The Blade HQ Exclusive Benchmade Osborne 940 gets the Blade HQ treatment with a natural G-10 handle and a black finished CPM-M4 blade! This knife is hot, and it's sure to go fast!
The Benchmade 940 Osborne has become a classic in the knife industry. Just about every knife enthusiast is familiar with it. A few years back, Blade HQ took a poll and the community placed the 940 Osborne among the five knives everyone should own. Its tough build, slim profile, and versatile design makes it a perfect tool for every Benchmade knife aficionado.
This is my only Osborne but if they are all close to this, I can see the hype around the model. Fresh out of the box this knife is beautiful. I read some people had dull blades or blade play issues. I experienced none of those issues with mine. Came sharp out of the box. I almost bought another just as a backup. Highly recommended.
I've always wanted an Osborne and couldn't turn up this deal for a great steel and styling. 2 weeks in and the blade has performed well and I can not be happier.
M4 steel lives up to the hype and blade coating is quite sturdy. This knife splits time in my pocket with a classic aluminum handle, green 940 with no barrel spacers. The classic is just a hair thinner. I can’t tell which one I like better! I’m not a fan of the split arrow clip.. so I changed it out for a standard, flat Benchmade clip like the classic 940….definitely no reason to hold back 5 stars. Well done Blade HQ and Benchmade!
This knife absolutely lives up to every bit of hype. Especially in the blade hq exclusive m4 steel and natural g 10 scales. Worth every penny!
Love the look. I ordered this knife not knowing how I felt about the natural green g10 style handle scales . But honestly , the more I look at it the more I like it. The action is smooth as expected and of coarse the knife came very sharp. Don't know what else to say besides it was a great choice in my eyes.I use knives for alot of chores from woodworking to cutting open boxes etc very typical knife uses but I'm a avid collector and I think this is a great addition to my collection considering of constantly changing my edc.
Worth the money
I love the M4 steel and the action is super smooth
Pure gold best 940 in my books only flaw was the screws that hold the scales to the liners are to long and show through and look like are almost hitting the blade but I checked and there was no way they would touch just messes with my ocd I knew about said issue before I bought it I went to their store front in va
there is nothing bad about this knife I love it it took a while to break it in but it's awesome I love the G10 I also love the M4 blade steel lock up is great carbon steel is my favorite steel The blade centering is not perfect but that's OK I also changed the pocket clip to a deep carry clip otherwise it's perfect no cons for me
My first Benchmade. I love the knife, love the M4, and the ascetics. People say not heavy use, but this winter when we saw a bull elk 1.5miles out headed away we took off, without our packs. After we made the shot I realized the only knife I had on me was this one. Knife qtr'd the elk and kept its 17degree edge. I love this knife so much I don't like using it. So, I bought another and still don't like using my favorite knife because im just wired that way.
The 940 Osborn has been one of my grail knives for a long, long time. It always seemed that when I had the money, something came up. When the Nat G-10 version came out, I knew I needed it! As far as things go I am very happy with this knife, from the mail into my pocket it hasn't left my edc for 2 months. Out of the box it is a little stiff, some wearing in with some adjusting and I have a nice flippy action now. I am sure there might be some benefit to get the S30V blade for my purposes, which is farm and shop work. However, I have not had any issues with the M4 blade yet, *knocks on wood. That being said, I do clean and maintain my tools regularly, (I am that guy) so I wipe the blade at the end of most days. It has kept up with all my cutting, prying, marking, etc. I definitely recommend this knife, the Natural G-10 scales and coated M4 blade will add some appeal to any collection.
I would like to begin by saying in my collection of pocket knives approximately fifteen are benchmades. I have four 940’s of which are the original green aluminum, the 940-1, the 940rei green g-10, and one customized base model with ti scales. This latest blade hq exclusive is one I was interested in when it debuted and I hesitated then so when it was made available again I didn’t waste any time getting one ordered. This knife is great looking (I like the jade exclusives bhq does) and it’s sporting a blade steel that I’ve had very good service from, M4. I have a bailout in green aluminum and m4 and it’s been one of the toughest knives I’ve ever carried considering how thin it is. Now it takes some time on the edge pro to get it back to a near perfect edge but it lasts a really long time and it is super tough. This exclusive 940 is the best yet in my opinion. Thank you to blade hq for continuing to bring these cool collaborations to us knife enthusiasts. Five stars!
