Manufacturer's SKU 340 Manufacturer's Warranty Manufacturing defects - practical lifetime of product Brands Benchmade Blade Type Drop-Point Edge Type Plain Edge Blade Length Less than 3 inches Handle Color Black Opening Mechanism Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs Feature / Environment Made in USA
The Benchmade Aphid 340 has a locking-liner with Optimizer Assist mechanism; a drop-point utility blade with ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener; a 440C stainless steel blade (58-60 HRC); and Valox handles with a reversible tip-down clip.
- Blade Length: 2.38"
- Blade Thickness: 0.100"
- Handle Thickness: 0.380"
- Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel (see below)
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Drop-Point Utility (see below)
- Weight: 1.65oz.
- Clip: Tip-Down, Black Steel, Reversible
- Lock Mechanism: Locking-Liner (see below)
- Overall Length: 5.63"
- Closed Length: 3.25"
- Sheath Material: Sold Separately
- Class: Blue (see below)
Benchmade Design ﾖ Made in the USA
440C Stainless Steel ﾖ A high-chromium stainless steel with a terrific balance of good hardness and corrosion resistance. 440C takes a nice edge and is fairly easy to resharpen. An excellent value priced steel for its performance.
Drop-Point ﾖ A slow convex-curved drop in the point characterizes a drop-point blade. The drop-point format lowers the point for control but adds strength to the tip. Usually coupled with plenty of belly for slicing, this format is often used for hunting knives. It is also a fantastic all-around blade format. This blade shape can be found on a wide array of knives.
Locking-Liner ﾖ The basic principle is an integral locking bar within the knife liner being stress bent, enabling it to spring into position behind the rear tang of the blade when the blade is opened. The locking bar wedges against the rear of the blade, locking it open until you physically push it clear and close the blade. With little practice, the process of opening and closing the blade can be done single-handed (locking-liners are made either right or left hand specific). And with a Benchmade modified locking-liner you get a patented feature, which helps to enhance the lock function. The function success and function failure of a locking liner depends greatly on how well it is made and also the quality of the materials used.
Class ﾖ Blue Class represents the heart of everything that is Benchmade. These USA made products are designed and built for the individual who appreciates the difference that a high-quality cutting tool can make.
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