Benchmade Pardue 530
What can I say, I love this knife. Ultra-lightweight…
Price Paid: $84
What can I say, I love this knife. Ultra-lightweight at 1.8oz for the weight watchers out there yet the handle is long enough to fit comfortably in my medium sized hand. The blade which I believe is right around 3 inches works great and the 154cm steel has held up beautifully. The axis locking system makes this thing a snap to open and close with one hand and it stops itself from closing in on your hand when flicking it close using the Axis system.
Some may worry that the knife is fragile due to its thin profile but I've never had a problem with it. In fact its really felt just as secure as my old EDC (every day carry) knife the CRKT M-16 12 tanto. About the only thing that may be seen as a downside is the fact that the handle has no belly to speak of and for some that can contribute to a less secure feeling. Once again though it has never been a problem for me.
I use this knife day in day out for work as well as camping.
-Long usable blade
-Easy of open/closure
-May feel insecure for bigger jobs for some (hey it's not the Griptillian)
-It is more expensive then your lower end knives (Gerber, Buck, etc) but you get what you pay for.
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The 530 Pardue Axis from Benchmade features their innovative AXIS locking mechanism with a dual thumb-stud opener and reversible tip-up pocket clip. This knife is not only safe, it durable and reliable.
This extremely lightweight knife features a modified drop-point blade and a smooth AXISTM locking mechanism.
Benchmade 530S Pardue Axis Spearpoint Knife with Half Serrated BladeIf you are looking for a perfect camping knife, get the Benchmade 530S Pardue Axis Spearpoint Knife with Half Serrated Blade. This extremely lightweight knife features a modified drop-point blade and a smooth AXIS locking mechanism. It features a featherweight 154CM stainless-steel blade that is strong and sharp enough to slice through food, wire and ropes with ease. The strong, spring-loaded AXIS locking mechanism adjusts smoothly for ease of operation. This ambidextrous blade is keenly unleashed with a simple push of the thumb-stud openers and its resin handle is extremely lightweight and easy to grip. The reversible pocket clip makes storage and carry easy, just clip it on your pocket or belt and go! Keep the Benchmade 530S Pardue Axis Spearpoint Knife with Half Serrated Blade handy for your next camping trip.
Don't let the light weight and low profile fool you--the Benchmade Pardue 530 Knife delivers dependable performance that will withstand years of use and abuse. Forged from 154CM stainless steel, the blade opens smoothly and locks securely with the Axis-Assist lock. Ambidextrous thumb studs and a reversible pocket clip make the Pardue usable for right- and left-handed users.