I have a few Benchmades, so I have a little perspective and experience: This 940 Osbourne is perfect function out of the box. Not crazy about the look/form as much as the Bugout, but the weight distribution and pivot are amazing. If I retract both sides of the axis lock and I flick my wrist, it will flip open without using the stud, silky smooth every time. I can do this with the Bugout, but I have to flick my wrist just right. With this Osbourne I don't have to be fussy to make this work. Good as a gravity knife. This knife is a real winner. Open and in the hand, only my Spyderco Para 2 feels better for grip and hand position - but it's close.
My first Benchmade, made me believe the 940 hype. This is an amazing knife. Super thin scales, great action, ridiculously sharp and sturdy blade. And its in m4, what else could u want? I also have the SMKW exclusive subzero Hogue Deka, and i think theyre both similar in many ways. Idk which is better, but this is def a win. If u grab it, u wont regret it. If u do, sell it to me.
It has its flaws. Coating started to peel. Of course this was the first batch. I swapped out the scales for the og green and then to flytanium copper. Now its my favorite knife of all. A Benchmade 940 and CPM-M4, you can't beat it.
A respected knife in new materials. Scary sharp and a workhorse your likely to carry for many years... maybe your kids will too. Intrigued that the scales can be dyed. May try that next.
What can be said that hasn’t already about the 940 and how it’s a proven and great all-around EDC knife. The extra plus about this particular model is that you get an awesome performance and protected coating M4 metal for the blade and another unique quality to this knife… this is the only version available (to my knowledge) that has all black hardware to complete those fully blacked-out knife customizations (*after dying the scales)… Or just as cheap and easily, dye the natural G10 scales to whatever color you want and you now have a personalized EDC 940 that will serve you well for many years.
I purchased this knife last year and I cannot say enough good about it. To have a tried and true knife come in m4 was a dream come true. I have a lot of knives and I find myself using this one more than any other knife I own. The fit and finish was perfect as well!
I’ve been craving something in jade G10 and M4 steel. I love the look of all black hardware and a Cerakote or DLC black blade against the natural G10. I’ve always heard that any good collection should have a 940 and frankly I’ve never liked the finish combinations on other variations. The steel and finish combo on this one drew me in and I’m glad it did. The action smoothed out dramatically after the first day of use and now it falls shut, flicks open, and locks up tight with no blade play whatsoever. Carries super light/small and hardly know it’s there. My only complaint is the pocket clip. Give me any Benchmade deep carry with it and I would have been happier.
Many Benchmade’s on (Grip, mini Grip, North Fork, Grizzly Ridge, Bugout(s), Crooked River and Mini Crooked River… I’d just held off on the 940. This one appealed. I bought it. SO glad I did. The 940 is a classic for a reason, and I’m glad to have finally joined the club. What an amazing knife. And this version is an amazing take on a classic. M4… I’ll say no more. And the black against the natural G10. Absolutely love it. Glad I finally “woke up” and joined the club. Amazing knife. Thank you BHQ for making this variation happen.
I was hesitant to order this because I have large hands and it's somewhat slim. I'm glad I did. A knife-like thus for this price is fantastic. Texture on the g10 jade is very good. And well it has the Osborne slicing ability most task are like butter. Only negative is it's not for anything heavy-duty but you know that going in. Very pleased Value for your $$$"
I've used, and loved, the Benchmade 940 for years but only recently decided to get a mini version and this BHQ exclusive with the CPM M4 and jade-colored, or ghost scales. I'm not sure if I'll dye the scales but it's super easy if you don't care for the appearance, that's the nice thing about these G10 scales. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with this knife. Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
First of all, this is a fantastic deal on an Osbourne 940. Yes, the scales are not aluminum, but the G-10 handle is sturdy yet light. The Jade colored handle will be either a "love it or hate" thing but I personally like it a lot. My first foray into Benchmade products was the 535BK-4 with the slick aluminum scales but everywhere I look the enthusiasts speak of how fantastic the Osbourne is. Well, I am here to say that I do not regret my decision at all. It you want sturdier, heavier scales then get the aluminum scaled version and pay a few bucks more, but this is a great deal! Out of the box the action isn't as slick as the Bugout that I just got so mine doesn't fall close but it flicks open with a satisfying click. I believe that once this thing breaks in it may become my EDC but it's too soon to call it at this point. I am a fan though!
