Benchmade Vector AXIS-Assisted Flipper Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Contoured Black G10 Handles - 495


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Part #: BM495 | Benchmade Knives
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BM495: 495 Vector
Heavily milled G10 scales, stainless steel liners, and expressive styling take the 495 Vector AXIS-Assist flipper in an entirely different direction. Sized like a tactical blade with a feeling in the hand of a true EDC tool, the Vector can and will do everything you ask of it.


A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100 percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega-style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.
  • CPM-S30V premium stainless steel spear point blade (58-60HRC)
  • Black contoured G10 handle with stainless steel liners
  • AXIS-Assist flipper with 
  • Reversible tip-up silver deep-carry pocket clip
  • Blade Length: 3.60"
  • Closed Length: 4.82"
  • Overall Length: 8.42"
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.100"
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Thickness: 0.60"
  • Handle Material: Contoured Black G10
  • Locking Mechanism: AXIS Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Deep-Carry Tip-Up, Right/Left
  • Weight: 4.11 oz.
  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 610953150969

S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
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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Benchmade Vector AXIS-Assisted Flipper Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Contoured Black G10 Handles
4 out of 5
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Interesting design
This is actually a very intriguing design - it is really pretty unique in terms of the combined blade and handle ergonomics. In comparing this against the Griptilian for use as a “every day carry outdoors knife”, I think the jury is still out but I’ll say I’m leaning towards this one due to the larger blade and the spear point configuration.The reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is the safety lock on the back is sticky and hard to engage or disengage, even after adding a bit of oil to it.
Benchmade Vector AXIS-Assisted Flipper Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Contoured Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Another Benchmade Bang-For-Your-Buck!
For Benchmade owners, very few words are necessary to describe the quality of most of their blades. One touch is all you need! This blade is no different. Benchmade has no doubt beefed up the classic "flipper."Below is all you need to know before you buy, I assure you!For those who may not recognize the Benchmade brand that are considering an EDC worthy and dynamically capable of small to large tasks, or for current fans seeking their next purchase - the Benchmade 495 Vector undoubtedly fits within these criteria and for a great price!The lightweight, yet durable, G10 scaled handles not only assure a confident grip, but countour its design into the spearpoint blade beautifully. This contour is not only streamlined perfectly with the blade itself, but establishes a natural ergonomic grip for the user as well.Perfectly balanced - the weight of this blade is equally distributed from end-to-end assuring its user a confident and controlled functionality. The fluidity and ease of equipping the blade alone (via its AXIS flipper design) makes this knife a worthy purchase. Once deployed, the blade is absolutely static with the AXIS mechanism eliminating any toggling between the blade and its hilt/housing. The same confidence is also noted within its solid dual slide-locking mechanism, securely housing the blade in two ways. This allows for the blade to both be locked traditionally (while the blade is already housed), as well as allowing the lock to identically function closed (sliding it in its locked position) while the blade is equipped. The first method guarentees the blade remains secure, preventing any mobility, while the second assures the blades secure immobility immediately after its retracted.The deep pocket clip is as flush with the handles as need be, agreeably securing the blade tightly to a pockets lining. This grip yeilds minimal roaming, no matter the users activity level or motioning while the knife is inactive in concealed carry.The satin blade is beautifully polished and razor-sharp, ready for any field of duty right out of the box, as is the hallmark of quality akin to every Benchmade knife. Standing out from most model flippers similar to the Vectors' basic size and function - the additional advantage of an unconventionally wider 3.6" spearpoint blade cast in S30V steel seeks only to embolden the resilience and durability of a knife this size even further. Lastly - combining the aformentioned qualities of the Benchmade 495 Vector with its price tag truly establishes a new standard for EDC flippers everywhere.
Benchmade Vector AXIS-Assisted Flipper Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Contoured Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
New England
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: None
Excellent EDC
This is a sweet knife. Smooth assisted action, good weight and feel in the hand, and good looks. One interesting feature is the lock. Once the blade is deployed, you can close the blade even if the lock is ON. In other knives, if you the lock is ON you can't close the blade. You have to first unlock, close, then relock. Not with the Vector! You can open the blade and regardless of the lock being ON or OFF you can close the blade. If you close the blade with the lock ON, you'll need to turn the lock OFF to re-open. I look at it as an additional safety feature. Deep carry pocket clip is tip up only, but can be place either left or right side. This is my new EDC. It just feels right and doesn't disappoint. Thanks Benchmade!
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