Benchmade 183 Fixed Osborne Contego 4.97" S30V Satin Plain Blade, G10 Handles


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BM183: 183 Fixed Contego | Osborne Design
Ever since Benchmade introduced the Contego folder, we thought it was in need of a big brother fixed blade. We're glad to see these very nicely styled knives arrive. They are well made, slim profile fixed blade knives suitable for camping, combat, hunting or whatever. The materials are first rate.
Here's more on the Osbornes:
Osborne knives by Benchmade have been some of the most sought after for years. The 940 series and then the 950 series and then the Contegos are all beautiful to look at, have great style and materials and have proven themselves to be effective every day carry knives for many people. The KnifeCenter has always recommended these knives and we are thrilled to see this fixed blade version. It has the great style of the folders with the reverse tanto blade plus they are being shipped with S30V premium stainless steel blades and G10. These are an all American made and we're thinking they will be a best seller for a long time. Just like its folding predecessor, this tactical fixed blade from Warren Osborne was made to be tough.
  • Reverse tanto blade
  • CPM-S30V premium stainless steel blade (58-60HRC)
  • Smooth, contoured black G10 handles
  • Includes multiple position, molded sheath with adjustable detent
  • Blade Length: 4.97"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.164"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.620"
  • Blade Material: S30V Premium Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Reverse Tanto
  • Weight: 7.14 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: No Clip
  • Lock Mechanism: Fixed
  • Overall Length: 10.18"
  • Sheath Material: Multi-Position Molded Kydex w/ Adjustable Detent
  • Class: Black
  • Made in USA
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%
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
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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4 out of 5
New mexico
Jul 23, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Greta knife. Poor sheath
Love this knife although same problem with the sheath as others have described. What I did to fix it is I bought a small nylon washer at Lowes that I then put around the retention screw preventing the knive from dragging on it. This should have been a factory fix¡
3 out of 5
Nov 13, 2015
Pros: Finish, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Cuts like a knife
I had the exact same problem as the last guy. This blade chipped like a piece of glass when it hit the tension screw of the sheath. I think benchmade should've shot for a much tougher steel on a knife this big with such a fine edge. It's got cutting ability in spades but after finding out that S30V is a comparatively brittle steel for its price and seeing it take a noticeable notching when drawn from the sheath quickly I was a bit disappointed in the edge retention. What I would like to have known before owning is if it's possible to get the fixed blade contego in M390 steel like the folders as I've heard it's a bit on the tougher side. I'm new to the enormous amount of crazy steels and super steels that are available today so I'm not going to say this knife is no good but in my experience a good knife doesn't chip on its own sheath. As far as looks go this is the meanest looking s.o.b. you could ever want and if you weren't trying to hack through anything metallic I would say this knife will go through it like butter....just mind the solid parts of anything you plan to cut. All around it's an ok knife but for the money I don't think this steel is as tough as it should be. Handle is good, the arc puts the blade at a decent angle to the grip, and the reverse tanto blade is a cool and functional design. Just tell those guys to remake this thing with a meaner steel and I'll buy that one...
3 out of 5
Oct 04, 2014
Pros: Materials, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
Great knife, horrible sheath (design).
This is a fine product from Benchmade. I love the design of the knife, and the quality in craftsmanship is great, though sadly not impeccable. The edge on mine was not super-even, and just barely noticeably 're-curved' where it should be just straight. Seems like they ground it too much closer to the grip. But, that is not the problem. The reason I didn't give this knife a much better rating is because of the included sheath. I've had knives with badly made sheaths, and knives with good sheaths. This was something new to me. The sheath is very well made in terms of quality of material. But, the design is a bad one. There is a screw and bolt made of metal near the opening that allows for changing the tension on the knife when it is in the sheath. Good idea in theory, but the metal bolt is exposed at the opening between the kydex pieces that make up the sheath, and it is places in front of the knife. Meaning, the edge faces it. I didn't notice the problem until it was too late. I had unknowningly let the very fine edge hit the metal bolt when pulling it out, probably a few times, and had numerous tiny knicks and bends in the edge before I realized the problem. It's a bummer to put this much money into a knife, which is worth it in itself, only to have the factory sheath damage it. Granted it is tiny damage, but I've never had this problem with any knife before. Metal should not be on a sheath where it is on this one. Knife is a 4 (would have been a 5 if the edge was impeccably ground when I got it) and the sheath drags it down almost to a 2. The reason I didn't give it a 2 is because if you take out the bolt and screw and put a zip-tie in it or something you don't have the problem. But Benchmade really needs to re-design the sheath.
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