Benchmade 940 Osborne AXIS Lock Knife Green (3.4" Satin)

  • Satin-finished reverse tanto blade made from CPM S30V.
  • Dual thumb stud openers.
  • Green-anodized aluminum handle.
  • Secure AXIS lock.
  • Reversible tip-up pocket clip.


The Warren Osborne designed Benchmade 940 is a popular pocket knife for good reason. It's a comfortable everyday carry knife with a slim design, great ergonomics and a lightweight build. The 940 Osborne has an S30V steel blade with a plain edge and a satin finish. The 6061-T6 aluminum handle is anodized green with 410 stainless steel liners and a purple titanium spacer on the handle back with custom ridges. The AXIS lock and reversible pocket clip make the pocket knife usable for right and left handers.

For an in-depth look and test of the 940, check out our Benchmade 940 Review.

Item #BHQ-0160
MSRP: $240.00
Our Price: $216.00
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  • Overall Length: 7.87"
  • Blade Length: 3.40"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Material: CPM S30V
  • Hardness: 58-60 RC
  • Blade Style: Reverse Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.47"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.41"
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Color: Green
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 2.90 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Crossbar Lock
  • Brand: Benchmade
  • Model: 940
  • Model Number: 940
  • Designer: Osborne
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Camp/Hike, Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

11 years in the making
Eric M. on Jan 18, 2022

I purchased my 940 back in 2011 and I’ve used it daily since the minute it hit my hand. One might ask - “How is it holding up after 11 years?” And I’d answer AMAZING!! The lockup is just as firm as day one. The blade is perfectly centered and has zero play. At 10 years, I had to replace the springs for the axis lock. Clean annually, lubricant the pivot, maintain your edge, and you’ll have a knife to last you a lifetime.

Should Have Been My First Nice Knife
Matt T. on Aug 1, 2021

For as small as this knife is in the pocket, I don't think you could buy a sturdier knife. I pry hubcaps and center caps off wheels all day long, dig screws out of tires, and of course, the S30V blade is plenty sharp and easily resharpened. If you need a pocket knife to do more than most would expect from a pocket knife, this one can't be beat.

Highly recommended
Joseph C. on Jul 10, 2021

Bought the 940 Osborne in Feb of 2019 and it was my first Benchmade. I thought the price was crazy expensive because I’m used to having $40 knives... It is 10000% worth the money. Best knife I’ve ever had and will continue to use it daily. After two and a half years the action is still buttery smooth and locks up tight every time. Have had ZERO issues with it since the day i got it. Highly recommend.

Great knife
JASON D. on May 17, 2021

Just picked a new 940 dated 4/30/21 from BladeHQ. This knife is impeccable. Perfect centering, even grind, nice finish all around, and the Axis lock is smooth with no play in the blade whatsoever. It's also very sharp. I cannot fault this knife in any way.

Best EDC knife ever!
Todd G. on May 9, 2021

Best EDC knife ever! I purchased this knife back when it first came out, I was working in a sporting goods store and the first time I seen it in the display case I was in love, the green handles, purple spine and the feel in the hand, I just had to have it… Took me about a month or so of going back and forth to actually buy it since I was in school and working part time, that was a lot of money… Actually, it still is a lot of money!  But to be honest it’s worth every penny. Been in love with a good knife since I was a kid and had a pretty good collection going, but they all had been collecting dust since I purchased the 940… Then the unthinkable happened, my everyday companion for the last 15+ years or so disappeared while packing to move… I was heartbroken, hoping to find it while unpacking and settling into our new home I went back carrying some of my knives that had been collecting dust and even looked at some new ones, but have to be honest, I just wish I had my old 940 Osborne back… Well now that it’s been a year and I’ve been through every box, bag and pack I own a few times hoping it would show up, and not finding one I like better I guess it’s time to pull the trigger and buy a new one… If you are looking for something to carry with you every day you cannot go wrong with this knife!

Definition of Legendary Workhorse
Matt L. on Feb 25, 2021

Benchmade 940 Osborne. Iconic aggressive blade, robust aluminum handle, and the trusty AXIS lock. It is no surprise that the Osborne has achieved occult status. The Blade. It is super sharp, solid finish, great lockup, grabby retention, and with a legend of a Wharncliffe blade. Often copied, rarely replicated. The Action. The tried and true AXIS lock can take a good knife and make it great. Smooth and easy, the Osborne can be drop close after just a few seconds of adjustment. I must have opened and closed this knife three hundred times already, it is most enjoyable to manipulate. The Handle. Comfortable, tough, and simple. Jimping at the thumb and down the spacer. The handle also sports a quality pocket clip. The Osborne is made to be gripped down upon, and heavy cutting tasks do not hurt your hands badly. If I were to pick two details about the Osborne that I don't really like, it would be that the handle shows wear and tear very easily. The green is coming off and I am not even trying. Also the price. Even though the knife is almost worth it...190 is a bunch. The butterfly tax is very real. In conclusion, I really like the Osborne. I wasn't expecting the backspacer to be pink, so it technically is my most girly knife. That's okay, it reminds me of a dragon. I totally dig the slim dragon look, I like the rugged feel, and I love the legendary status. 91/100

