Yes, we’re already two months into the year, but there’s still plenty of new knives to admire and covet. We’ve gone through new Spyderco and CRKT knives, so let’s continue with the new products from Benchmade.
Benchmade separates its knives into different series, such as the Black Class, Gold Class, Hunt Series, and others. This year they’re only releasing knives from the Blue Class and the Black Class.
The Blue Class is more working class, blue-collar knives that are designed for everyday use but still boast quality construction and materials. The Black Class is aimed at professionals, especially those in the military and public safety fields.
Let’s start with the new knives from the Blue Class.
Benchmade 665 APB Assist
One of the highlights of the new knives is the 665 XAS, which is a push-button Axis-Assist knife. Basically, it’s an assisted push-button knife that also requires the buttons pushed for the blade to be closed. It’s inching ever so close to a switch blade.
The blade uses 154CM steel and the handle has a blue and black G-10 handle.
Benchmade 761 Ti Monolock
The real highlight of the 761 is the machined 6AL-4V titanium handle with its titanium tip-down clip. It uses a monolock on the 3.73-inch M390 steel blade.
Benchmade 484-1 Nakamura AXIS
The original 484 came out last year, but this is a newer and more updated version of the knife. It uses CPM-S90V super premium steel on the 3.08-inch blade (as opposed to M390 on the original). It has an AXIS lock and a contoured carbon fiber handle with stainless steel liners.
Benchmade 153 Jungle Bolo
Benchmade doesn’t typically venture too far from its folders and AXIS locks, but these two large choppers show the company is willing to explore new territory.