Benchmade 940 Review

The Benchmade 940 folder is a great pocket knife!  I have read quite a few reviews for it on Amazon and everyone who has tried this knife has loved it!  One of the only complaints I have seen with this knife is the price, but personally, I think the knife is worth every penny.  Benchmade is a reliable company based out of Oregon, USA.  They started with big plans and have grown to be a very well known company that is primarily known for their high-quality knives.

Benchmade 940

Benchmade 940


Who is this Knife For?

This knife is for someone who is looking for a knife that is high quality, that will last for a long time.  It is great for helping with everyday jobs and is made to last a long time doing these jobs as long as it is properly cared for and cleaned often.   I think of it as an investment.  You are paying a little more up front but in the end, it pays off.

Blade and Sharpness

The blade on this knife is made out of a great choice of steel, S30V.  This is a higher end steel that has many great qualities to prolong the life of the blade. Characteristics of S30V steel include its ability to resist rust, retain a very sharp edge and overall it is just a tough, durable steel that is one of the best steels for common knife blades.   The blade is 3.4 inches in length and it is 0.115 inches in width.  This is a great blade that will stay sharp for a long time.  This knife features a reverse tanto blade.  A reverse tanto blade is where there is a steep angle to the tip of the knife.  The steep angle makes the blade look like it has a drastic drop point.   The blade also has ambidextrous thumb studs for easy left and right-handed opening.

Grip and Handling

This handle is made out of green anodized aluminum handle, lined with stainless steel.   Anodizing is a process used to increase the level of oxide on the surface of the metal.  Th increased oxide makes the metal less likely to corrode.    This handle is not excessively formed with finger grooves, etc.  It is a simple shape that makes for a comfortable grip with any hand.  The handle is 3.34 inches long and 0.410 inches thick.  The pocket clip can be switched to fit on either side.


The lock mechanism is AXIS. This is how Benchmade describes the AXIS lock system “AXIS® gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega-style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS® bar itself.”

This is a great system that is very reliable and strong.   Along with that, it is also great for one-handed opening.


After reviewing this knife I think that it is a great knife that would be a smart purchase for any outdoorsman who needs a knife that will be reliable in any survival or everyday situation.  The Benchmade 940 ranks high in the tested categories making a great candidate for you. Again, Benchmade is a great knife manufacturer that makes very reliable products.

Technical Specifications

Blade Length: 3.4 inches

Handle Length: 4.47 inches

Overall Length: 7.87 inches

Blade Material: S30V Steel

Handle Material: Anodized Aluminum

Weight: 2.9 0z.

Where to Buy!

I always purchase my online tools and such off because they can offer the most competitive prices and they are also a very safe site.  If you are interested in purchasing this knife or you just want to check the current price,  follow this link to Amazon.  Buy it soon since the prices on Amazon are subject to change – usually for the worse!!


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  1. The 940 is a superb knife but, frankly, the blade shape is butt ugly. I debated between getting it or the 943 with the clip point blade and ended up with the 940 because so many people said the “reverse tanto” shape was stronger and more useful. I now wish I had bought the 943. I seldom carry the 940 because looking at that Do-Do beaked blade turns me off. And, really, I haven’t found one single thing the 940 blade does that I can’t do just as well with a clip point.

    1. Eh, that’s your opinion. I don’t think it’s too awesome looking either, however I talked to many people who find it beautiful. To each his own.

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