The much anticipated Benchmade Subrosa (790) has become available in stores recently and the initial user reviews on the various knife forums are strong. Custom knife maker Matthew Lerch, who specializes in high end folders, is the designer.
The Subrosa is a titanium framed mono lock with Benchmade’s Nitrous assist. I have their Stryker with the Nitrous assist and the mechanism has become my personal favorite among the various assisted opening designs. The Subrosa’s blade 3.76″ of S30V with a shape that reminds me of the legendary Benchmade 710.
Here are specs on the Subrosa from Benchmade:
“Benchmade’s first assisted titanium monolock is sure to fit naturally in the palm like an extension of your own hand. The Subrosa has a nitrous assisted mono-lock and a clip point blade with a thumbstud opener. The S30V premium stainless steel blade has a 58-60HRC and machined titanium handles with a steel carry-clip.
Nitrous assist mono-lock
Clip point blade
Country of origin: USA
Blade Length: 3.76″ (9.55cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.125″ (3.175mm)
Open: 8.40″ (21.33cm)
Closed: 4.64″ (11.78cm)
Weight: 3.80oz. (112.37g)
Handle Thickness: 0.41″ (10.41mm)”
Retail prices are around $200. That’s quite reasonable for a higher-end gentlemans folder.