I stopped by my local ‘brick-and-mortar’ knife shop the other day and handled Benchmade’s new Onslaught model 741 folder for the first time. From reading the reviews on this knife I knew it was a big folder, but I wasn’t prepared for how big this knife actually is!
KnifeCenter.com has this description of the Onslaught:
BM741S: Benchmade Onslaught; (Bob Lum) AXIS 4.30″ Satin Finish Combo Edge Blade
Bob Lum’s first Axis lock design embodies strength and smoothness. It features a full size blade made with 154CM stainless steel and an AXIS lock mechanism. The modified clip point blade has ambidextrous thumbhole openers. Handles are black G10 with 420J stainless steel liners. This is a beautiful design from one of the great all time knife makers.
- Ergonomic Handle Design
- Round Thumb-Hole Opener
- Country of origin: USA
- Blade Length: 4.30″
- Blade Thickness: 0.121″
- Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Modified Clip-Point
- Weight: 7.20 oz.
- Clip: Tip-Up, Black, Steel
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS
- Overall Length: 9.63″
- Closed Length: 5.47″
The fit and finish on the sample I handled was perfect, as I’ve come to expect from Benchmade. It’s available with either the round-hole-opener in the blade or a thumbstud. I like thumbstuds but I have to admit the round-hole-openers work really well – even with gloves on. The Onslaught would be too big to for me to comfortably carry in my pants pocket, but it would work nicely in a belt sheath or coat pocket.
MSRP on the Onslaught is $180 and is listed for around $150 online. My local brick-and-mortar shop split the difference at about $170. Not bad when you consider its size and quality.