The “original” 940 was the first Benchmade I owned- Black aluminum scales with black spacers, satin blade- stolen from my home years ago. That was Benchmade at the top of its game. In recent years their QC has been questionable (plain sh*tty really). It’s a toss of the coin whether you’ll get a knife that’s worth the price you pay- blade not centered, lock stick that never seems to improve, and a ridiculously dull edge. HOWEVER, this BladeHq exclusive (and the 940-2 I bought in July) is perfect, as its original predecessor. Razor-sharp, spot-on centering, fluid axis lock (stick slowly going away). Aesthetically it’s beautiful. Natural G10 is even better looking in person and the black M4 blade is an awesome contrast. Ergonomics are great like all 940s. It’s just a badass knife. Buy one. Or several.
I have carried this for nearly 2 weeks now and it has replaced my 20cv griptillian as my EDC. M4 is fantastic, the price is absolutely reasonable and the workmanship is above average for benchmade. Considering buying a 2nd to keep in case this one gets lost.
I have coveted the Osborne 940 for years, but a minor disability in my right hand has made me reliant on the flipper method of deployment, and in recent years reluctant to vary my choices too far removed from those knives ( not a big fan of Autos due to legal issues! ) But when this model in M4 steel and Natural G-10 posted, I thought WOW!, maybe...If I practice a lot! It took me a while, but I finally pulled the trigger, and grabbed one! Though I haven't yet Mastered deployment with the thumb studs or Axis-Lock, Fidget-Fidget-Fidget; I'm sure I will get there! The knife is handsome and SHARP beyond description, and I can tell the action is great, too! This will remain a special member of my eclectic 200+ PC collection ( over 40yrs collecting! ), until it passes on to my heirs! There might even be a new original added, now that I'm sure I can deploy it...! Many thanks for re-opening a door for me!
This is my sixth or is it seventh 940. I'd have to check my spreadsheet or storages cases to verify. I think that's proof enough along with what my fellow colleagues have already said. I like the natural G10 which l will be dying my favorite orange. If you don't own a 940 or it's less popular brother and my favorite 943, you owe it to yourself to get one. You won't regret it.
One of my first pocket knives was the original 940 with the green aluminum scales and purple titanium back spacer. I will always adore this design. I had to jump on this BladeHQ exclusive. Real fun getting this knife in M4 and natural G10.
The standard 940 is a great knife, and with the exclusive it's even better. It did have quite a bit of lock stick out of the box (but It's smoothing out), and the factory edge isn't the best. The natural G10 scales are nice, and are a bit more translucent than other nat G10 scales. Definitely very cool to be able to watch the axis spring flex as you open and close the knife. I bought mine after the restock, so it may not be around anymore, but if it is, you should definitely buy it.
Just amazed BladeHQ could sell this for practically the same price as a 940BK, despite having the workhorse M4 steel blade, Jade G10 scales and blacked out hardware and liners! Received mine quickly. Perfectly centered blade. Smooth action that will break-in to perfection. Razor sharp after a quick strop (factory grinds are kind of crude/coarse). I replaced the split arrow clip with a BM regular deep carry, but that's personal preference. Highly recommend this beast for any 940 aficionados!