I Want More!
Michael S. on Nov 18, 2020

I own many other Benchmade knives along with countless other brands. I have had my eye on one of these for the better part of 5 years.I never pulled the trigger on it for one reason or another on this one. I looked at the pictures and read the articles and reviews. There is a very good reason this model is one of Benchmade's most popular model for 20 +/- years. As soon as I opened the box and put it in my hand I knew I should have bought at least one more. I usually buy carry knives in 2s. You carry one and keep the other one new in the box. That's just in case for a backup replacement or if it gets discontinued. This knife is crazy nice and is everything you have heard and read about them. It feels great in the hand and is of good quality construction. The S30V is good blade steel that is easy to sharpen and holds the edge. It also comes super sharp straight out of the box. The Axis lock locks up tight and secure. It is easy to manipulate one handed. Contrary to other owners I think the pocket clip they put on at the factory is perfect. I don't like deep pocket carry clips that make it harder and more time consuming to get it out of your pocket in a hurry. I have a lifetime CCW that never expires and carry a handgun daily. I don't give two flips whether somebody knows I have a knife on me or not. In fact I usually have 3-4 on me at one time on any given day. It's always at least two bare minimum. A Victorinox Swiss Army "usually a pre '85 Champion" and a EDC tactical folder. This one is perfect for something light and easy to carry on days you don't want or need a bigger knife on you. I carry 4"+/- folders for those. Many times they are automatics, assisted or flippers. The Benchmade 940 such as this is a nice companion to a 9051 AFO 2 auto, Spyderco Military, Microtech SOCOM Delta or something else along those lines. I enjoy this one so much that I already have my second one for #2 planned to purchase in the next month. Buy one, you are missing out if you don't. All the hype and rumors are indeed true!

Just what I expected.
Nathaniel C. on Oct 14, 2020

Got this knife for my B-day and it is great. Super sharp out of the box, and nothing wrong with it. It is truly a grail knife and I am glad to have it in my collection.

A New Favorite?
Anthony T. on Sep 1, 2020

I love knives and have 4-5 that I rotate through for EDC. My two favorites have been a Para 3 in S35VN and a Bugout with aftermarket G10 scales. Since I picked up this 940, I can tell my other knives are getting jealous. It's stunning and SO much fun to fidget flip... I was very fortunate to get one with nearly perfect centering and the action was pretty smooth out of the box. I've been flicking it and closing it non-stop to break in the lock (my Bugout got REALLY gritty and lock-sticky for a while) and the action is silky smooth and getting smoother. Not drop-shutty like my Para 3, but a little flick of the wrist closes her easily. I sold off my PM2 to get this and I am so glad I did. This knife is the perfect blend of toughness with the aluminum scales, thicker blade and AXIS lock yet remains thin, light and carries a lot smaller than most knives with a 3.4" blade. What sold me on the 940 was the YouTube reviews of this knife after 5-10 years worth of ownership. 940s age beautifully as the edges wear and the fact that I can send it back to Benchmade and they will put a new blade on it when this one no longer has any life left in it, makes this 100% a user and not a safe queen. Thank God this isn't the case, but if you held a gun to my head and forced me to choose one knife to carry for the rest of my life, I'm almost certain I'd pick this over my beloved Para 3. It's THAT good!

Ergonomically Perfect
Matthew S. on Aug 30, 2020

I almost always prefer knives 3" and under but the ergonomics of the 940 are so good that it's become my go to for daily use. The green aluminum is beautiful in person and the purple backspacer is a great touch aesthetically. The knife has a great balance and the blade is super easy to flick open, even more so than the rest of my Benchmades. I highly recommend this knife.

Amazing Knife
Daniel H. on Aug 1, 2020

Purchased this knife back two weeks ago I was surprised how good it was the 940 is everything I've read about. I thought about getting one for sometime now finally got one that's great. The Axis lock is incredible the long blade on the 940 helps it deploy easily or flicking of the finger opens it easily, better than I expected I have a few knives and this is quickly becoming my favorite. The width on the knife is great to sit in your pocket and you don't even notice it.

The New Standard
Kimmer C. on Jul 26, 2020

This knife has actually exceeded expectations and the hype surrounding the 940. All statements about how good the 940 is are absolutely true and are well deserved. The action was very quick to break in, and became butter smooth after a handful of deployments. I can even deploy it and shut it with my non dominant hand, making it useful in many situations. This knife has set a new bar for any knife that I get from now on, I have a Mini Griptilian, but the action on the 940 is much, much better. If you have been on the fence about getting a 940, just do it! You will love it! I love mine, it has quickly become my new favorite knife and has me seriously considering getting rid of all my other knives. Ok maybe not that extreme, but close!

