Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Very Impressed - Lives Up To The Hype
Having read so many glowing reviews about this knife, I was worried it would not meet my expectations. It does. One really cannot fully appreciate this knife until holding it and using it. It is as much a work of art as a fantastic EDC. For example, the swedge lines up perfectly with the bottom of the handle when the blade is closed and creates a unity with the scalloped shape of the scales. The unusual "reverse tanto" conforms with the shape of the butt when the knife is closed, allowing the tip of the blade to extend almost to the very end of the handle, while still conforming to the bottom of the scales so that a large portion of the blade does not stick out above the handle. These design elements allow what is a fairly sizable blade to fit into a positively tiny package. It is shocking how small and light the folded knife is.The quality of the hardware is also exceptional, even by Benchmade standards. It is hard to fault their Axis lock, and this one is superb. The blade swing is excellent. The scales are incredibly strong with metal inserts under the carbon scales. The scales themselves are not simply flat pieces of glossy CF, but machined blocks that replicate the aluminum or G-10 shape of the other knives in this series. They still have that distinctive 3D effect when examined as light plays off of the weave in the fabric. Unlike the other 940s, the 940-1 does not use a back spacer. Instead, there are two blue anodized stand-offs. This offers the advantage of being able to attach a lanyard around the rear stand-off (Chris Reeve style) since none of the 940s has a lanyard hole.The only thing I changed on this knife is the pocket clip. The original painted metal clip is just fine, but if you search on line, you will find companies selling an exact duplicate of this three-hole clip made of carbon fiber! Various weave patterns and even colors of carbon fiber cloth are available. I put on a black carbon clip with a twill weave. The perfect compliment to a perfect knife.