The Claymore from Benchmade has a timeless design and timeless materials, placing its likely point of failure outside your lifespan. It's constructed with an automatic push-button and an integrated safety, preventing unintentional blade deployment. Its Grivory handle scales are weatherproof and offer a secure grip. A tip-up, reversible, deep carry pocket clip tops off this design.
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I’ve been eyeing this knife since it first came out but hate partially serrated knives (except on tantos). This is a solid, fast-side opening auto with no blade play. Even with the driver's handle, it is a solid knife. Does not feel wimpy at all. The blade design and coating are great. The safety snaps open and closed with authority. Push-button is a perfect size. It is slightly off-center (who cares? Right?) and it needed a sharpening on my KME. I’ve been exclusively carrying this knife since I got it. D2 is good steel in this price range and the coating will prevent rush. I really really like this knife. Perhaps my favorite auto.
Hopefully, that will never be the case, but I could certainly get by with the Claymore. I wouldn't call it "attractive." Maybe "rugged" is more accurate. I will use this knife and not be concerned about scratches or scars. I like its "heft," but it doesn't weight too much. I use a belt sheath, anything that will hold a Buck 110 or similar. The blade came sharp enough and I cut up some cardboard boxes easily. I sliced up all those 5x7 mail ads with glee! I'm used to autos but as another poster wrote, I dropped it once; it fires that hard! I got the plain blade version and had to be on the "notify me list. I ordered it immediately. Get one. They sell out fast.
I have been a Benchmade fan since I bought a 941 at a gun show in 1994. Always been a knife guy but after the 941 most of my knives have the Butterfly on them. I too am an Automatic fan having bought my first auto in 1957. I still have it. I own 9 Benchmade Autos and recently was gifted a 9400, which is an amazing knife. I have read about the Claymore but in Autos, I am not a fan of serrated blades. When the Claymore came out with a Standard flat grind I ordered one immediately. (I call the blade a standard which to me it is. Not really enough geometry to be a true drop point and not a clip point hence Standard) Standard is also my choice in blade style for an Auto. I am ok with the D2 steel and have never had the CPM designation, which to me means a little more consistent, purer pour. I'll quit rambling. The Claymore is the sum of Benchmade Autos. The Adamas 2750 was the most powerful opening auto I have until the 9400 and now the Claymore. The operator has to be careful or control can be lost. Twice my Claymore has hit the floor. For someone handling and caring an Auto for almost 65 years that is an embarrassing admission. I have a small hand that is part of the equation but soon, in this relaxed legalization era, the Claymore will be the judgment standard like a BMW 3 series is with cars. The locking mechanism is as could as I've ever had or seen, the handle material will have to prove itself as like most old-timers Aluminum is the gold standard. I would like to have 3/8th inch gimping on the back of the blade as I will use the knife as an EDC. I am nit-picking and am giving a review. For the price paid it rates, the highest I've had or have. A year from now, better make that 6 months, as I am 75 years old and do not buy green bananas, I'll give a refreshed review but I have a feeling it will only reinforce how I feel now... Again if you want to start at the top the Claymore (I used to have a claymore look alike on my front bumper until I was entering a military compound in Oklahoma and that did not work and have used Claymores defending my position in RVN) is your choice.....some usage details. I had the knife for almost 6 weeks before I had to sharpen it. I carried it every day and used it like any edc. I do not baby my knives. They are tools and that if what i use them for. I was surprised it stayed hair shaving sharp as long as it did and wondered how the new to me cpm D2 steel would sharpen. D2 steel is traditionally difficult for me to sharpen and I am reasonably good at sharpening a knife. The cpm D2 was easily brought back to razor sharp quickly. I think I will forever be a fan of this steel. I'll repeat an earlier statement. In just a few months the Claymore will be the Auto that all others are judged by......