The 940 is already a great piece but I've always found S30V to be too chippy. Living in an area where corrosion/rust isn't a problem, M4 is a perfect steel. The 940 boasts a long enough blade with a belly and functional shape to be great for almost everything, but it isn't tacticool where you'll freak out the people around you. I rit dyed mine with racing red and it came out to be a sort of maroon or ruby red color and I love it. The price is reasonable as well for a 940 in M4, in fact, I think it's quite inexpensive for what you get. I too share a few of the gripes with other people, the G10 is smooth and slippery, it's not gritty like other manufacturers G10 like a PM2. However, giving it a tight grip will aid with it remaining in your grip; the 940 also has a slight choil in the handle so you'll not slip onto the blade. Great knife, even better exclusive.
I set an alarm to be sure I would not miss this, and I am so glad I did! My dream knife (aside from my holy grail red 960) was a natural G10 940 and I was thrilled when I saw the announcement for it. I love the smoother, satin like feel of it. It has enough texture to not be slick, but it also isn't going to shred a hole through my jeans. The black is a perfect compliment to the G10, the blade is dead centered, and it came razor sharp. Only complaint is the blade bevel is slightly off center, with the show side being a little wider than the clip side. It's very minor, and will be worked out after a couple of light sharpenings, but it'll be a while before this M4 needs it!
Typical Benchmade quality; the scales match the black hardware perfectly. Blade centering is on point. Uneven bevel; show side being wider than clip slide, of course protruding screws on inner scales. Factory edge wasn't that sharp. With all that aside I'm glad BladeHQ made this exclusive possible. It is truly a beauty and the good outweighs the bad. No regrets !
I have missed out on so many Blade HQ exclusives and have had to resort to overpaying on eBay to get them, but I set an alarm to make sure I got this one! I was so excited to receive it today, the action is buttery smooth and of course, the M4 steel is fantastic. It is lighter than expected, in a very good way, and the fit and finish are as expected. If it ever comes out again do not hesitate to buy it!
I received my BladeHQ Exclusive Benchmade 940 Osborne today and it is an outstanding looking and functional knife. The natural G10 scales look and feel amazing and the blackout M4 blade came hair shaving sharp. I broke down 1 weeks worth of Amazon boxes and it didn't dull the blade in the slightest. The action is butter smooth and the blade is centered perfectly. I am very happy I got one before they sold out as I was worried due to my experience with the spyderco 2nds sale and what an absolute $hit show that turned out to be. BladeHQ nailed it again. 5/5
when are these coming out? So looking forward to this!
This had better arrive in 2020!
This looks great, just waiting to purchase....
This is a very nice EDC. It's a bit small in my hand (slightly above average size hand size probably?). One hand fidgeting with the 940, it creeps back in my hand. Fit and finish are fantastic. Blade arrived shaving sharp although a pretty coarse grind. Action is a bit tight and I haven't messed with adjusting yet. Blade center is spot on with no play. There could be a bit more attention to polish on the blade where the Axis Lock engages. It tends to feel a bit gritty and feels slightly stuck if I'm one handing with any closing pressure on the blade. With the M4 blade steel I'm not sure if it's going to wear in on the blade or wear the axis lock. A tiny bit of lube improved this some. I moved to the 940 from a Blur s30v which I still love (10 years plus). The Blur is less refined, but at this point I don't think the 940 is the same workhorse. Meaning if I had to beat on the spine or the handle to adjust something or set a staple. I'd be cringing. It's probably that's just the history I've had with the Blur which has dents gouges and divots all around the handle. After some time I'll probably feel more confident if I need to abuse the 940. Especially after reading reviews from others that have been 940 owners much longer than I. I need to add that Blade HQ customer service has been great. Couple of ordering issues and questions received quick responses and very satisfactory outcomes.
My first 940 purchase, and honestly I wasn't that blown away in the quality compared to other offerings you can get right now. The blade came pretty sharp but not as sharp as other brands I've gotten and other Benches I own. One of the scales came out of the box with some patina on the bottom of show side but you have to look for it. I'm not planning to resell the knife or it would be a bigger issue for me -- but it makes you wonder if some of these are 2nds. All and all, I feel like you could get a bit more for your money if all you want is a good knife. That being said if you enjoy exclusives and like the slightly-transparent/jade/natural look then this is a great knife. Note some of the images here have bright lighting and make the handle look more see-through than it really it (this isn't Ultem/etc). The blade shape and design is a fantastic EDC and serves a wide array of needs. Good feel in the hand, took a day of use to be able to flip open and still wants to fall closed about 85% of the time; I haven't oiled it yet but hopefully it just needs more than it came with with some more break in time. The scales feel good so that makes it a fun knife to fidget with. The clip is great that it comes with however not a deep carry. The locking is rock-solid.
It seems after reading some of the reviews I am not alone, it arrived somewhat dull, especially compared to my other recent Benchmade purchases. I guess I will be looking into the Benchmade sharpening warranty.
Just received it and the blade is dull somehow and a side screw will not tighten all the way leaving the liner loose on the inside. Maybe just a lemon squeezed through but I will try to go through Benchmade's service request to try to get fixed. Still an amazing knife.
On top of first review. Just wanted to say I love the clip. It fits my hand well as you open the the knife with the thumb stud it has a divot that acts as a support brace for your pinky finger. Very comfortable to use. I normally hate thumb studs. This is a good design.
After adding lube and turning the pivot screw 1/8th inch, it’s now my smoothest knife. Like I said as of purchasing the M4 model is cheaper than S30v. Edge out of the box is great. The reason it looses a star: the scale screws are scary close to the blade (I’m scared to ever take my knife apart) also it doesn’t have a deep carry clip.
9/10! I'd like to first praise BladeHQ staff, Ordered custom engraving with a request for a particular font outside their standard selection and BladeHQ accommodated it. Huge thank you to the staff for putting in the extra work (near Christmas no less) in such a short wait time! My first benchmade - knife is beautiful, action feels great now that i've broken it in a bit (Axis lock felt a bit grainy/grindy but after playing with it for a couple days it's smoothed out.) The factory edge left quite a bit to be desired, so I'm docking a point, wasn't an issue for me personally (I had already planned on bringing it to a mirror polish) but might be a good to know for any potential buyers. After a little bit of tlc, I couldn't be happier. Would love to see a glow in the dark version - the natural jade G10 is basically begging to glow!
This is the best 940 you can get for the price, in my opinion.
My first Osborne. Not sure what all the hub bub is about over the 940. Yes it is very good but doesn’t really excite me much. That is likely to change after a while though. There is nothing bad I can say about it and it will take a place in my rotation. I have been able to sharpen 20cv and M390 with an edge pro but M4 is real tough to sharpen. I wanted to clean up the edge a bit using 8-10-12-15k grit chosera stones. Nothing. I had to drop to 600 grit before I could take any material off the edge. Once I got it only a bit sharper than the factory edge I gave up. Something tells me that it will take a long time of use before it begins to dull. So if you like the 940 and want a knife that you will rarely need to sharpen this one is it.
Looks amazing at a reasonable price for M4 steel. Only problem I had was a little bit of lock stick and pivot being too tight. Nothing a little bit of lube won't fix. Although the lock bar does seem to rub against the liners a little. Kinda to be expected.
Pros: Looks amazing! Love the contrast of the Natural G-10 scales and the black blade and hardware. Blade centering is dead on. Smooth mechanics and feels very light in a good way. Cons: Factory edge was not as sharp as expected. Also, the finish on the pocket clip looks almost as though it got moisture on it in the drying process and is spotted.
PROS: This thing looks as good in person as it did in the pictures. The M4 was a great blade steel choice although I would love to see them produce a version in elmax. The natural G10 looks good paired with the all black hardware. The blade was perfectly centered and is so incredibly sharp. M4 stays sharp for a long time in normal use too. It feels more solid in hand than the 940-2 (black G10) version. CON: As usual the G10 is from benchmade is extremely smooth unlike the G10 you find on something like a spyderco paramilitary 2. While I love my benchmade knives I do wish their G10 had a grit similar to that of the spyderco paramilitary 2.
This has an odd design that makes it not much of a snappy opener for me. You have to ride it open completely. I have a Benchmade Mini Barrage that is MUCH snappier to open.
I bought two of these, one for me and one for her. I like the G10 and M4 combo, but both have a ridiculous amount of blade play. You can shake the knife and hear it, it’s so bad. I think Benchmade is losing a bit of quality these days. None of my older ones are this sloppy.
