swift blow I Took the head off the cheese package and left his body in ruin on the mountain side(Threw it in the trash). Now I know this is a long way of putting it but Without my 940 I'd probly still be struggling to open that stupid Cheese
Was convinced by other reviews to give the Osborne 940 a try. Traded my Barrage to make it happen and I'm glad I did. I rarely carried the bigger knife, but the 940 is with me day in and day out in my right hip pocket. It rides nicely beside my wallet and gets used multiple times per day. Something about the ergonomics of this handle and blade that make it the perfect EDC I've been looking for.
I've had my 940-2 now for about a year and I can not complain. The sleek design gives it a grest fit in the hand and those G10 scales give it great texture when it gets wet or covered in the mud. Overall this knife is the best knife. Benchmade For Life
Perfect EDC. The design is very slim but still large enough for everyday tasks.
After debating for a month if i should buy it i decided to pull the trigger and go ahead and get it. It is definitely worth the price. The axis lock feels butter smooth
Classic BM for a reason. Compared to the original 940, I’d say I really like the how the scales are more durable and don’t scratch. However, the ergonomics are slightly less good for this knife because there is no backspacer/full handle construction.
Let it be known that my knife is a 940-1701, purchased elsewhere, but I feel it to be interchangeable in all the aesthetics and steel with the 940-2s I've handled. This knife has all the presence of the famed 940 with a few key improvements. First off, the balance point has moved from about 25% down the handle to dead centered on the pivot. This may seem minor but it can definitely be felt in use. Secondly, the design has been modified into a flow-through style instead of the full-backed of the original. This is really take it or leave it, but it makes cleaning without disassembly easier. This knife is also startlingly light, being just over 2.5 ounces. Can't recommend enough!
its a classic. If your on the fence about this knife just buy it, you don't be disappointed.
While I love this thing, I feel the Delica and Dragonfly are the two very most practical blades anyone could ever hope to own. However, this thing is insane! The sharp spine can be used for fire starting, the axis lock makes it easy open/close, the pocket clip rocks for standard carry, and the blade shape makes it a thin but robust tool. Aesthetically, I love the sculpted G-10 and green barrel spacers, because in a way it reminds me of a Xenomorph, which I find awesome! Additionally, it has a super light weight and long blade, which make it very practical but not as scary as the Paramilitary 2. The only gripe is with S30V this is a pricey little piece. There is value in this knife, but when you consider the Griptillian in G-10 with CPM-20CV being around the same price, it seems a little expensive. Overall, this is one fun knife to have, and serves a great deal of practicality as well. I would highly recommend it, because once you own it, you may have a hard time alternating.
Benchmade hits this one out of the park like always the g-10 scales are definitely the way to go if your looking to edc this blade!
Do a lot of cutting work, so I really appreciate this knife's ability to fill both slicing and piercing work alike. Definitely worth the $170 I paid for it; in fact, I don't hesitate to say worth far more than that. Love the open back door guy, and the green barrel spacers add a good contrast. Came razor sharp and has kept it's edge. Elegant, yet built like a jeep. Workhorse with the looks of a gentleman. A quality knife backed by a bulletproof warranty. Undoubtedly the knife for anybody looking for a personal blade that's a step above the rest.
Despite my varied collection, this is my most carried knife by far. It's light, slim, strong and ergonomic. The G10 is durable and attractive, and the open construction makes keeping it clean easier. The axis lock makes this super easy to open and close. If I could only keep one, this would be it.
This knife is the ultimate edc knife. If I had to pick only one, this would definitely be it.
I’ve owned this knife for about a year now. Bought over the counter at BladeHQ. Steel is great, g10 has higher end feel than typical, axis lock is so much fun, put on the deep carry clip and it disappears in my pocket. Slim, non threatening, great blade length, and elegant. There’s a reason some form of this knife is in many collections.
After watching and reading plenty of reviews I bought the knife after handling it for a couple minutes. At first I wasn't impressed but after a day or two of carrying it, it is my favorite for about a year now. The ergonomics are amazing and the blade shape is great in every aspect. The steel is one of my favorites and holds an edge forever! I have pruned a few small branches off of a cherry and apple tree and the blade was still able to shave hair easily afterwards. Every easy to use one handed as well. One of the best blades out there for a reason!
I couldn't decide what knife to buy. Ended up with the 940-2, out of many others and I couldn't happier.
I have had this knife for a few months now and i love it it is my current edc knife a have it every day and the axis lock is just the best
I Had this knife for over a year and I Carried it slept with it in my pocket. It was so comfortable I’d forget I was carrying this amazing piece of steel. I’d recommend this to anyone looking to buy their first Benchmade. Heck I’d buy another for myself.
Love this blade! And BHQ is always easy to do business with!
I've carried this knife almost everyday since I got it. Knife is beautiful, slim, fairly light, and has great balance. Wasn't a fan of the clip that comes with it, but Benchmade was willing to send a deep carry clip (for free) that I really like. Benchmade's warranty is great.
There are millions knives of all different shapes sizes all different in every way and all are different prices depending on the steel and quality. I own knives from china made to usa made steels all work almost the same when sharp. l got this 940-2 and I like everything about it. Quality is good and if I loose this knife I'll get it again. It's that good.
This knife is perfect for EDC and the quality is there. You can't deny what a great build this knife is once you've had the chance to play with it and actually use it. Great job Benchmade!
This is a great option for someone looking for an all around knife. It is sleek and lightweight, yet strong and usable. The green spacers add a nice touch. This is also the least expensive knife of the 940 family, and my personal favorite. It is definitely a knife that will impress.
I don't know what it is but a new sharp knife makes me feel happy. And with this one I am deffinatly happy. S30V and Axis lock. Right from the box the blade is centered with just a little blade play, smooth engagement, and the blade will swing freely. This will probably end up being a "Sunday" knife for me just because it's to petty to beat up at work. I may have to get a second so I have one for work and one for home.
Waited a long time before writing a review, because I'm quite picky and will return a knife I don't think is perfect. This knife is perfect. I think I've carried it every day for 4 months and it's never once failed me. Action is smooth. Lock is tight, and I haven't had to put an edge on it yet. Debated a while on this or the one with s90v steel, but I'm pleased I went with this. I highly recommend this knife
The weight, craftsmanship, steel, materials, everything is perfect. Very comfortable in hand and pocket.
This is one of my favorite knives from Benchmade. Well worth the money.
I love this knife! To me pocket space, weight and function are important. The axis lock is superb, it's truly a one handed operation, both opening and closing. It's so smooth and even when closing the axis indent pulls the blade inward. While holding down the lock a simple flick will open and close almost as fast as an OTF. I like it better than assisted or flipper designs.The weight is perfect and it takes up little real estate in pocket with no sharp or protruding edges. If that's not enough the blade profile is gorgeous from any angle, especially the top and it's extremely secure in hand. I rotate between my PM2 and ZT 450CF but my 940 always is my favourite and take 80% of my EDC. I started off with less expensive knives and always found reasons to criticize their form or function...Not the 940. For me it's PERFECT and therefore highly recommended! Enjoy!
I'm blown away by how amazing this knife is! I watched a lot of reviews before finally letting myself drop $170 on this knife, but I couldn't be happier about the quality and finish of this knife. I haven't gone a day without it being with me since BHQ sent it to my in record time! I'm always blown away by how quickly knives get to me from BHQ. Nearly always in 2 days regardless of my choosing the cheapest shipping option. Anyway, the 940-2 is the blade you've been looking for!
This knife is a fantastic EDC that came sharp as a razor out of the box. This knife easily ranks itself into my top three EDC rotation along with my PM2 and Benchmade Mini Grip. It has a small footprint in pocket and the cutting surface and blade profile makes it a fantastic choice for almost any daily task. This knife also disappears in your pocket because of the low weight which makes it even better. You wont be let down if you purchase this knife and will enjoy for years to come.
Bought this name more as a gentleman carry more than a beat up knife. The same functions great and the length is perfect. You dont have to worry about paint chipping or tearing your pant pocket up.
This is truly an EDC folding knife. If i wasn't a collector I wouldn't have anything else. Its light its sharp its ergonomic and so fun to play with. The g10 is smooth so it wont tear up your hand or pocket. And it will also hine wear more than a painted finish. If you're debating this cause you've never heal one, than stop thinking about it and just do it. You will not regret it!
This knife is amazing. My favorite benchmade that they make and that I have ever held or used. Out of the box the knife is extremely sharp, very light, and flawless in every way. Lock up is solid as a rock and opening is smooth as butter. Closing needs to be broken in a little bit but that's the fun part! Buy this knife... you won't regret it!
Just got my 940-2 today but I can already say it's probably my favorite benchmade to date! Crazy sharp, fit and finish are perfect. Built to last and how can you not love the axis lock? Benchmades are a little pricey but it's all in your perspective. In my mind it's money well spent for a tool I carry and use every single day. You just cannot go wrong with this knife! Get one! BladeHQ is a class act also! Thank you!!
This is my first 940, So many good reviews on this and everyone is right! I was looking to get another blade for a few months and so happy that this came out, once I saw those green spacers I knew I had to have this.This is an awesome EDC blade, so light and easy to carry. The axis lock is AMAZING! This is also my first axis lock and it is so fun to play around with, knife opens and closes like butter with a solid lock up. I wont be surprised if 15 years down the road i'll be passing this along to my son. Very well put together.
When it comes to materials, construction, looks, ease of use and price, you just can't find anything better than the 940-2!!! Buy it.... buy it now
Pre-ordered this knife to replace my original 940 that I ended up selling. So glad i did the g-10 is the best i have ever seen!
I own five 940s. It’s my favorite Benchmade model. The 940-2 meets expectations. Blade centering, blade sharpness, axis lock nice and fluid (once lubed and opened/closed enough). The 940 is the one model, in my opinion, that Benchmade continues to get right (as long as their QC stays on point)! The only reason I give it 4/5 is the spacers. Why the green/blue/purple?? It’s a knife, not a Christmas ornament. Stick with black, titanium, neutral colors. Plenty of third party spacers out there. Overall excellent knife.
A great knife overall, razor-sharp right out of the box. I love the blade shape, and the action is snappy out of the box. Axis lock was grinding considerably when it first arrived. Best guess based on years of experience as a machinist was a failure to deburr the interface between the lock and the blade. Broke in well and, after several hundred openings, smooth as silk. Edge grinding, while sharp as stated, leaves a lot to be desired with regard to finish. Visible and deep sanding lines. Deducted 1-star due to the above mentioned deficiencies, which I didn't expect from a knife at this price point.
This is my first higher end knife and I absolutely love it. I was a little worried it would be a little more blade than I would like for my shmedium sized hands but it feels really good. I love the green barrel spacers and the g-10 handles provide a good grip. With the slim profile, I forget that it's even in my pocket. With the axis lock, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able buy from a different brand and be as happy; the fidget factor is way up there. The blade also comes razor sharp out of the box. I gave this a four star because for a $175 knife, the blade centering is not very good; it almost touches the right side scale. Also, you will have to adjust the pivot in order to achieve ultimate fidget factor (tool not included). Overall a great knife!
My 25 year old daughter wanted an upgrade to her pocket knife and I thought this knife might be a good option for her. She's a bit of a Tom boy so she needed a knife that she could cut an apple with as well as stripe a wire. This knife isn't very bulky, is very lightweight, and has a nice fluid action, so I think it will do well for her. My only gripe is the feel of the scales feels a bit too rubbery. I wasn't expecting that from G10 scales. I have the G10 grey Griptilion and the feel on the Osborne is significantly more rubbery.
This was one of my first Benchmade knives I purchased. I was drawn to the blade shape and the Axis lock and how slim it is in your pocket. The G10 is solid and wears well. The extra touch of green on the spacers was a nice addition to the knife. I swapped out the standard clip for a deep carry clip which makes it sit deep in my pocket. Highly recommended for your EDC rotation!
Fantastic knife for EDC, fits pocket and hand very nicely. Very light weight and hardly noticed when in pocket. This really is a great knife! Im not a huge fan of the green back spacers... wish it had a blue or red option. Also wish it came with a deep cary pocket clip. Other than that its perfect! While I didnt buy mine from Blade HQ (got it off a tool truck at work so I can make payments) its worth the money. Yes its a chunck of change but its a very pleasing knife. This was on my grail list. Now I need to focus on the 940-1!
The axis lock is smooth and fun to play with, I like the g10, is lighter than the base model 940, good blade shape, not a very good slicer, carries very well. My problem with this knife is that it is expensive. For g10, s30v, it is very expensive. The only thing that separates it is the axis lock. For comparison, the Spyderco PM2 is 35 dollars cheaper with the same materials with a better blade shape and quality control.
Great sleek knife, the blade shape is amazing and for being my first axis lock it's really strong, easy to carry with both the default pocket clip and the deep carry one you can call them to get and a classic edc knife. But it's a little overpriced for what you get in terms of materials. For the same $180 range I would prefer my ZT-0450cf over the 940-2, carbon fiber and titanium vs G10 and the butterfly tax. I rated it a 4 because I may be the unlucky few but after admittedly maybe playing with it too much and flicking it both my omega springs broke and it wasn't too sharp out of the box. It frustrates me because now I'm worried about breaking the springs again although after sending it to Benchmade they actually made it razor sharp, fixed the centering after the springs broke and replaced both springs. Ergos are okay, I wish they added gimping on the blade after the handle since if you're actually holding all of the g10 it feels like you're too far from the blade. I'm happy this is my first Benchmade, one for the collection right? But I probably won't buy another one because of the Achilles heel of the omega springs in my experience. I'll use it and open it with thumbstuds but in terms of fidget factor I don't trust it for me.
great knife but a little over priced. like the design, love love the axis lock. a lot smaller than I thought it would be. the green stand offs look a little cheese and would like to swap them out. scales are fine but would prefer something a little more grippy. it is a good edc knife but don't think its the best edc ever. I kina like my para two more and it was less money. guy I work with has the bugout and think I like that knife more.
There’s not much to say here. The 940 is part of a pantheon of EDC knives for me, on a list that includes the ZT 0450 and the Spyderco Pm2. It’s a classic and it’s even better with the g10 handles. Lightweight, slim, good steel, USA made and a fidget factor that’s off the charts thanks to the axis lock. My only complaint is there are knives with better construction and materials for less. If you like the look though, go for it.
I honestly do not think that the Benchmade 940 is the best value for the given materials and the finish of the product. My main problem with this knife is the price tag that is associated with it. If this were around a $100 knife I would be fine with the initial problems that I had with my 940. Examples: had to lubricate/ disassemble the knife after loosening the center pivot because of "grinding" feeling, centering slightly off, screws sticking through scales, the pocket clip didn't have tension, blade play with the center pivot being tight enough and other little things. These are things that people shouldn't have to deal with after spending $180 on a knife. After all the fixes that I had to do the 940 is a dream to fidget with and an awesome larger (~3.5 in) lightweight (~2.5oz) knife. Final thoughts: If you are a collector and/ or you want that 940 because it is a Benchmade, by all means, get this knife you will not be disappointed. However, if you are in the market for "a knife" with a budget of $200 I believe that you could get better materials and a better-finished product right out of the box than the Benchmade 940, I would instead recommend you look into ZT, high-end Spyderco, etc.
I bought this knife as my first high-end edc blade. I love it and it fits great in my pocket. I only gave it 4 stars because mine has a little blade play that I can’t seem to fix. I love the deep carry clip (hint: call Benchmade’s customer service and they will mail you one for free). This is a blade I would feel comfortable with in everyday edc situations as well as in an emergency.
The knife is so incredibly well designed, the materials are good... But the axis lock is just ever so slightly unreliable. I've had the Omega Springs break on me more than once, so be warned!
It is a great knife for edc but it is too small for much else such as self defense. Solid gentleman’s knife for carrying in slacks or suit pants though. The 737 is a better all around knife
Super sharp. Light weight. Great Steel. Well made. Not to much bad to say maybe I have to get used to it
I was watching the late Boy scout on you tube and he was reviewing this knife model. that video prompted me to buy my first Bench-made knife. He gave this knife high marks in that review so i decided to swallow the huge price tag and pulled the trigger on the purchase. At first I had serious buyers remorse. O.M.G.!!! I just spent how much on a freakin' Knife!!!! but my nerves settled and i got to play with the knife. I really like it. Everything he said in the knife review was true about this knife model. Now I know what quality is and what I was paying for. Is it better than any other knife in performance? I can't really tell, but i do know this knife has incredible action on opening and closing and is perfectly put together.. The bonus is I am the only guy in my office that has one and everyone was wanting to check it out which was pretty Cool. I have only one complaint. BLADE HQ was out of free Bench-made T-shirts and I think I would have liked the T shirt a lot.
The 940-2 is the best 940 on the market. S30v holds an incredible edge and the g10 wears very well .Out of all of the 940's it comes in the cheapest and is the best balanced out of the bunch. Bronze washers make it super smooth and paired with the Axis lock makes it a great fidget knife. The thin handle is great in the pocket but somehow provides excellent ergonomics. Love the green anodized spacers or pillars. Only con is that the pocket clip rides a little high in my hiking pants. Almost lost it. But you can have a deep carry clip sent to you for free from benchmade. HOWEVER you can only get silver or a cheaper painted version (think mini-griptillian clip coating) not the awesome black oxide coated kind that it comes with. That being said it is my most carried edc knife and I'll never sell it.
I recently ventured into uncharted waters by buying a benchmade griptilian (Im a spyderco guy). I kept hearing stories of people getting their knives with blades not centered and bad grinds, so I was expecting to take the knife back, when the mini grip came I was very happy with it and kept it. But then I kept thinking what I always lusted after was a 940. After getting the 940 I was pleasantly surprised that it was a great specimen, blade was centered, about as tight of a lock up as the delica which is good, there might be a slight issue with the grind, but it's really hard to spot, one side is ground more than the other, it doesn't bother me because It can be fixed and I have other knives with the same issue. This thing is a perfect high end edc, the handle is just a tad longer than a spyderco delica's, but you get a lot more cutting edge, and it weighs just SLIGHTLY more yet feels the same. I like it better than the paramilitary 2, but it does cost more, I think it is worth the price, if it cost $140ish I would buy two. UPDATE 1: after approximately 1 month of very light edc use the omega springs have broken, which meant it had to be sent in to benchmade. I sold the knife when I got it back, I also am thinking that it is just too light of a knife for the price, does not feel like $170. UPDATE 2: I recently found a great deal on a traditional 940(aluminum handle) It feels stronger than the 940-2, I think the open back on the 940-2 is a mistake for a knife that is already so slender and light.
Overall this knife is a home run. You get a 3.4 inch blade for under 3 inches. The axis lock is amazing. This is my second 940, but my first with G10 which I find to great. This thing is an absolute joy to carry in pocket. .The reason I am giving 4 stars is because this is the dullest benchmade I have ever received, even my $65 mini grip was way sharper then this. I expect more from a knife that is $170. If the blade came sharp then this would be easily five stars.
I was a little disappointed in the overall quality of this knife. Because of Covid-19 I had to order online without inspecting the knife beforehand. It should have had a better blade center alignment, and I had to touch it up to get it as sharp as it should’ve been. Not what I expected for the cost.
I recently bought a black 940-2 for a friend and was excited to try it out. We had been playing with some knock off axis-style lock knives for a while and I wanted to surprise him with a real one. After about 3 weeks of him carrying it I have got to say I'm a little disappointed in the finishing and smoothness of the action. My knock offs swing open effortlessly AND have near perfect centering/no wobble. The 940-2 is such a wonderful design with a fun locking system, but for the money I can't say it was worth nearly $200.
I think the Super Freek (560BK-1)is a far better knife for only 15 bucks more. It feels like it's much higher quality and it comes with M4 steel. The 560BK-1 is much larger though. The blade on the 940 came super dull. The sharpening job they did is the worst I have ever seen. I have never received a new knife that was this dull. Not a big deal to me since I sharpen my own knives but it's kind of a joke that BM would send it out like that. The handle is not grippy at all. It is very smooth and slick. Everything else is good. Blade is centered, no blade play in any direction, action is nice. Pretty small and light, will fit nicely in the pocket. I plan on keeping this 940 but it is way overpriced. I think this knife should be 140 maybe less.
I actually love this knife it was my edc for many years and before this version I carried the first version. us manufactured great steel and is one of the best knife in pocket for a hard worker. although benchmade as a company needs to clean up there act and stop backstabbing their base of customers before I ever buy from them again. #pro2A!!!
Ordered this knife for edc based on reviews. I'm an average size man and this knife is small.. and lacks reinforcement in the handle. Over period of sharpening the blade would disappear. I tried it to give it a chance but upon breaking it in the blade became very loose and sloppy in the closed position. Returned and git the benchmade foray
Do not buy until they lower the price. I just took this knife out of the box and my first impression was that the fit and finish are that of a knife with a much lower price tag. The blade centering is off and the axis lock mechanism feels gritty. The blade does not freely move and I have to manually close the blade most of the time. The blade is decently sharp, but nothing crazy. I have $25 knives that feel better in the hand than this. You might get a better one than I did since Benchmade’s quality control and consistency is terrible now days. Not the worse knife I own but it’s no where near worth the $175 price tag. If I didn’t know any better I would say this is a $50-$75 knife.
Let me start out by saying that I do like the knife. I think it’s a good apple slicer, but that’s it. It is too small and too light. I really like the blade design and the handle scales. But it’s not worth $170. It’s a knife that will sit in my collection, and only be used once in a great while. I use a pocket knife between 30 too 50 times a day. Anything from cutting wood,straps, to plastic, and concrete bags. There’s a lot of hot spots from the 940-2 on my hand.It’s way too small for me too want to even use it. If it was bigger it would be a perfect knife.