The Warren Osborne designed Benchmade 943 is a popular knife for good reason. It's a comfortable everyday carry knife with its slim design, great ergonomics and lightweight. The 943 has an S30V steel blade with a plain edge and a satin finish. The black anodized 6061-T6 aluminum handle has 410 stainless steel liners and a blue titanium spacer on the handle back with custom ridges. The AXIS lock and reversible pocket clip make the knife usable for right and left handers.
I now own five 940's after taking advantage of BHQ's clearance of all their partially serrated Benchmade knives. Given the value, I also picked up a 943. I'm liking the lighter and more pointed blade that it offers. Now having 2 in the 940 series with aluminum handles, I prefer their more solid feel and texture over my G-10 and Carbon Fiber versions. I now understand the popularity of this fabulous design and continue to enjoy the wonderful fidget factor. If you were to only have one knife for the rest of your life that would serve you well, I believe this one should be on you short list. If it seems like too much money, save up for it. You won't regret your decision to invest in a quality folder. Your Grandchild will appreciate it too when it's handed down.
This knife slides very easy out of the pocket, with a combination of the axis lock you can flip this out of your pocket with ease. Love this thing!
I have owned this knife for a couple years now. It is my go to everyday carry. Love the steel. Holds and edge extremely well. In fact, I haven't sharpened this knife since purchase now that I think of it. Very light weight. Very comfortable. I have a little wobble that I have to retighten the joint every so often but it doesn't effect function.
Good size for medium sized hands or for someone who wants to carry blade on pocket unnoticed. Better weight than Bugout with a leaner blade making knife thinner. Sits on pocket un-noticed. Knife has great weight for its size. Easily flicks open & closed. Blade was very sharp from factory. Passed paper test. Shreds. Great fidget flicker.
Since buying this knife it has hardly ever left my pocket. It's light, holds an edge and is long enough for several different uses. My only beef is how expensive it is. You could buy a kershaw camber, which has the same materials, for $70 (if you don't mind the speedsafe mechanism). I'm glad I bought this one though.