At SHOT Show 2014, I picked out what I thought were three of the more interesting Benchmade Knives’ products from their case of new blades for 2014. I know, two of the knives are actually branded from Benchmade’s HK division. Same difference…
The top knife is the new HK Axis model. This Made in the USA offering has a 3.69″ black coated D2 blade at a hard RH of 60-62. Its black G-10 scales are supported by stainless steel liners. This is a 4.96 ounce knife with Benchmade’s ambidextrous Axis lock. Equipped with a right or left, tip up pocket clip, the HK Axis is a no-nonsense tactical folder which retails for $155.00.
The center knife is Benchmade’s new Model 300-1 Axis Flipper in blue and black G-10. The stout 3.18″ clip point blade is made of 154 CM. This is a very smooth flipper designed by Butch Ball. The brown G-10 version of the 300 was released last year. The blue/black model has a different striated, vertical texture to the handle scales than that of the brown knife. I like its feel.
The tumbled finish of the Benchmade Model 300-1’s blade is quite attractive. Fit and finish for this American-made knife was excellent. The tip up pocket clip moves right or left and is a deep carry clip.
The last new knife is the HK P30 Assist. This is a “budget” liner lock model, made off shore. A 2.95″ drop point blade of 8Cr13 stainless steel fits inside molded thermoplastic handles. Handles can be ordered in OD green, tan, or black.
P30 Assist is available in plain or serrated blades. The tip down pocket clip is for right-handers. With an MSRP of $65.00, the P30 Assist will find its way into cost-conscious pockets out there.