Hey everybody, I've read so much from this website it's time that I give a little bit back.
I recently purchased a Benchmade 943 Osborne folder from LApolicegear. It was really a birthday present, I just got to pick out what I wanted. I think I may have my grandmothers name engraved on it as a reminder of where it came from.
I'll steal most of the text and a couple of pictures from my blog. I'm also planning on touching on this knife again after I have carried it for a while.
On to the review:
My Benchmade 943, Osborne design folder, came in the mail today. Thought I would throw up some photo's and my initial impressions of the knife as well. Hope you enjoy, as I'm sure to enjoy carrying this one.
S30V stainless steel blade (58-60HRC)
AXIS locking mechanism (ambidextrous)
Black anodized 6061-T6 aluminum handle
Ambidextrous thumb stud
Stainless steel liners
Reversible pocket clip
The first thing I took note of when unboxing the knife was the packaging. The knife comes in a somewhat standard looking knife box, until you open it. Inside you find foam padding and a cloth bag containing your new blade.
Initially the handle of the knife does feel a bit dry to the touch. I have heard others explain it as powdery, but I wouldn't call it that, it feels similar to a very smooth sandstone. The surface texture offers a semblance of grip, but I would not consider it grippy. The knurling at either side of the top of the handle and protruding pocket clip on the back provide plenty of grip providing a confident grasp of the knife.
Since the blade of the knife itself is the next thing I noticed, namely the tip, I'll go there next.
The Benchmade 943's clip point blade is 3.4" long and made of S30V Stainless steel.The finish is very much a satin finish, I would not call it flat as it has a sheen to it. I find it to be an attractive finish that isn't overly flashy like I find a polished blade to be. I'm glad I ordered the satin finish over the black blade.
Of course the first thing I wanted to do was cut something with it. Well the first thing I found was the LA Police Gear invoice that was in the packaging box. It's fairly thick paper and the knife pushed through it from tip to bolster without tearing, however wasn't overly easy. It will shave, but it's no razor. The 943 removed some hair from my arm, but not most (I have fairly fine arm hair). The next thing that I noticed was when I closed the knife. What I observed was that the tip was quite sharp and that one should not let the meaty part of one's hand get between the handle and the tip. It will cut you. Lesson learned.
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Edited by xxDaBroxx on 06-08-11 07:16.06. Reason for edit: No reason given.