A Classic Knife That Is Worth The Price
Ben G. on Feb 16, 2020

First off I want to thanks all the employees at Blade HQ for all their above and beyond customer service and support!! I had read that Benchmade has had a few QC problems over the years and that some of their knives were showing up dull, uncentered, stiff access locks and some with uneven grinds etc. Needless to say I was a tad hesitant buying this knife online without seeing it first. I sent an email to Blade HQ customer service asking if they would be willing to inspect the knife before sending it to me to make sure it was perfect. I'm happy to report that it showed up centred and sharp, with no play in any direction, with a smooth access lock and with what appears to be an even blade grind. I couldn't be happier with the knife and my experience. I also called Benchmade and ordered two deep carry pocket clips, a standard size and a short one. I haven't had a lot of time with the 940 yet so will add to this review after I have a few weeks or months under my belt. However, my initial thoughts are that this is a wonderful EDC knife that looks amazing, feels amazing in the hands and the reverse tango blade shape can be used for a lot of different applications. Due to the thickness of the blade I'm not sure it will be the best slicer but can obviously get the job done. This knife handle will patina over time to show how you used the knife which is something I love! If you are on the fence know that the 940 has been on the market for 20 years and form my understanding has be selling really well ever since its release. That should tell you something about how great this knife is. Thanks for reading!

You need one for sure
Alex S. on Jan 13, 2020

This is about the most dress up knife I have. It's heavy duty though. Im not afraid to use it.

John W. on Jan 10, 2020

Love the 940 ... great knife ... rides well in the pocket.

Well Rounded EDC
David G. on Dec 30, 2019

Prior to purchasing this I had been carying the para 3, however this has come to be my go to edc. Between its slim carry profile and great blade to handle ratio its performance really can't be beat. As an added bonus the green aluminum handles with the purple back spacer leads to a very cool looking knife.

So far I love it
Peter A. on Dec 10, 2019

After a few weeks since picking up the serrated version of this knife (apparently discontinued) as part of a huge BladeHQ sale, I can say it’s easily the best EDC knife I’ve every had. It replaced a basic Griptillian I’d bought years ago and seem to have lost. The 940 arrived in perfect condition with a very sharp edge and nicely centered blade. The Axis lock on this model in incredible! Overall it’s just slightly bigger than I’d been used to yet balanced in the hard and lightweight. There’s are many reasons why the 940 is considered a modern classic. And that green finish is pretty sick, too.

Everyday Companion
William J. on Oct 31, 2019

This knife is by far my favorite knife for EDC. I carry this knife more than any other knife that I own and it has yet to ever lose that title. The green scales have worn in beautifully giving it that naturally worn look. I love the weight and feel of flicking that blade out every single time! This knife is a MUST have for any true knife lover.

So far so good!
Maximus F. on Oct 27, 2019

I have no complaints for this knife. Amazing build quality, super sharp out of the box.

King of the pocket
Matt P. on Oct 25, 2019

There hasn't been 1 day since I got my 940 that I didn't carry it. I may need to adopt Kurts model of carrying 2 knives because I feel bad for only carrying my 940. Absolutely 0 regrets.

940 yes
Ronald D. on Oct 12, 2019

Great EDC. Action, edge, quality all 5’s. Right out of the box.

amazing EDC
Edward W. on Oct 3, 2019

light weight, great steel, fast deployment. no complaints

OG carry for EDC
Danny F. on Oct 1, 2019

The 940 has been a classic carry for most knife guys out there. And I've had mine for quite some time now, that the aluminum handle have worn down to a smooth finish. The blade lasts forever, and the reverse tanto shape is an awesome addition for everyday use. For me, this knife holds a special place in my collection, and it is a definite recommendation. If you need a premium blade without killing your bank account, this is your knife. I've loved this knife since the day I got it, and I know that if you need a working tool, you'll love it too.

6+ year review
Eric S. on Oct 1, 2019

This was my first "nice" knife. I wasn't sure it would be worth the money, but I love it. I have since purchased other premium knives in super steels, but this is still so reliable and comfortable. -Easy to carry in the office, very slim and works as a gentlemen's folder, esp with the deep carry clip. -Nice long blade, but still under 3.5 inches for legality. Sturdy tip and decent slicer for how narrow the blade is. -AXIS lock on this just flips up and down. Barely slower than an auto knife. Thumb studs are a joy as well for slow open. -Edge held up well. Sent it back after 5 years for lifesharp and came back good as new. -I like the green and purple, but If I was getting one now I might get the G10 - greed spacer and save a bit of weight money.

Hall Of Fame EDC
John E. on Oct 1, 2019

I am in love with this knife. It is the epitome of what an EDC knife should be. I can dress up and carry this knife and dress down and carry this knife. There is absolutely not a day where I haven't carried a knife since I got this. I love the touch aluminum handles that it has and it is sooooo smooth. Don't be afraid to take a chance and pull the trigger on this knife.

The perfect EDC knife
Matt Y. on Oct 1, 2019

The classic 940 is the perfect EDC knife. it is small enough to not notice in your pocket, but large enough to handle most tasks. The S30V steel holds an edge, but is easy to touch up. The thumb stud opening and Axis lock round out an amazing bladed tool.

Love this new favorite blade
Eric B. on Aug 28, 2019

The hype is real, this blade is exactly what you need. I wish I would have jumped on this superb piece sooner.

