Designed by Warren Osborne, the Benchmade 950SBK Rift Knife features a generous reverse tanto combo edge blade with a large belly that gives you toughness for utility cutting. The black and charcoal layered and textured G10 handle scales gives you a nice, firm grip on the knife. Built from 154CM stainless steel, the blade locks open with the extremely solid AXIS locking mechanism. The blade opens easily with either of the ambidextrous dual thumb studs. The handle also has 420J stainless steel liners and the knife has a reversible tip up carry clip for pocket carry. This is a well built dependable every day carry knife that will help get you through whatever life decides to throw at you.
Benchmade 950SBK Rift Knife Specifications:
- Blade Length: 3.67 inches
- Blade Thickness: 0.114 inches
- Handle Thickness: 0.560 inches
- Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 58-61HRC
- Blade Style: Reverse Tanto, Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
- Weight: 4.80oz.
- Clip: Tip Up, Reversible, Black Split-Arrow
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS
- Overall Length: 8.27 inches
- Closed Length: 4.60 inches
- Class: Black
154CM Stainless Steel
An American made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.
Most tantos seen on the American cutlery market are Americanized formats. Like the Japanese tanto, the Americanized tanto has a high point in-line with the pivot. A flat grind is applied to the point, leaving it very thick and extraordinarily strong. This thick area helps absorb the impact from piercing, as the tanto was originally designed for armor piercing. The front edge meets the bottom edge at an obtuse angle rather than curving to meet it as seen in the Japanese tanto. The only negative aspect of the tanto blade shape is the cutting surface area is sacrificed to gain tip strength.
A patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS has been turning heads and winning fans ever since its introduction. A 100-percent ambidextrous design, AXIS gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar which rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners, and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself.