Benchmade Oeser Tengu Flipper Knife White/Black CF (2.8" Damasteel) 601-211

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  • Overall Length: 6.61"
  • Blade Length: 2.77"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.875"
  • Blade Width: 0.75"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Material: Damascus
  • Hardness: 59-61 RC
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Damascus
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 3.85"
  • Handle Width: 0.875"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.44"
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Color: Black, White
  • Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 2.67 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Sheath: Leather
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Brand: Benchmade
  • Model: Tengu Flipper
  • Model Number: 601-211
  • Designer: Jared Oeser
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Ultra-premium Damasteel tanto blade.
  • Flipper tab opener with a smooth pivot.
  • Marbled carbon fiber handle with blue anodized hardware.
  • Raffir blue uranium backspacer.
  • Black shark skin leather sheath.

Take your knife game from mundane to the height of class with the newly designed Benchmade Tengu. The knife was designed by Jared Oeser to combine Benchmade's peak quality with his own elegant style. Employ the flipper tap to fire the Damasteel tanto blade into action; it's held in place with a liner lock. The marbled white and black carbon fiber handle and blue anodized hardware is eye-catching, strong, and nice in the hand. When not in use, place the knife in its shark skin leather sheath. Step up your game and feel the fire of true class with the new and limited Benchmade Tengu.

Benchmade makes excellent premium knives, as well as more affordable production cutters. If you're looking for high-quality, American-made knives, Benchmade is the brand for you.

Customer Reviews

Wow, just Wow. I LOVE THIS KNIFE, and it was completed on exactly my 60th birthday!
Larry G. on Aug 8, 2022

This is my first review here after I've bought about 20-30 or so knives here in total - I just had to say something about it. Unlike other reviewers, I don't care as much about what the shark-skin sheath looks like as much as I do the knife - in fact I didn't even notice the sheath once I had this knife in my hand (I'll have to get a closer look at the sheath later). The knife feels great in the hand despite it's small size, with just the right amount of texture for a good grip; and the carbon fiber finish is more 3D in real life than the flat 2D photo on this site makes it out to be. The fit and finish is impeccable. The blade has no wiggle within the frame and scales, and locks up solid. There is enough resistance on the flipper to prevent just about any accidental opening, but then when you get past the point of resistance the blade flips open so fast you'd think it was an assisted opener. The Damasteel blade is a work of art, and quite sharp - I bet I could shave with it. However, I didn't look at the edge under magnification, and it's not a mirror finished edge like my William Henry Damascus Steel knife (B30?). If this was my EDC I might want a pocket clip for faster access, mostly because my front pants pockets are each filled with either a holstered firearm in one or a large iPhone with Air Pods Pro in the other. However, I'm able to fit it at the bottom of my firearm pocket right beside the holstered revolver, and the holster wont let them touch and scratch each other. Alternatively I can put it in the shark-skin sheath next to the iPhone, or move my pocket change to the front and keep the knife in my right back pocket opposite side to my wallet. A pocket clip will likely mess with the balance and grace of this knife. This is not just a gentleman's knife, but I'm going to treat it like one and take good care of it and also use it. I'm tempted to pick up a second one (EDIT - I did pick up a second one, to safe queen the 60th birthday one), but with this one's certificate showing that it's build was completed on my actual 60th birthday anniversary, this one will always be more special to me.

Very nice knife, poor sheath.
Bruno F. on Apr 15, 2022

Knife itself is flawless. Product overall is degraded by a flawed sheath. First thing I noticed is that the Benchmade stamp is off center a lot. Then I noticed that the opening cut is off center. Finally, the leather pieces do not lineup as sewn. I will see this every time I take the knife out of this reject sheath. Not what I expect at this price point. But, charge up the backspacer and it glows in the dark.

So close, Benchmade
James G. on Jul 15, 2022

This is the first Benchmade I've gotten in some time as their quality control and price competitiveness hasn't been up to snuff in the past few years. That said, I picked up this Tengu as it was on sale and the design appealed to me. Overall, the fit and finish is pretty impeccable...the materials are top notch and the damasteel is pretty attractive. As a dress knife and a gentleman's carry, this thing fits the bill. I will say sadly though, the blade grind a the tip is slightly uneven as other reviewers have mentioned and the sheath, while nice, makes getting the knife in and out of it somewhat cumbersome. At the discounted price, its hard to beat in the American made market for a knife of this quality. At full retail this thing is way overpriced but I like it quite a bit and I think it's stay in my collection for a long time.

Not what you expect from Gold class
Jeff R. on Jun 24, 2022

First and foremost the materials chosen for the Gold class edition of this knife are 2nd to none. Aesthetics is subjective, but the marbled carbon fiber handle with white interweave and blue ascents is an absolute thing of beauty. The look of the unique backspacer far exceeds anything else in existence, including customs, and is the highlight of this knife. The action is good, although the detent a bit strong. Now for the bad. When closed the blade is a bit off center and the grind at the tip on mine is overtly uneven. Granted this may be nitpicking when it comes to a production knife, but obvious asymmetries is not what you would expect with a Benchmade top-of-the line Gold class knife and the price that comes along with that classification. Fortunately, I didn't have the same issue as a previous reviewer related to the included sleeve, but his experience further reflects Benchmade's current quality control issues. The most comparable knives I own in the same price range are from CKF and they are flawless in comparison. Thankfully, my fairly recent acquisition of a Spyderco Paramilitary 2 exclusive edition arrived flawless reflecting production knives out of Golden, Colorado remain amongst the best. I truly hope knives being produced out of Oregon City can reverse course and resume their mantel as the gold standard. Regarding Blade HQ, the service is phemonal having received the knife within 2 days after ordering without paying extra for shipping!

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