Robert S. on Aug 15, 2019

Recently purchased the Osborne 940 and have carried it daily since getting it. It is everything I thought and expected it to be - great looking, quality built, with razor sharp edge. Am looking forward to using it daily and putting it to the task this coming hunting season.

great knife
david t. on Jul 27, 2019

Ive carried this knife for over 10 years, recently lost it. nearly perfect but, i will look for at a different knife company for a replacement knife due to their choice to donate money to anti-gun politicians.

Absolute Favorite!
nicholas s. on Jul 24, 2019

This knife to me is the king of EDC pocket knives. Materials, price, size, and weight are all very good. The blade comes very sharp. The cutting edge is nice a long, but the blade isn't huge and bulky and people don't freak out when you take it out. The aftermarket is very large and there are some great scales and backspaces out there to throw on to make it your own. Benchmade it the ball out of the park with this one.

Best EDC knife EVER!!!
William S. on Jul 11, 2019

This knife definitely lives up to it's reputation as the best EDC knife of all time. It feels perfect in both hand and pocket. Adding a deep carry pocket clip only makes it that much better! The Axis Lock is so smooth and hands down the best locking mechanism on the market. Can't say enough good things about this knife. Good job Benchmade!

Best EDC
Daniel S. on Jul 5, 2019

I carry this knife everyday. I love the slim profile.

I Love This Knife, but...
Mike C. on Jun 7, 2019

First, let me say I absolutely love this blade, and I believe it to be the best pocket knife on the planet. I bought this one to replace another Osborne 940 that I misplaced about six months ago. Hopefully, I will find my previous blade, but I couldn't stand to be without a 940 so I bought another one. When I find my prior 940, I will happily have two of them. However, the newer blade did not measure up to the same quality as the first one. The first one was as smooth as silk and I could deploy the blade just like it was an automatic knife and I could retract the blade just as easily. The new one was rather stiff and the axis lock was sticky to the point that it once jammed and I could not retract the blade. I then lubricated the sintered bronze bearing with some Seafoam Deep Creap, and after working the blade a hundred or more times, it is starting to deploy as smoothly as my previous one. Then I used some Boeshield T-9 on the axis lock which helped free up the jammed lock. The T-9 penetrates deeply but once the carrier evaporates, leaves and smooth waxy lubricant. After a hundred or so lock strokes, it started to smooth out as well. Lastly, the final blade grind was sharp but rather coarse. I expected to need to finalize the edge, just like my prior 940, but I will need to work the stones a bit longer until I work my way up to a 5,000+ grit. We all know that our Osborne's need a final edge, so I was not disappointed; however, it took a lot more work than my previous 940. My conclusion: With about 10 hours of break-in using good lubricants and sharpening, my newer production 940 will be just as good as my prior one was right out of the box. It would have been nice for the newer one to be this way straight out of the box. This is not a show stopper for me and I will continue to buy a new Osborne 940 as long as I keep losing them. Still the best pocket knife on the planet.

Doug W. on Mar 18, 2019

It just feels right in your hand! Wonderful knife! Axis lock is smooth and satisfying!

Timeless Piece
Russell B. on Mar 14, 2019

The aluminum handles are light but can hold up. Axis lock is very functional. Purple backspacer pops and brings some contrast to the knife. Blade is made to cut. Wonderful EDC

The best of the best
Jared a. on Mar 4, 2019

My favorite knife of all time. Light weight fits in the pocket amazingly. All around perfect knife

One 940 isn’t enough...
James S. on Feb 22, 2019

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.

So great I own 2!
John C. on Feb 22, 2019

I have no complaints for the OG green 940. I just cant wait for the green to wear in areas over time and they look even cooler (IMO). Only mod was a deep carry clip and good to go.

Great but I had a trouble...
Shane C. on Jan 24, 2019

I didn't buy my 940 through Blade HQ but I thought I would still jump on and give my feed back. When I first got my 940 one of the employees of the store had messed with the pivot and I coudn't fix it, so I had to send it into Benchmade. I just got it back not that long ago. It is my new favorite knife and I plan to have it in my pocket for a long time to come.

Better than the 940-2? yes.
matt c. on Oct 13, 2018

Feels much stronger than the 940-2 I used to have, the open back on the 940-2 is good to clean it, but it's a mistake on a knife that is already very slim and light. I also think all 940's are a little over priced, I got a deal on mine for $120 used mint condition, anything under $160 is a good price for this knife

Its Great.....
Ian S. on Aug 20, 2018

If you’re reading these comments you’re obviously curious what I think. Well pretty great. Fit and finish is perfect and the action is great (a little sticky at first) if you get a deep carry you’ll love it even more. I have L-XL hands and it’s just the right size (almost have my pinky off). It’ll do anything you need and more. Plus there’s an amazing warrenty.

Slick EDC knife
Cody C. on Jun 9, 2018

I’ve been wanting one of these since they were first introduced and finally have one ! This is one of the sharpest knives out of the box I have ever owned. Not so big it’s intimidating to others while in use and not so small it’s hard to hold. I already want a few more of these. You can’t go wrong with this one.

The best
William K. on May 18, 2018

This knife is definitely one of my favorites. Love the axis lock. But It’s just the perfect size for me. Also it’s made of the best materials. The steel stays sharp. Great knife!

