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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
Retail Price: $230.00
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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.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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.
4.744 (39 reviews)
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1 out of 5
J Theriot
Sep 07, 2014
blade snapped while cutting a piece of wood!!
Steel is too dry!!
1 out of 5
John H.
May 08, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Handle Material
falling apart
it's Day 3 with my mini Barrage. I have opened 1 cardboard box and slit open 2 plastic bags so far. This morning I noticed that the handle screws are loose. I have to buy their tool kit???? Disappointed
5 out of 5
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Apr 14, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
My Favorite Knife
I coveted the Benchmade model 581, and at the time I was deciding which higher end knife I would buy, I had not considered spending so much yet on ANY knife. Finally, I talked myself into it... and haven't regretted it. I love this knife. Partly, it's about style. Everyone has their preference, but I like knives with a classy yet modern look. Aluminum bolster and G10 scales are like a modern take on the classic wood and brass bolster look. The complete symmetry and ambidextrous operation of the knife is nice, and the blade shape is a very good mix of elegance and pragmatism. The assisted opening mechanism adds a level of assurance to opening it when you need to, and the Axis lock so far has always locked up solidly with no blade play. The quality of overall construction matches the high level of engineering in his knife, and the M390 steel promises piece of mind in performance. It's a bit heavy for the blade length by some standards. A Spyderco with a similar length blade would probably be lighter by 2 or more ounces. I probably wouldn't want to carry anything heavier everyday, but it isn't so heavy in the pocket that I notice it. Some people may like lighter knives, but I personally like the feel of that weight now in my hand. Also, the Axis lock isn't the easiest to get used to, compared to say a liner of frame lock. Operating it with one hand is easy for me now, but when brand new the springs were tight, and the Axis stud is a bit sharp. I rubbed by thumb raw a few times before I started using two fingers on the same hand to work both studs of the Axis. This is my EDC knife, it has been for a year now, and I find use for it everyday. I think it best fits me. If I were a knife, I'd be a 581 Barrage by Benchmade.
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