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Benchmade 530BK Pardue AXIS Folder 3.25" BK1 Plain Blade, Grivory Handles

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Part Number: BM530BK
Manufacturer: Benchmade Knives
Retail Price: $130.00
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BM530BK: 530BK Pardue
The Model 530 is based on the Mel Pardue designed Model 350. The basic looks are the same with the spear point blade and coffin style handle design but, the AXIS lock was incorporated for added performance function. The overall design was slimmed down for a low profile, low drag carry, and the weight is still incredibly light. So if you liked the Model 350, you're going to love the Model 530.
  • AXIS locking mechanism 
  • Spear-point blade; ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener 
  • 154CM stainless steel blade (58-61HRC) 
  • Grivory handle scales 
  • Reversible tip-up pocket clip
  • Blade Length: 3.25"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.090"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.370"
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Spear-Point; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Weight: 1.88oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 7.42"
  • Closed Length: 4.17"
  • Class: Blue
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 610953126117

154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
5.000 (3 reviews)
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5 out of 5
Houston, Tx
May 27, 2013
incredible quality. extremely light. i've had so many EDCs, and this is by far my favorite. not cheap, but you get what you pay for. would buy another one in a heartbeat. if your on the fence, just buy it!
5 out of 5
Mar 18, 2013
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
I will start this off by saying I usually edc and izula or a large folder. However this knife is perfect. Its fast, sharp, smooth, and all the knife a pocket needs. I still carry a larger knife because I enjoy it. But I notice I'm always going for this knife. The blade shape is great, so thin it cuts great even when duller
5 out of 5
San Mateo, California
Jan 25, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
Outstanding Design Reminiscent of the Classic Russell Sting
Fine little knife that has been in production for as long as I can remember. Actually it started out as the Mel Pardue 350 made by Benchmade, which I owned, and as the current product description reads, this is thinner, lighter and now comes with the Axis lock which by now seems to be well-proven. This isn't a sturdy little knife like the 2012 Cold Steel Voyagers, or the rugged Emersons. What it is, is an ultra thin (both blade and handle), ultralight, easy carry pocket knife that replicates much of the appearance and feel of a classic, small, fixed-bladed dagger. It's not for opening up cans of soup or prying. It is a simple, beautifully designed knife that can perform 95% of the functions of a utility pocket knife while feeling a whole lot more classy. Amazingly, it is made in America (well-made at that!) with beautiful craftsmanship and careful choice of materials. There are only two things I would change about it if I could. It is designed for "tip up" carry when clipped into a pocket; and I wish they could figure out how to move the clip screw holes closer to the top of the handle (so it would sit lower in a pocket). A note on tip up, vs. tip down, pocket carry. A clip pocket knife should always be carried in a pocket with the opening side firm against a pocket seam, to prevent accidental opening. When with drawing the knife, IF you have presence of mind, you want to make sure the tip of the blade, which is in the "up" position, isn't partial open or starting to open (usually by covering the tip of the blade, near the clip, with your finger. The blade on this isn't like to open from the thumb stud catching on fabric, since the stud is in an indent in the handle and it is actually closed pretty snug. But you still need to be aware. The advantage of tip down, is you can't poke yourself while pulling out a tip-down clip style pocket knife. The disadvantage is, you have to rotate the knife in your hand after pulling it out. Also, to the extent the knife is likely to shift in your pocket, the clip end is less likely to pull away from the pocket seam than the bottom end - so if the blade tip is down, there is a greater amount of space for the blade to open into, in the worst case scenario. You have to decide which style suits your priorities better. One really nice feature of Benchmade's packaging is that this pocket knife comes in a simple fabric pouch, much like the pouches some reading glasses come in. It has a toggle drawstring at the top is you want to keep the knife from sliding out (transiting airport security, pre-911, when you didn't want to call public attention to your pocket knife), or you can leave the drawstring open so you can relatively quickly slide the knife out of the slip pouch if you stow it in a jacket pocket (I usually sleeve my pocket knives in a short section of bicycle innertube to prevent any risk of accidental opening in my pocket.) While the handle material isn't G-10, it feels close, particularly with the nice patterning and finish. Everything is screwed together, not plastic welded, so you can clean it if necessary, or tighten it if necessary. The Axis lock has a similar "springiness" to a conventional lockback, which is to say, much more blade retention than an edge lock. The thumb stud could be frustrating if you are in a hurry - it is so low profile and buried in its indent - but the blade can be easily "flipped out." At significantly less than $100, this knife is a steal, and well-worthy of a place in your collection or as an executive letter opener.
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