The best of the bunch
john n. on Apr 15, 2018

I've owned all three "standard" variants of the 940: G10, carbon fiber, and this. The original has to be my favorite, the aluminum adds a sense of quality when handling it, and allows a better purchase on the axis lock. It also has the classic milling and shape to the handle. The only downside is it might snag your pocket after awhile. If you're unsure of which variant to get, I highly recommend this one. Though, any variant is still a good choice.

Handsome, Capable and Durable
Morris G. on Mar 24, 2018

Love the design and the light weight. The blade is super sharp and the action is smooth. It hangs up a little out of the box, but it will loosen up nicely with use. Hard to beat the Osborne/Benchmade combo.

Classic for a Reason
John H. on Jan 20, 2018

This knife is the perfect combination of materials, aesthetics, and practicality. Sturdy enough for hard use, slim and light enough for an EDC, and pretty enough for a gentleman's folder, this knife covers all of the bases.

Great EDC
Scott L. on Jan 20, 2018

Very light weight and fits easily in the pocket or most sheath. The blade stay sharp even through heavy usage but benchmade's sharpening service is quick and flawless. If you have never purchased through blade HQ you will not regret this or any other knife that you got your eye on

Julio P. on Jan 19, 2018

This knife just great, this was my dream knife for a long time. It’s light weight, the steel is great, the blade length is good for tons of different uses.

Worth the Wait
Ray S. on Jan 19, 2018

I've had my eyes on this knife for years and couldn't bring myself to spend the money. A few weeks back, I finally pulled the trigger and I couldn't be happier.

Can't Get Enough Osborne
RJ H. on Jan 7, 2018

I love everything about this knife; the blade shape, the action, the handle shape, the color, everything. I will say mine had a rather uneven grind out of the box, but nothing too wonky to fix. Another cautionary point would be the omega springs. I likely just have bad luck with my 940 as I've not had any trouble with any of my other axis knives, but with this 940 I've gone through three sets of the springs, without using it any differently than my others. Like I said, it's probably just bad luck as there are just some duds bound to be found in any such fragile part production process. Overall, one of my favorite carry knives.

Just Wow...
Brian R. on Jan 7, 2018

This is my first Benchmade knife, and first knife over $100. After watching hours of reviews I decided to finally get this knife and it is worth every penny!

Best EDC ever
Max O. on Jan 7, 2018

This tool is a MUST for every knife enthusiast or EDCer, the aluminum handles are super ergonomic and extra grippy for when you need, the blade steel is excelent, it’s gonna be sharp for a long long time! The only issue that i have with mine is that S30V tends to chip easy, so keep an eye on that. Over all an awesome kife

Tanner M. on Jan 6, 2018

I have carried this knife for a year now and I wouldn’t want any other knife in my pocket. I love it!

Grail knife achieved
Conner G. on Jan 6, 2018

When I lost my mini-griptillian I thought that it was finally time to upgrade, and get my holy grail knife. I’ve had my eye on it for a long time. Fortunately the fit and finish on my knife was pretty good. A tiny bit of horizontal blade play, and the edge grind is only slightly biased to the right side. Other than that, absolutely flawless. I cleaned the action and re set the pivot with some purple loctite, and the blade play issue was solved this is a wonderful knife to carry. The powder coated aluminum is one of my all time favorite scale materials. The axis locks up great. This is a big knife that carry’s small. The form of the knife fits in the pocket wonderfully. The reverse tango blade shape is great and is one of my favorites, it is a very versatile shape. If you can afford one, get it. I feel like this is one of the knifes that every knife guy should own at one point or another.

The Perfect EDC Knife
Patrick P. on Jan 6, 2018

This has to be my favorite EDC knife of all time. Although first when this knife came out of the box, it’s blade centering was extremely close to touching the inside of the handle scales. However, after taking it apart and fine-tuning it, this knife rocks! (And not in like a “blade-rock” or “lock-rock” kinda way) I’ve now been carrying this knife as my go-to EDC for almost a year now and I can say I can use and abuse this knife if I need to. From it’s strong tip to its still sharp edge, this knife was very well designed and the axis lock is always a cheer to play with.

Great EDC
Shea J. on Jan 5, 2018

This is my second benchmade knife and I like this one more than the first, it came razor sharp out of the box and it was centered perfectly. I love the slim profile of the knife, it disappears in my pocket. I cut a lot of cardboard at work and it goes through it like a hot knife through butter

The best working knife
Christopher D. on Jan 5, 2018

I used this knife every day as a utility worker. It has never failed me. It takes everything you can throw at it

Best folder out there!
Eric B. on Jan 5, 2018

This is my all time favorite folder. With the amazing functionality of benchmade’s axis lock, to the well thought out blade shape, this knife cannot be beat. I absolutely love the green aluminum handle scales with the purple titanium backspacer. The S30V steel definitely holds it's edge. This will probably be with me for the rest of my life.

The King of EDC knives!
Erica S. on Jan 5, 2018

I could go on for days about this knife- as many others could too. This is a perfect light weight option for your pocket. The blade length is exactly what I need. And it comes SHARP! It is a gorgeous yet simple blade that I recommend to anyone looking for a reliable knife! I love it!

