Benchmade Barrage AXIS-Assisted Folding Knife 3.6" M390 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 and Aluminum Handles - 581


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Part #: BM581 | Benchmade Knives
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BM581: 581 Barrage
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These spring assisted models combine speed and strength in one complete package. This Barrage gets an upgrade with G10 and aluminum handles and M390 super steel (60-62 HRC).
  • Blade Length: 3.60" (9.10 cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.121" (3.07 mm)
  • Open: 8.35" (21.20 cm)
  • Closed: 4.75" (12.10 cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.65" (16.51 mm)
  • Weight: 5.2 oz. (147.41 g)
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 610953136208

Powdered metal developed for knife blades which provides good corrosion resistance and very high hardness for excellent wear resistance during hard use cutting.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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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Tbilisi, Georgia
Jun 28, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
Best knife for any hunter!!! Superb steel - blade quality!
Superb steel - blade quality, amazing & smooth mechanism, cuts like sharpest blade you've ever felt... Much better than any SpyderCo knife I have owned.
3 out of 5
Feb 17, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Weight
If only the screws would stay put it would be great
Great knife, long story short you will love this knife but put lock tight on your clip screws and upper aluminum scales. The screws should have been designed longer I believe, either that or the inner screw threads suck, this knife would be amazing if only they new how to prevent loose screws from the factory...
4 out of 5
Lowell MA
Jan 25, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, Lock Type
Cons: Weight, None
Hasn't left my side in 5+ years
This has been my EDC for the last 5+ years (maybe 6,I can't quite remember). It's EXTREMELY solid, and the m390 has become my favorite blade steel (I own a couple other knives with this steel). The first time I really put the edge truth it's paces was a few weeks after buying it.I was helping a friend lay hardwood flooring. We realized that we had no replaced blades for the utility knife and it was a holiday so no stores were opened. If you've never done flooring, you need to lay rosin paper down before the flooring. Think construction paper, but several times thicker. Almost cardboard stock.Typically you have to replace utility knife blades after cutting 10-12 pieces. By the end of the day I saw my friend out of the corner of my eye run the edge over his forearm. He yelled to me across the room "Dude! What the hell is this blade made out of!?! It's still shaving my arm."The only drawback to the steel is that being able to hold an edge an almost supernatural amount of time is that if you let the blade go dull, it is going to take some work to put a new edge on it. This isn't an issue for me because I always keep my knives nightmarishly sharp. I maintain my edges, so I don't really ever have to put a new edge on it. I've done a true "sharpening" job only once since owning it (as opposed to honing it, which most mistakingly think is sharpening). I have diamond stones and paper, and though it took more time than my tool steel knives, it wasn't that bad (though if you only have ceramic or natural stones, you may need to clear your calendar, but if you can afford $200 for a folder you can afford some good stones).Only real complaints is the lack of jumping to allow my thumb to get a good purchase on the spine of the blade. I use the sliding lock to act as jimping, but it's small and I can only use the back of the first knuckle instead of the meat of my thumb. Also you need to be careful when adjusting the tension of re folding mechanism. If you loosen it too much, the spring will come out of place. If that happens not only will the spring assist not work, it will start to open in its own or won't close correctly. This happened when I first got it. I sent it back and they fixed it. The bad thing was that I didn't tell them not to sharpen it, which they automatically do if you send it in. This thinned the blade more than I wanted, especially for it only being a couple months old. The upside on that was a couple years ago I was cutting a piece of drywall tape, and a live wire that wasn't part of the normal electrical system popped and took a large bite out of the edge. They replaced the whole blade, with anther m390 for $25.Also, although the aluminum bolsters look really cool and reinforce it at the hinge, it does add weight. To be honest, if they made one that has the normal G10 w/o the aluminum bolsters like the 580 with the m390 I'd buy it. Im thinking of buying new scales for a 580 and replacing it if they line up.I've bought and made dozens of folders (I'm a blade smith on the side), but this is still the one I go back to.
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