Part #: BM490 | Benchmade Knives
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BM490: 490 Amicus, Satin Plain
AXIS Assist... with a flipper. It's the best of everything in a slim, lightweight, every day carry. Easily operated and carried on either side, the speed and function of AXIS Assist, the convenience of a flipper. The 490 Amicus flipper features a 3.2" CPM-S90V satin finish blade with aluminum handles. CPM-S90V is a excellent high-end, premium American-made powdered steel with a uniform micro-structure that provides substantial improvements over other American-made steel in wear and corrosion resistance.

AXIS Assist

Easily opened, quickly and with one hand; this evolution of the AXIS includes a spring that helps to fire the blade into the open position once the user pushes it beyond a certain point manually. The AXIS lock also has the added benefit of "suck-back," which encourages the blade to stay in the closed position. AXIS Assist knives also feature integrated safety lock systems.
  • Blade Length: 3.2"
  • Closed Length: 4.52"
  • Overall Length: 7.72"
  • Blade Material: CPM-S90V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.090"
  • Blade Hardness: 59-61 HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Thickness: 0.48"
  • Handle Material: Black Anodized 7075-T6 Aluminum
  • Locking Mechanism: AXIS-Assist Flipper
  • Pocket Clip: Deep-Carry Tip-Up, Right/Left
  • Weight: 2.88 oz.
  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Made in the USA
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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Dr. Doug
Buffalo, NY
Sep 07, 2017
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Professional's EDC
I am a doctor, hunter, professional archer and fisherman. I own several top quality knives. Spyderco mostly. This knife is most refined, sexy and functional for chores related to office, home chores- yes light EDC, full of class and beauty. The spyderco manix, endura or even the Native for blue collar work, but the Benchmade 490 Amicus for the professional gentlemen's EDC for sure. Some say to slick a handle. I say slick an sexy. You don't carry a navy seal knife into a black tie affair. Amicus Axis in your hand and James Bond you are. And yes the assisted flipper is 😎
5 out of 5
Knoxville , TN
Mar 12, 2017
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
Excellent arcane
Excellent EDC,very light,razor sharp feels great in the hand....the flip deployment is fast rivaling some auto openers....plus it's addictive /fun to open!!
5 out of 5
Oak Harbor, Washington
Aug 03, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Material, Handle Feel, None
Great Small Folder
I've had this knife for several months now and love almost everything about it. The ergonomics are great for the size. S90V is a great steel if you're not worried about the sharpening process but if so Benchmade is a great company because of their customer service and life sharp services. The flipping action is great and very smooth. I still have yet to need and take it apart to clean. The deep pocket clip is good except sometimes the screws are a little thick to get it to sit all the way down in the pocket. The only cons I have with the knife is that the handles are a little slick and could use more traction. I did break the tip because it's so then but that was my fault. I made it into a modified wharncliff or a reverse tanto.
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