Best edc available
Devon M. on Jan 5, 2018

I got this knife about 2 years ago. I had read everywhere that this was one of the best edc knives you could possibly buy between the weight, durability, and quality of craftsmanship and materials. Two years later and this knife has been in my pocket every single day since. I’ve abused it as a screwdriver, a light hammer, a pry bar, and I’ve even swam for hours in the Illinois river with it clipped to my pocket. Never once have I had a failure of this knifes behalf or found myself lacking when tasks required a super sharp knife with a good edge holding steel. I’ve tried to make the switch to several other Benchmade’s as well as other brands but even when I do I find myself packing my 940 along too just in case I need something I can trust. Great knife, worth the money for sure!

American icon
Jack D. on Jan 5, 2018

The 940 is a great example of spectacular American design made into a perfect edc. The amount of blade you get for the weight is unreal.

The best
Robert M. on Jan 5, 2018

this is by far the best knife benchmade makes, it's perfect. If you are on the fence about it, buy it.

What can I say...
John S. on Jan 5, 2018

What can I say? It's probably as close to perfect as a folder can come. It's a great size. It looks great. It locks up very well, and is a breeze to close. It is a true work knife, and it's backed by Benchmade warranties. If you've got the cash, I'd say make the purchase.

As if it needs another 5 star
Ryan B. on Nov 27, 2017

If you don't know about the Osborne 940 you're missing out. No blade play in mine at all out of the box. The Axis lock is a bit sticky when trying to disengage it to close the blade and the blade is a bit tight but I imagine that will work it's way out as the 940 is a knife that gets better with age. Very well centered. Love it, if your collection doesn't have one it needs one, enough said.

Great knife!
Arian T. on Nov 14, 2017

The knife feels great in the hand and opens beautifully. The handle gets scratched a little easy but that's no problem for me.

The best version besides gold class models
Caleb S. on Jul 15, 2017

I have owned the last 4 variety's besides the gold class models and I must say this is the best version still. For one it's thinner than the cf/g10 models. The axis lock is much easier to grab onto because of this. Secondly the aluminum scales hold up to wear very good and when they do start showing wear the knife just looks more badass. The cf 940-1 just chips out and looks dented if you drop it. It made me sell it because it looked terrible just dropping it once. The 940 BladeHQ shows here is an older version with a slightly brighter green color than the newer ones. You can also see the one pictured here doesn't have the axis lock milled out like the newer ones. Very minor differences but they are worth noting imo. All in all buy this knife if you want to own one of the best models Benchmade has ever produced. I have a pretty large Benchmade collection and I must say the 940 is up there. I think the kulgera is the only model I prefer.

Must have!
Michael L. on Mar 12, 2017

I own 9 benchmades. All require a drop of loctite, but after, they are life long blades. This is hands down the best of them all. Solid lock up no blade play very smooth! This may be the best EDC pound for pound of all time. No doubt about it. Pull the trigger, blade hq will have it to you in a few days

Knife Review
Diego B. on Dec 13, 2016

Perfect knife. Incredibly lightweight. The blade shape is beautiful. I own this one and the carbon fiber version and they are both great.

Aaron P. on Nov 30, 2016

This is a fantastic knife! I'm surprised that it took me this long to become aware of this great tool. I collect knives and always have at least one with me. I have many different brands, ranging from high end, to lower end. When I took this knife out of the box and played with it for a bit, I honestly almost made it my carry knife for the evening (I've been carrying a Strider SnG, so when the thought of switching it out for the night for another knife comes to know this knife impressed me). The green handle is beautiful, especially with the blue/purple spacer. The blade is nicely finished and is ultra-sharp. Deployment is a cinch using the thumb studs or using the axis-lock. Lock-up is tight, with no blade play. Centering is spot-on. Benchmade really did a wonderful job with this fantastic tool.

Folding knife perfection.
Frank G. on Nov 17, 2016

There is nothing I don't like about this knife. The action becomes more smooth with use. The blade shape and design is well thought out yet unique, and the handle shape is comfortable and strong with great holds. If you work hard and need a knife to keep up with you, this will quickly become your new best friend. THIS is a knife I would trust to go anywhere. Nothing would stop this knife.

jake r. on Oct 31, 2016

Its the first over hundred dollar knife I've ever have had, and for running on bronze washers its super smooth.

John J. on May 17, 2016

If you are contemplating buying this knife, and you don't really know if it's worth it.. Trust me, just get the dang knife. This knife is beyond superb. Beautiful blade and material, awesome axis system, and the green scales with the pink spacer is bodacious. You won't regret the purchase when you hold it in your hand. Extremely sharp out of the box and it's a benchmade, so what else do you want? I love every aspect of this knife. Also, if you're not digging the clip, ask benchmade for a deep carry clip and they'll send you one free.

peter l. on Feb 18, 2016

Took me a while to get used to the size because of my extra large hands and I've been in construction for 38 years. However , this is an amazing knife! Mechanically perfect, sharp as all get out, I love this thing! Get one! And as usual the folks at Bladehq were polite and helpful. Refreshing to deal with a great company! Now to save up for the carbon fiber! Haha!