Blade is loose and even when tightened goes right back within minutes
Well,lets do the good first -one,it's a beautiful peice,two, fit and finish are absolutely top notch,(except for a little lockstick,which is minor,and I'm sure will smooth out),deployment and disengagement are a pure joy,dialed in perfectly. Now for the bad-this is the dullest out of the box benchmade,I've ever received,in fact,I think it's the dullest from any reputable brand I've ever received-it wouldn't even cut paper clean.I spent an hour on the sharpmaker with it,and got SOME improvement,but still yet,it very noticeabley doesnt cut as well as my mediator or 945,whiich can both push cut paper,and compared to my top o the line in edges,my doug ritters,ha ha,forget about it!I'm honestly thinking about returning it,(but it's so pretty,I'll probably keep it)if you don't have a good sharpening system,(like a wicked edge,kme,etc),and plenty of patience,I could not in all honesty recommend this peice to you.The 940 itself is a very popular platform,which comes in multiple steels,but unless you plan on stabbing cinder blocks,or cutting through tin roofs,I think maybe you should stay away from m4,ha ha Update;I changed the degree I usually sharpen at from 20 to 15 degree,and worked on it for another half hour,and FINALLY got it to a pretty decent sharpness-I figure with m4 being what it is,it should be able to handle fifteen degrees alright.I really love this knife now,but am still going to leave the reveiw at three stars,because you darn well shouldn't have to do this out of the box,on a twohundred dollar knife
The good: Let's get this out of the way, asthetically speaking, this knife is freaking gorgeous. Love the natural G10, and the black contrast blade. It's sweet. But that's about the only good I have... The bad -Dull blade: This thing came dull from the factory. I would expect that a knife would come sharp. It won't even cut paper... -Sticky axis lock: The lock is sticky. Sometimes it'll deploy smoothly, sometimes it sticks real bad and i need to use both hands to unjam it. The fact that a knife of this price is sticking and having this issue i feel is unacceptable. Overall, it's a slick looking knife, but the execution of the knife is poor. I'm going to reach out to benchmade and see what can be done. If they can't do anything, i'll be returning the knife. Expected more for what i paid.
This is my 5th Benchmade. Which I have upgraded all of them with Ti hardware and new scales. This version I had to destroy the scales to remove. First time ever I had to try to heat the screws to remove. That worked on some and other ones I had to grind a flat in the screw so I could remove. Doing that cut the scales or burned them. Basically those ones were stripped, I used my precision optical torx. So guess I can never go back to the g10 jade. 5min disassembly took me an hour as I was trying not to damage it. But process made the scales, screws, and standoffs unusable.
The knife came with terrible blade play and I’ve done everything to try to fix it. I’ve swapped scales and replaced all the screws and it still has blade play. It’s very frustrating considering it’s not cheap.
I bought this knife after losing my 940-1 that I had for 5 years. Out of the box it was very tight, but I know this is to be expected of Benchmades. More concerningly, the blade centering was HORRIBLE. I have dealt with this issue before, so I thought it wouldn't be a problem. The action became very smooth with no blade play after adjusting properly. I then went on to try to center the blade. I tried my common technique of loosening the frame and pivot on one side, tightening the frame, and then loosening the pivot. It helped, but not nearly enough, so I thought I would loosen the other side as well. Well it turns out whoever put this knife together decided to tighten this frame screw down so hard I'm sure that it could have a held off a dwarf star from imploding! Using the correct bit and all of my might, the screw still stripped. I was planning on taking the scales off to dye them, but now I will have to buy a whole other set of screws! To add insult to injury, the free knife I got with my order (called the tantrum) has perfect centering, was sharper, and before I adjusted the 940 it had smoother action as well. I'm not sure who's QC is to blame here, but either way I am thoroughly disappointed with the product I received. I am not saying you shouldn't buy this knife, for I still love it, but be warned that yours could be even worse than mine! Edit: I am in contact with Benchmade customer service and am receiving a replacement screw free of charge, though this still shouldn't have happened in the first place