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

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Part Number: BM581
Manufacturer: 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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James M.
Western North Carolina
Apr 21, 2016
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Blade Material
Slightly disappointed
Have used as edc for 4 months now. Honestly bought it because it was similar to my presido axis 520 (10 year edc which I retired) but had the m390 blade. Fit and finish was nowhere near what I know Benchmade is capable of. Positive side is the scales are less aggresive than the 520 which has saved many a pair of pants pockets. Anyway. The 520 cm154 seemed to hold the hair popping sharpness longer than the 581 m390. Yet the m390 dulled slower of that makes sense. Cm154 is a dream to sharpen as for the m390 seems to take alot more finesse to get where I like it. Overall this is the first Benchmade I own that I feel could be a lot better. Especially coming from them. I currently own a handful of griptillians, presido, barrages, apparitions, and a handful of others. Not to mention spyderco's, crkt, zt, Kershaw, cold steel, bucks, cases, al mar, steel will, oh well I'm going to stop there. For anyone wanting sound advice for an everyday carry- axis locks are the best. Liner locks you get what you pay for. And in my opinion I would rather pay $200 + for a knife that will become one with your soul and will be trusted for a lifetime or two or three than pay $40 + for a knife that will eat your fingers, be a hazard to you and anyone that asks to use it, fails to perform, and is replaced monthly. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, OR YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR MISTAKES. Best edc knives I have ever had. Benchmade presido 520 cm154, zero tolerance 200, or spyderco Chinook.
5 out of 5
Oak Harbor, Wa
Jan 15, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Weight, None
Excellent in it's Own Way
This is easily one of my favorite Benchmades now. I g10/aluminum handles are a huge step up from the 580's. The aluminum gives it a gentleman look yet the M390 makes it a heavy user if needed. I would like to have it with full g10 handles though. M390 is wonderful in every aspect. Probably my favorite thing about the knife. It holds a fantastic edge forever but can be a problem to sharpen if you're a little inexperienced. I took the spring out and made it a manual opener because it's easier to close one handed. It's still very smooth as if it had ball bearings. My only concern about the knife is the weight. I understand why it's as heavy as it is, but would love to have it a little bit lighter.
5 out of 5
Oct 01, 2014
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
Even better than I expected
Certain items are difficult to assess in an online market place setting; it's just hard to judge some of the more subjective attributes without putting your hands on them. I am pleased to report that the Barrage AXIS is not one of them. It is a much more impressive knife than it looks from the photos. The quality and fit of this knife is truly unsurpassed, and it will restore your faith in Made in America moniker. The feel and balance are amazing and the spring-assist is truly effortless. The blade was hair-shaving sharp out of the box, and this knife is only one of a handful available using the M390 blade steel. You will not regret spending the extra dough to get a knife blade using this steel. Overall I have been carrying this knife for about 2 weeks, and I haven't found anything about it that I don't really like. Hats off to Benchmade for a truly superior product!
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