Joe P. on Jul 2, 2015

Got mine a few hours ago and just can't put it down!! Straight out of the box it is smooth as oiled glass!! Built like a sexy tank! Very light! Insanely cool blade! Worth every penny! Blade HQ is a pleasure to deal with and I'll be a returning customer!

Top 5!
matthew S. on Jun 7, 2015

Love this blade, bought it about 2 years ago, and it did not leave my pocket for about 2 months after that. S30V is my favorite steel for an EDC knife. The liner between the handle is a beautiful purple titanium. Reversible tip up pocket clip makes it easy for left or right handed users to deploy into use. Opening this blade is as smooth as silk. Fantastic knife, would buy again and again. (in fact I am planning on getting a carbon fiber one)

My All Time Favorite Knife
Gordon H. on Apr 10, 2015

I used to buy cheap M-Tech knives as a teen because that was all I could afford. But in college and with a few part time jobs I finally bought this knife, the BM 940 was my first Benchmade and is by far still one of my favorites. It is extremely light weight, the green anodized aluminum has a slightly grippy texture that provides positive grip when drawing the knife out of pocket. Although the blade may seem thin and skinny, it has a pretty thick spine. And because the grind is flat and thin cutting through everyday materials (card board, paper, meat, bread, and plastics) very easily. I carry this knife and it's carbon fider counter part when I go to work in my office. The size of this knife is not threatening, instead I consider these Osbourne designs as gentlemens folders. Because it's not a very aggressive knife, I also take this knife to all my travels across the States and overseas (Asia and Europe)

My favorite
David H. on Apr 3, 2015

I've had mine for about six months now. After using the 551, 556 and even a paramilitary 2, I just can't find putting the 940 second to any of them. My blade did come with a crooked grind on the spine by the tanto, which is common I guess. Everything else regarding fit and finish is great! The action is very smooth, the centering is dead nuts and the axis seems more on point precision wise than on other models (it doesn't really have any wiggle). No blade play either. I really can't see a problem with how it's priced either. Best production knife I own.

Nice design
David O. on Mar 14, 2015

The image doesn't do it justice. I bought one many years ago and wore the scales smooth just playing with it. Very smooth action. It's the design that makes it timeless. Purple jigged (titanium?) on spacer. The just keep making them over the years so it must be popular.

Always in rotation
jeffrey j. on Jan 16, 2015

Classic knife. The axis lock is awesome! So much fun, and the blade design is more versatile than looks appear. It is one of my favorite knives, and I don't think it will ever leave my possession.

Great knife but
Andrew C. on Aug 29, 2020

I really love the look of this knife. The aluminum handles feel chalky and it's not my favorite to be honest but I'm getting used to it. I love the look of the knife and profile of the blade. Only issue is my axis lock isn't breaking in super well, but it seems better with use and some bluelube. I wish the grind and action were better for the price but its a great EDC classic.

One of the best
Kelly A. on Dec 6, 2019

This knife is one of the best knives i think you can buy for hard use or just EDC, the steel is impressive and the tip is super strong. My only downside is that its a little too big for my taste (i have a small/medium size hand) but that's just prefernce. I highly recommend this to anyone!

Excellent EDC
David W. on Oct 19, 2019

I've gotta say that the 940 fills a real Goldilocks sweet spot for me--it's just right in size, weight, action, steel, and blade design. Mine arrived with the action, centering, grind, and lockup all spot on, but unfortunately with a couple of quality control problems: The center backliner screw was several millimeters too long and protruded through the frame, enough to snag on my pants. I had to remove it and file it down (the assembler/inspector should have noticed this). I now have a silver dot showing where I filed off the screw's finish, I guess I'll just touch it up with a black Sharpie. Also my knife arrived less than shaving sharp, and the edge was visibly rough--you shouldn't have to sharpen a new knife. Those issues aside it's great, the blade freely swings open and shut with the axis lock disengaged yet there's only a touch of side-to-side play. I like the feel of the 940's aluminum scales just fine and I even like the purple backspacer. However given the knife's small size I wish the scales were just a bit grippier (I assume the G-10 and carbon fiber scales of the 940 variations are better in this regard). I also wish there was some jimping on the blade spine for finer thumb control. I wish it came with a deep-carry pocket clip but for $5 Benchmade sent me one and it arrived in three can choose between long or short, black or satin. I got the long black one and it comes right to the end of the handle, the knife disappears in my pocket. I've been carrying it for a couple of weeks now and it continues to grow on's small, light and surprisingly nearly as good a thin slicer as my Spyderco Para 2 (and it doesn't take up as much pocket real estate). It's an excellent knife but I personally feel the price is $50 too high. It's a popular, well-reviewed knife that's achieved a certain cachet, nothing else quite fills its niche and they're trading on the Benchmade name. That said, I could have saved $26 purchasing it from Amazon but I've read about Chinese counterfeits and wanted the peace of mind and customer service I get from BladeHQ. Overall, it's a well engineered knife except for some minor points and fits many of my EDC needs well...I'll rotate it with my Para 2 as the mood strikes me or to best perform the task at hand (the Para 2 is better at cutting down cardboard, as well as being more hand-filling for tougher jobs; for many everyday carry tasks, however, the 940 is easier to get along with). Is it worth the money? Some minor quibbles aside, I think it's worth spending a few extra pennies on something you'll be living with every day, hopefully for years to come.

