Assisted Opening

Testing Soon: Benchmade 470 Emissary

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

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.

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

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.

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

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.

Discussion

3 responses to ‘Testing Soon: Benchmade 470 Emissary

  1. I bought one of these for my wife to replace her Kershaw Leek. It’s damn near the same size, faster action, and locks up like a bank vault. Wish it included a flipper nub like the leek, but she loves it. (and it helped me justify my new Contego)

    Kershaw Leek is a good comparison point, it shows the difference between a really good knife, and a great one.

    • Thats funny I was in almost the same boat. I had the Emissary, and a Leek with the D2 composite blade. Sold the Leek because I couldn’t imagine a scenario where I would carry it over the Benchmade.

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