If there is a better knife for everyday carry and general use than the Osborne Design 940 from Benchmade, I have yet to discover it.
Since I wrote my very first post on mankind’s oldest tool, I have continued to keep an eye out for top-quality knives to recommend to you, especially knives suitable for everyday carry — lightweight, versatile, with a legal blade length — that will last for the long haul and meet all your daily needs for a knife.
An everyday-carry (EDC) knife is one that is meant to be carried with you at all times, probably in a pocket, whether you’re going to the office or out on a weekend hike. It is intended to handle just about any task you’ll encounter that requires a knife.
I am grateful to one of the readers of Outside magazine, who was engaged in a similar search for a top-quality everyday-carry knife, who pointed out the Benchmade Osborne 940 knife. Here’s what he had to say about this model:
“After years of searching for the perfect knife, I finally found one that my grandpa would have loved. Every detail, from the lock to the anodized aluminum handle, was designed to perfection.”
I think in every sense this knife is a winner and one that you’ll be happy with. I recommend it without reservation.
The Benchmade 940 Osborne comes in a number of different blade and handle styles. I especially recommend the 940BK Osborne, which has a BK poly-ceramic coating on the S30V stainless steel blade for extra corrosion resistance. The BK coating helps to make this knife more durable and resistant to environmental conditions. The corrosion protection exceeds the ASTM-117 spec for resistance to salt water and adds scratch-resistance as well.
You can find the entire line of Benchmade 940 Osborne folding knives at KnifeCenter for special prices right now. When you click the link above to go to the KnifeCenter home page, you can go to the “Brand” tab and find all Benchmade knives, or simply use the “Search” function to find the 940 Osborne knife you prefer.
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By the way, Benchmade knives are divided into classes by color: Gold class is essentially a custom-quality blade; Black class emphasizes knives for tactical, law enforcement, and military use; and Blue class is a high-quality, precision-made knife manufactured in the United States (as all Benchmade knives are).
The Benchmade 940BK Osborne Blue Class folding knife weighs 2.9 ounces, has an overall length of 7.87 inches, a blade length of 3.4 inches, and is made in the USA.
Below is a video review by the knife guy at Dynamic Earth that describes some of the best features of the Benchmade 940 Osborne, as well as why knives made by Benchmade are among the best knives you can get. The Osborne 940 is indeed not only an heirloom-quality pocket knife that will stand up to just about any daily use to which you put it, it’s very popular among knife collectors:
There are many positive reviews for the Benchmade 940 Osborne online in edged-tool forums and elsewhere. Here is an excerpt from one customer review that I think sums up pretty well the outstanding characteristics and utility of the 940 Osborne:
Unmatched quality and usefulness in one awesome package. Quality materials, great blade alignment, super-quick blade deployment, superior lock-up, scary sharp blade, nice pocket clip, and light weight. Now throw in great looks with green scales, black blade and purple liners and the package is complete.
This blade has superior penetrating capabilities and can handle most any cutting need without a hiccup The reviews on youtube are numerous and many are well done. If you are undecided whether or not to purchase this truly must-have item, check out several of the reviews. Everyone who has carried this knife has found it able to do most any task asked of it. This is a very difficult knife to find a better replacement for just in case you decide you need something better. This knife is for some a bit on the higher-priced side if you have never spent this much on a blade. However, this is a knife that should last as long as you do. Benchmade has a reconditioning policy if you should decide to have it reconditioned if it starts to show signs of wear after several years of pocket wear.
Frankly, I have not been able to find a negative review by anyone who owns this knife.
If you’re looking for one of the best everyday-carry knives on the market, I suggest you begin by considering the Benchmade 940 Osborne. If you enjoy and use knives — and what effective human doesn’t? — you’ll appreciate this high-quality design by Warren Osborne manufactured by Benchmade.