The 490 Arcane from Benchmade Knives is the complete Assisted Folder package. It has it all! Smooth clean lines, light-as-a-feather deep-pocket carry, premium materials and lightning fast assisted flipping action. The Arcane is out of bounds and sure to be a home run with Benchmade enthusiasts everywhere.
The Blade: This drop point comes in just shy of three and a quarter inches. Crafted from super premium USA made CPM-S90V stainless steel and given a nice satin/tumbled finish. Wear and corrosion resistance are off the charts with S90V. This guy rockets out of the handle when you press its integral flipper tab on the back of the handle. This is an AXIS-Assist Flipper meaning the user gains Benchmade's rock solid ambidextrous locking system on top of the awesome action.
The Handle: Consisting of Black Anodized premium 7075-T6 Aluminum. This aluminum alloy is quite strong. In fact, it has strength comparable to many steels with good fatigue strength. Contoured with smooth, chamferred edges and finger placements ready to slide into your palm. Includes a lanyard hole at the butt end and a deep carry tip up pocket clip that may be reversed for left handed users.
The 490 does include a safety backup switch on the front of the handle. This function may be activated when not in use to prevent any misfiring. It will need to be off in order to deploy the blade.CPM S90V is a martensitic stainless steel that provides excellent wear resistance and good corrosion resistance. CPM S90V offers much better wear resistance than 440C and D-2, while providing corrosion resistance equal to or better than 440C. The toughness of CPM S90V is slightly better than 440C. The high carbon content combines with the vanadium to form vanadium carbides, which provides the wear resistance, while leaving the chromium free to provide the corrosion resistance.
|Blade Material||CPM-S90V Powder Steel|
|Steel Type||Super Stainless|
|Blade Rockwell||59-61 HRC|
|Opening Mechanism||Assisted Opening|
|Handle Material||7075-T6 Aluminum|
|Country of Manufacture||United States|