Absolute classic
Donovan B. on Oct 1, 2019

Clearly this knife is one of the very best things Benchmade makes, the fit and finish feels very premium. However, I do have a few minor issues with the knife, first of all, the edge came to me from Benchmade ground at a relatively thick angle(more than 30 degrees), and the Omega springs easily broke after a while. Other than that this knife is very epicly

Classic carry
Jason M. on Sep 27, 2019

This knife is a classic for very good reason. The blade shape, weight, blade to handle ratio, and general aesthetics are all huge marks in its favor. However, I feel the price is a little high and banks on the fact that this knife is a classic. Really great knife and especially if you can get a deal on one, make it happen.

Good knife
Kyle B. on Mar 15, 2019

My only issue with this knife is that the slight blade play is increased when you try and have the classic Benchmade drop free action.. other than that this is a solid A grade knife

940 The high end user.
Christian V. on Mar 14, 2019

This knife is almost perfect. I really enjoy the finish the aluminum has, i know most people dont. Plade shape is very convenient and useful. The only things i can ding this knife on are ease of maintenance( its a pain to take down) and benchmade's on and off quality control.

Great knife but...
Tyler K. on Mar 4, 2019

What’s up with the purple? And no black handle version? Great knife but could use an upgrade on the colors. Otherwise this knife is freaking awesome!

Great knife, not so great pricing
Antonio K. on Jan 19, 2018

This was my first benchmade and sadly I had to return jt to benchmade for some warranty work. The knife design is very good and the balance is great. Through I thing for the materials it's a bit too much as far as pricing goes. I believe 130-140 is where this knife should be at in terms of cost.

Top 5 EDC in history
Hutch F. on Jan 10, 2018

I have had this knife for a little over two years. The handles are a little dinged and the clip has a beautiful patina. It has turned into everything I have ever wanted. The edge has rolled on me a few times but it gets sharper than a tack. The slim design makes it smaller in my pocket than any other knife i own. Great product

Fantastic Knife
Jordan V. on Jan 9, 2018

Cut my self right out of the box with this bad boy, really love the green in person. one of my favorite knifes, very study and really like the blade.

Anonymous on Jan 8, 2018

Great knife for a premium price
Kyle W. on Jan 8, 2018

First off, this knife is amazing, the build quality is great, feels great in hand and looks even better than the pics in person. However, the knife seems to be a bit over priced for what it actually is. When the knife arrived, blade centering was horrible and it took me a good 2 hours to loosen and tighten the pivot screw until it finally got centered. For a nearly $200 knife, you would expect something as simple as blade centering to be fine out of the box. Good news is benchmade is the best with backing up their product.

Joshua B. on Apr 17, 2017

Awesome knife!!! But had blade play.

I love the knife, just one problem
Oak H. on Mar 14, 2022

I got the knife a month ago, and I loved it. The perfect design for a knife imo. Sad that its only s30vn and not s35vn for the price. Aluminum wears SUPER easy, but I love green. Backspace are great. The omega springs is why it's a 3/5. One broke 2 weeks after having it, so I'll have to tear it apart to put in cheap etsy springs that are better even if they're 5 bucks... major let down. I personally have lost faith in Benchmade, cuz of my other knives scales are falling off. I'll change it to 5/5 if they ever update the steel and fix the omega springs as a whole.

Blade HQ response:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We're sorry to hear that you are having issues with the knife. If you are interested in getting your knife warrantied, please reach out to us! We would be happy to help you with this. ~BHQ
Go for the 940-2!
Andrew O. on Feb 23, 2019

Although the design is great, the aluminum handles just don't feel too great. I recommend going for the 940-2 instead... It's cheaper, and doesn't wear as badly.

Function over Form
Jacob L. on Oct 19, 2018

This is my first time with Benchmade, and my last time buying one of them online. The 940 is beautiful and I have wanted one for some time now, good weight, good handle texture, but bad blade. Having done some bladesmithing in my past I know that function come before form and directly out of the box I can easily be seen that this is not the case. The first thing I noticed about the knife was that the blade was ground unevenly in the middle then in then on either side. This defect can be seen in plain sight giving the blade a U shape and is made worse when putting the blade down on a flat surface giving me the ability to see under the blade. Before buying this knife I watched and read reviews and many had complaints about Benchmades grinds but the knife is so beautiful I was willing to take the risk. The point is that is is sad that Benchmade would send this quality of blade out to a customer who is assuming that spending extra money(alot) for a quality name will result in a higher quality out of the box, but that is not the case. I know they have a quality guarantee but that isn't the point, they shouldn't charge this kind of money for a product they clearly don't even look at before putting in the box. All that good steel and nice locking mechanism is looked over when I know I can get the same uneven grind from a 25$ knife. Disappointed. 3

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