If you are a regular reader of this site you will know that we are huge fans of Benchmade knives. After all, this quality US knife manufacturer has been churning out some of the best quality knives on the market since they were founded in 1988. They make knives to suit just about anyone and they produce a vast majority of models. Despite this, there is a constant focus on maintaining the very best quality manufacturing standards. Our testing of their knives, especially the Benchmade Griptillian, has left us feeling impressed every time and we are hoping that the Benchmade 710 lives up to our high standards.
Overall length: 8.8 in (22.4 cm)
Closed length: 4.9 in (12.4 cm)
Blade length: 3.9 in (9.9 cm)
Blade material: D2 semi-stainless steel
Weight: 4.5 oz (127.6 grams)
Approx Price: under $150
My Impressions and Review
The Benchmade 710 is also known as the McHenry and Williams because it was designed by the well known designers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams. It has a very simple yet elegant design that will please most people and it certainly isn’t flashy. Some will describe this as a tactical knife, but it certainly doesn’t have the traditional tactical knife look. The Benchmade 710 is aimed at outdoor and sports enthusiasts, although it is certainly at the larger end of the scale. It is a little bigger than the full-sized Griptilian, but it is still suitable as an EDC knife. The knife comes packaged in a small box with instruction manual and draw string bag.
The blade on this knife is 3.9 inches long and is made from D2 steel. This is a very hard steel that is well-known for retaining a great edge and resisting wear. It is classified as a semi-stainless steel, but it is still resistant to corrosion. The blade on the 710 rates at 60-62 on the Rockwell scale and this will mean that it will keep the sharp edge for a long time. The downside to this is that there may be some problems with brittleness and it may be difficult to sharpen. However, the heat treatment used by Benchmade ensures that these shortcomings are not going to be a problem for most users.
The modified clip-point blade is not serrated and the grind is hollow. It is perfect for slicing and the shape of the blade also makes it good for thrusting and piercing. As you would expect from a quality manufacturer this blade is super sharp right out of the box.
The mechanism is the AXIS lock system that is similar to the Griptilian. This is a fantastic system and gets plenty of praise in the knife community for being one of the best mechanisms on the market. This locking mechanism is easy to operate and provides a very smooth action. This knife feels secure and you can be sure that it isn’t going to open or close by accident. This knife shows no signs of blade play, which we were suitably impressed with. The deployment of the blade is also easy and it features ambidextrous thumb studs. This knife certainly has one smooth and swift action!
The handle of this knife is made of G-10 and it features extra grip. This material is fantastic for knife handles because it is durable and will be able to withstand most conditions. However, I did find the handle to be a little bit slippery with sweaty hands and I would’ve liked a little bit more grip. The handle also features a reversible stainless steel pocket clip and a lanyard hole. Unfortunately, Benchmade has left out the option to carry this knife in the tip down position. This knife is very light considering its size and it can be comfortably carried around without causing any intrusion.
This knife is priced outside the budget knife market and is pushing towards the high end of the market at under $150. However, this is a high-quality knife and I believe that this price can be justified. It offers great performance and is manufactured to a high standard. I genuinely believe that it is a knife that can last a lifetime. This price will put the knife out of range of budget buyers, but anyone that can stretch their budget a little bit further will be very happy with this offering from Benchmade.
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Conclusion and Rating
The good: Great mechanism, super sharp (and strong) blade that maintains an edge and great simple design .
The bad: The price may put some people off. Handle grip in the wet. Blade steel can be hard to sharpen.
Wrap up: This is one of the best EDC knives that you can buy. It is an all round top quality pocket knife. If you can afford it you should definitely consider the Benchmade 710!