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Benchmade 531 Pardue AXIS Folding Knife 3.25" Satin Plain Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: BM531
Manufacturer: Benchmade Knives
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Description
BM531: 531 AXIS | Pardue Design
Benchmade
 
The Benchmade Mel Pardue Axis is a great lightweight EDC, but with a Zytel handle it always seemed to be missing something. That something has been found in the 531 series, featuring G10 handles. It looks great, feels great, and functions great!

The ultimate lightweight carry now comes with G10 or molded handles. The Model 531 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 531.
Features
  • AXIS locking mechanism 
  • Modified drop-point blade; ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener 
  • 154CM stainless steel blade (58-61HRC) 
  • Black and gray herringbone pattern G10 handle scales 
  • Reversible tip-up pocket clip
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.25"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.090"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.370"
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Modified Drop-Point w/ Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
  • Weight: 2.10 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Black, Reversible, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 7.42"
  • Closed Length: 4.17"
  • Made in USA
154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Dan P.
Issaquah, Wa
May 08, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Lock Ease of Use
Nice knife marred by some disappointments
This is the first Benchmade that I haven't loved right out of the box. I'm judging it by my own high expectations (and the price!) of BM knives though, so it's coming off worse than it would otherwise. This is a very light knife for its size, and very slender so makes a good EDC - just the right size to be useful and usable. Blade is typically excellent and honed to perfection. It's almost a full flat grind so good for slicing, but sturdy enough for tougher tasks. A few fails, though. The G10 scales on the handle aren't as smooth and chamfered at the edge as I would like, giving it a cheap and unfinished feel, making it less comfortable and having some slip potential. The gimping on the back of the handle might as well not be there and definitely doesn't aid grip. The knife opens easily enough but the thumb stud is narrower and less ergonomic than my other BMs and doesn't feel as good - I'd much prefer one that matches the stud in the axis lock mechanism. The lock itself is the standard and excellent axis. It's works well, and there's no play in the blade when open. However, the lock itself isn't smooth and sticks in the open position, making one-handed closing a chore. Maybe I just got a manufacturing dud, because I know that the Axis lock is an excellent design and normally works like a charm.
5 out of 5
Rob D.
Philadelphia, pa
Apr 01, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
great got better
The 530 was my favorite edc because of its size and weight. The new model with the g-10 and the new grind feels much more substantial but is just as thin. It looks great too. Mines 158 out of 750 of the first production run.
5 out of 5
Rob D.
Philadelphia, pa
Apr 01, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
great got better
The 530 was my favorite edc because of its size and weight. The new model with the g-10 and the new grind feels much more substantial but is just as thin. It looks great too. Mines 158 out of 750 of the first production run.
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