Benchmade Gives One of their Most Popular Knives A Makeover — Blade Show 2016


The Benchmade 940-2.  One of Benchmade’s most popular knives got a makeover.

In addition to showcasing their new products at Blade 2016, Benchmade also highlighted improvements made on some of their most popular knives.

I got a chance to look at the new and improved Benchmade 940-2, which keeps the Osborne design of the original 940, but now comes equipped with G-10 handles featuring green anodized barrel spacers.

The 940-2 also comes with the AXIS lock and reversible pocket clip making it suitable for both righties and southpaws.


  • Overall Length: 7.87″
  • Blade Length: 3.40″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12″
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V
  • Hardness: 58-60 RC
  • Blade Style: Reverse Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Handle Length: 4.47″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.44″
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 2.65 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • MSRP: $200
Spine shots.

Spine shots.  You can see the green anodized spacers.

New versus old.

New versus old.  I like the black G-10 handles with the satin blade.

For me, though, if there is one Benchmade to covet it’s the Amicus 490.  I reported on it back at SHOT Show 2016.  It blew me away.  And revisiting it at Blade 2016 only re-energized my enthusiasm for this state-of-the-art EDC folder that combines Benchmade’s proprietary spring-assisted deployment system (AXIS Assist) with a flipper.  It opens, and it opens fast!


  • Overall Length: 7.72″
  • Blade Length: 3.20″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.09″
  • Blade Material: CPM-S90V
  • Hardness: 59-61 RC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.42″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.48″
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 2.88 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Spring Assisted
  • Opener: Flipper
  • Lock Type: AXIS®

Here are some pics of the Amicus:

The 490 Amicus, new from Benchmade.

The 490 Amicus, new from Benchmade.

Closed up.

Closed up.

You can get a sense of how the knife fits in one's hand. It's ergonomically sound.

You can get a sense of how the knife fits in one’s hand. It’s ergonomically sound.

I'm a big fan of the drop-point style blade.

I’m a big fan of the drop-point style blade.

The deep-pocket clip.

The deep-pocket clip.

A few more pics just for show.

Definitely worth checking out.

To learn more about these knives, make sure you check out the Benchmade website.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Travis lewin June 16, 2016, 10:05 am

    I own 4 benchmade knives which I didn’t bought all gifts to me. To this day I don’t see why they are so exspensive to me the knife is not worth the bang for the buck .

    • Bobby W. June 16, 2016, 11:23 am

      Until you need service on one, then you’ll understand why they’re superior to all the Chinese built shit! American high quality company with service for the lifetime of the knife and you don’t have to learn a different language to get something handled.

    • Brian June 19, 2016, 12:13 am

      You probably don’t use a knife often but if you did then you would understand why they cost more than others. Not only is Benchmade American made but they use excellent parts to assemble their many different knives.
      I have found that Benchmade not only produces a great product but they back their products for a lifetime.
      Have a nice Father’s Day.
      God Bless the USA!

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