Manufacturer's SKU 555HG Manufacturer's Warranty Manufacturing defects - practical lifetime of product Brands Benchmade Blade Type Sheepsfoot Edge Type Plain Edge, Serrated Blade Length Less than 3 inches Handle Color Black, Blue, Brown, Olive Drab, Pink, Yellow Opening Mechanism Ambidextrous Thumb-Holes Feature / Environment Made in USA
Why We Like It
Smooth operation and size make for easy one handed use. Great cutting knife for any purpose.
The unmatched function of AXIS combined with the simplicity of a molded handle design...yields a new species of knife. Safe. Reliable. Smooth. Affordable. Grip in two blade styles and two knife sizes. Griptilian performance is keenly unleashed with a simple thumb rotation, wither right or left handed, you choose. The hand settles naturally over the palm swelled shape and it's textured skin.
HG stands for "Hollow Ground" - this is a hollow ground modified sheepsfoot blade with ambidextrous functioning thumb-hole opening. See below for blade description.
Hollow ground modified sheepsfoot blade with ambidextrous functioning thumb-hole opener.
- AXIS locking mechanism with dual thumb-stud opener
- 154CM stainless steel blade (58-61HRC)
- Valox handle with 420J stainless steel liners and a reversible steel pocket clip
- Blade Length: 2.91"
- Blade Thickness: 0.100"
- Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel (see below)
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Modified Sheepsfoot; Ambidextrous Oval Thumb-Hole (see below)
- Weight: 2.56oz.
- Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS (see below)
- Overall Length: 6.78"
- Closed Length: 3.87"
- Sheath Material: Sold Separately
- Class: Blue (see below)
Other 154CM: An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.
AXIS - A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100-percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar which rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spanning the liners and positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar it's inertia to engage the knife tang, and as a result the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.
Sheepsfoot: This blade shape has no point on the tip, very little to no belly and the spine of the blade curves down to meet the edge. It is used in applications where slicing is the main requirement, and a point is either not needed or would actively get in the way. Emergency rescue blades are usually of this design. The lack of a point prevents the rescuer from inadvertently injuring a victim who is being cut free from something restrictive.
Class - 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.
- Great Little Knife Review by Jon
Price Value Quality
Picked one of these knives up for EDC. Holds an edge well and the grip is easy to use with gloves. One item of note is to use blue Loctite on the clip screws to prevent them loosening up over time.
(Posted on 5/10/13)
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