Benchmade 940 Osborne Design Pocket Knife Review

There is no doubt that we rate Benchmade knives very highly. The company has been producing high quality knives since it was founded in 1988. It is well known for using quality materials and ensuring that each knife adheres to their strict quality standards. The 940 has been a well loved knife for many years, and that is why our expectations for the, Warren Osborne designed, Benchmade 940 Osborne were so high. We want to share with you our first thoughts and experiences of this knife, along with the positives and negatives that we have found along the way. Read on to find out more about the Benchmade 940.

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Benchmade 940

Important Specifications and Features

This knife comes in a few different varieties and has a number of options available for a straight clip-point blade including premium and super premium stainless steel, carbon fiber handle scales and other additional features.

Overall length7.87 inches (20 cm)
Closed length4.47 inches (11.4 cm)
Blade length3.4 inches (8.6 cm)
Blade materialS30V stainless steel
Weight2.9 ounces (82.2 grams)
Approx PriceAround $200

My Impressions and Review

The Benchmade 940 pocket knifeThe Benchmade 940 features a 3.4 inch blade that is best described as a modified reverse tanto (a clip-point blade is also available). It has a closed length of 4.47 inches, and as a fully opened knife has an overall length of 7.87 inches. Amazingly this isn’t much longer than the Benchmade Griptillian Mini!. It certainly isn’t a huge knife, but we were impressed with the size which makes it a very suitable option for an everyday carry (EDC) knife. In addition to this, the knife weighs a measly 2.9 ounces. This is outstandingly light and you can almost forget you’re carrying it. The pocket clip allows for tip up or tip down carry and is reversible for left or right handed users.

The blade is another outstanding part of this knife and Benchmade has chosen to use S30V premium stainless steel (a super premium option for S90V is also available), which is a top line knife steel. It is capable of holding an edge even after months of usage and it is fairly easy to sharpen as well. The handle is made from aluminium with full stainless steel liners and a titanium backspacer. The pictures do not do this knife justice as it is a seriously good looking knife.

As you would expect this knife features the patented Benchmade AXIS locking mechanism and this is one of our favorite features of the Benchmade product line. The mechanism is bulletproof and provides a solid lock, but still allows for one handed opening and closing. The Benchmade 940 comes with an ambidextrous dual thumb stud opener and one-handed deployment is a breeze.

The design is top quality, as you would expect from a knife in this class, and it is one of the best balanced knives we have ever used. The anodized aluminum handle provides ample grip and is very comfortable to use for any casting task. I am well-known for having sweaty palms, but I have never had this knife slipped from my grip. The all metal construction may be an issue in the wintertime or in cold regions, but a pair of gloves should solve that problem.

Being the perfect size for an EDC knife, we tested it out in most everyday conditions. We used it for everything for cutting packages open through to cutting rubber tubing when making repairs to our vehicle. It coped well with everything we threw at it. We then took it on a weeklong camping trip and used it for everything from cutting rope to chef’s duties. This knife is capable of almost any casting task that you can throw at it and people have been known to cut metal objects with this knife (we don’t recommend actually doing this).

There are two small drawbacks with this knife that have been mentioned by some owners. The first is the paint on the pocket clip, which peels easily (we can confirm this). This is a real disappointment for a knife of this quality and price point. The pocket clip also seems a bit big for a knife of this size. The second problem that some have reported is the pivot screw working loose after multiple openings and closures. We cannot confirm this ourselves, but there have been enough cases to suggest that this can be an issue for some users. Benchmade will happily correct this problem, but if you are comfortable with maintaining your own knife it is an easy enough problem to fix.


Benchmade 940 in fully folded position with the blade locked.The Benchmade 940 Osborne has a MRRP of $200+ with two of the higher end models selling for $310. However, this is only a guide price and many people have reported finding the 940 for under $180. At this price this knife becomes a super buy for anyone looking for a premium steel, high quality everyday carry knife. The knife is tried and tested and you can be sure that this Warren Osborne designed knife is worth the money. On the second hand market the knife ranges from $100-200, but as with all second hand products you should ensure that that the knife has been well maintained and cared for, and is in good condition before making a purchase.
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Conclusion and Rating

The Good: This is a high quality knife that can be used for just about any cutting task imaginable. The solid locking mechanism is superb. It is one good looking knife!
The Bad: Pocket clip size and paint chipping.
Wrap up: The very best knife we have used in this price range. It is our new favorite knife in the $150-200 range. If you are searching for an EDC knife at this price point then you should definitely consider the Benchmade 940!

5 / 5 stars      

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