This Osborne-designed Benchmade Emissary is another souvenir of our Benchmade factory tour. It uses Benchmade’s AXIS lock, with a spring-assist thumbstud opening mechanism and manual locking safety added. And it has the pointiest, thinnest S30V blade I’ve ever seen.
This 2.2 ounce assisted opener is designed to be carried a lot, but its size and relative delicacy make it a ‘gentleman’s pocketknife’ instead of a true EDC blade. The 3.0-inch blade is the same length as many EDC knives, but you’ll be more tempted to use it as a letter opener than a mugger-repellent.
I hope neither company will take offense at the suggestion, but it looks like an Al Mar/Benchmade collaboration. In a very good way.
This petite knife isn’t slated to break down cardboard boxes or chop through sailboat rigging, so the testing routine will be adjusted toward its more genteel intended uses.
If I still manage to snap off the tip, Benchmade’s lifetime warranty and ‘Lifesharp’ service will tune it back up without breaking the bank, but I’d rather not have to go that route.