Automatic knives are highly regulated and in most cases, illegal to purchase, carry and operate. Please check your local laws before making this purchase.
Why We Like It
Beautifully designed knife with all the necessary features of any automatic opener...top of the line, with a tanto blade.
The Benchmade AFO II 9052 is the evolution of one of the most practical automatic knives ever made - the 9050 AFO. The improvements made to this knife are substantial and appreciated. The knife is large, sturdy and built for use. The satin finished 154CM tanto blade deploys quickly, and is the ideal shape for most. The T-6 body is anodized black and is the idea size for a rock-solid grip. The AFO II has an over-sized firing button making the knife practical to operate even with gloves. The fully reversible pocket clip makes is easy to carry and fast to access, but a black nylon sheath is also included. The sliding safety on the back does its job flawlessly. A glass breaker has been added to the bottom of the Handle. A truly superior knife design in every respect.
New and Improved Push Button Lock is more than 30% Stronger than Previous Version
- Push-button automatic with integrated safety
- Features a tanto blade
- 154CM Stainless Steel blade (58-61HRC)
- Black anodized, machined 6061 T-6 aluminum Handle with open backspacer, steel glass breaker and reversible steel pocket clip
Blade Length: 3.56"
Blade Thickness: 0.125"
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel (see below)
Blade Hardness: 58-61HRC
Blade Style: Tanto; Auto Open (see below)
Clip: Reversible Steel Carry
Clip Lock Mechanism: Button Auto with Integrated Safety (see below)
Overall Length: 8.51"
Closed Length: 4.95"
Sheath Material: Sold Separately
Class: Black (see below)
Benchmade Design - Made in the USA
154CM Stainless Steel - 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.
Tanto - Most tantos seen on the American cutlery market are Americanized formats. Like the Japanese tanto, the Americanized tanto has a high point in-line with the pivot. A flat grind is applied to the point, leaving it very thick and extraordinarily strong. This thick area helps absorb the impact from piercing, as the tanto was originally designed for armor piercing. The front edge meets the bottom edge at an obtuse angle rather than curving to meet it as seen in the Japanese tanto. The only negative aspect of the tanto blade shape is the cutting surface area is sacrificed to gain tip strength.
Class - Black Class products are designed, developed and tested for extreme duty. They are the preferred cutting tools for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Elite Military Troops around the globe.
Note - these types of knives are restricted to Active Duty Military and Law Enforcement, and federally regulated. Be certain of permissibility in your location including state or local governments and within your reporting bodies.
Lock Mechanism - These are folding knives, which open at the push of a button. An especially important feature to have if your disability, occupation or profession has the potential of limiting your mobility or freedom to access a knife through traditional means. The blade is deployed out from the Handle side like traditional folding knives, but the blade is spring open assisted to a fully locked position.
Benchmade is recognized for making some of the finest auto opening knives in the world. These are primarily manufactured for Law Enforcement, Military and Government Agency distribution. The Benchmade autos take full advantage of a powerful coil spring blade actuator coupled with a precisely machined taper lock mechanism, proving itself to be the most reliable system available in auto open knives. And Benchmade's patented integrated safety mechanism (located on Handle spine) ensures that the blade will not inadvertently deploy or close once it is locked open. Benchmade autos are precision engineered and manufactured to perform in the real world - you would be hard pressed to find a superior tool.